Your Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan

If you have a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, October 15th – Dec 7th is the time each year when you can join, drop or switch Medicare Drug Plans.

The Mat-Su ADRC will be partnering with the Sunshine Community Health Center to provide free Medicare Part D Counseling appointments at the Upper Su Senior Center, and at the Willow and Talkeetna Sunshine Clinics on Tuesday November 4th, 2014.

Appointments at the Senior Center will start at 10:00 am and end at 2 pm. Appointments at the Willow and Sunshine clinics will start at 2:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. To make an appointment, or if you have any questions, please contact the Patient Advocate at the Sunshine Cinic closest to you.

SCHC Willow Clinic: 495-4100

SCHC Talkeetna Clinic: 733-2273

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

In wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, SCHC Clinics in Talkeetna and Willow will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th. On Saturday, November 29th, only the Talkeetna Clinic will RE-OPEN, at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. BOTH clinics will be open Monday on December 1st at their regular time. We apologize for the inconvenience during the closures. If you need emergency assistance, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency facility near you.

Dental Clinic coming to Willow!

SCHC is excited to announce that the Dental Clinic will begin seeing patients at our Willow Clinic in December. Also, beginning at the first of the year, one day per week, our dental hygiene services will be expanding to the Willow Clinic. New patients must first have dental exam in Talkeetna prior to scheduling a cleaning in Willow. Having routine cleanings is the single most important service in preventing gum disease. We look forward to providing our Willow clientele easier access as well as welcoming new patients.

PCMH Recognition for SCHC

Sunshine Community Health Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH 2011 Program. PCMH standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication, and patient involvement. The patient-centered medical home is a way that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be, a whole person approach to care.” You may be asking, “What is a medical home?”

A medical home means having a “home base” for your health care needs. It is more than just a place: it is a team of people making sure you stay healthy and get the best health care. It is where the health care staff knows you and your health history.

A medical home is where you, your medical team and your family that work together to make health care better for you. Your medical team is made up of you, your primary care doctor and other health care staff. You decide who you want on this team. The primary care doctor that you choose will make sure the medical team will work together to meet your health needs.

Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. This has been a long time coming, but very rewarding process to become a certified PCMH. This holds us to the highest standards in providing care to our communities.

Do you need help with rent or utilities?

We may be able to help you.  If you qualify we can help with utility shut-offs, eviction prevention and first month’s rent.  Goals include Homeless Prevention Services:  Actions taken to prevent persons who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless from losing their permanent residence. This may include payment of past due rent or mortgage; payment of delinquent heating fuel or electric/gas utility bills. In most situations deposits are not funded. Housing Permanent Placement Services: Actions taken to assist homeless persons to obtain permanent housing by helping with first month's rent.  Please contact Valley Charities, Inc., 354-4660.

Health Quest Therapy opening at SCHC in Talkeetna

Health Quest Therapy, Inc., Alaska’s first choice for comprehensive Physical, Occupational and Pediatric Therapy, is excited to announce the opening of our Talkeetna clinic at SCHC as of September 16th. Health Quest Therapy, Inc. is offering complete physical therapy treatment for injury rehabilitation as well as pre- and post- surgical recovery and conditioning. 

Health Quest Therapist, and longtime Alaskan resident, Patrick Minder PHD, PT will staff the Talkeetna clinic.  With over 16 years of experience treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions, Patrick uses the latest manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription in the care of his patients. In addition, Patrick is a Star Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Clinician as well as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner.  Other therapists will join our Talkeetna treatment team to meet demand.

“The opening of the Talkeetna clinic will be critical to the health and wellbeing of the people of Talkeetna and the surrounding community,” Nisa ZumBrunnen, President and Owner of Health Quest Therapy said, “we are honored to be able to provide Physical Therapy care that is second to none.”

Health Quest Therapy uses state of the art treatment techniques and equipment while serving patients of all ages.  Health Quest accepts most insurance plans including: Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care, and regularly sees self-pay patients as well.

Health Quest offers a FREE 15-minute assessment for patients who may be unsure if their pain or injury qualifies for physical therapy treatment.  It’s easy, just contact Health Quest Therapy at (907) 376-6363 or go online at www.healthquesttherapy.com and submit your name, email and brief description of your condition and a Health Quest representative will contact you. Contact: John Knutson, marketing@healthquesttherapy.com , 650 North Shoreline Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654; telephone 907-376-6363.

Free Hearing Testing in Wasilla

Beginning in September, the first Saturday of each month, there will be free hearing testing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. by Wasilla Physical Therapy, at the building behind Geneva Woods Pharmacy off Seward Meridian in Wasilla. No appointment needed; for more information call907-376-7334 or e-mail wasillapt@gmail.com 

Hospice Volunteer Training

If you are interested in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, please contact Anna Jolley RN, Care Coordinator, 733-9208. Please leave a message with your interest in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, name, number, community name.   Hospice Volunteers provide comfort and companionship to patients who are terminally ill or dying, and provide respite care for their primary caregivers by spending 1-4 hours a week visiting with a patient.  If we can get 5-6 people interested, we will have a training class in the in either Talkeetna or Willow, hosted by Mat Su Home Health and Hospice.

SCHC continuing Saturday hours in Talkeetna only

SCHC will continue to stay open on Saturdays for the fall and winter seasons in Talkeetna only. The hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note, this is only for the medical clinic.

November SCHC Board of Directors meeting

The November SCHC Board of Directors meeting will be at the Willow Clinic on Tuesday, November 25th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

New SCHC Fee Schedule and Cash Discount

Effective July 1st, SCHC fee schedule will be adjusted and the nominal payment for Slide A visits will be:

New Nominal Fees

Office Visit    $25

Labs             $15

X-ray            $20

Meds            $5

New cash discount of $10 will be offered for payment of office visit at time of service. Please contact clinic for further details.

Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers enhanced tools for smokers

New mobile and online apps offer extra help to those who want to quit

http://dhss.alaska.gov/News/Documents/press/2014/QuitLineTools_PR_06242014.pdf 

Two-thirds of Alaska adults who currently smoke say they want to quit. The state Department of Health and Social Services is now offering additional support to help them. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line has enhanced the free tools it offers to provide even greater support to help tobacco users successfully quit for good.

http://dhss.alaska.gov/News/Documents/press/2014/QuitLineTools_PR_06242014.pdf

Our After-Hours Policy Statement

The following statement represents current Sunshine Community Health Center practices:

There has been some confusion recently about the after-hours services provided by Sunshine Clinic which we would like to clarify. Due to limited staff resources and concerns about liability, at this time Sunshine is providing after-hours contact with providers for triage and treatment recommendations limited to telephone contact only. Options are being explored which may allow this practice to change at some future point.

Adult Protective Services

Report any concern about an adult who is vulnerable to abuse or exploitation. Call 907-269-3666 (main number) or 800-478-9996 (in state). 

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Is Mat-Su Healthy? How can we make it the healthiest place in the country? Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) worked in association with other organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify the major health needs of Mat-Su residents and work with the community to prioritize and address those needs. Learn more »

Sunshine Transit

Find Sunshine Transit in Talkeetna and the Upper Susitna Valley at http://www.sunshinetransit.org/

Mission Statement

Sunshine Community Health Center offers accessible, proactive, quality health care regardless of an ability to pay.

Hours of operation

SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION

Talkeetna Medical Clinic
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Willow Medical Clinic
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm