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ANTHC Staff Update: ANTHC buildings safe to reenter and operations will fully resume Monday

November 30, 2018

All campus buildings are safe to reenter and staff will be able to report as usual on Monday morning. Facilities Maintenance is still working on repairing minor non-structural damage. Reminder, If you have any damaged ANTHC property or equipment in your area after the earthquake, please ptocife your supervisor with a description of the damaged ANTHC equipment and property (this includes things like monitors, telephones, file cabinets and printers) so an accurate cost estimate of the damage can be put together and the damaged item can be properly disposed of. Our staff worked tirelessly since the earthquake to address needed repairs from the 7-magnitude event.  ANMC will be open on Monday for all clinics.  We restarted elective surgeries on Friday afternoon and continued these services throughout the weekend.  We have had to relocate a few specialty clinics for Monday due to ongoing minor repairs to the clinical and support space in the Healthy Communities Building.  We expect to reopen the clinical space in the HCB on Tuesday. Specialty Clinics temporarily relocated on Monday include Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, HIV/Early Intervention Services, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology and Hematology, Palliative Care, Podiatry and Rheumatology.  These clinics will be temporarily located in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (4320 Diplomacy Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508, building number 2 on map) first floor (space formerly used by Obstetrics and Gynecology until October) across from ANMC Hospital. We plan on meeting all the need scheduled specialty visits for Monday, but If any appointments need to be rescheduled, case managers will reach out to patients directly. If patients have any questions about their appointment, please have them call the clinic at 729-1500. Please note that the Walk-In Clinic, located in the HCB, will reopen on Tuesday.  We are directing patients to the Fast Track within the Emergency Department during the repairs. We also want to highlight the ongoing fear that may manifest as result of this critical incident.  Many of you parents received guidelines from ASD for helping your children through the traumatic event and we want to point out that many of those same guidelines apply to all ages and people. *Please acknowledge that every human being responds differently to critical incidents and reactions will vary. Please be aware that everyone has a story of their personal memories and experience of that day and this will have impact for how they cope post-incident. COMMON REACTIONS
  • Feelings of anxiety, fear, or worry about the safety of self and others
  • Fears that another earthquake or aftershock will occur
  • Fear about the safety of your home
  • Changes in behavior such as: increased irritability, decreased concentration and attention, or emotional outbursts
  • Somatic symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach or physical ailments (aches and pains)
  • Racing thoughts about the earthquake and your experience that day
  • Increased sensitivity to sound
  • Changes in sleep or appetite
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Increased use of mood altering substances (e.g., smoking, alcohol)
  • Drink water and stay hydrated
  • Eat healthy food options
  • Get enough sleep when you can
  • Do something you enjoy doing
  • Seek professional help if you are struggling
  • Contact ANTHC Employee Assistance Plan to speak with someone confidentially, 800-356-7089
  • Be a good listener when someone needs it (acknowledge their experience as their experience and avoid being judgmental or imposing your beliefs)
  • Maintain routines
  • Calm worries and keep things hopeful
  • Refer others to professional help if they need it
We recognize the Anchorage School District has closed schools all week. Please work directly with your immediate supervisors to make alternative plans if you cannot find childcare or if transportation is a challenge. The ANTHC Child Development Center will be open Monday. For staff who work in the HCB, the front entrance by the coffee stand still requires repairs. Please use COB entrance if you are coming in that side of the building otherwise use the staff entrance as usual near staff parking lot. Elevators will not be operating on Monday, therefore, please use the staircase. Thank you to all of our staff who worked around the clock all weekend to make sure patient care can continue on Monday and that all of our facilities were safe to reenter!

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