ACENT Wins Mount Huntington Award for Service to the Medically Uninsured
Anchorage, AK—The Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat, ACENT, has been presented the Mount Huntington Award, an honor given annually to Anchorage Project Access providers in recognition for their steadfast commitment and generous service to the medically uninsured. Anchorage Project Access is a physician-led community effort to provide health care to low income, uninsured residents within the Municipality of Anchorage. The award is signed by Governor Bill Walker, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson.
“The ACENT team is very honored to receive the Huntington Award, but the real recognition should be to the visionaries, staff, and board members of Project Access that have and continue to work tirelessly to provide care for those most in need in our community,” said Dr. Dwight Ellerbe, managing partner at ACENT. “Physicians and dentists possess knowledge and skills that are meant to be shared with anyone in need, and we are only a small part of the Anchorage medical community that gives freely when asked. ACENT is proud to be part of such large group of providers that shares that commitment.”
Anchorage Project Access received a large framed aerial photo of Mt. Huntington as a gift from a grateful patient who received services in 2007. This mountain symbolizes the challenges he faced while unemployed, uninsured and needing two hip replacements. The journey, while a steep climb, represents a successful summit with reclaimed health and employment. Mt. Huntington (elevation 12,240) is a striking rock and ice pyramid in the Central Alaska Range, about eight miles south-southeast of Denali. While overshadowed in absolute elevation by Mt. Denali, Mt. Huntington is a steeper peak.