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The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Other symptoms are persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, and blush lips or face. If you are experiencing any kind of respiratory trouble, to help limit exposure, please call your health care provider before coming to Southcentral Foundation or the Alaska Native Medical Center hospital.

Calling ahead allows providers to conduct a phone screening that will help identify the level of risk associated to the symptoms. Providers will make a recommendation that best supports the health of every customer-owner while minimizing the potential of the transmission of illness. In the case of a medical emergency, do not hesitate to visit the emergency department at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Once a screening is completed, the provider will decide whether testing is recommended. At this time, there is no treatment for COVID-19; the current approach for care is to treat the symptoms. Individuals who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

SCF is testing for COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Individuals who are at risk, such as those living with blood disorders, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, metabolic disorders, heart disease, and lung disease or who are currently or recently pregnant should seek prompt medical attention if experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or if the preexisting condition worsens.

If you go to your provider while you are sick, please ask for a face mask to wear during the appointment. Anyone who is placed under active monitoring who are self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local provider, health department, or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. 

We make many friends throughout our lifetime. While some stick with us through thick and thin, others are in our life just for a season. Whatever the reason, friends come and go over the years. Sometimes friends are found in unexpected places; do yourself a favor and remember some of your best pals: your feet! They carry you when you are tired, they have taken you on adventures, and if cared for properly — can take you on many more.

Wasilla is one of the fastest growing communities in Alaska. Along with that growth comes an increasing need for medical services. To help address this fact Southcentral Foundation built the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center which has been providing services to the area’s Alaska Native community since 2012.

Join Anchorage Health Education and celebrate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with Teal Seal Fridays, every Friday in January, held in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center lobby

Southcentral Foundation welcomed many distinguished guests as the summer drew to a close, ranging from grantmakers, to a federal commissioner, and the nation’s top doctor.

In August, SCF, Knik, and Chikaloon, which is the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Joint Operating Board, welcomed a new audiologist to its team of providers and to Alaska.

Ashley Schroeder is a health educator at Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center. Women’s health is a passion for her and a subject close to her heart.

Commissioned Corps officer Kim Pitts was a SCF dental hygienist from 2005 until she passed away from a pulmonary embolism in January 2006. During her short time at SCF Dental, Kim became interested in the SCF Elder Program food drive, which collects food donations from employees across the organization and distributes to Elders during the Thanksgiving holiday.