Articles by: brentinseward

Familiar faces.

Is it life imitates art; or art imitates life? The movie crew is in town shooting a movie. The news crew was in town shooting the movie crew. I’m sure everyone will recognize several familiar faces. http://www.ktva.com/seward-is-location-for-feature-film-694/

by · April 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
No Foolin-Thornes goes smoke free

No Foolin-Thornes goes smoke free

by · April 1, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthone  will be offering OB/GYN services to the residents of Seward, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing two days a month, beginning April 9th. And to answer the big question that everyone will ask-NO, she will not be delivering any babies in Seward. However, women are welcome to have their deliveries […]

by · March 21, 2014 · 5 comments ·

winter storm watch

Winter Storm Watch URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 402 PM AKST SAT MAR 8 2014 …ACTIVE WEATHER RETURNING TO THE SOUTHERN MAINLAND… .THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF WEATHER FRONTS WILL MOVE INTO SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA FROM THE GULF OF ALASKA ON MONDAY. STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL SPREAD NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN KENAI […]

by · March 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots beginning Monday Feb 17th-Friday Feb 28th to help ease the burden on those requiring health care while the transition from Providence Seward Family Practice Clinic to the new Seward Community Health Center is being undertaken and the  Providence outpatient clinic will be closed. The GFMC staff will endeavor to do their absolute best to […]

by · February 14, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Counting down.

The Providence Family Practice Clinic will be closing this Friday, February 14th.  The new Community Health Center is scheduled to open on February 26th. Have you taken the necessary preparations for when the primary care facility will be closed? Have you checked your prescribtion bottles to make sure that you have refills on your necessary medications? If you have no […]

by · February 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
What’s missing?

What’s missing?

It is many times difficult to notice what isn’t there. However, many residents have noticed that something is definitely missing from this group of trees by Clear Creek at mile 3.5. An Eagles nest which has delighted residents and visitors by the bus load for years blew down in the last big storm that passed through the area. Here’s hoping that they will […]

by · February 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Glacier Family Medicine now has EPIC access.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased to announce that the staff has successfully completed the application process and training required to access Providence Health Systems electronic health records system, EPIC. This access is an invaluable tool for coordination of care between facilities and avoiding duplication of tests when patients have any labs, x-rays, physical therapy, etc.  done at any of the Providence facilities.  For any new […]

by · February 5, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer

Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer

On Saturday, February 1st, there will be a Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer.  It will be upstairs at the AVTEC Commons on 4th Ave. from 3-5.  All who knew, and loved her, are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.                                  

by · February 1, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Celebration of Life for Alden Hamilton

A “Celebration of Life” for Seward High school student, Alden Hamilton is being held Saturday, January 25th, from 3-7p.m. at the KM Rae Building, 125 3rd Avenue, Seward, Alaska. The celebration will be deliberately informal, with the family warmly welcoming all who may wish to attend. All are encouraged to bring memories and mementoes of Alden. If you would be […]

by · January 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Contrary to Rumors

Brent Ursel PA-C Contrary to rumors going around town, Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is still accepting new patients.  We are a fee for service facility and regretfully can not offer a sliding fee scale as we receive no financial aid/grants/support from the City, State, or Federal Government. We do accept most major insurances, medicaid and medicare. Please call 224 8733 if […]

by · January 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Change

Brent Ursel PA-C The only constant is change.  A Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus, has been credited for  this quote. It was as true then (535 B.C-475 B.C.) as it is now.  Change is rarely easy. The “Old Timers” have fond memories of Seward General Hospital, the babies that were born there,  and the doctors that cared for the residents: […]

by · January 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Influenza on the rise in Seward

Brent Ursel PA-C Influenza, or THE FLU, has been marching across the United States in the past few months.  Here in Alaska, the State Department of Epidemiology started seeing an uptick in reported cases, mostly of Influenza A, in mid December. Over the past several days, medical facilities in Seward have been seeing an increase in the number of people […]

by · January 6, 2014 · 3 comments ·

Insurance Lingo refresher

Brent Ursel PA-C As we start another year, and many people have to start their deductible all over again (and many State employees have new insurance), I thought I would re- publish a primer on insurance terminology. Deductible-This is the amount you must pay BEFORE your insurance will kick in.  The amounts vary widely and can start as low as $200.00 and […]

by · January 1, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased and excited to announce that Susan Porter will be joining the team at Glacier Family to perform ultrasounds and also take x-rays. Susan has over 30 years of experience as a radiological/ultrasound technican and has lived in Seward for the past 22 years.  She was first employed by Seward General Hospital for her first 5 years in […]

by · December 23, 2013 · 0 comments ·

State of Alaska Changing Insurance Again

Brent Ursel PA-C Effective January 1st, 2014, the State of Alaska will be changing their Third Party Administrator (TPA) for health insurance. Aetna Insurance has won the contract for the next few years.  Health Smart was the previous TPA . State employees (current and retired) should start receiving their new insurance cards and welcome packets in the next week or […]

by · December 17, 2013 · 2 comments ·

Seward Prison Inmate in Critical Condition After Assault

Reposted from KTUU.COM – ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska State Troopers are investigating a Friday inmate-on-inmate assault at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, with one Anchorage man facing possible charges and another reportedly in critical condition. According to a Monday AST dispatch, troopers received a call from a sergeant at the maximum security prison at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, […]

by · December 9, 2013 · 0 comments ·
Freezing Rain Advisory

Freezing Rain Advisory

Freezing Rain Advisory URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 433 AM AKST THU DEC 5 2013 AKZ125-052100- /X.EXT.PAFC.ZR.Y.0017.000000T0000Z-131205T2100Z/ WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHITTIER…SEWARD…GIRDWOOD… MOOSE PASS 433 AM AKST THU DEC 5 2013 …FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AKST TODAY FOR THE INLAND VALLEYS… * LOCATION…INLAND VALLEYS. * ICE ACCUMULATION…UP TO […]

by · December 5, 2013 · 2 comments ·
AREA SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY

AREA SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY

The following four schools are closed today(Friday, November 22) due to poor road conditions: Moose Pass Seward Elementary Seward Middle School Seward High School.

by · November 22, 2013 · 0 comments ·

Wallace “Skip” Fletcher

Beloved local resident Skip Fletcher passed away early this morning at Providence Seward Medical Center. Marie thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He will be dearly missed. If anyone would like to drop anything by for the family, please contact Skip and Marie’s daughter Kambe Padgett.

by · November 21, 2013 · 8 comments ·

Seward Health Fair

The Seward Health Fair will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the AVTEC gym from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. AVTEC gym is located at 519 4th Ave. Seward, AK. This year, the AVTEC Student Health Fair and Seward Community Health Fair will be combined for a 1/2 day event. The Health Fair offers: * Free Blood screening tests * […]

by · November 6, 2013 · 0 comments ·

State of Alaska Medicaid System undergoing “growing pains”

The State of Alaska Medicaid program has recently upgraded their 25 year old computer system.  As anyone who uses a computer is aware, “software upgrades” are often  two of the most dreaded words users want to hear.  Major system upgrades rarely go  as planned and major inconveniences and delays mount.  Unfortunately, this has been the case with the transition to the new medicaid data […]

by · October 27, 2013 · 0 comments ·

Flood watch

Flood Watch FLOOD WATCH…CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 444 AM AKDT SUN OCT 27 2013 …FLOODING POTENTIAL FOR AREAS AROUND PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND… AKZ125-280100- /X.COR.PAFC.FA.A.0008.131028T0300Z-131029T0000Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHITTIER…SEWARD…GIRDWOOD… MOOSE PASS 444 AM AKDT SUN OCT 27 2013 …FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON… THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR […]

by · October 27, 2013 · 0 comments ·

Free screenings for breast cancer awareness month

Brent Ursel PA-C If you have seen the pink ribbons  folks are wearing, or have been asked to “round up” at Safeway for Breast Cancer, you are undoubtably aware that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One in eight women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime. There are many barriers that prevent a woman from seeking care for […]

by · October 7, 2013 · 3 comments ·

Storm could wallop Turnagain Arm, Anchorage and EagleRiver Monday

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 1130 AM AKDT SUN OCT 6 2013 AKZ101-111-121-125-131-135-141-145-152-155-161-071300- …A POWERFUL STORM ON THE WAY… A POWERFUL STORM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTH PACIFIC TONIGHT AND RAPIDLY INTENSIFY AS IT TRACKS TO THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF ALASKA LATE MONDAY NIGHT. THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY IN THE EXACT TRACK AND STRENGTH OF […]

by · October 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·

Coast Guard Rescues 2 Seward mariners

US Coast Guard Press Release ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded mariners from a beach near Seward, Thursday. The men were hoisted and safely delivered to Seward by the Jayhawk crew after their 22-foot vessel capsized in Resurrection Bay. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received a […]

by · October 4, 2013 · 1 comment ·

The Affordable Care Act and you

Brent Ursel PA-C   The sky is falling, the sky is falling. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are riding white horses bearing the names ACA. The ACA is the worst thing to happen to America since pureed liver. President Obama is personally heading up Death Panels to decide who in America lives and who dies.   There is a lot […]

by · October 1, 2013 · 7 comments ·

Bus carrying Seward Seahawks Football team sideswiped

Location:  Seward Case number:  AK13070448 Type:  DUI / Leave the Scene / Reckless Endangerment Text:  On 09-14-13, at approximately 2300 hours, AST received a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus near mile 6 of the Seward Highway in Seward. Investigation revealed that a vehicle operated by Brandon Mason, age 29 of Seward, traveled across the center […]

by · September 17, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·