PUBLISHED: 5:35 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
SEARHC adds medical staff
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announces the addition of several medical staff across Southeast Alaska.

Advanced nurse practitioner Sandra K. "Sandy" Spencer, ANP, has joined the permanent staff at the SEARHC Angoon Health Center as a mid-level provider.

"The clinic staff in Angoon is delighted that Sandy has joined our already strong team," said Victoria Bennett, ANP and CHAP supervisor at the Angoon Health Center. "Patient care will be even better now with her special talents added to the mix."

  Sandra Spencer
For the past year, Spencer worked as an ANP at the Lung and Sleep Clinic in Anchorage where she received specialized training in pulmonology and sleep medicine. She also worked as a term instructor for the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing's Associates Degree in Nursing program. She has worked as a RN at Providence Hospital in Anchorage and at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where she had specialized training in cardiac and critical care.

Spencer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., and she earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Ky. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She also is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society for nurses.

"I am thrilled to be joining SEARHC Community Health Services as a provider," Spencer said. "I am excited to be living in Angoon and fulfilling a dream of serving in a small community,especially a small fishing community. Dreams do come true."

  Dr. Marna Schwartz
Spencer has a special interest in community/public health and family care, with a central focus on wellness, health promotion and healthy lifestyles. She enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, quilting and spending time with her husband and three children.

Pediatrician Marna L. Schwartz, M.D., has joined the permanent staff at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center.

Dr. Schwartz is a former Alaska resident who has returned to Juneau so she can work for SEARHC. Prior to her career in medicine, she lived six years each in Juneau and Anchorage.

"I am very happy to be back in Alaska and feel privileged to be able to work for this community," Dr. Schwartz said.

Dr. Schwartz earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamston, Mass. Dr. Schwartz is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and she is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  Elizabeth Mosher
"She brings an outstanding level of expertise to our pediatric patients. She works well with the family physicians for outpatient consultations, inpatient consultations, as well as providing continuity care for patients that select her to be their designated physician at SEARHC," said Dr. Janice Sheufelt, SEARHC Juneau Medical Center Medical Director.

A former pediatrician with the King County Department of Public Health in Seattle, Dr. Schwartz also worked as a pediatrician at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and a number of other small private practices in western Washington.

Dr. Schwartz's special interests include developmental pediatrics, adolescent health, infectious disease, and well-baby, child and teen health care. She also enjoys her family, friends, reading, gardening and skiing.

Dr. J. Russell "Russ" Bowman, D.O., was hired to the position of clinical medical director. Dr. Bowman started work at the clinic this week.

While Dr. Bowman will be new to Haines, he isn't new to working in Southeast Alaska. He served as director of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka medical clinic for the last six years. He also has extensive experience working in emergency medicine, having served as a flight surgeon for 18 years combined with both the U.S. Army National Guard in West Virginia (1989-96, active duty and reserves) and with the U.S. Coast Guard in Virginia and Alaska (1993-2007).

  Dr. J. Russell Bowman
"We are looking forward to Dr. Russ Bowman joining our team in June," said Marcia Scott, the Clinic Administrator for the SEARHC Haines Health Center.

"His position as clinical director is to supervise the medical staff, and develop clinical programs and standards of care. He also will provide direct patient care. He has excellent qualifications and experience in family medicine and emergency medicine.

"He currently is the director of the Coast Guard clinic in Sitka and administers the Coast Guard medevac flight service. He certainly brings a high level of skill and experience to our practice."

Dr. Bowman earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and a Master of Science degree from the Marshall University Department of Family and Community Health in Huntington, W.V. He expects to earn a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) in August 2007.

Dr. Bowman is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and in emergency medicine by the American Association of Physician Specialists. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He is interested in rural emergency medicine and in health care management and policy. He also enjoys travel, photography, boating and fishing.

Longtime Sitka nurse practitioner Elizabeth L. "Bitsy" Mosher, RN, MSN, FNP, has come home to the SEARHC. Mosher recently started work as an educator at the SEARHC Community Health Aide Training Center.

The new position will be a return to SEARHC for Mosher, who in 1977 first came to Sitka to work for SEARHC as a clinical staff nurse with the U.S. Public Health Service.

When she first arrived in town, she lived in what was then known as the BOQ (Bachelor Officers Quarters). The BOQ now is the SEARHC Community Health Services building, which houses the SEARHC CHA Training Center and Mosher's office. Over the years Mosher has worked for several health care agencies in Sitka, including the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka Health Clinic. She also has served on the nursing faculty at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus.

In her new position Mosher will help students from Bush Alaska become certified as Community Health Aides/Practitioners, teaching them health care skills they can take back to their home villages across the state. She also will provide advanced nurse practitioner services at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

"I'm excited to return to the BOQ, although older and in a hopefully wiser capacity," Mosher said.

"I am familiar with the CHA/P program and system of village clinics, and I look forward to working with such an amazing group of people."

Mosher earned her Registered Nurse diploma from Boston Children's Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Mass. She earned an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) certification from the Harbor-UCLA Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program in Torrance, Calif.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing (Outreach Program).

Before moving to Sitka, she was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, southern Africa. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Mosher has a special interest in the health care of women and children. She also enjoys socializing, hitting the local trails, boating and just getting out and enjoying what Southeast Alaska has to offer.