Acute Care is a twenty-four hour multifunction unit with a staff of 28 employees, serving acutely ill patients in a seventeen-bed Inpatient Hospital, two trauma bay Emergency Room and four associated exam rooms. The program provides a broad range of services to residents of the Maniilaq Association service area, including cardiac monitoring via telemetry, labor and delivery, psychiatric, pediatric, and adult medical services. Services have recently been expanded to include Observation Bed Status and an application is in process for Swing Bed / Respite Care Status. The department also provides the clinical education setting for training programs through the Alaska Technical Institute and Chukchi College for Certified Nursing Assistant students and nursing distance learning programs. Acute Care also provides Medivac services and standard transport from villages to the Maniilaq Health Center, and from the Health Center to hospitals in Anchorage.
Ambulatory Care has a staff of eleven, comprised of physicians, physicians' assistants, advance nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who provide comprehensive health and medical care. Patient care includes routine medical screening, coordination of care for village patients, care of minor illnesses, referrals to medical specialists, gynecology, and minor surgical procedures not requiring general anesthesia. Residents of the Maniilaq Association service area can receive care by walk-in or by appointment; walk-in care provides examination and treatment of urgent illnesses or trauma, while appointments are available for complete physicals, follow-up of medical conditions, or comprehensive care of chronic illnesses. Last year alone, Ambulatory Care saw more that 8,500 patients, 4,200 of whom were walk-in patients.
Together with employees from other areas of Alaska, Staff Development provides annual mandatory training for Maniilaq Health Center employees. This program also assists supervisors in developing tools for measuring the competence and performance of employees, while assisting employees with professional and career development.
The Specialty Clinic provides a wide range of services to residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough, including field health services, endoscopy for screening and diagnostic purposes, exercise electrocardiography testing, and outpatient chemotherapy services. The department also coordinates visits from specialists in Anchorage to provide patient consultations and procedures. Services are being expanded to include case management of patients with other chronic illnesses or special needs.
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