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Left to right: Cindy Vaznis, Surgery Tech; Janice Conway, RN – Surgery Manager; Roman Sorokin, RN (Front Row)
Robert Sanders, CRNA; Michelle Fleming, RN (Back Row)

Surgical Services

Surgical Services at Sitka Community Hospital includes outpatient admission for surgery, the operating room, central processing, the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, anesthesia services, and Same-Day Surgery and procedures.

Patient Information
All patients who enter Sitka Community Hospital for surgery as inpatient or outpatient are admitted through the Out Patient Surgery Unit or the Nursing Unit. While the majority of patients are discharged on the same day, some may require an overnight stay on an inpatient unit.

Patients are typically seen one to three days in advance of their scheduled surgery, at which time they are evaluated by an RN and Anesthetist. The preoperative evaluation will include preoperative and postoperative teaching and may include labs to be drawn.
The RN will discuss any questions and concerns that you might have at the time.

A General Surgeon is present at all times. Visiting surgeons perform specialty procedures.

Surgical Services Available


Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
Dental Restoration
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Surgery

General Surgery

Breast Biopsy
Diagnostic Laparoscopy
Exploratory Laparotomy
Colon Resection
Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal
and many more


Dilatation and Curettage
Tubal Ligation


Cesarian Section
Tubal Ligation


Cataract Extraction/Lens Implant


ACL Reconstruction
Arthroscopy of Knee and Shoulder
Carpal Tunnel Release
Shoulder Repair

Pain managemen

Cervical and Lumbar Epidural Sterioid Injection



Cardiovascular and neurosurgical interventions are referred to a larger medical center unless a life-threatening condition requires immediate attention prior to medevac.

Sitka Community Hospital works in conjunction with Life Center Northwest for the procurement of organs and tissues. In accordance with Alaska state law and hospital policy, all patients are provided with a routine donor consent form upon admission.

Meet Our Team

Melissa deWolfe DO, MPH

General Surgeon

Cindy Vaznis

Certified Surgical Technologist

Michelle Fleming, RN

Janice Conway, RN

Roman Sorokin, RN

Cynthia Dennis, CRNA

Robert Sanders, CRNA