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Dr. McCandless joins SEARHC Haines Health Center staff

HAINES, Jan. 27, 2012 — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Haines Health Center is pleased to announce the hiring of longtime Southeast Alaska physician Dr. David O. McCandless, MD, to its medical staff.

Dr. McCandless spent 20 years as a family practitioner with the Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) Tideline Clinic in Wrangell, where he served as medical director from 2004-07. In recent years, Dr. McCandless has worked part-time for AICS, and also did locums work around the region including with the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Haines Health Center. He also has been medical director with Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services (SEREMS).

“We are happy to have Dr. McCandless join our staff full time,” SEARHC Haines Health Center Clinic Administrator Marcia Scott said. “He has worked here periodically as an intermittent physician, so it seems like a fairly smooth transition. His previous experience working in Wrangell and seeing patients at the hospital is a good fit for our clinic, with its FESC (Frontier Extended Stay Clinic) program and the fact we are both small, rural communities. He fits in well with our practice and with staff. We already have patients requesting him for appointments.”

Dr. McCandless earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He earned a Master of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and he completed a residency in family medicine at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa.

Emergency medicine is a special interest for Dr. McCandless. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including visiting his three grown children, river-tripping and hiking.

“Valery and I are looking forward to living in and serving the community of Haines,” Dr. McCandless said.

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