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Phase 3: COB+ HCB floor construction updates

November 28th, 2022 by Paul Morrison

The phased roll-out of floor construction in the Consortium Office Building (COB) and Healthy Communities Building (HCB) began in late fall 2022. The HCB phase is starting now with the COB expected to be fully complete in early December. Additional details are below. This project repairs flooring and building foundation damage from the large 2018 earthquake. These repairs will stabilize the soil and level the flooring within the COB and HCB. To minimize disruptions and maintain access, the project began …

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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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Tailgating Prevention – It Takes Everyone!

November 14th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Tailgating is one of the most widespread security breaches and has recently been identified as a common problem on our campus. One of the most frequent instances of tailgating occurs when an employee politely holds open a door for a colleague or visitor. This unintentionally creates a security breach by enabling an unauthorized user to access the building or area. Another instance where tailgating can occur is when an oblivious employee allows a door to slowly close behind them, leaving …

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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: Any questions, please reach out to Employee Health.

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Campus Safety/Security Reminder

October 27th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Workplace safety is a high priority at ANTHC. To ensure the safety of our staff, patients and campus visitors, the Consortium has a number of security measures in place.   Security cameras are installed in every parking lot on campus, which are monitored by our campus Security Dispatch Center who work closely with our security officers to address issues the moment they see them. Blue light emergency phone stations are distributed throughout parking lots across campus that connect callers directly …

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2022 Great Alaska ShakeOut photo contest winners

October 24th, 2022 by Laci Michaud

Thank you to those who participated in the Great Alaska ShakeOut for 2022! The ShakeOut is a national emergency drill to help communities prepare for the next large earthquake. One final wrap-up of ANTHC’s ShakeOut was a photo contest for staff participating in the drill. Below are some staff photos practicing the recommended Drop, Cover, and Hold On technique suggested during an earthquake. And the winners of the 2022 ShakeOut photo contest are: Terry Gryting Carrie Nelson Elizabeth Litoff Thank …

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The Great Alaska ShakeOut!

October 20th, 2022 by Lore Olson

Thank you for participating in the 2022 Great Alaska ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is a national emergency drill to identify the following objectives: Allow staff to participate emergency procedures in a simulated, but safe environment. Evaluate the effectiveness of current plans and procedures Identify any areas needed for additional training Assess the communication methods across campus 2022 SHAKEOUT PHOTO CONTESTParticipants in the ShakeOut drill can be entered into a drawing to win fun prizes! There are two ways to be entered …

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2022 Great Alaska ShakeOut: 7 Steps to Earthquake Safety

October 19th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

To prepare for the Great Alaska ShakeOut (scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 20, 2022) the following earthquake education materials will help prepare you and your surroundings: PREPARE No one can predict when or where an earthquake will strike, but you can be prepared before the next big one hits. The following earthquake preparation tips take a few hours to create a plan and organize supplies that will keep you safer. Step 1: Secure Your SpaceSecure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items. Step …

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2022 Great Alaska ShakeOut: Drop-Cover-Hold on!

October 19th, 2022 by Lore' Olson

Today’s earthquake education material is Drop-Cover-Hold on! In most situations, if you feel shaking or get an earthquake alert, immediately: DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and reduces your chances of being hit by falling or flying objects. COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall. …

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2022 Great Alaska ShakeOut: Be better prepared to survive and recover!

October 18th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Mark your calendars! ANTHC will be participating in the Great Alaska ShakeOut drill on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. The ShakeOut is a yearly event where millions participate worldwide in earthquake drills and preparedness at work, school or home. This is also a good time to brush up on our readiness by reviewing ANTHC Emergency Plans. Practicing earthquake drills and preparedness is important as Alaska is located in the most seismically active state in the United States. The state is home …

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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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Phase 2: COB floor construction update

September 13th, 2022 by Paul Morrison

The phased roll-out of floor construction in the Consortium Office Building (COB) and Healthy Communities Building (HCB) began on Aug, 31. This project repairs flooring and building foundation damage from the large 2018 earthquake. These repairs will stabilize the soil and level the flooring within the COB and HCB. To minimize disruptions and maintain access, the project will happen in phases, beginning with work in the COB. The current project schedule: • COB: Aug. 31 – Nov. 3, 2022 • …

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CAMPUS SAFETY ALERT: Bear spotted on campus

August 22nd, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

A bear and her two cubs have been spotted in different areas around campus. Please be alert and aware of your surroundings while walking, biking and driving around campus. Please do not feed or engage with wildlife on campus and if you see a bear or moose or other situation on or around campus, please contact ANMC Security at 729-2915. They will report the sighting to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.  For information about bear safety and encounters, visit

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oneSource IFU Database Now Available

August 15th, 2022 by Angela Engle

Remember, staff should be familiar with the manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFUs) requirement. Joint Commission and CMS require all staff that use equipment and reusable patient care items know how to use and clean those devices. ANMC now has the Manufacturer’s Instructions for Use (IFU) oneSource searchable database available for staff to use to find medical equipment and device IFUs. The database houses the IFUs and provides medical equipment and device information that comes directly from the manufacturer so that …

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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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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 13th, 2022 by Alan Kelley

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Risk Management is sharing some resources to promote driving safety. The link below includes guides, webinars and other resources to learn more about driving and bicycle safety. View the toolkit

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Patient Safety Week Day 2: Disrespectful Behavior

March 15th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

As part of Patient Safety Week, each day we will be exploring a different topic. Today’s topic is Disrespectful Behavior. Awareness of Disrespectful Behaviors in the Workplace Disrespectful Behavior encompasses a broad array of conduct from aggressive outbursts to subtle patterns of disruptive behavior. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) almost everyone who works in healthcare today has a story to tell about disrespectful behavior. And in their most recent study from 2021, …

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Respiratory Fit Testing

March 7th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Respiratory Fit Testing is an annual requirement for all staff who are required to wear a respirator, due during the employee’s birth month. Regardless of your last N95 fit test. The 1804 N95 is no longer being supplied. All staff who wear a 1804 N95 will need to be fit tested for another respirator. The equivalent is the 1870+. PAPR training- all staff in the respiratory program are provided PAPR training during the annual Fit Test. If there is a …

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Level red: hospital access for patients limited to front rotunda entrance and sky bridge

January 27th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

For patients who are coming to the hospital for care or appointment (or if staff are having any food deliveries) the only two entrances open to the public at the hospital are the front main rotunda entrance and the sky bridge entrance. Both of these are open and have a screener from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The temporary visitation policy at ANMC remains at level red. Level Red is our most restrictive visitor policy, with no visitors or escorts for …

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Staff survey on non-motorized travel on campus: Closes Jan. 28

January 18th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

On behalf of the Tudor Centre Trust, we invite you to participate in a survey on non-motorized travel on the Alaska Native Health Campus (ANHC). The Trust is an ANTHC/SCF partnership focused on the planning and development of the ANHC facilities and infrastructure. Recently it hired DOWL to develop a full campus traffic impact study, which will assess impacts to traffic conditions from future campus developments, like expanding the existing campus facilities and constructing new buildings and parking garages. The …

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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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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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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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ANTHC Ethics and Compliance reporting tools available

October 27th, 2021 by Laci Michaud

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees. The Consortium wants to make sure everyone feels safe and heard in the workplace. There are many ways to report situations that make you uncomfortable in your work environment. Discuss concern with your immediate supervisor Discuss concern with your department manager Email ANTHC Ethics and Compliance Team at Call the Ethics and Compliance Anonymous Hotline at 1-877-772-6743 Drop a letter off at the …

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Stop. Act. Assist.-Promoting a culture of accountability, safety, and security on campus

October 25th, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

A common security breach on the Alaska Native Health Campus, called tailgating, is when an employee holds a door open to a secure location and allows an unauthorized individual to enter, or is simply not paying attention and does not realize that someone has followed them into a secure or restricted locations. To address this campus-wide challenge, ANTHC is raising awareness of the dangers to staff, patients, visitors and property that can occur when employees are not aware of others …

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Moose on Campus

May 27th, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

There is a moose and a new born calf at the top of University Drive leading to University Village. Please avoid this area if possible. Do not approach wildlife for any reason.

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Safety Moment: summer safety tips for you and your family

May 19th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

Here are some helpful tips from the ANTHC safety team for summer safety: As the state begins to reopen, more people are expected to be outdoors and on Alaska’s roads over the Memorial Day weekend, resulting in numbers of estimated injuries and fatalities be higher than usual as well. Help keep yourself, your family, and others safe by following these safety tips this Memorial Day weekend. ROAD SAFETY – Use seat belts; observe speed limits; identify a designated driver or catch …

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