Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital
An Alaska-based health care executive, Charles Clement serves as president and CEO of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau. In this role, Charles Clement oversees a Native-run health organization that serves over 20 Alaskan communities.
With much of its work focused on providing patient-centered care for Native populations, SEARHC and its member organizations are committed to promoting healthy traditional activities and diets. As part of this work, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital (MEH) in Sitka recently began offering traditional food options to inpatients.
To add the offerings to the hospital’s menu, the nutrition team at MEH coordinated with the Alaska State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Fish and Game to develop a process for accepting donations of traditional food items. As long as the items are handled and donated properly, MEH welcomes gifts of locally harvested meat and seafood as well as native plants and berries.
Currently, MEH offers a weekly “Chef Special” of venison stew made with fresh vegetables and herbs alongside venison harvested from the Sitka area. The hospital hopes that future menus will incorporate other indigenous foods, including herring eggs, beach asparagus, reindeer, and moose.
WISEWOMAN Women’s Health
A graduate of the University of Alaska, Charles Clement worked for more than a decade as a senior executive with Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage. In 2012, Charles Clement left the organization and joined Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), where he currently serves as president and CEO.
In addition to overseeing medical facilities in over 20 communities, SEARHC offers a number of programs to help prevent disease and injury among the populations it serves. The organization’s work in the area of health promotion includes the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, which provides cancer screenings and other services for Alaskan women.
Through the program, SEARHC partners with the Breast Cancer Detection Center to provide mammograms in remote communities using a mobile mammography van. The van makes various stops throughout southeast Alaska each spring and fall.
Other services offered as part of the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program include free breast exams, pap tests, and cardiovascular screenings. The program also connects women to any follow-up care they may need. More information about WISEWOMAN and SEARHC’s other health promotion programs and activities can be found at www.searhc.org.