Dental Clinic now available in Willow

The finishing touches have been done to our Willow Clinic for our dental hygiene operatory. Congratulations to SCHC and Dr. Frantz and the dental team! We are recalling our established patients in the Willow service area and sending notifications of our new services, two scheduled days per week, to meet the dental hygiene needs of our established local patients. Having routine cleanings is the single most important dental service in preventing gum disease. We look forward to providing our Willow clientele easier access as well as welcoming new patients.

Mobile Mammography is coming in March

The Mobile Mammography will be at SCHC in Talkeetna on Monday, March 16th beginning at 10 a.m.

If you are a woman age 40 or older and due for your annual screening mammogram, give Providence Imaging Center a call. To schedule this important 15-minute test, call 212-3151 or (toll free) 888-458-3151. You must call to pre-register prior to March 13, 2015.

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) 410-5266 for more information.

Fight breast cancer! Taking 15-minutes may save your life.

SCHC Clinics open Saturdays in Talkeetna and Willow

The Talkeetna and Willow SCHC clinics are now both open on Saturdays. The hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note, this is only for the medical clinics at this time.

Health Quest Therapy at SCHC in Talkeetna

Health Quest Therapy, Inc., Alaska’s first choice for comprehensive Physical, Occupational and Pediatric Therapy, is available now in our Talkeetna clinic at SCHC. Health Quest Therapy, Inc. is offering complete physical therapy treatment for injury rehabilitation as well as pre- and post- surgical recovery and conditioning. 

Health Quest Therapist, and longtime Alaskan resident, Patrick Minder PHD, PT will staff the Talkeetna clinic.  With over 16 years of experience treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions, Patrick uses the latest manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription in the care of his patients. In addition, Patrick is a Star Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Clinician as well as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner.  Other therapists will join our Talkeetna treatment team to meet the demand.

“The opening in the Talkeetna clinic is critical to the health and well-being of the people in Talkeetna and the surrounding community,” Nisa ZumBrunnen, President and Owner of Health Quest Therapy said, “we are honored to be able to provide Physical Therapy care that is second to none.”

Health Quest Therapy uses state of the art treatment techniques and equipment while serving patients of all ages.  Health Quest accepts most insurance plans including: Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care, and regularly sees self-pay patients as well.

Health Quest offers a FREE 15-minute assessment for patients who may be unsure if their pain or injury qualifies for physical therapy treatment.  It’s easy, just contact Health Quest Therapy at (907) 376-6363 or go online at www.healthquesttherapy.com and submit your name, email and brief description of your condition and a Health Quest representative will contact you. Contact: John Knutson, marketing@healthquesttherapy.com , 650 North Shoreline Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654; telephone 907-376-6363.

Are you in danger of losing your home?

Valley Charities may be able to help you.  If you qualify we can help with utility shut-offs, eviction prevention and first month’s rent.  Goals include Homeless Prevention Services:  Actions taken to prevent persons who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless from losing their permanent residence. This may include payment of past due rent or mortgage; payment of delinquent heating fuel or electric/gas utility bills. In most situations deposits are not funded. Housing Permanent Placement Services: Actions taken to assist homeless persons to obtain permanent housing by helping with first month's rent.  Please contact Adam Pollock, Case Manager, at Valley Charities, Inc., 354-4660.

State of Alaska Veterans' Benefits

The Office of Veterans Affairs offers information and benefits for Alaska's Veterans, their spouses and dependents regarding the best way to determine if they qualify for certain benefits and how to reach the proper person or program.  A veteran qualified for entitlements and benefits is based upon discharge from active military service or the National Guard, under other than dishonorable conditions, and may be more or less limited as the result of additional requirements such as disability or period of service.

For assistance, a representative from the Office of Veterans’ Affairs will be at SCHC in Talkeetna beginning December 9th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,  and will continue to come the second Tuesday of each month. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs, 907-428-6016, if you feel that you could qualify for the various benefits that are offered. Your service for our country is deeply appreciated. Give us the chance to serve you!

Grants awarded to SCHC

Sunshine Community Health Center has been actively seeking grant money to enrich the lives of the youth in our communities. 

Recently, SCHC was awarded $1,000 by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program.  Working with Backcountry Bicycles in Wasilla, Talkeetna Elementary Student Council, and Peer Helpers at Su Valley, this grant will help bring basic bike maintenance education, and bike/helmet safety to these elementary and middle school students in spring 2015.  The grant will also provide free helmets to those youth in need of one.

Also, Sunshine Clinic was recently awarded a Target Wellness Grant by Mat-Su Health Foundation.  This grant is to help youth in our community access free, safe, and reliable transportation for after-school activities.  Research consistently shows that youth involved in after-school activities are less likely to be involved with addictive substances like smoking and drinking, do better in school, as well as, being less likely to be a victim of childhood bullying, and less teen-pregnancy (www.kidshealth.org).  While this grant will not solve all transportation issues for kids in the northern valley, it is a step in the right direction.  A big thank you goes to Mat-Su Health foundation and Sunshine Transit for consistently working toward meeting the needs of those in our community to improve health and wellness.

PCMH Recognition for SCHC

Sunshine Community Health Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH 2011 Program. PCMH standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication, and patient involvement. The patient-centered medical home is a way that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be, a whole person approach to care.” You may be asking, “What is a medical home?”

A medical home means having a “home base” for your health care needs. It is more than just a place: it is a team of people making sure you stay healthy and get the best health care. It is where the health care staff knows you and your health history.

A medical home is where you, your medical team and your family that work together to make health care better for you. Your medical team is made up of you, your primary care doctor and other health care staff. You decide who you want on this team. The primary care doctor that you choose will make sure the medical team will work together to meet your health needs.

Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. This has been a long time coming, but very rewarding process to become a certified PCMH. This holds us to the highest standards in providing care to our communities.

Free Hearing Testing in Wasilla

Beginning in September, the first Saturday of each month, there will be free hearing testing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. by Wasilla Physical Therapy, at the building behind Geneva Woods Pharmacy off Seward Meridian in Wasilla. No appointment needed; for more information call907-376-7334 or e-mail wasillapt@gmail.com 

Hospice Volunteer Training

If you are interested in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, please contact Anna Jolley RN, Care Coordinator, 733-9208. Please leave a message with your interest in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, name, number, community name.   Hospice Volunteers provide comfort and companionship to patients who are terminally ill or dying, and provide respite care for their primary caregivers by spending 1-4 hours a week visiting with a patient.  If we can get 5-6 people interested, we will have a training class in the in either Talkeetna or Willow, hosted by Mat Su Home Health and Hospice.

January SCHC Board of Directors meeting

The January SCHC Board of Directors meeting will be at the Talkeetna Clinic on Tuesday, January 27th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

New SCHC Fee Schedule and Cash Discount

Effective July 1st, SCHC fee schedule will be adjusted and the nominal payment for Slide A visits will be:

New Nominal Fees

Office Visit    $25

Labs             $15

X-ray            $20

Meds            $5

New cash discount of $10 will be offered for payment of office visit at time of service. Please contact clinic for further details.

Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers enhanced tools for smokers

New mobile and online apps offer extra help to those who want to quit

http://dhss.alaska.gov/News/Documents/press/2014/QuitLineTools_PR_06242014.pdf 

Two-thirds of Alaska adults who currently smoke say they want to quit. The state Department of Health and Social Services is now offering additional support to help them. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line has enhanced the free tools it offers to provide even greater support to help tobacco users successfully quit for good.

http://dhss.alaska.gov/News/Documents/press/2014/QuitLineTools_PR_06242014.pdf

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 »

Sunshine Transit

Find Sunshine Transit in Talkeetna and the Upper Susitna Valley at http://www.sunshinetransit.org/

Mission Statement

Sunshine Community Health Center offers accessible, proactive, quality health care regardless of an ability to pay.

Hours of operation

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION

SCHC in Talkeetna and Willow
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm