Articles by: brentinseward

Familiar faces.

April 4, 2014 8:50 pm0 comments

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/

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No Foolin-Thornes goes smoke free

April 1, 2014 2:59 pm1 comment
No Foolin-Thornes goes smoke free
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Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

March 21, 2014 7:48 pm5 comments
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 with her in Soldotna at Central Peninsula Hospital. Dr. Hawthorne is a board certified OB/GYN originally from Greenville, Tennessee with over 25 years of experience.  She graduated from The Medical Collage of Georgia and is a Fellow of the American College […]

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winter storm watch

March 8, 2014 4:50 pm0 comments

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 PENINSULA ON MONDAY AND REACH THE NORTH GULF COAST MONDAY AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES SHOULD STAY COLD ENOUGH TO SUPPORT SNOW ALL THE WAY DOWN TO SEA LEVEL AT MOST LOCATIONS. AKZ125-091415- /X.CON.PAFC.WS.A.0003.140310T1800Z-140311T0600Z/ WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHITTIER…SEWARD…GIRDWOOD… MOOSE […]

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

February 14, 2014 8:23 am0 comments
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 help those that are sick and in need of care; but please remember, it is impossible for us to see our current patients plus the usual patient load seen at Providence Seward.  We may not be able to offer everyone […]

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Counting down.

February 10, 2014 7:27 am0 comments

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 refills, you should contact your provider before Friday to make sure you don’t run out. Do you have any pressing health issues that need to be addressed this week? Is your CDL or Coast Guard license going to expire before […]

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What’s missing?

February 9, 2014 1:39 pm0 comments
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 rebuild it and not relocate to some retirement community.  

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Glacier Family Medicine now has EPIC access.

February 5, 2014 9:35 pm1 comment

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 patients wishing to transfer care to Glacier Family, a signed medical release  must be on file before their confidential medical records can be reviewed.

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Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer

February 1, 2014 10:42 am1 comment
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.                                  

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Celebration of Life for Alden Hamilton

January 24, 2014 8:57 pm0 comments

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 willing to bring baked goods, such as cookies and brownies (something easy to eat with out silverware) or beverages it would be graciously appreciated and can be dropped off at the Rae Building between 1-2p.m. Coffee will also be available. […]

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Contrary to Rumors

January 21, 2014 12:48 pm0 comments

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 you would like any additional information or would like to schedule an appointment.

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Change

January 11, 2014 11:03 am0 comments

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: Dr. Gerry Bell, Dr. Tim Pollard, Dr. Noise, just to name a few. When the City decided a new plan was needed for Seward General in the late 90′s, a new hospital and care center was built.  Providence Health Systems […]

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Influenza on the rise in Seward

January 6, 2014 6:26 pm3 comments

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 with flu-like symptoms as well as confirmed Influenza. And with school back in session, this number is likely to climb rapidly. Symptoms are typical of influenza: extreme body, joint and muscle aches; fevers to 104; chills; sweats; dry cough; headache; burning […]

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Insurance Lingo refresher

January 1, 2014 7:07 pm1 comment

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 go as high as $10,000 (this would be considered a major medical or catastrophic health insurance). Co-pay-This is a flat fee that you pay for office visits or ER visits.  It is often between $25-$75 dollars per visit. Co-insurance-often a […]

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Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

December 23, 2013 10:38 am0 comments
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 Seward and then later by Providence Seward Medical Center. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 224-8733.    

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State of Alaska Changing Insurance Again

December 17, 2013 10:00 am2 comments

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 two.  It is extremely important that you update your medical provider’s office and the pharmacy with your new insurance information to help streamline the insurance billing. With the new TPA will come a few changes.  One change is likely to […]

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Seward Prison Inmate in Critical Condition After Assault

December 9, 2013 2:38 pm0 comments

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, reporting that 48-year-old Forrest Ahvakana had been assaulted by 25-year-old Jason Rak. “Ahvakana was transported to Alaska Regional Hospital for treatment,” troopers wrote. “He was listed in critical condition.” Troopers say first-degree assault charges have been forwarded to the state […]

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Freezing Rain Advisory

December 5, 2013 8:07 am2 comments
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 ONE TENTH OF AN INCH. * TIMING…THROUGH THIS MORNING. * IMPACTS…BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL […]

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AREA SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY

November 22, 2013 6:08 am0 comments
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.

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Wallace “Skip” Fletcher

November 21, 2013 8:19 am8 comments

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.

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Seward Health Fair

November 6, 2013 11:00 am0 comments

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 * Free Blood pressure checks * Free Weight and height checks * Free Vision, hearing, and dental screenings * Exhibitors teaching health and safety topics. Blood tests offered at the Seward Health Fair may include: * Cholesterol (lipid) panel, Comprehensive metabolic panel, […]

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State of Alaska Medicaid System undergoing “growing pains”

October 27, 2013 9:44 pm0 comments

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 base. On October 1st 2013, the new medicaid system went live.  Shortly thereafter, providers throughout the State of Alaska noticed that hold times to medicaid representatives had gone from 2-3 minutes to over 2 hours.  Calls were being dropped and messages were […]

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Flood watch

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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 * WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND. * FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON. * A LARGE AND SLOW MOVING WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING WIDESPREAD RAINFALL TO THE SOUTHERN MAINLAND TODAY INTO MONDAY. THIS STORM WILL BRING COPIOUS TROPICAL MOISTURE WITH IT…RESULTING […]

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Free screenings for breast cancer awareness month

October 7, 2013 6:26 pmComments Off

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 a suspicious breast lump.  Fear of being told that it is cancer is one reason woman don’t seek help, even though they know this isn’t logical. Lack of insurance and not being able to afford care  is another barrier to care. […]

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