March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
DRESS IN BLUE on Friday, March 7th for Colon Cancer Awareness
Colon cancer affects men and women equally. In men, on an average, your risk is about 1 in 20, although this varies widely according to individual risk factors. 90% of new cases occur in people 50 or older. People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or offspring) who has colon cancer have two to three times the risk of developing the disease.
Studies show other individuals at risk are those with the genetic conditions Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC) or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), and also, Jews of Eastern European descent and certain ethnic groups including African Americans, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
Oftentimes, symptoms do not appear in early stages of this disease. But do not delay in talking with your doctor if you or a loved one have the following symptoms:
- change in bowel habits
- rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
- persistent abdominal discomfort
- nausea or vomiting
- unexplained weight loss
- chronic fatigue
What can you do?
- get screened at age 50 or sooner if you are at higher risk
- maintain a healthy weight
- adopt a physically active lifestyle
- eat a healthy diet
- don't use tobacco products
- limit alcohol intake
For more information, visit www.ccalliance.org or call (877) 422-2030 or call SCHC, 907-733-2273, to make an appointment to see one of our providers.
Mobile Mammography coming March 17th to SCHC
If you are a woman age 40 or older and due for your annual screening mammogram, give Providence Imaging Center a call at 212-3151 or call toll free at 888-458-3151 to schedule this important 15-minute test. You must call to pre-register prior to March 16th. The cost will be billed to your insurance and a report sent to your healthcare provider. For more information about mobile mammography, please browse PIC's website at www.provimaging.com/mobile. For those without insurance or underinsured, programs are available to assist. Call BCHC at 800-410-6266 for more information. The exact location of the Mobile Coach will be at the SCHC in Talkeetna in the parking lot.
JBER-Richardson Tax Assistance Available
Who is eligible for our FREE tax service? Active duty, Reserve Component personnel, military retirees and the dependents of these sponsors who have simple, non-complex tax returns are eligible for tax assistance service. You may file returns electronically whether you are getting a refund or you owe taxes. However, only tax returns prepared by a JBER-Richardson Tax Assistance Center staff member can be electronically filed at the JBER-Richardson Tax Assistance Center. For questions or an appointment, please call 907-384-1040.
SCHC announces new Medical Director
The Senior Leadership Team of Sunshine Community Health Center is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous decision, Shelis Jorgensen, RN, ND, ANP has been selected to fill the permanent, on-site Medical Director position at SCHC. Ms. Jorgensen is known to many residents of the upper Mat-Su valley as a well-qualified, caring professional, who consistently focuses on providing the highest quality health care across the full life span of her patients. Ms. Jorgensen, a resident of Talkeetna for 15 years, brings an excellent blend of clinical and administrative experience to her position at SCHC; in addition to her duties as Medical Director, Shelis will be providing direct patient care in both the Talkeetna and Willow clinics, on a regular basis. Please join the Senior Leadership Team and all of Sunshine’s staff in enthusiastically welcoming Shelis as the Medical Director of Sunshine Community Health Center.
David Bryant, Executive Director
Phillip Hess, MD, Interim Medical Director
William Frantz, DDM, Dental Director
Valera Brickel, Chief Financial Officer
Melody Palermo, Director of Operations
Our After-Hours Policy Statement
The following statement represents current Sunshine Community Health Center practices:
There has been some confusion recently about the after-hours services provided by Sunshine Clinic which we would like to clarify. Due to limited staff resources and concerns about liability, at this time Sunshine is providing after-hours contact with providers for triage and treatment recommendations limited to telephone contact only. Options are being explored which may allow this practice to change at some future point.
Adult Protective Services
Report any concern about an adult who is vulnerable to abuse or exploitation. Call 907-269-3666 (main number) or 800-478-9996 (in state).
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Is Mat-Su Healthy? How can we make it the healthiest place in the country? Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) worked in association with other organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify the major health needs of Mat-Su residents and work with the community to prioritize and address those needs. Learn more »
At this time, the Patient Portal is out-of-service to be upgraded. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to have this process completed soon. If you need assistance with matters concerning you and SCHC, please call 733-2273 and you will be directed to the appropriate person for assistance. Thank you for your patience.
Patient Portal is a private safe and secure way for you to; enter medical history online (new patients), send messages to your provider, refill prescriptions, check lab results, schedule appointments and pay your bill online.
Patient Portal is a new initiative sweeping the country through Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) making your medical information available to you via the internet or at the clinic through the kiosks set up in the waiting room.Click here to get started!
Find Sunshine Transit in Talkeetna and the Upper Susitna Valley at www.sunshinetransit.org
Upcoming Board of Directors Meeting
The next Board of Directors Meeting is schedule for Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the Talkeetna SCHC Clinic.
Sunshine Community Health Center offers accessible, proactive, quality health care regardless of an ability to pay.
Hours of operation
SCHC in Talkeetna and Willow will be CLOSED, TUESDAY, MARCH 18th for All Staff Day. Clinics will re-open at the regular times on Wednesday, March 19th.
We apologize for the inconvenience. If you need emergency assistance, please call 911 and proceed to the nearest emergency facility.
REGULAR HOURS OF OPERATION
Talkeetna Medical Clinic
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: Open Access policy has changed for Fridays. Appointments are booked for our patients that come in from outside our service area with pain, swelling or an emergent problem.
Willow Medical Clinic
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm