SEARHC is pronounced "search." According to SEARHC president Ken Brewer, the Native owned and operated healthcare provider is hosting the event to inform SEARHC patients and the general public about the new and expanded services now available to Juneau tribal members.
"To keep pace with the growing population here in Juneau, SEARHC has recently added physical therapy and substance abuse counseling and treatment referral services and expanded its dental and behavioral health departments," Brewer said.
He added that the open house will offer the general public an opportunity to tour the SEARHC campus.
The highlight of the open house will be the newly renovated facility that houses expanded dental and behavioral health departments.
According to Dr. Tom Bornstein, SEARHC dental services director, the Juneau dental department has doubled in size and can now serve twice as many patients. With new, state-of-the-art dental chairs, he said that dentists can now work more efficiently and more effectively.
"I expect that our patients will find the state-of-the-art facility will make a trip to the dentist go faster and a bit more pleasant," Bornstein said.
Downstairs in the same building, expanded behavioral health department now includes specialized services for children, adults, families and elders.
The Women, Infant and Children office is roomier than before and now features a special breastfeeding room for nursing mothers and their infants.
The SEARHC Health Promotions department is also located in the building
Grant funds of about $1.4 million from the Denali Commission and $350,000 from the Rasmuson Foundation were combined with $1.43 million in support from SEARHC to complete the project.