IN THE NEWS AT SCHC
SCHC Clinics are OPEN
SCHC Clinics in Talkeetna and Willow are OPEN today, Wednesday, November 25th. See holiday closures below.
REMINDER: Upcoming SCHC Closures
Along with training sessions and the holiday season just around the corner, Sunshine Community Health Center would like to let you know early, the days that the clinics will be closed in November, December and January, so that you can plan accordingly for appointments and medication refills.
Beginning with training session dates, both clinics will be closed Wednesday, November 11th, re-opening Thursday, November 12th. In December, Wednesday, December 9th, the clinics will be closed re-opening on Thursday, December 10th.
The holiday schedule for Thanksgiving and Christmas has been altered from past schedules. In an effort to address staff needs and those of the community, much thought has gone into changing how we account for the schedule during the holiday season. The decision has been made to be closed on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and Christmas, allowing our staff to enjoy their time with family and friends. We will still follow our after-hours call policy and monitor volume for patient future needs.
THANKSGIVING, we will be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 26th-29th. Clinics will re-open on Monday, November 30th.
CHRISTMAS, the clinic will be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 24th-27th. Clinics will re-open on Monday, December 28th.
NEW YEAR'S DAY, Friday, January 1st, 2016, the clinic will be closed. The clinics will re-open on Saturday, January 2nd.
Our goal is to remain cognizant of our patients needs while at the same time the needs of our staff. We apologize for this inconvenience, but as always, if you need emergency assistance, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency facility.
We wish you and yours and happy and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.
A reminder from our Dispensary...
Just a reminder that when you call in for a refill that it will take three (3) working days to process your refill request. This does not include Saturday, Sundays or holidays. For example, if you call in your refill on Thursday it will be available after 4 pm the following Tuesday; call in on Friday, it will be available after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, etc. All refills are handled at the Talkeetna clinic. Please specify which clinic you want to pick up your refills or which pharmacy you would like us to send them to. Also when leaving a message on the refill line, please spell your last name and give us your date of birth. Many names sound similar and we want to be sure we are refilling the medication for the correct person.
Stay Warm this Winter!
The snow is starting to fall as we transition a little early from fall to winter. The good news is, if you need help chasing the cold away, there may be financial assistance available. The State of Alaska will begin accepting applications for their Heating Assistance Program beginning October 1st, 2015. A single person making $2,758, or a couple making $3,735, that spent over $200 for heating last year may be eligible for help with their heating bills. If you need an application they are located in the lobby of our clinics or meet with one of our Patient Advocates if you would like help filling it out. The application is also available online at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Documents/dpa/programs/hap/2016-HAP-Application.pdf
SCHC November Board of Directors Meeting
Sunshine Community Health Center's next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, November 24th in Talkeetna beginning at 6:30 p.m.
And, we have new opportunities on SCHC Board of Directors for you! We are fortunate to have such a great community of people who are a part of SCHC. There is an opportunity for you to be on the board, volunteering and being part of our board. Also, we are asking SCHC staff to be on the lookout for patrons they feel would be great board members. So don’t be surprised if you are asked to join us! If you have questions about being a member of the SCHC Board of Directors, call 907-733-2273 and we will put you in contact with board members that will be glad to assist you in becoming member. It has been a good year with more to come! Come join us!
Donations for holiday food baskets
Health Quest Therapy is collecting donated holiday food items for local families to receive holiday food baskets, and also giving you the chance to WIN an IPad Mini and other great prizes. There is a box in the SCHC waiting areas in Talkeetna for you to donate your food items. After you’ve given your donation, ask the front desk receptionist for a form for a chance to win the IPad Mini. The more you GIVE the better your chances of winning!
Items needed for food baskets: disposable turkey baking pans, cream of mushroom soup, crispy onions, green beans, 1 lb. ham or 1 lb. bacon, frozen rolls, Christmas cookies or candy, jams or jellies, hot coco mix, canned yams, mini marshmallows, real butter, pickles, paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, pie filling (apple, cherry or pumpkin), whip topping, pie crust, mixed nuts, sparkling cider, canned vegetables.
Remember… the more you GIVE the better your chances of winning an IPad Mini! And, you will be part of giving a family in need, a warm, delicious meal. And thank you!
Are you an AmazonSmile patron?
If you are an AmazonSmile patron, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year. This is a great opportunity to increase Sunshine Community Health Center, Inc's AmazonSmile donations by supporting SCHC when you shop at www.smile.amazon.com
Be sure to use this charity link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/92-0117838.
If you have any questions, please sign in to http://org.amazon.com and click on the Help tab.
Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program and supporting SCHC!
SCHC wants to hear from you
SCHC needs you in helping us to know how we are doing and how we can better serve you. When you have a moment, click on the following survey link to give us an 'update' and THANK YOU for your help!
Need a ride to Wasilla?
Sunshine Transit is now going to Wasilla, round-trip, Monday thru Friday! Sunshine Transit will pick-up folks at Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, Caswell, Willow, Big Lake and Houston locations. As there is limited space, you must call Sunshine Transit (733-9279) one day (24 hours) prior to the day you need to be in Wasilla. Calling the day you need a ride, will not insure you a seat on the bus.
Departure from the Talkeetna Clinic is 9:00 a.m.; departure from Wasilla is 3:00 p.m. We stop at Walmart, Fred Meyer and Target. Costs are: $8 – One Way; $15 Round-Trip; $10 for Seniors. Deviations must be approved by the office before departure. If you would like a schedule sent to you, call Sunshine Transit and they can send you a list.
If you would like more information, such as a pick-up time in certain locations, please call Sunshine Transit at 733-9279. Come ride with us!
Are you 'mindless snacking'?
Do you have periods of 'mindless snacking' or eating without paying attention to how much you are eating? This is common especially while bored, watching TV or at a party. It is important that patients are aware of when this occurs, especially those with diabetes. Here are some tips to prevent mindless snacking:
- take out a small portion from the larger bag (check portion size)
- turn the tv off while snacking and eat only when you are hungry
- half a cup of mandarin oranges/berries with half a cup of low-fat yogurt
- quarter cup of canned or fresh salmon with sliced cucumbers and six whole wheat crackers
Hats Off to these Folks!
Sunshine Clinic is excited to announce that Mat-Su Home Health and Hospice is currently training several Hospice Volunteers in our area. These committed volunteers are receiving 24 hours of training and thorough screening. Hospice Volunteers provide comfort and companionship to patients who are terminally ill or dying and provide respite care for their primary caregivers. THANK YOU! If you would like more information on hospice training or hospice care, call Anna Jolley, RN, Care Coordinator at 733-2273.
Good News from BCHC!
Good News, Ladies! Breast and Cervical Health Check (BCHC) would like to inform you that those of you over 64, that are income qualified and don’t have Medicare B, BCHC will cover a pap and mammogram. Women with insurance are eligible to be enrolled in BCHC, provided they meet age and income guidelines.
The Breast and Cervical Health Check (BCHC) is a program that began in 1995 and has paid for 107,000 health screenings for over 48,000 eligible women statewide. BCHC pays for approved clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap tests and screenings. It also pays for diagnostic mammograms that are age appropriate and/or based on certain medical histories. If any exam results are abnormal, BCHC can also pay for approved diagnostic tests to rule out problems, including cancer. Even if someone is not having any symptoms, the earlier any cancer is found, the better the chances are of finding treatments that are effective.
To be enrolled in the BCHC program, participants fill out a simple screening form (which lists their basic information including income) and turn it into Sunshine Community Health Center, or other health clinics. Also, women that have insurance but are income eligible may qualify to enroll, except for patients that have Medicare B. Patients can call 1-800-410-6266 to be screened and enrolled, as well as being able to find out the closest participating health clinic locations.
SCHC needs YOU!
Sunshine Community Health Center is asking for your feedback about your experience at our clinics. In the next few months you may receive a phone call or letter from ‘DataStat’ to ask about your experience. They also helped us gather feedback last year. We hope that you will take this opportunity to give us feedback. Your responses are confidential. If you have questions, please call the clinic to ask about the DataStat Survey at 733-2273. Thank you ahead of time!
Donation drop-off at SCHC
SCHC is continuing to take donations at both clinics for ‘those in need’ from the wildfire. Donations can be dropped off at either the Willow or Talkeetna clinic. Sunshine Transit will transport the goods to the main community drop-off center. For those of you that may need assistance with paperwork concerning the fire damage, our patient advocates are available.
There are no words to express our gratitude for the hard work that the visiting firefighters, our Alaska Fire Fighters, Troopers, DOF, DOT, and the many volunteers have done during this time. We thank you for your care and concern for the Willow Community.
Suicide Prevention Awareness
Early in the 1960’s, an Anglican priest by the name of Bernard Mayes thought to set up an anonymous hotline for people who had considered “ending it all”, but who were also looking help. He saw the need and made the effort to fill that need. In the same spirit with which Mr. Mayes sought to extend a “listening ear,” we here at the Sunshine Community Health Center want to assure our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and veterans who may feel alone in their current situation and might have a need for a “listening ear”, that there are those who are ready and waiting to extend that same nonjudgmental and unconditional listening ear that Mr. Mayes provided those many years ago.
Please call the Alaska Care line 1-877-266-HELP (4357) if you want to talk to a person about your thoughts of suicide; they are waiting to hear from you today.
If you are experiencing severe depression and would like some help, you can make an appointment to see either a medical provider or the behavioral health provider here at the Clinic. If you are concerned about someone you know do not hesitate to ask whether they are considering suicide. You will not “give them ideas”; they already have the ideas and will likely appreciate being given permission to talk about their thoughts. You can then suggest making an appointment to speak to someone about these thoughts. If you believe a person is in imminent danger of doing something to hurt him or herself do not hesitate to call the Troopers.
Sunshine Community Health Center is committed to accessible, proactive, quality health care, promoting community wellness through outreach and education.
Hours of operation
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
ALL STAFF DAY CLOSURES
Wednesday, November 11th
Wednesday, December 9th
HOLIDAY SCHEDULED CLOSURES
THANKSGIVING: Thursday, November 26th thru Saturday, November 29th; re-open Monday, November 30th
CHRISTMAS: Thursday, December 24th thru Saturday, December 26th; re-open Monday, December 28th
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Friday, January 1st, 2016; re-open Saturday, January 2nd