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SEARHC Klukwan Health Center welcomes Michele Susie


KLUKWAN, Jan. 31, 2012 — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) announces the hiring of Michele R. Susie, MSN, FNP, as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at the SEARHC Klukwan Health Center and SEARHC Haines Health Center.

Michele’s hire provides an upgrade of services offered at the Klukwan Health Center (1-907-767-5699). Before, the clinic was staffed by a community health aide/practitioner with twice-weekly visits from one of the Haines Health Center doctors. Michele will work half of her hours in Klukwan to complement the regular doctor visits, including offering night clinics once or twice a week. She is available to see patients from the Chilkat Indian Village and people who live in the upper Chilkat Valley (north of Mile 18). Michele will work at the Haines Health Center when she is not scheduled in Klukwan. She also will provide services in Tenakee Springs.

“Michele is going to be a great addition to our team in Haines and  Klukwan,” said Marcia Scott, clinic administrator for the Haines and Klukwan health centers. “The people of Klukwan will have more consistent access to health care and, going to the Klukwan Health Center may be a nice alternative for people who live up the highway. She has excellent experience working in small, rural areas. I think she'll fit right in.”

Michele earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Certification and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. Michele has been inducted into the Iota Gamma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Previously, Michele worked as a nurse practitioner and community health aide/practitioner (CHAP) program supervisor for the SEARHC Kake Health Center from 2007-09, leaving when she had to move closer to Ohio to attend to a family illness. Before returning to Alaska, Michele provided primary health care and emergency services at the Pioneer Medical Center and Clinic in Big Timber, Mont.

Before she moved to Kake, Michele also worked with a mobile health clinic in Lexington, Ky., and worked in emergency departments in Southeastern Kentucky and Southwestern Montana. When she first got to Alaska, Michele spent 2 1/2 years working in the Alutiiq villages of Port Graham and Nanwalek on the Kenai Peninsula. She also spent a month working as an intermittent provider for the Haines Health Center just before moving to Kake.

“I am very excited to be coming back to SEARHC and look forward to serving the communities of Klukwan, Haines and Tenakee Springs in the years to come,” Michele said.

Michele’s medical interests include Native people’s health concerns and naturopathic herbs and diets, family medicine and pediatrics with an emphasis on wellness promotion and preventive medicine, and emergency medicine. She also enjoys hiking, biking, snow sports (including downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing), and bird watching.

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