In The News
Make it an Active August with the Bike & Walk ChallengeBiking & Walking in Sitka is an economical and environmentally responsible way to fill the needs for transportation, physical activity, and fun, ALL IN ONE!
During the month of August, Sitka Community Hospital will be holding an Active August fitness challenge encouraging Sitka residents to commute by foot or bike. Sitka residents are eligible for weekly drawings by completing one or more non-motorized trip per week. Every Tuesday starting August 8th two winners will be selected.
The first place prize will be a $100 gift certificate to a local business and second prize will be a class at the Hames Center. Cyclists or walkers who participate in all four weeks of the challenge will be entered into the grand prize drawing! Participants can enter online or drop off a hard copy at the Hames Center, Sitka Public Library, Sitka Public Health Center or Oceanside Therapy Center. For more information contact Doug Osborne at 747-0373.
No pre registration required, just start tracking your trips on Tuesday, August 1st! To be entered into the week one drawing log your activity by 10 am on August 8th.
Welcome back Dr. Coruzzi!June 20, 2017 - It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Marylin Coruzzi is returning to Mountainside Family Healthcare this month!
She will be serving the residents of Sitka Pioneer Home.
Low Dose Full Field Digital MammographyMay 26, 2017 - Mammogram machines take an x-ray picture of the breast often used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms.
Sitka Community Hospital offers state of the art Low Dose Full Field Digital Mammography with the lowest radiation dose in the state. Radiation dosage is important and we are proud to offer the lowest, safest dose in Alaska.
We also offer the Breast Health Scholarship which is available year round for underinsured or uninsured women to provide the care they need.
Make an appointment today!
Three Mountainside Employees Awarded Medical Assistant ScholarshipsMay 24, 2017 - Mountainside Family Healthcare employees Shelia Agne, Shana Colburn and Jeff Russell, recently were awarded a scholarship from the hospitals' auxiliary program to complete training to become a Medical Assistant. Sitka Community Hospital is dedicated to growing its own employees to provide better care for the community. The three future Medical Assistants are pictured with Kay Turner (Director of Outpatient Services) and Patrick Williams (Manager, Mountainside Family Healthcare)
Thanks for making this a safer year!May 17, 2017 - Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is broken down into three main types of distraction; visual, manual and cognitive. Visual is taking your eyes off the road, manual is classified as taking your hands off the wheel and cognitive as taking your mind off the act of driving.
Talking on the phone, using a navigation system and texting are all examples of distracted driving. Texting while driving combines all three classifications of distraction, making it the most dangerous. In 2016, over 330,000 accidents were caused by a driver that was texting.
On May 26th, 2016 Sitka banned the use of cellphones while driving in hopes of reducing distracted driving accidents and making the roads safer. This ordinance was successful, distracted driving rates have fallen by 50%.
Sitka Community Hospital would like to thank the citizens of Sitka for making the roads safer by putting their phones away. Join us in continuing this trend by not using your phone while driving, it can wait!
Hope Floats 2016October 1, 2016 - Sitka Community Hospital Foundation had it's 9th Annual Hope Floats Cruise.
We would like to thank all that came out to support this cause and raise money for Breast Scholarship Mammograms.
First Baby of 2016January 14, 2016 - Sitka Community Hospital is proud to announce our first baby of 2016. Welcome to Will June Larson, born on Monday, January 14th weighing 8lbs 3oz.
We would also like to thank Babies and Books and Ladies of the Sitka Lutheran Church for gift basket donations.
Rachel Larson with big brother and baby Will June Larson. Also pictured are Kathryn Wright, RN and Julie Schanno, RN, OB Manager.
FASD Assessment ServicesJanuary 11, 2016 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD is one of the most common developmental disorders in Alaska. Children affected face unique challenges; including trouble in school and difficulty understanding directions and consequences.Studies have shown that early diagnosis can improve their outlook.
If you think your child may be affected by FASD, Sitka Community Hospital would like to help. We offer diagnostic and treatment options for children possibly exposed to alcohol prior to birth. Learn more sitkahospital.org/fasd.htm or contact Coral Crenna at (907) 747-1771.
Lymphedema TreatmentJanuary 8, 2016 - Suffering from a swollen arm or leg as a result of lymphedema? Get treatment at Oceanside Therapy.
Lymphedema is failure of lymphatic drainage causing swelling typically in an extremity. This can be caused many factors; such as postsurgical, post infection, post traumatic, due to malignancy, or can be hereditary. Early detection and treatment can minimize functional and painful issues of this lifelong incurable disease.
Treatment consists of manual lymph drainage, multi-layered bandaging, use of vasopneumatic pump, ordering compression garments, exercises to restore loss of mobility, education of precautions and self-treatment. Treatment is implemented to get a significant decrease in volume/swelling of the lymphedematous area in a short time prior to obtaining appropriate compression garments for self-management.
Jennifer Disney, P.T. has recently obtained lymphedema management certification via the Leduc method, a research based program. Jennifer has been a physical therapist for over 20 years and recently has recently obtained lymphedema management certification for treatment of this very debilitating condition.
For treatment of lymphedema call Oceanside therapy at (907) 747-1771 or stop in at Oceanside Therapy at 805 Halibut Point Road.
Keep Sitka Streets Safe, Drive Phone FreeJanuary 1, 2016 - From January 4th through February 12th, Sitka Community Hospital is inviting local motorists to enter a prize drawing in appreciation for their commitment to just drive and not simultaneously text or use a phone.
Sitka motorists can enter to win at Sitka High School, Hames Center, Yellow Jersey Cylce Shop, Sitka Community Hospital, or Old Harbor Books. Pledge sheets can be printed at home or picked up at any participating locations.
Sitkan's under the age of 16 are allowed to enter as long as they commit to bike phone free now and drive phone free if and when they end up operating a car when they get older.
Learn more on our Health Initiatives page...
Thank You To Everyone Who Made the 2015 Hope Floats A SuccessOctober 12, 2015 - On behalf of all of us at Sitka Community Hospital Foundation, Sitka Community Hospital, and especially the staff and clients of our Radiology Department, thank you to the following people and organizations for their donations to our 8th Annual Hope Floats Cruise and Chocolate Extravaganza Auction held October 3, 2015: Natalie Allen, Bob and Betty Allen, Allen Marine Tours, Auctioneer Dave Miller, Harry Race Photo, White's Pharmacy, Seasons, Russell's, and the Sitka Community Hospital Bistro. Thank you so much to everyone who donated a chocolate dessert!
This year we were able to raise $7,311 for Breast Cancer Awareness. These funds will directly benefit the community of Sitka! Thank you once again Sitkans for supporting your community hospital!
Be Safe Be SeenOctober 1, 2015 - Sitka can be dark, especially in the winter! Sitka Community Hospital wants to remind everyone to be safe and be seen this winter.
"In the next 24 hours, on average, 445 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash." CDC
"More than 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2012, and another 76,000 were injured. With numbers like these, it's critical that you understand the risks and learn how to stay safe."CDC
Learn More on our Health Initiatives page...
Sitka WIC Office Closed Until Further NoticeOctober 05, 2015 - The Sitka WIC office is closed until further notice due to lack of staffing. They are not currently loaning out breast pumps.
WIC applications and issues are being directed to the Juneau WIC office at (907) 463-4099. Please submit applications well in advance due to the potential for delays.
Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober 1, 2015 - To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month in October Sitka Community Hospital's Radiology Department presented the Sitka Cancer Survivors Society with a donation of $2,500.
The funds are raised each year during the month of October. The main event is our Annual Hope Floats Cruise donated by Allen Marine Tours.
Back row, left to right: Linda Janacek, Deborah Lyons, Barbara Richards, Amy Martens, Kay Turner, Candi Barger, and Dawn Ragusa. Front row, left to right: Rob Allen, Bonnie Richards, Susan Suarez, Ronda Anderson and Cara Lawrie.