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Update to security measures at ANMC

November 28th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

As of this Sunday evening (November 27), the situation resulting in heightened security measures has resolved with no additional unusual activity. Please continue to remain vigilant in your individual efforts to ensure no one is allowed to enter secured areas when you “badge in” or as you leave the building. Thank you for your increased awareness during this time and continued care for our patients and for each other.

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Increased security measures at ANMC

November 26th, 2022 by ANTHC Security

Early Thursday morning, the ANMC Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff began receiving multiple phone calls threatening violence, not directed at staff. In response, the entrance to ICU was restricted, requiring staff members inside the ICU to grant access to anyone entering the unit. ANMC staff also disabled the badge reader and a security officer was placed outside the door to ensure additional security of the unit. These measures remain in place today. Normal limited visitation procedures currently in effect for …

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Flu vaccine reminder: ANMC accredited campus employee deadline is Dec. 1

November 21st, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Employees can visit the Employee Health office in the hospital or the HCB to get their annual influenza vaccine and the new COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines! No appointment or registration needed and the vaccine can be given at the same time but is not required. Employee Health hours: Who is required to get an influenza vaccine?While all employees are strongly encouraged to get the influenza vaccine, employees working on the ANMC Accredited Campus are required. This requirement is slightly different than the COVID-19 …

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Campus Alert: Parking lot thefts

November 17th, 2022 by ANTHC Security

ANTHC Security has advised that they are working on an investigation of the attempted unauthorized removal of license plates in the parking lot of HCB as well as several “smash and grab” incidents. The suspects fled the ANTHC campus and APD has been contacted.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. – Keep personal and valuable items (purses, garage door openers, checkbook, etc.) out of view and secure if left in vehicles. When walking outside: Report suspicious behavior to Security Dispatch: If there is active criminal activity or immediate …

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Input wanted: Sharps review

November 9th, 2022 by Employee Health

Employee Health is completing its annual sharps review and want your feedback! Ensuring staff are using the safest sharps devices is extremely important to us. We also want to hear your opinions on our current products, or any trial devices you would like to see on your units. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D9LFJ3W Any questions, please reach out to Employee Health.

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New Purchased Referred Care Overview Course

October 18th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

ANMC Purchased Referred Care (PRC) funding is integral to supporting eligible Alaska Native and American Indian beneficiaries who require medical services that are not available on the ANMC campus. Without this additional support, many of our most vulnerable patients would be left with a financial liability. PRC plays a critical role in supporting vulnerable patients successfully navigate complex care issues both in and out of the state. This Healthstream training module will improve the level of understanding for current staff, …

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New ANMC Imaging Outpatient Services opens in the ULMC

October 5th, 2022 by Brenda Lutz

We are excited to announce the opening of our new ANMC Outpatient Imaging Center, located at the University Lake Medical Center (ULMC) at 3801 University Lake Drive, Suite 102. This is the same building where the ENT, Ophthalmology and Audiology Clinics, and the Ambulatory Surgery Center are also located. The new Outpatient Imaging Center is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art imaging equipment and technology, including two MRI machines, a 3 Tesla and a 1.5 Tesla; a dual energy CT machine; …

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Please Welcome CDR Elizabeth Hosselkus, MD. Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist

September 19th, 2022 by Pamela Compton

CDR Elizabeth Hosselkus, MD, is an interventional and diagnostic radiologist and a USPHS Commissioned Corps officer. After attending medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, she completed Diagnostic Radiology residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Hosselkus practiced as a diagnostic radiologist in the Indian Health Service in Oklahoma, then continued her training at University of California San Diego Vascular/Interventional Radiology fellowship. Prior to joining ANMC, she built a rural interventional program for the Cherokee …

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New COVID-19 bivalent booster and flu vaccines arriving soon to Employee Health

September 14th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

ANTHC Employee Health has not yet received doses of the flu and the new COVID-19 booster vaccine but expect to receive it soon. Dates and locations will be shared once they become available. The CDC recommends that everyone receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster as soon as they become available and you may choose to get both the COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine on the same day. COVID-19 vaccine boosters are not required at ANTHC but are highly encouraged as …

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Staffing shortages at Patient Housing: non-clinical Labor Pool staff needed

September 12th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

ANMC Incident Command is requesting support from current ANTHC employees to augment the staffing shortages at the Patient Housing department. The role and responsibilities needed are: Patient Housing Front Desk Customer service skills Computer skills Phone etiquette Lift luggage for patients The coverage hours needed are 8 am – 12 midnight, every day until September 23, 2022. These shifts can to be filled by hourly and exempt staff from your department. The ANMC Non-Clinical Labor Pool will follow the ANMC Incident Command …

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ANMC COVID-19 Testing Site Changes

August 2nd, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

As of August 1, 2022, the Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site at ANMC will no longer offer routine testing. The following criteria fall under the term routine: Community exposure Work/school Personal travel If you require a COVID-19 PCR test for village travel or a health care procedure, you can still get tested at the ANMC Drive-thru Testing Site. If you need a routine COVID-19 PCR test, please contact your primary care provider to order for a PCR test for you AND …

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2022-23 employee flu vaccine update: flu vaccinations available by end of September

July 27th, 2022 by Employee Health

Employees were sent an automatic email yesterday assigning the Employee Health component of FLU SHOT 2022-2023. This email was sent to prepare myHR for the upcoming flu season; however, Employee Health does NOT yet have flu vaccine for this year. It is expected that flu vaccines will be available by the end of September. We are sorry for any confusion this automatic email caused. Communications will be sent once vaccine arrives and clinics are scheduled for staff.

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Direct patient care employees: We have transitioned to contingency staffing level

July 15th, 2022 by Employee Health

Effective this week, we have transitioned from conventional to contingency level staffing for health care workers. We will reassess staffing levels again in two weeks. This change means that staff who test positive for COVID-19 may have a shorter isolation period and can return to work after 5 days of isolation, with symptom improvement and no fever. Some may continue to require longer isolation periods depending upon their health status. This change applies to all health care workers. Staff will …

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Employee Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic every Friday

July 12th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

The ANTHC Employee Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is returning to its Friday clinic operations and is open to all staff from 7-11 a.m. Employees can get a booster dose or a second booster dose if 50 years and older or moderately or severely immunocompromised. Learn more about booster doses here. Please register in advance at https://anthc.as.me/schedule.php and bring your copy of your CDC vaccine card to your appointment. The clinic is located in hospital conference room 3 across from the …

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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 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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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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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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