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/
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