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.
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.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
A participant of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, Charles Clement also holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Alaska. Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which recently earned recognition from the Alaska Immunization Program.
The Alaska Immunization Program recognized SEARHC for achieving its Healthy Alaskans 2020 goal in 2017. The state of Alaska is striving to improve its vaccination rates across the state for children ages 19 to 35 months. The goal is for 75 percent of these children to receive the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Within SEARHC, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau surpassed the 75 percent mark in an assessment of at least 30 patients. SEARHC is committed to continue its dedication to the health of local children by giving them the vaccines they need to avoid childhood disease and lead healthy lives in the future.
WISEWOMAN Women’s Health
Charles Clement is the CEO and president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau. In this role, Charles Clement leads the organization in its efforts to support the health of the 27 communities of the region through efforts like SEARHC’s WISEWOMAN program.
WISEWOMAN is one of several programs aimed at communities that may need special help. This program focuses on women between the ages of 30 and 64, especially if they are in a low-income bracket or lack insurance for basic health care.
Cancer screening is a major aspect of this program, and this year, WISEWOMAN partnered with the Breast Cancer Detection Center to offer mobile mammography services to women in Alaska for whom traveling might be a barrier to get a screening. While lung cancer is the most common cause of death by cancer in the region, breast cancer is the second most common. Early detection can greatly help reduce the likelihood of death, and SEARHC aims to remove the financial and geographical barriers that might prevent women from getting screenings in time.
WISEWOMAN also helps Alaskan women access other kinds of screening and health care, including pap tests, screenings for chronic disease, and lifestyle programs for general health and prevention.
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.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
After graduating from high school in his hometown of Metlakatla, Alaska, Charles Clement went on to acquire a bachelor of science from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Alaska. Charles Clement serves as president and CEO of SEARHC, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
SEARHC recently announced a new program to help people in the community living with Type 2 diabetes. The no-cost Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) aims to help Sitka community members manage the emotional and physical effects of the illness on their own to help improve their health, general wellness, and confidence.
The DSMP, developed at Stanford University, uses evidence-based techniques that have shown positive results for patients who participated in studies. These techniques can help improve sleep, dietary habits, and communication with healthcare providers in order to manage symptoms like fatigue, pain, and blood-sugar fluctuations.
The weekly, interactive DSMP classes are led by facilitators who typically have diabetes themselves. Usually held in a community space such as a church, the participatory learning sessions may help attendees feel more connected to others facing similar issues. The classes are also open to friends and family of those living with diabetes so they can better support their loved ones.