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This month, multiple cases of laboratory-confirmed mumps have been reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, originating in Anchorage. Alaska public health officials believe there is potential for wider community exposure, putting non-immune individuals at risk for infection. Mumps has caused several large outbreaks in the US recently. Mumps is prevented by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR are recommended for all children; the first dose at 12-15 months and the second dose at 4-6 ...


On July 28, ANTHC Pharmacy staff was recognized for its commitment to patient safety with a National Director’s award from the Indian Health Service (IHS). The National Director’s award of the IHS recognizes individuals or groups of employees whose special efforts and contributions, beyond regular duty requirements, have resulted in significant benefits to IHS programs, priorities, or customers and fulfillment of the IHS mission. “I couldn’t be prouder of the pharmacy staff at ANTHC and the wide array of services ...


ANMC’s Magnet nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award recipient, Kim Tantanella, RN on ANMC’s fifth floor Medical-Surgical Unit. Tantanella ...


Knowing the right immunization schedule for you and your family can help keep you protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. ANTHC works with statewide partners to support the health and wellness of our people, such as the statewide Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative, which monitors leading health indicator data. Healthy Alaskans 2020 encourages and supports work with local and statewide partners to increase the proportion of Alaskans who are protected from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held ...


Dr. Renee Steffen, DNP, RN, recently joined ANMC as Chief Nurse Executive. Steffen has more than 30 years of strong leadership experience within both small rural and large urban health care facilities, providing demonstrated success in identifying patient needs and uncovering potential problem areas through assessment and analysis and implementing innovative solutions to meet those needs. Steffen has been a nurse since 1981. She received her Master of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, in 1991 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice ...


Summer in Alaska, means making the most of time spent outdoors, especially fishing and soaking up as much of the midnight sun as we can. While enjoying the outdoors, wearing proper eyewear can help reduce the risk of suffering an eye injury. The majority of freshwater and saltwater fishing-related eye injuries seen at ANMC are preventable with ballistic protective lenses, which are designed to protect your eyes from small projectiles and fragments. Our ophthalmologists recommend protective glasses be used at ...

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