Category Archives: Healthcare

SEARHC Unveils Name Change for Mountainside Urgent Care

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

A respected leader in the healthcare sector, Charles Clement serves as the president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau, Alaska. Alongside his other duties, Charles Clement oversees rebranding initiatives throughout the consortium designed to give community members a renewed sense of appreciation and investment in their healthcare centers.

July brings changes to the Sitka Medical Center Express Care Clinic. SEARHC announced earlier this year the changing of its name to Mountainside Urgent Care. SEARHC recognizes the name Mountainside and what it has meant to Sitka residents over the years.

Mountainside Urgent Care will also expand its services. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, and is a place where Sitka residents can receive high-quality acute care for a number of conditions.

In addition to Mountainside, four other SEARHC medical centers will receive new names this year. Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital will be renamed Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center, Sitka Community Hospital will be known as Sitka Long-Term Care, and Mountainside Family Healthcare Clinic will be renamed Mountainside Family Clinic. Last, Oceanside Therapy Center will be known as Oceanside Physical Therapy.


SEARHC Begins Building New Wrangell Hospital


SEARHC Works with Sitka Community Hospital through Challenges

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Charles Clement is a leader in the Alaska health care sphere who directs the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as CEO and president. One major project that Charles Clement and SEARHC have been involved in centered on working to ensure that surgeries would go forward after Sitka Community Hospital experienced internal turmoil and suspended its surgical care.

As the city confronted issues of employee attrition at the city hospital and worked out a hospital sale agreement draft, SEARHC stepped up and arranged care locally. In tandem with this action, the Sitka Assembly began discussions on ways in which SEARHC could help operate Sitka Community Hospital and ensure retention of highly qualified medical professionals.

These talks led to a plan whereby SEARHC would take over the hospital, pending a financial report that lays out financial liabilities and fulfills federal and state filing requirements needed to complete the transaction.

Child Passenger Safety Courses at SEARHC


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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Charles Clement is the president and chief executive officer of SEARHC in Juneau, Alaska, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to taking on his current role, Charles Clement spent 13 years as chief operating officer of Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage.

SEARHC is a not-for-profit organization committed to optimizing the health of all Southeast Alaska residents, with initiatives designed to address not only physical health, but psychological and spiritual health as well. SEARHC provides the local community with services on an array of health topics, including safety courses regarding child passengers in automobiles.

In the past, SEARHC and the Alaska CPS Coalition have joined together to bring child passenger safety courses to local communities, thereby providing residents with the opportunity to join the more than 36,000 certified child passenger technicians (CPST) throughout the United States. In addition to helping individuals become an educational resource or active advocate for child passenger safety, CPST safety courses feature a thorough tutorial on car seat safety checks, an invaluable skill for any parent or guardian.

CPST training courses take place over the course of three days. Individuals must be able to attend the complete course in order to achieve certification. To learn more about safety training courses and other services by SEARHC, please visit

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.