Talkeetna: (907) 733-2273 ~ Willow: (907) 495-4100 ~ Wasilla: (907) 376-2273

Patient Advocacy

Sunshine Care Connections is the name of the Care Coordination program at Sunshine Community Health Center, both at the Talkeetna and Willow sites.

Sometimes we have only brief contact and make just a few phone calls to help someone. In other situations, we take the client into our caseload and make regular phone calls.

Here are some things we can help with:

  • Explain State, Federal, and other programs which include Marketplace Health Insurance, Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Senior Benefits, Heating Assistance, and Summer Senior Food Coupons.
  • Assist patients with paperwork for all the above-listed programs.
  • Determine if patients are eligible for the sliding fee discount.
  • Arrange transportation for patients to go to medical appointments.
  • Inform patients of the availability of payment plans and obtaining medications from Three Bears Pharmacy.
  • Connect patients with resources such as food banks, legal assistance, and care coordination.
  • Help obtain handicap parking stickers
  • Assist with Comfort One (end of life) paperwork (completion, questions, and distribution).

Here are some examples of the agencies we coordinate with: Senior Centers, Sunshine Transit, Alzheimer’s Association, Foodbanks, Assistive Technology of Alaska, Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Muscular Dystrophy Association, etc.

We can help with some questions regarding the allocation of finances to receive the best medical coverage possible for each patient (eg. Miller’s Trust’s, obtaining Medicaid and Social Security). We refer clients to Alaska Legal Services Corporation for help with wills, and legal aid.


Supports for home-bound or terminally ill patients
Our Care Coordination program primarily supports persons who are home-bound or terminally ill in the Upper Susitna Valley. We aim to assist those, who may otherwise need to be in a nursing or assisted living home, to live in their own home if they so choose.  We help clients to apply for Waiver Medicaid and also assist those who do not qualify for this service.

We make arrangements with local caregivers such as personal care assistants (PCAs), chore and respite providers as well as their employing agencies such as Willow PCA, Access Alaska, Immediate Care, and Ready Care. Caregivers can be also obtained through the Alzheimer’s Association which often has grants to cover costs.

Skilled nursing
Skilled nursing is now available in the Upper Susitna Valley through MAXIM Healthcare Services which employed and trained two local nurses.
Home Health Care Services
Home Health Care Services are available on a case-by-case basis through Mat-Su Home Health.
Home Delivered Meals
Home delivered meals are now available through our local Upper Susitna Senior Center, twice a week, to anyone who is home bound, on Tuesdays (out of the center kitchen) and Friday (from local restaurants on a monthly rotation).  Wasilla Area Senior Center (WASI) also provides home delivered meals 7 days/week to Waiver Clients in the Upper Su Valley.
Durable Medical Equipment
We help provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, hospital beds either through loaner closets, Turn-A-Leaf in Wasilla or DME suppliers such as Geneva Woods.
Medication and Supplies Delivery
Arrangements can be made for medications and supplies to be delivered to both the Willow and Talkeetna sites of Sunshine Clinic, through Three Bears Pharmacy and Geneva Woods Pharmacy.
Transportation is now available through the Sunshine Transit  service 5 days/week  along the 14 mile Talkeetna Spur Road,   from the Roadhouse in Talkeetna to the supermarket at Parks Highway/Talkeeta Spur Road junction.
At present, there are no hospice services in the Upper Susitna Valley. The hospice service area extends to just north of Willow at mile 73 Parks Highway. Care Coordination offers as much assistance as possible to individuals and families caring for loved ones wishing to die at home in the northern valley.

The systems (State, Federal, PCA agencies, etc) can be complicated. We are always learning and trying to keep up with changing information. We may not always know the answers, but we are pretty good at finding someone who does.


Feel free to run something by us and we can let you know if we can help out or not.

Patient Advocate Talkeetna Clinic
Marti Goff
907-733-2273 ext. 222

Patient Advocate Willow Clinic
Lori Proctor
907-495-4100 ext. 422


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