PUBLISHED: 4:48 PM on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
USPHS honors SEARHC's Carrissa Sanchez
SITKA, Nov. 1, 2006 - The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has honored CDR Carrissa Sanchez, the senior nurse manager for contract health case management with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), with the PHS Citation.

The PHS Citation recognizes CDR Sanchez for her "sustained quality performance of administrative duties with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, Alaska, from July 2005 to June 2006."

Based at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, CDR Sanchez oversees the consortiumwide contract health case management and referred care program. These programs help patients navigate the Native health care system from village clinics to SEARHC's regional hospital in Sitka, and even on to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage or other facilities.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium team," CDR Sanchez said. "...To be able to manage a department involved in decreasing health disparities and improving patient access to health care is a great passion of mine, and to be recognized for doing your job is very rewarding."