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JC readiness tips: damage, dents and other defects

September 21st, 2023 by Angela Engle

JC Readiness Tips: damage, dents and other defects Are there any defects in the doors, walls, frames, floors, windows and casework? Tips: Defects are holes, dents, gouges, missing paint, delamination, damage, and anything that can’t be cleaned appropriately. Any of these defects make cleaning more difficult and can harbor contaminants we may not be able to clean or disinfect properly. Any defects should be noted and a ticket submitted to the Facilities Department for repair. Check out these resources to …

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Hip-Hip Hooray for HIPAA! Safeguarding PHI

September 20th, 2023 by Ethics and Compliance

We are all expected to protect patients’ health information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA privacy and security rules. Did you know that the largest and most frequent breaches of patient information are caused by stolen laptops and thumb drives? Here are some safeguards from ANTHC’s Ethics and Compliance Office’s to reduce the risk of losing PHI: 1. Store your laptop in a location that has restrictive access to employees only. 2. Log off your laptop before leaving it unattended. Locking …

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Community Health Aide Program is seeking volunteer blood draw patients in Sept.

September 18th, 2023 by Faith Mojin

The ANTHC Community Health Aide Program Training Center is looking for volunteers who are interested in spending 15 minutes with us to help train Community Health Aides (CHAs), by giving the CHAs an opportunity to draw your blood. In appreciation, a $10.00 coffee card to Caffe D’arte will be given. We will be doing blood draws on the 2nd floor of the EDC building at 4115 Ambassador Drive. Dates and Times: Friday, Sept. 22 at 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, …

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Training and Development department releases September 2023 schedule

September 18th, 2023 by Training and Development

Beginning July 1, all advertised departmental trainings will now be exclusively listed on The Hub’s calendar section. Training and Development will transition from individual news postings to a comprehensive monthly post that includes trainings, classes and events offered for the month. To quickly access their monthly listings, click on the Training and Development slider located on The Hub’s homepage. Essential Grammar Skills Alaska Native Cultures Overview Leadership Book Club For additional information on the September class listings, locations and future …

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Performance Management/Employee Appraisals due tomorrow!

September 14th, 2023 by HR Department

The annual Employee Appraisals, also known as Performance Management, period opened on Friday, September 1. All ANTHC staff hired before August 1, 2023, should perform a self-evaluation of their work conducted between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 1, 2023 (Fiscal Year 2023) and are asked to complete their self-evaluations on or before the end of the day, Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. SELF-EVALUATION INFORMATION:This year the self-evaluation questions and goals will be the same for all staff, except managers will see one …

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JC Readiness Tips: storing needles and syringes

September 14th, 2023 by Angela Engle

JC Readiness Tips: storing needles and syringes Are needles and syringes being secured? Tips: Sharps or flushes must be controlled and kept secure to protect from tampering or theft, which means that they need to be locked up or under direct supervision by staff. Direct supervision means the items are being supervised at all times, 24/7. If direct supervision is not possible, needles and syringes need to be “locked,” which means they are inaccessible to individuals not authorized to access …

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Hip-Hip Hooray for HIPAA! Research

September 13th, 2023 by Ethics and Compliance

We are all expected to protect patients’ health information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA privacy and security rules. Does HIPAA apply to your research even if you are not a health care provider? Here is ANTHC’s Ethics and Compliance Office’s answer: Yes, if as a part of your research you are seeking to use individually identifiable health information from ANMC patient records, then Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) applies to your access to and use of that information …

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Call for photos: Traditional/cultural photos for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

September 13th, 2023 by Michael Doyle

We’d like to highlight our Alaska Native workforce for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on social media! We are accepting photos of Indigenous staff in your regalia or doing traditional/cultural activities. Please send your submissions with a brief description to by Wednesday, Sept. 27, with the subject: Indigenous Peoples Day photo. Due to size/photo limits, we will be using first and best fit for our platforms.

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ANTHC Leadership Book Club on Monday, Sept. 25

September 12th, 2023 by Sahaira Speakman

Join us in Zoom ( and in person in COB Conference Room 3 for the Leadership Book Club Discussion from 12-1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25. We will be discussing Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age: By Juana Bordas A much-needed revised edition of the only book that presents a multicultural leadership model integrating eight practices from African-American, American Indian, and Latino communities – an alternative to the heavily or exclusively Anglo-American-based concepts of leadership presented by …

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CMS surveyors on campus

September 12th, 2023 by ANMC Administation

Surveyors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are on campus and expected to be on-site for two days. The team of surveyors will visit all clinical and non-clinical areas. You will know if a surveyor is in your area if you see an unknown individual escorted by a Vice President, followed by an individual with a tablet. If you suspect a surveyor is in your area and they are unaccompanied, ensure their badge is visible and others are …

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APU Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2023

September 11th, 2023 by Kristel Komakhuk

Alaska Pacific University’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2023 is Sept. 14-16 on the main campus. Alumni, students, staff, faculty, and all friends of the university are encouraged to attend. This year’s homecoming event marks the 50th anniversary of Alaska Methodist University’s graduating class 1973. The weekend’s festivities will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 14 with an AMU/APU Hockey Game at the Ben Boeke Indoor Ice Arena from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a post-game meetup to follow. On Friday, Sept. …

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The importance of emergency notifications and alerts

September 11th, 2023 by Lore Olson

When it comes to disasters, timely and accurate communication is critical. Knowing what to do and staying informed can help you make responsible and safe decisions for yourself, your family and everyone on our campus. The ANMC Emergency Management Program would like to share a couple of ways you can stay connected and informed during an emergency or disaster situation: 🚨 Subscribe to campus alerts. ANTHC uses SnapComms for employee communications and emergency alerts. Whenever there is a need to communicate …

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Flu vaccines available for staff

September 7th, 2023 by Employee Health

The Employee Health team has received the year’s influenza vaccines and they are available for staff to receive their yearly flu shot.  ANTHC STAFF REQUIRED TO GET A FLU VACCINE:While all employees are strongly encouraged to get the influenza vaccine, all staff members working on the ANMC Accredited Campus are required to receive a yearly flu vaccine. ANTHC staff required to receive flu vaccine:   ANTHC Staff, not required, but strongly recommended to receive flu vaccine: Additional information on the ANTHC policy regarding …

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Employee Referral Pilot Program: Refer Friends. Refer Colleagues. Refer Talent.

September 6th, 2023 by HR Recruiting

We are thrilled to announce an exciting new opportunity that puts the power of growth in your hands, the Employee Referral Pilot Program at ANTHC. From September to December 2023, we’re inviting you to join us in a pilot program that will provide a bonus to ANTHC employees who recommend qualified candidates for direct hire positions within the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) division. Employees are eligible for the referral bonus when their referred colleague has been employed for a …

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INFOR Expense Management Training and Corporate Card Card Deactivation

September 6th, 2023 by Expense Management Team

The final “Open Lab” session is Thursday, Sept. 6, click here for additional information on the final Open Lab for Infor’s Expense Management training. The Expense Management team is will still be available after Open Lab sessions end for questions, assistance and concerns at x5-2850 or by emailing Don’t forget, you must complete the HealthStream training titled “Expense Management: How to reconcile a credit card transaction” on or before September 10, 2023, to receive your new Wells Fargo corporate …

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Naloxone drive-thru training and distribution Saturday, Sept. 16

September 6th, 2023 by Jennifer Summers

Saturday, Sept. 16 from noon-3 p.m., ANTHC Substance Misuse Prevention is hosting a naloxone drive-thru training and distribution event at the parking lot next to the pond, southwest of the ANMC hospital. All staff and community members are welcome to participate. For staff working over the weekend, please plan ahead for limited parking. The lot will be closed for parking from 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15 – 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Participants will learn how to recognize signs of …

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month: Week 1, Unmasking the silent threat in health care

September 1st, 2023 by Che Yang

Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection becomes extreme and results in systemic inflammation. This inflammation can trigger a lot of changes that harm multiple organ systems, possibly causing organ failure. Common symptoms of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing and altered mental state. Swift recognition and intervention are crucial as sepsis can advance quickly. Health care providers have a crucial role in early sepsis identification, administering suitable treatment and averting …

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Joint Commission Readiness Tips: Clean and Dirty Storage

September 1st, 2023 by Angela Engle

Joint Commission (JC) Readiness Tips: Clean and Dirty Storage Are only clean supplies being stored in clean spaces? Are only dirty items being stored in dirty spaces? TIPS: To help keep patients safe, clean spaces should be free from contaminants that can be a contributor to infection transmission. Let’s make sure clean items and supplies are not being stored near dirty spaces and that dirty items are not stored in clean supply areas. Clean supplies like masks, gloves, blood collection …

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You are invited to the 2023 ANTHC Fall Harvest Employee Picnic!

August 30th, 2023 by ANTHC Administration

We are excited to invite employees to the Fall Harvest Employee Picnic! As the fiscal year comes to a close, we would like to celebrate the incredible work you have contributed over the last year to support the families and communities we serve.  The 2023 Fall Harvest Employee Picnic will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, from 5-8 p.m. at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The picnic will include live music by H3, a popular Anchorage-based Hawaiian reggae band. There …

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ANMC Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) – Updated

August 29th, 2023 by Lore Olson

The ANMC Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) recently underwent several revisions. The most current version is dated 8/21/2023 replacing version 9/21/2021.  As a reminder, the EOP is now electronic and can be accessed by navigating to the ANTHC homepage and clicking on the Policies portal. In the search tool type in “EOP”. If you are maintaining a hard copy in your department, please ensure that you updated your binder to the most current version. If you choose not to keep a hard …

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Reminder! Annual Compliance training deadline is Thursday, Aug. 31!

August 28th, 2023 by Cynthia Puig

ANTHC’s annual required compliance training is open as of July 3, 2023, via the ANTHC HealthStream Learning Center (HLC). These trainings are mandatory for all staff at ANTHC as of Dec. 31, 2022. Employees hired or rehired in 2023 and nonemployee members of the workforce will not have this training assigned. The due date for completion is Thursday, Aug. 31. It is recommended to complete the annual required training as soon as possible to avoid forgetting and to help avoid a last-minute …

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Virtual 1-on-1 Principal Retirement Sessions this week!

August 28th, 2023 by HR Benefits

Have questions about your retirement account? What funds your money is being put into? Wanting to learn more about your retirement wellness? There are great opportunities coming in September. Principal 1-on-1 Meetings Available. Sign up and speak with Education Specialist Lenae Schroeder. Link: Dates: September 12 through September 15 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. AKST

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Joint Commission (JC) Readiness Tips: correct and incorrect masking

August 28th, 2023 by Angela Engle

JC Readiness Tips: Correct and Incorrect Masking When wearing a mask, is it being worn correctly? Tips:  Masks should always be worn correctly and be thrown away after every use. Your mask should always fit properly over your nose and under your chin. Never pull your mask down under your nose or under your chin, just throw it away if it needs to be removed. Do not reuse a disposable mask, just get a new one. Check out these resources …

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No Catholic Mass on Sunday, Aug. 27 at ANMC

August 25th, 2023 by Roberta Miljure

The Catholic Native Ministries volunteer staff will be on a retreat this weekend, so there will be no Catholic Mass at ANMC on Sunday, Aug. 27.  Regular Catholic Mass will resume on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. in Conference Room 2 inside the Alaska Native Medical Center. For any inquiries or concerns, contact Roberta Miljure, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at Thank you for your understanding.

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No Adult Speech Language Pathology Friday, Aug. 25

August 25th, 2023 by Abbey Jackson

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no Adult Speech Language Pathology today, Friday, August 25. If you have any questions please contact Nicole Taniguchi, Rehabilitation Services Clinical Director, on Tiger Text or email at

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Hip-Hip Hooray for HIPAA! Safe emailing methods for protected health information (PHI)

August 23rd, 2023 by Ethics and Compliance

We are all expected to protect patients’ health information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA privacy and security rules. When is it okay to email information about a patient’s health care? Here are some tips from ANTHC’s Ethics and Compliance Services team that will help you decide when it is safe to email PHI: It is SAFE to email protected health information (PHI) between ANTHC and SCF employees for the purposes of treatment, payment or operations. Remember to only email the …

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ANTHC Research Review Submission Deadline Monday, Aug. 28

August 23rd, 2023 by Abbie Willetto

The AMP RC is the ANTHC committee that conducts preliminary review of all research manuscripts and research proposals involving ANTHC workforce, patient population, data or facilities.  Manuscripts and proposals that are recommended for approval by are moved forward to the ANTHC HRRC. Please submit your completed summary form and accompanying documents to . For those with ANTHC intranet access, the forms can be accessed at .  They are also available on the ANTHC website, , at the …

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On-campus parking is limited for ANTHC’s Travel Summit on Aug. 30-31

August 23rd, 2023 by Celyse Weller

On Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31, several Tribal leaders, Tribal health partners, and visitors are expected on campus as ANTHC hosts a 2023 Travel Summit at the Consortium Office Building (COB) To ensure adequate parking is available for our visitors, we ask staff who work in the COB and Healthy Communities Building (HCB) to consider using the HCB pond lot, the ANMC overflow lot (to the west of ANMC and adjacent to the pond), or the parking garage …

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APU Farm Stand TODAY from 3:30-7 p.m.

August 23rd, 2023 by Sadie Arneson

This week’s fresh list includes: BasilBeetsCarrotsCucumbersHead LettuceKalePotatoesSpring MixSwiss ChardZucchiniBrown Dog Farm Flowers The farm stand will be located in the parking lot next to the pond, southwest of the ANMC hospital from 3:30-7 p.m. Cash, credit cards and WIC are accepted.

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Expense Management module is now available in INFOR

August 21st, 2023 by Janet Glen Wilson

The Expense Management module is now available in INFOR!  All travel, reimbursements and credit card reconciliation will be using this module moving forward. You can find the new Expense Module by visiting the homepage of The Hub ( and click on the Infor icon under the Shortcuts section.  From there follow the prompts and login with your ANTHC credentials. The Infor Ming.le page will load and you can find the Expense Management module marked by a dollar sign. INFOR TRAINING …

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