Due to the detection of the coronavirus in Alaska, Southcentral Foundation has suspended or limited many upcoming events and programs. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing and to support the health and wellness of SCF employees and customer-owners, all learning circles have been suspended until further notice. While the recommendation for social distancing continues to be in effect, many non-critical services provided by SCF will be delivered over the phone when possible. Additionally, all vendor services have been suspended, as well as all nonessential travel to and from remote communities.
SCF has enacted the level three of its emergency management plan to address the needs surrounding COVID-19. This means a moderate amount of business and operational disruptions will occur. This will change how services are offered based on assessed risk. Call your provider before going in for appointments. Non-critical services that have been suspended or shifted to virtual or telephone support include but are not limited to, optometry, acupuncture, health education, physical therapy and exercise, home visitation services, nutaqsiivik, traditional healing, behavioral health services, and family wellness warriors initiative. All events, learning circles, and exercise classes have been canceled or limited until April 12, possibly longer.
Additionally, many services will halt the delivery of elective procedures, provide virtual or telephone support where possible, and will only provide in person services when necessary. Services within this category include but are not limited to dental, audiology, pharmacy, OB-GYN, primary care, child and family services, and radiology. All residential programs, such as The Pathway Home and Dena A Coy, are still operating with adjusted precautions.
SCF Pharmacy also encourages the use of the refill hotline, (907) 729-2117, for mail-out services.
Along with SCF, ANMC hospital continues to operate but is doing so with limited access. All access to ANMC hospital will occur via three entrances only; hospital sky bridge, front entrance/rotunda and the Emergency Department. After 8 p.m., all traffic will enter through the Emergency Department. Healthy Communities Building, Alaska Spine Institute, and Alaska Pacific Medical Building traffic will all be through the front entrances.
ANMC is restricting visitors at this time. Only one caregiver at a time is allowed in the patient’s room. Labor and Delivery, OB triage, and Post-partum. No visitors will be permitted to the following: Critical Care Unit, Progressive Care Unit (FLEX), or in isolation rooms.
All other inpatient areas of ANMC; limit of two visitors at a time in inpatient hospital rooms. Visitors who are not permitted: no one under the age of 12, individuals who are pregnant or immunocompromised, and visitors with flu-like systems. Exceptions will be considered under special circumstances. There will be a limit of two visitors at a time in inpatient hospital rooms. Hand washing or use of hand sanitizer is required before and after visits.
Events will be canceled or rescheduled as we monitor the situation daily. As information becomes available, SCF will continue to provide updates on service delivery and available resources.
For the most up-to-date information visit: https://www.southcentralfoundation.com/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
News reports are full of stories about rising costs of prescription drugs these days. Last month Southcentral Foundation reported that prices overall increased by about 10-11% annually. Medications that were once affordable are procured by drug companies and have skyrocketed in cost. In some cases, producers are bought by investors who then drive up cost dramatically, taking advantage of the critical need for that medication and the fact that no one else produces it.
Have you ever wondered what to do with medicine you no longer need or is expired? Pharmacies in the Alaska Native Medical Center Hospital, Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, and Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center have recently installed Medsafe medication collection bins. The bins are for all legally held medications including over-the-counter, prescription drugs, and controlled substances (schedules II-V). Unused and expired medication can be harmful to those we care about as well as the environment and wildlife.
I want you to know how much I appreciate the hospital and Southcentral Foundation. In July, I had surgery and the best care one could possibly have.
Are you or your family members planning to attend the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention? The 2018 convention will be held in the heart of downtown Anchorage at the Dena’ina Convention and Civic Center on October 18 – 20. The theme for this year is Innovation in the past, present, and future.
Your Care, Your Choices, the advanced care planning initiative created by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation, was awarded an Indian Health Services Director’s Award for 2017. A team of 39 professionals, with representatives from the medical as well as business side of both ANTHC and SCF, developed this unique program.