PPE operational level continues to be GREEN/conventional: no more extended wear

Masking continues to be required in patient care areas.

Please review the PPE Hazard Assessment for COVID-19 (updated 4/6/22) for the appropriate PPE for patient care.

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Campus Construction update: SCF Gottlieb Building Second Floor Renovation Begins June 20

June 16th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The second floor of the SCF Gottlieb Building is getting remodeled to expand dental services at the Children’s Dental Clinic. Family dental care will be available at this new dental clinic.  Construction starts June 20 and will continue through early 2023. Please be mindful of the parking lot closures on the east parking lot shared with Mt. Ahklun Building and the northeast parking area on the west side of the Denali Parking Garage. Closure areas will be marked. These parking areas …

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Please avoid hallway outside ANMC Cafeteria

June 8th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

The section of the hallway between Central Registration and the restrooms by the conference rooms is currently closed due to a significant leak last night. The cause of the leak has been fixed, but please avoid the hallway while crews work on the clean-up process. The back hallway behind the kitchen to the elevators will be the rerouted traffic pattern for access to the coffee shop or patients that are guests at Q-House. Until we can assess the safety of the …

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Policy and procedures update

June 6th, 2022 by Ginny Occhipinti

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Infection Prevention and Control Procedure: The procedure provides guidelines for the use of PPE during patient care to prevent the transmission of infectious agents associated with healthcare delivery. Standard Precautions Procedure: This is a new procedure which provides guidelines for interactions between patients and ANMC employees, contract workers, students, and volunteers to prevent the transmission of infectious agents associated with healthcare delivery. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) Policy: Establishes the framework for the process of conducting a Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) at ANMC. Legal Guardian Notation Procedure 101-14D with …

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Anchorage Native Primary Care Center Pharmacy will be under construction beginning June 9

June 6th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC) Pharmacy will be under construction beginning June 9. The ANPCC Pharmacy will continue to offer medication refills during this time but are encouraging use of pharmacy mail out services or curbside pick-up. For questions or to schedule, please contact the ANPCC Pharmacy at (907) 729-4172. Additionally, employees and couriers will lose access to the ANPCC Pharmacy’s back door. Please arrange delivery or pick-up of items through the north main entrance. If you need …

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Campus construction: ANPCC south entrance is closed and Audiology temporarily relocating to University Lake Medical Center

June 2nd, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC) is being expanded and remodeled. In preparation for the construction, the south entrance parking lot, facing Tudor Road, will be blocked starting Tuesday, May 31. Patients and visitors will be unable to park in this section while construction is ongoing through fall 2023. In addition, the ANPCC south entrance that faces Tudor Road will be closed starting, Wednesday, June 1. This location will be marked as an emergency exit only.  When accessing the ANPCC during …

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Anchorage Native Primary Care Center North Main Entrance Closed May 23-27

May 23rd, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The Anchorage Native Primary Care Center north main entrance (facing Diplomacy Drive and the hospital) will be closed for door replacements from Monday, May 23 to Friday, May 27. When accessing the ANPCC during this time, use one of the following entrances: 2 East skybridge entrance attached to Flattop Mountain parking garage. Southeast entrance facing Diplomacy Drive near the Flattop Mountain parking garage. South entrance facing Tudor Road. For employees, when utilizing the Flattop Mountain parking garage, please remember levels …

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ANMC Advance Health Care Directive: new version now available

May 18th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

There is a new version of the ANMC Advance Health Care Directive. This new version enhances Advance Care Planning conversations. This new form makes it easier to complete a POLST form based on medical wishes documented in this form. You can locate the ANMC Advance Health Care Directive form in the following locations: ANTHC Palliative Care Resources Website – https://www.anthc.org/palliative-care/resources/ Advance Health Care Directive Form ANMC SharePoint Site: Health Information Management – ANMC Health Resource Approved Forms and Reference Library Thank you for all …

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Campus food updates

May 16th, 2022 by Ximena Olivera

Food and Nutrition Services wanted to share some updates about food options available on campus. The ANMC Cafeteria and West Courtyard (adjacent to the ANMC Cafeteria next to Pharmacy) remain employees only. Open 24/7 but only staffed from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. After hours, the self-check-out registers are open for purchasing food but only cards are accepted, no cash. The Mobile Cart in the Rotunda (Thongchai’s Cart) has been expanded to include a larger variety of options as it will serve …

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Thank you PX Week Activity Participants & Workers

May 9th, 2022 by Allison Knox

We had more than 60 entries for the various activities, including the Human Connection Challenge, Blackout BINGO, Single BINGO, the Coloring Contest, and the Word Search. Participants represented various specialty and ancillary clinics as well as a variety of departments. Thank you to the 2022 Patient Experience Week workgroup members and booth workers: Colby Shifflett Lindsay Staples Mary Lee Petersen AJ Collins Jolene Cleveland Jessica Farley Carol Dunn-Hale Hazel Graham Athena Midvag DeAngelo Hatton Tanya Welsh Levi Hoover Jenni Harrison …

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May is National Trauma Awareness Month

May 9th, 2022 by Catherine Sharpe

The American Trauma Society (ATS) and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) have joined forces to develop the 2022 annual National Trauma Awareness Month (NTAM) campaign. National Trauma Awareness Month 2022 “Safe Surroundings: Preventing Violence and Promoting Peace Community by Community” Join the ATS all month long to celebrate Trauma Survivors and the professionals who directly impact patient care The American Trauma Society (ATS) and The Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) have come together in the development of the annual …

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AK ID ECHO: HCV, HIV, PrEP, STIs session on Tuesday, May 10 from noon – 1PM

May 6th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

You’re invited to join AK ID ECHO for a didactic presentation on Common drug interactions for commonly prescribed medications for HCV and – part 1 presented by Rod Gordon, R.Ph., AAHIVP, Primary Care Center Pharmacy, Southcentral Foundation. Accredited Continuing Education available. Zoom registration link, https://echo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qc–qqj0qH9cw7gRs1d7K98I3AIvQJjHa‘ AK ID ECHO aims to increase Tribal healthcare providers’ knowledge about prevention strategies, screening, diagnosing, treatment and management of HCV, HIV, PrEP and STIs. And improve understanding of appropriate practices regarding these diagnoses. Each session …

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LiverConnect Video Teleconference

May 6th, 2022 by Chriss Homan

This teleconference on May 10 at 8 a.m. features Eyasu Teshale, MD from the Division of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a presentation and discussion titled: Hepatitis E To join the event on Zoom register here

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Alaskan pediatric patient in need of life-saving bone marrow; ANTHC hosting registry drive to assist in finding match on May 9

May 4th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

In partnership with the Be the Match (BTM) Foundation, ANTHC is hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive to benefit an Alaskan child who must receive a matched donation in the next four to six weeks.   When: Monday, May 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Outside main rotunda entrance of the Alaska Native Medical Center; 4315 Diplomacy Drive Who: People between the ages of 18-40 who are willing to get a cheek swab For patients like this child, who are diagnosed …

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ANMC moving to Level Yellow: limited visitation and expanded visiting hours

May 3rd, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Effective today, May 3, 2022, the temporary visitation policy at ANMC has moved to Level Yellow. Visitation will continue to be limited, but we are moving to this level to best support our patients’ health and healing by permitting limited visitation and expanding visiting hours to 8 a.m.-9 pm. Permitted visitor guidelines can be found in the matrix below. Visitors must: Be assessed for symptoms at an entry screening station; At the hospital, the front rotunda and skybridge are the only …

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New duck soup coming to the Food Court April 28

April 21st, 2022 by Cynthia Davis

Come on down to the food court at the hospital and enter to win this adorable family of ducks. No purchase is necessary. The winner will be drawn Thursday, April 28, the first day of our new duck soup! 

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Celebrating Doctors’ Day! ANTHC recognizes our dedicated providers for their talents, unique work

March 30th, 2022 by Amy Debruhl

Leadership and staff thank our dedicated and talented providers for continuously delivering excellent care to our people every day. View videos messages from Dr. Robert Onders and Dr. Holly Alfrey share video sharing their thanks on behalf of the leadership team. The last few years have shown that being a provider means more than offering high-quality care and services at the hospital. Our providers also help improve health and access to care for Alaska Native people around our state by …

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Stop the Bleed Class in person Saturday, March 12

March 1st, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Join the ANMC trauma team for an interactive course teaching basic bleeding control tactics. These are essential skills for everyone! You will learn how to identify life-threatening injuries, how to treat and pack wounds as well as proper tourniquet application. This class is open to anyone in the community and offered free of charge. You can learn how to stop major bleeding in three simple ways by taking this bleeding control course Stop the Bleed empowers the general public to …

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2021 SEP-1 (Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock) Goals

March 1st, 2022 by Kimberly Tantanella

Many thanks to the providers and nursing staff in helping to meet our SEP-1 (Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock) goals at ANMC.

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PPE conservation update: PAPR will be required in place of an N95 Respirator for suspected confirmed COVID-19 patient interactions effective Feb. 23

February 17th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Our PPE operational level continues to be GREEN/conventional.  Recent manufacturer and shipping delays have significantly impacted the availability of N95 respirators at ANMC. In order to remain at PPE operational level GREEN/conventional, the PPE Conservation Workgroup evaluated the supply of N95 respirators and identified opportunities for conservation. The workgroup consists of nursing, ancillary services, supply, infection control and safety, and reports to Incident Command.  The following conservation strategies will be effective Feb. 23: A PAPR is required in place of an N95 Respirator …

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ANMC staff are required to wear face shields or goggles in clinical settings: new prescription eyewear process

February 14th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

All ANMC staff are required to wear face shields or goggles to lower COVID-19 exposure risk while in a clinical setting. The CDC continues to recommend the use of eye protection for health care workers serving populations with high community COVID-19 spread. Anchorage and our surrounding communities continue to fall into this category. All ANMC staff need to wear OSHA-approved eye protection whenever performing direct patient care, regardless of a patient’s COVID-19 status and continue to follow the PPE recommendations outlined in …

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Campus parking reminder: please save spots in hospital and clinics parking lots for patients

February 8th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Parking reminder: Please save the Elder spots and parking spots closest to our buildings for our patients and guests so that they can make it to all of their appointments. Patients have called to cancel or reschedule due to not being able to find adequate parking. All staff should park in designated employee areas to ensure there is parking for patients and our visitors who are here receiving care. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Call for CNA champions from ASHNHA

February 7th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) is looking for CNAs in Alaska who are willing to share what they like about their work and who want to encourage others to become a CNA.  Please nominate one or more CNAs at your facility using the form here: www.alaskacna.org/champions. ASHNHA will reach out to schedule a short interview with them to grab quotes for use on this website, on social media, and in advertising materials. CNAs who take part …

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New ANMC cleaning reminder chime: plays daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

January 14th, 2022 by Carol Dunn-Hale

A new overhead reminder chime is now playing daily every two hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the overhead paging system at ANMC. This plays as a reminder for hospital staff to take a safety moment for cleaning and disinfecting shared areas and other frequently touched surfaces. The chime plays daily every two hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. During evening quiet hours, a TigerText reminder will be sent to select staff for overnight cleaning reminders. Frequent …

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ANMC Non-Clinical Labor Pool: Staff needed for ANMC clinics

January 12th, 2022 by Tammy Philemonoff

ANMC is in need of ANTHC workforce members to augment non-clinical staffing roles. The need is for coverage in all work shifts that include days, mid-days, nights, and weekends. ANTHC employees who are able to pause their primary duties to support ANMC, please discuss with your supervisor and complete a Labor Pool Availability Profile. Training and information will be provided to make sure you have what you need while performing a temporary assignment. If you or your supervisor have any …

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ANTHC Paid COVID-19 Sick Time and Employee Health procedures updated

January 12th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The ANTHC’s Paid COVID-19 Sick Time Procedure, HR602-01 (January 11, 2022), has been updated. The CDC recently updated its guidance on when employees may return to work after a COVID-19 infection after a reduced isolation period length of 5-7 days from symptom onset or positive test. The ANTHC COVID-19 sick time procedure has been updated accordingly. Please note, if ANMC, under Incident Command, internally activates Crisis Standards of Care, this timeline may be shortened following CDC guidance to meet operational needs. The key …

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New CommonWell tool available to ANMC patients

January 11th, 2022 by Laci Michaud

ANMC is pleased to provide our patients the opportunity to participate in the CommonWell network. This network allows participating health care practitioners access to health information nationwide, regardless of where that care occurs. You can learn more about CommonWell at https://anmc.org/patients-visitors/hie/. What is the CommonWell tool? CommonWell is a data-sharing infrastructure allowing a network of organizations to streamline the secure and efficient sharing of health data. The goal of this alliance/network is to improve care coordination and health outcomes at all …

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No Ultrasound Tech in house 12/23-12/25 and 12/31-1/1

December 22nd, 2021 by Tracy Poole

On Dec. 23, 24, 25, 31 and January 1, there will be no in-house ultrasound tech. There will be a tech on call for the entirety of these days. If an ultrasound is needed, staff should contact the operator to page the on call tech.

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All hospital televisions moving to DISH Network effective Wednesday, Dec. 15

December 14th, 2021 by AV Support

Starting Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m., Facilities will be starting the process to transition all ANMC hospital televisions from GCI cable to DISH Network. For our inpatients, Facilities will work with Nursing staff to ensure no patients are disturbed. Facilities will need to briefly access all of rooms with a television to complete a short TV scan. All patients should continue to have TV access, other than a short time while the TV upgrades and moves over to the …

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No changes to ANTHC Universal Masking policy

December 8th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

The Anchorage Assembly voted to end Anchorage’s mask mandate but ANTHC will not be not making any changes to our universal masking policy at this time. Masks continue to be required to be worn by all staff in all ANTHC buildings and property to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients and visitors. Reminder: face coverings continue to be required when in all ANTHC and ANMC property: Indoors in any common areas, including when entering and exiting any building, hallway, stairway, restroom, elevator, conference room, or break …

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Don’t Forget!!! ANTHC Employee of the Year, Team of the Year and Volunteer of the Year nomination period now open through December 10.

December 6th, 2021 by Katya Terekhova

Now is the time to recognize those staff who went above and beyond for 2021. Nominate your co-workers for the Employee, Team and Volunteer of the Year. Nominations will be accepted now through December 10. Do you have a co-worker that you feel has earned the distinction to be one of ANTHC’s best? Do you have a peer that is achieving excellence through their work? Is there a colleague that fosters and promotes Native self-determination? Do you have a leader …

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