By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The new Community Health Clinic, (CHC) opens its doors in Seward Monday, March 10th, in the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building, exactly where the former clinic was. Patients who spoke with Sharon Montagnino, the CHC board and clinic interim executive director at a meet and greet Thursday evening were saddened to learn that none of the people working at the former clinic have transferred over to the new clinic facility, especially their provider Ellen O’ Brien, an advanced practice nurse. The clinic has hired two new front desk workers, however, an outreach […]
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By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Thirty-nine faculty and staff members from AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology, and three others from SeaView Community Services and the Seward Boys & Girls Club attended a QPR Gatekeeper Training suicide prevention training at AVTEC last week during in-services. The class was provided by the UAA Center for Human Development’s Training Coordinator Eric Boyer, using instructions designed by suicide prevention expert Paul Quinnett. It had been planned a while ago, but came at a time of increased awareness about the issue of suicide in Seward following the recent death of two young teens in January. […]Read more ›
SEWARD, Alaska – PRESS RELEASE from the Seward Community Health Center February 18, 2014 After more than three years of work by the community, the Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will become a reality next month. The Seward CHC is working diligently to prepare for opening its doors on Monday, March 10th. Many details will be taken care of in the next few weeks in order to be ready to open the clinic. The space is currently being painted and set up with supplies. Equipment is expected to arrive after the first of March. Hiring of providers and staff is […]Read more ›
The Resurrection Bay Garden Club gives thanks to UAF Cooperative Extension Agent Lydia Clayton for her terrific talk on soil and the publications she provided! Almost two dozen participants learned a great deal about soil structure, nutrient and microorganism needs, soil testing and much more. The seed swap that followed was marvelous – thousands of seeds were up for grabs, including highly impressive stashes that were generously shared by Weezingreens’ Carol Souza, Lydia Clayton, Lori Draper, Judy Rough, CJ Rea, Carol Conant, Katy Turnbull, Deanna Trobaugh, Rebecca Brown and others. Special thanks also go to the folks who helped with […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for SCN - The Seward City Council took the first step toward addressing the many deferred-maintenance problems at the city’s aging sewage lagoon at Lowell Point by transferring 500 thousand dollars from its Water Enterprise Fund to the Wastewater Enterprise fund, and appropriating those funds toward future mitigation efforts yet to be named. At Monday night’s Feb 10th council meeting City Manager Jim Hunt said they are still exploring what projects to fund, but the Public Works Department has not yet found a place to dispose of the more than 20 years’ worth of accumulated sludge. It might […]Read more ›
American Red Cross of Alaska Shelter Operations Training will be held Saturday, Feb 8th 9am-5pm at the K.M. Rae Building. Sheltering operations includes, shelter fundamentals and shelter management. These classes compliment KPB CERT training and are given at no cost. This training is open to the public. Please rsvp to Alex Fontey, firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more ›
Winter Composting with Worms Composting in the winter is no fun! The weekly long, slow trudge out to the compost pile at 20 F below isn’t even an Alaskan’s idea of a good time. Fortunately there is an easy, fun alternative for composting during the Alaskan winter: Vermicomposting! Vermicomposting is the feeding of kitchen food scraps to worms. In addition to cutting down on what goes to the trash bin, they can be effectively turned into rich compost that is beneficial as both a soil amendment and slow release fertilizer. Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not! […]Read more ›
Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska will be in Seward on Wed. Jan 22nd at the Library from 1 pm to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.Read more ›
Please join the Seward Prevention Coalition, on January 29th at the Seward Middle School, for their Third Annual Town Hall Meeting. This year’s meeting is centered around Community Action to Prevent Underage Drinking & Drug Use. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. The event starts at 5:30pm with a FREE Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Native Youth Olympic Students and dessert by Judy Odhner’s Culinary Class. Childcare is being provided by the Seahawks Choir. Come out and help the Seward Prevention Coalition make Seward a healthier place for our youth.Read more ›
Jumpers, Seward Firefighters, Alaska SeaLife Center divers, Harbor staff and Polar Bear Jump Volunteers brace themselves against the rain during the 29th annual Polar Bear Jump held earlier today in efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Some jumpers took the plunge in lively costumes while others distinguished themselves with their unique twists, turns, somersaults, and flops as they entered the harbor. Events for the Polar Bear Jump Weekend continue through tonight and into tomorrow. For more information on the events, click on this link: http://sewardcitynews.com/2014/01/polar-bear-jumpoff-festival-schedule-of-events-2014-29th-annual/Read more ›
Seward Elementary School is proud to partner with the American Heart Association for its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Please help a school child raise funds for this awesome jump-roping marathon that betters the lives of all of us! If you need more information, please contact Mrs. Ray at Seward Elementary School (907-224-3356).Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Air Quality is investigating what occurred during an open burn when Orion Marine Services Contractors LLC (DBA West Construction) burned the old Small Boat Harbor D-float dock and other materials on behalf of the City of Seward without a black-smoke burn permit. The burn, which took place on the north east (side of) private Alaska Railroad Corporation property in Seward January 9th-11th generated some dark smoke on all three days which brought concerned citizen’s questions and complaints to DEC and the local fire department contending that […]Read more ›
By HEIDI ZEMACH for SCN – PSMC Administrator Joe Fong, and Seward Community Health Center Interim Director Sharon Montagnino, addressed some public misconceptions and concerns that some residents seem to have about the transition at Monday night’s City Council meeting. The Seward CHC opens February 26, 2014 in the hospital building where it the clinic now exists at Providence, replacing the hospital’s own out-patient clinic. The old clinic it runs will close its doors on February 14, 2014 to enable the new CHC to renovate the space, and begin seeing patients. Both Providence, and the CHC folks have been working hard to accomplish […]Read more ›
Cooking Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils A southern tradition to bring luck and prosperity in the upcoming year is to serve black eyed peas on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Whether or not you’ve recently eaten black eyed peas to honor this tradition consider serving legumes throughout the year for a healthful option at any meal. Legumes- dried beans and peas are inexpensive, tasty and good sources of protein, iron zinc, potassium and fiber. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication that includes information on cooking, combining bean with other ingredients to make a complete protein, and recipes. […]Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Recreation Committee’s first meeting of the year 2014, which took place Wednesday Jan 8th over lunch at Apollo’s Restaurant, was a productive one. It was attended by 11 people, including a couple of community members. Most committee members offered enthusiastic suggestions for the future winter activities and events that it could become involved in helping to promote. It was apparent that about one year in, this ad-hoc advisory group, brought about by former city mayor David Seaward and appointed by the Seward City Council is still working out some details of its mission […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) has openings for the following positions: FT Front Desk Staff – SCHC is seeking upbeat and experienced individuals to join the front office team. Ideal candidates will have great customer service skills, the ability to multitask, team player and support the organization’s mission to ensure the safety and well-being of each patient. MEDICAL ASSISTANTS- SCHC is seeking two FT medical assistants for direct patient care and the assisting of the physician or mid-level practitioner. MAs serve as a member of the medical team, supporting the organization’s mission and program philosophy of care to ensure the safety and well-being of […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
SEWARD, Alaska – The City of Seward and the Seward CHC Board of Directors were recently awarded a 330 federal grant to open and operate a federally funded community health center. Under the 330 Public Law, community health centers provide all required primary, preventive, enabling health services and additional health services as appropriate and necessary, either directly or through established written arrangements and referrals, additionally community health centers provide services at times that assure accessibility and meet theneeds of the population to be served. The new Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will operate out of the space in the hospital currently being used by Providence’s clinic. […]Read more ›