Prevent Underage Drinking & Drug Use Town Hall Meeting

January 21, 2014 1:39 pm0 comments
Prevent Underage Drinking & Drug Use Town Hall Meeting

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. 

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The 29th Annual Polar Bear Jump

January 18, 2014 3:14 pm0 comments
The 29th Annual Polar Bear Jump

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/

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Annual Jump Rope for Heart Event

January 17, 2014 5:17 pm0 comments
Annual Jump Rope for Heart Event

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).

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State agency investigates open burn of Small Boat Harbor dock

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State agency investigates open burn of Small Boat Harbor dock

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 […]

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Community Health Center transition concerns addressed

January 15, 2014 1:44 pm0 comments
Community Health Center transition concerns addressed

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 […]

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Cooking Dried Beans and Lentils

January 10, 2014 1:43 pm0 comments

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. […]

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Group strives to promote local recreation

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Group strives to promote local recreation

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 […]

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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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Seward Community Health Center Job Openings

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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 […]

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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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Seward Community Health Center Prepares for Opening

December 30, 2013 1:59 pm7 comments

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. […]

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Women don’t have to leave Seward for high quality mammograms

December 23, 2013 11:51 am0 comments
Women don’t have to leave Seward for high quality mammograms

SEWARD, Alaska – By HEIDI ZEMACH for SCN – Twenty-five women took advantage of the opportunity to have digital screening mammograms provided locally Friday December 20th when Providence Imaging center’s Mobile medical coach pulled up to the parking lot at Seward Providence Health & Services’ Center. Having these important screenings done locally can save a day-long trip to Anchorage, and the high gas costs of traveling there, said a customer, as radiology technologist Jodi Izykowski nodded in agreement. The state-of-the art digital equipment used in the mobile unit, and the quality of images clients receive from them is exactly the […]

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Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

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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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Council helps move community clinic forward

December 17, 2013 3:01 pm0 comments
Council helps move community clinic forward

At a Special City Council Meeting at noon Monday, December 16th,   Seward City Council members helped pave the way for the Community Health Center Board to continue its speedy efforts to open a new federally-funded Community Health Clinic inside the Seward Province Hospital building by its March 2nd, 2014 deadline. The new clinic will replace the hospital’s existing in-patient clinic, and the current clinic and hospital staff will be able to apply for similar jobs at the new clinic.The council unanimously approved a resolution Monday approving the CHC Board’s selection of Sharon Montagnino to be CHC’s interim executive director. […]

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Special City Council Meeting Called For December 16, 2013

December 10, 2013 9:17 pm3 comments

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will have a special meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. for the purpose of: Ordinance 2013-013, Authorizing Employees Of The Seward Community Health Center To Be Non-PERS Employees Of The City For A Limited Time, And Amending Portions Of Titles 2 And 3 Of The Seward City Code. Resolution 2013-117, Expressing An Intent To Exercise The Right To Approve The Selection Of The Executive Director Of The Seward Community Health Center. Resolution 2013-118, A Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of Seward, […]

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Council moves forward on hiring of CHC employees

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Council moves forward on hiring of CHC employees

Heidi Zemach for SCN The Seward City Council, the co-applicant for the new Seward Community Health Center grant funding, wants to make it clear under a revised council ordinance authorizing employees of the new CHC to become employees of the city for a limited time, but not PERS employees, that they are in no way responsible for hiring the executive director of the new Seward Community Health Center. The interim director position, and permanent executive director is to be filled, and will be vetted by the Seward Health Center Board of Directors. The City shall however temporarily employ the CHC […]

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City asked to jump start Community Health Clinic

November 27, 2013 12:15 pm2 comments
City asked to jump start Community Health Clinic

HEIDI ZEMACH for Seward City  News – The Seward City Council held a work-session Monday evening to learn exactly what will be needed from them to prepare for establishing a Federally-Qualified Community Health Clinic, which is required to open its doors inside the Seward Providence Hospital building by February 28th.  Seward Community Health Clinic Board has hired an interim executive director named Sharon Montagnino, who is experienced with CHCs and has also worked in Alaska. She will help establish the new clinic until it opens and a permanent executive director hired. Meanwhile, Providence, which currently manages the Seward hospital, clinic […]

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Governor nixes Medicaid expansion

November 15, 2013 1:58 pm6 comments
Governor nixes Medicaid expansion

Governor Sean Parnell announced that Alaska will not participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. He held a news conference today (Friday November 15th ) and called the longtime federal program “a failed experiment.” The Medicaid program was “broken and unsustainable,” he said. The governor also called Medicaid one of Alaska’s costliest programs, and said many parts of the Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare,” are failing too. He asked whether the states can afford to trust that the federal government would not “cut and run” from its promise to pay for it. The expansion would benefit between 26,000 […]

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Great American Smokeout 2013

November 14, 2013 3:20 pm0 comments

Great American Smokeout 2013 – Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society (ACS) Great American Smokeout (GASO). Americans set a date to make a plan to quit, plan in advance, then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step forward towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. One Day Starts Today! How many times have you started a sentence with “One day…?” “One day, I’ll go back to school.” “One day, […]

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The 38th Great American Smokeout

November 13, 2013 5:09 pm0 comments
The 38th Great American Smokeout

38th GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT is November 21st –  It’s Your Time to Quit! Soldotna, ALASKA — November 21 marks the 38th annual American Cancer Society‘s Great American Smokeout (ACS GASO), a day highlighting the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting. ACS GASO encourages smokers to use the annual date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The number one thing tobacco users can do to improve their health and extend their life is to quit. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier […]

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Swim Club Start Up A Fun Time

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Swim Club Start Up A Fun Time

Swimmers started their season with the Seward Tsunami Swim Club (STSC) with a fun filled day at the pool. Head coach Matt Hershock with assistant coaches Emilee Sawyer and Katie Cornwell started the day with a review of the swimmers code of conduct. A document that all swimmers and parents read and sign stating that they will be kind, courteous and good sports with others and especially their team mates. Then, it was swim, swim, swim. The Seward Tsunami’s head coach Matt Hershock begins his eighth season with the club. He has seen many of his swimmers start out as […]

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A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices

November 11, 2013 2:31 pm1 comment

Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability: A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices Friday, November 22nd, 2013 A unique learning opportunity during which participants experience what is commonly referred to as auditory hallucinations. The 3-hour training includes A presentation on the phenomenon of hearing distressing voices The simulation experience And a discussion period Training participants will learn about the subjective experience of hearing distressing voices, increase their understanding of the day-to-day challenges facing people with psychiatric disabilities, become more empathic toward voice hearers, and be inspired to consider changes in clinical practice which would better address the needs […]

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Seward Tsunami Swim Club starts today

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Seward Tsunami Swim Club starts today

Today, November 11, 2013, is the first day of the Seward Tsunami Swim Club (STSC) swimming. SEWARD TSUNAMI SWIM CLUB (STSC) is a developmental and competitive swim team that provides a supervised aquatics program for Seward area youth ages 5-18. STSC is a member of Alaska Swimming, Inc., Alaska committee of United States Swimming (USS), which in turn is the national governing body for the sport and the organization which registers and insures athletes, sanctions events, and conducts competitions and development programs. STSC is a non-profit organization, tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. Swimmers (40+ swimmers […]

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Seward Community Health Center announces grant Award

November 10, 2013 10:23 am0 comments

The City of Seward and the Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) received notification of grant award for a new access point Primary Care Out-Patient Clinic. The Board of the SCHC working collaboratively with the City of Seward and Providence Seward Medical and Care Center (PSMCC) will implement this new primary care clinic over the next four months. The clinic will be located within Providence Medical Center. The Community Health Center will incorporate services from Providence such as lab and radiology. Providence will continue to manage In-patient, Emergency Services, ancillary services and Seward Mountain Haven. This grant will support quality sustainable […]

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