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important member of the team. The time and attention to detail spent with the providers allows for personalization of the treatment plan. This team can then find the areas of concern that often are the basis for symptoms and begin work to correct the problems before they become larger issues. Creating a good foundation of health is really the very best prevention.”

New Options for Older Alaskans

Patients nearing age 65 and older have the relatively new option of getting quick and convenient health screenings from the Alaska Medicare Clinic, amongst the first of its kind in the country. According to Clinic Manager Kirsten Gurley, Medicare patients are given a comprehensive health screening upon first signing on to Medicare, and are eligible for routine annual screenings every year thereafter. Gurley is excited to announce a new collaboration the clinic made. “Alaska Medicare Clinic has partnered with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to implement a program that offers depression screening as a part of the initial patient intake,” she says. “Patients will have the option of having an on-site depression case manager who will help them manage their mental health as well as their physical health, as we know the two to be very intertwined.” In the event health screenings performed at Alaska Medicare Clinic yield results that must be followed up on, Gurley says patients can depend on the clinic to utilize its extensive referral network to connect with a qualified specialist without the patient referral runaround many seniors have grown to dread. Gurley’s advice for preventing disease and staying healthy goes beyond standard screenings. While Gurley adds bone density testing to the list of highly recommended screenings, she says, “Most importantly, educate yourself as a consumer. Fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended, but most people can enjoy all things in moderation. Exercise, eat well and know that we are here if you need us.”


#1 Spine Surgery 2012 #1 Overall Orthopedic Services 2009-2012 #1 Joint Replacements 2007-2012

Alaska Regional Hospital is No. 1 in the state for spine surgery, as rated by HealthGrades, an independent company that annually rates the quality of hospital care nationwide. Our orthopedics team also took top honors for overall orthopedic services for the fourth year in a row, and for joint replacements six years in a row. U.S. News & World Report also recognized Alaska Regional as one of the nation’s best regional hospitals in the country and in areas of specialization commended us in orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery. Congratulations to our physicians and everyone at the hospital who made this outstanding achievement possible!

Changing the Focus

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