Monthly Archives: July 2018

Alaska Native Medical Center Pharmacy Contributes to Project HOPE


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Alaska Native Medical Center

A graduate of Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, Charles Clement also holds a PhD in public administration from the University of Alaska. He applies his training as president and CEO of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Charles Clement has also served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which recently announced that the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) Pharmacy has participated in Project HOPE (Harm reduction, Overdose Prevention, and Education).

The ANMC Pharmacy has joined forces with the Aurora Borealis Branch of Commissioned Officers Association in work on Project HOPE, an initiative of the U.S. Public Health Service designed to address the rise in opioid overdoses. Together, the organizations created 273 Project HOPE overdose-response kits, which include Narcan (naloxone), a medication that reverses the effect of opioids.

Recommended by the Surgeon General, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization, naloxone combats opioid overdose impacts. An opioid overdose inhibits the parts of the brain that control breathing and can lead to death. The Project HOPE kits include two doses of naloxone with instructions on administration, along with sanitary gloves and a carrying case.


Healthy Alaskans 2020 Prioritizes Immunizations


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Healthy Alaskans 2020

Experienced in executive management and business development, Charles Clement currently serves as the president and CEO of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). In this position, Charles Clement oversees the management of the $168 million health network that supports 26 different communities. Two SEARHC facilities were recently recognized for achieving immunization goals outlined in the Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative.

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is a set of 25 health priorities established by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Together, the two entities determined the most pressing health-related issues facing Alaskans and formulated goals for improvement. Some of the most notable priorities outlined in Healthy Alaskans 2020 include:

-Combating the increasing rates of cancer, suicide, violence, and sexual assault

-Decreasing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs

-Increasing disease prevention through immunizations and water quality

-Lowering Alaska’s obesity rate

In order to help prevent disease, Healthy Alaskans 2020 set a goal for at least 75 percent of all Alaskans between 19 months and 35 months of age to receive the full recommended vaccination series. Standing upon the belief that immunizations are the most cost-effective method to prevent life-threatening diseases, the initiative is taking aggressive steps to ensure that Alaskan children are fully vaccinated.

In order to reduce economic stress, the state is providing vaccinations to health care providers. In addition, immunization records for children in Alaska are being consolidated to help with compliance and regulations. Officials are also providing additional education and training regarding the importance of immunizing children.

Alaska Native Medical Center – A Level II Pediatric Trauma Center


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Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

An alumnus of the University of Alaska with a master of public administration, Charles Clement also attended the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. He applies his training and executive experience as president and CEO of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Over the years, Charles Clement has also served on numerous boards, including that of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which recently announced another milestone for the Alaska Native Medical Center.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Verification Review Committee (VRC), part of its Committee on Trauma (COT), has designated the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. As part of the verification process, the VRC sent reviewers to ANMC to assess the center according to criteria based on the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. Following the assessment, the team of reviewers granted ANMC Level II verification for one year.

ANMC treats 100 to 125 pediatric trauma patients each year, in addition to providing specialty burn care for pediatric patients. The new verification reflects ANMC’s commitment to providing comprehensive care to improve outcomes for local pediatric patients who suffer major injuries.

SEARHC Acquires Wrangell Medical Center in New Partnership


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Wrangell Medical Center

An executive with years of experience in Alaska, Charles Clement is a former vice president and chief operating officer of Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage. Charles Clement leverages his experience to serve as president and CEO of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which has announced a new partnership with Wrangell Medical Center (WMC).

In a new affiliation designed to promote quality health care for residents of the City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW), SEARHC will take over operations and legal responsibility of WMC and lease it from CBW. SEARHC also plans to build a new campus next to Alaska Island Community Services Medical Clinic. Scheduled to be completed in four years, the new campus will include a long-term care facility and a critical access hospital.

The new affiliation agreement is the result of a three-day process in April 2018, when representatives from SEARHC, WMC, and CBW met with community stakeholders to discuss the plan to create a combined health care system. SEARHC and WMC are well positioned to work together to ensure a seamless transfer of operations and improve the quality of care for Wrangell residents.