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2018 Press Picks

2018 Press Picks

Thank you for voting Dr. Kevin Paisley #1 Best Orthopedic Surgeon in Anchorage in the 2018 Press Picks!

Dr. Kevin Paisley, D.O. is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon and is Fellowship-Trained in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.  In addition to offering complex shoulder and elbow joint replacement surgery, Dr. Paisley also provides specialized evaluation and treatment for sports injuries, fractures, as well as conditions of the knee.  Dr. Paisley is accepting new patient appointments, so call today to make your appointment.

 

 

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Proud to Welcome Dr. Jason Gray

Proud to Welcome Dr. Jason Gray

Have you met the newest addition to our team of upper extremity specialists, Dr. Jason Gray?

Jason R. Gray, M.D. is a Board Eligible orthopedic surgeon and is Fellowship-Trained in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. His specialty training includes trauma, sports medicine, arthroscopic procedures of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, as well as arthroplasty of the shoulder, elbow, and small joints of the hand. Additionally, Dr. Gray has interests in lower extremity fracture management, and hip and knee replacement surgery. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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Aetna Preferred Provider

Aetna Preferred Provider

We have great news for our patients employed with the State of Alaska.  As of April 1st, 2017, AkHES is a preferred provider with Aetna!

What does this mean for you?  This means that claims will be paid at the in-network benefit level, meaning you will pay less money out of pocket for both your deductible and out-of-pocket expenses.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting announcement, please give us a call at (907) 771-3500 and select option 4 to speak with our billing department.

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Now In-Network with Premera

Now In-Network with Premera

We are happy to announce that we are now in-network with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield (including Federal Blue Cross)!

What does this mean for you as a patient?  This means that claims will be paid at the in-network benefit level, meaning you will pay less money out of pocket for both your deductible and out-of-pocket expenses.  Becoming preferred with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield is just another way that AkHES can better serve you, our patients!

If you have any questions regarding this exciting announcement, please give us a call at (907) 771-3500 and select option 4 to speak with our billing department.

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2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Part 2

Dr. Mac & Dee Dee 2.2.2016

DeeDee poses with Dr. McNamara

We are proud to sponsor and support Iditarod veteran, DeeDee Jonrowe, in this year’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race. DeeDee is one of the most well-known mushers in the Iditarod, with 33 Iditarod starts. She has had 16 top ten finishes and is a two-time runner up. DeeDee’s “can-do” attitude in spite of life’s challenges is an inspiration–especially as 2015 posed some very difficult challenges for DeeDee and her husband Mike. The Jonrowe family lost their home, vehicles, and mushing equipment in the 2015 Sockeye wildfire near Willow. Thankfully, the Jonrowe’s were able to get their dogs to safety. Also in 2015, DeeDee lost her mother Peg—her best friend and biggest supporter—to cancer. Through all of life’s challenges, however, DeeDee continues to stay positive and to never give up. Please join us in cheering on DeeDee and her team in her 34th Iditarod start this weekend!

To follow DeeDee’s journey to Nome, visit http://iditarod.com/, and to learn more about DeeDee or to donate towards her journey to Nome, visit her website at http://www.deedeejonrowe.com/.

Go DeeDee!

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2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Part 1

Dr. Mac, Joanne, and Martin Buser 2015

Dr. McNamara & Joanne with Martin at the 2015 Musher’s Banquet

Each year, we are thrilled to support our friend and seasoned Iditarod veteran, Martin Buser.  Martin is a four-time Iditarod champion with 29 consecutive Iditarod finishes, and 31 total finishes. Although he is a spirited racer and a strong competitor in the Iditarod, what makes Martin Buser a true champion is his fortitude and endurance in spite of circumstance.

For those who have not yet heard, one of Martin’s two sons, Nikolai Buser, was in a terrible car accident on January 22nd that landed him in critical condition at Harborview Trauma Center in Seattle, WA. Nikolai had 8 surgeries in 11 days. Up until about a week ago, Martin was at Nikolai’s bedside, comforting and encouraging Nikolai in his long recovery process. Martin recently flew back to Alaska to complete final preparations for this year’s 2016 Iditarod while his wife, Kathy, remains with Nikolai. Thus, it is with much enthusiasm that we proudly cheer on Nikolai Buser in his recovery process, as well as Martin Buser in his 32nd Iditarod sled dog race!

To follow Nikolai’s journey to recovery and to donate towards the family’s high medical bills, please visit the following crowdfunding website: https://www.youcaring.com/nikolai-buser-509882/update/440454. We know that every prayer and every dollar is greatly appreciated by the Buser family.

To follow Martin’s journey to Nome, visit http://iditarod.com/, and to learn more about Martin, visit his website at http://buserdog.com/.

Let’s go Team Buser!

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Proud Sponsor of Team #9 in the 2016 Iron Dog

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Dr. McNamara poses with Team #9 at the Iron Dog Safety Expo at Cabela’s on Wednesday.

We are proud to sponsor Team #9, Jordan Starr and Joshua Plumb, in the 2016 Iron Dog Pro Class Race. The Iron Dog is the world’s longest, toughest snowmachine race, with 2,031 rugged Alaska miles to cover and 41 teams competing for the Iron Dog cash payouts, totaling $145,000 this year, as well as other contingency prizes. The ceremonial start will take place in downtown Anchorage this Saturday (2/20), and the official race start will be at Big Lake on Sunday (2/21).

Jordan Starr moved to Alaska when he was 4. He works as an A&P aircraft mechanic, and has his pilot’s license. Jordan enjoys everything that Alaska has to offer including flying, camping, snowmachining, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Joshua Plumb is a lifelong Alaskan from Eagle River. He is enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage seeking a business degree, and works as a heavy equipment operator. When Josh is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking trips to the cabin, snowmobiling, and traveling. Josh and his wife Kateland have a 3 year old daughter named Elodie.

We wish Jordan & Joshua all the best in the 2016 Iron Dog Pro Class Race this weekend! GO TEAM #9!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in our 3nd Annual Alaska Photo Contest. This year our participants collectively submitted 89 beautiful photos of Alaska! We are happy to announce our favorite captures in each of the 3 Alaska categories:

1ST PLACE – Alaska Wildlife
“1, 2, 3 – Ready or not here I come!” by Channcie B.

Channcie Bean 4

1ST PLACE – Alaska Scenery
by Roger N.

Roger Nordlund 2

1ST PLACE – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“A Puppy’s Eyes” by Corbin H.

Corbin Hiett 1

Since we had such AMAZING photos, we would also like to recognize the runner-up in each category. Here are the 3 honorable mention winners:

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Wildlife
“Kung Fu Bear” by Channcie B.

Channcie Bean 1

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Scenery
“Volcano Redoubt” by Jeff B.

Jeff Bonin 1

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“Autumn Float to Skilak Lake” by Barbara S.

Barbara Seward 3

Thanks again to all our participants. Keep an eye out for our 4th Annual Alaska Photo Contest coming in Fall 2016!

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Should you drive in an arm sling?

Should you drive in an arm sling?

“When can I drive?” and “can I drive in a sling?” are common questions we hear from patients after shoulder surgery or treatment of other upper extremity injuries and conditions. The better question is should you drive in an arm sling.

A recent study published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery sought to answer whether sling immobilization of the dominant driving arm had an effect on driving performance and safety. The researchers hypothesized that sling immobilization of the dominant driving arm would impede a driver’s ability to drive. Utilizing a simulated driving circuit, the researchers created a mock driving experience for study participants. The control group was made up of non-immobilized drivers, while the experimental group was made up of drivers immobilized in a simple shoulder sling. Driving performance was evaluated by the number of “collisions” (or the number of simulated on-road hazards that were struck by the driver) such as an oncoming car or pedestrian.

While there was no difference between immobilized drivers and non-immobilized drivers in routine driving scenarios, their results showed that in hazardous driving scenarios that required evasive driving maneuvers, non-immobilized drivers performed significantly better than immobilized drivers. The non-immobilized drivers had 1.7 collisions while the immobilized participants had 3.7 collisions. This is a statistically significant increase with the number of collisions more than doubling in immobilized drivers! Thus, it was shown through this study that sling immobilization of the dominant arm does impede a driver’s ability to effectively perform evasive maneuvers when faced with a driving hazard.

While only sling immobilization of the dominant driving arm was reviewed in this study, it is our opinion that driving with either arm immobilized in a sling is unsafe for you, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. Instead, we encourage you to utilize the help of a friend or family member to get you where you need to go. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our trained medical staff.

Atanda, A., Chay, E., Hasan, S., Jazrawi, L. M., McGee, A. W., and Zuckerman, J. D. (2015). The effect of shoulder immobilization on driving performance. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 24(2), 273-279.  http://www.jshoulderelbow.org/article/S1058-2746%2814%2900363-2/abstract

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Proud Sponsor of 4-time Iditarod champion, Martin Buser

Proud Sponsor of 4-time Iditarod champion, Martin Buser

Four days before the 2005 Iditarod, Dr. McNamara received a call from his close friend, Martin Buser. An incident with a table saw left Martin with three mangled fingers on his right hand. After a 2 1/2 hour surgery, including an amputated finger, Dr. McNamara delivered the bad news. Martin could not compete, to which Martin replied, “Doc, you leave that to me-do your part and leave the rest up to me.” Determined to continue his 20 year love of racing in the Iditarod, Martin set off down the Iditarod trail covering nearly 1200 miles, stitches and all, to come in 13th place with only 9 1/2 fingers! “Martin’s long finger is no longer his long finger,” said Dr. McNamara, but obviously even such an extreme injury could not dishearten this spirited musher. At the conclusion of the Iditarod, Dr. McNamara was pleased to find that Martin’s amputated middle finger had healed better than most amputations considering that Martin had constantly used his hands both on and off the trail. With four 1st place finishes, Martin Buser is not only an esteemed competitor, but also an example of fortitude and endurance.

With the 2015 Iditarod race only weeks away, all of the providers and staff at AkHES wish Martin Happy Trails!

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Proud Sponsor of Iron Dog Team #9: Jordan Starr & Joshua Plumb

Proud Sponsor of Iron Dog Team #9: Jordan Starr & Joshua Plumb

This is our second year sponsoring Jordan and Joshua, and coincidentally, their second year racing in the Iron Dog. The Iron Dogis the world’s longest, toughest snowmachine race, with 2,031 ruggedAlaska miles to cover and 37 team competing for the Iron Dog CashPayouts, totaling $130,000 this year, and other contingency prizes.There will be a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage this Saturday(2/21), and the official race start will be at Big Lake on Sunday (2/22).

Jordan moved to Alaska when he was 4. He’s a commercial fisherman in the summer in Bristol Bay. Jordan received his pilot’s license, and works as an A&P mechanic. He enjoys everything that Alaska has to offer, including flying, camping, snowmachining, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Joshua is a lifelong Alaskan from Eagle River. He is enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage seeking a business degree, and works as an operator in the construction field. When Josh is not working he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, trips to the cabin, snowmachining, camping and traveling.

We wish Jordan and Joshua all the best in the 2015 Iron Dog Pro Class Race this weekend! Go Team #9!

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Congratulations to our 2014 Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Alaska Photo Contest! This year we had 15 participants who collectively submitted 41 stunning photos. We are pleased to announce the following 1st place winners in each of the 3 Alaska categories:

1ST PLACE – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“Trimaran at Rest” by Linda G.

1st Place Alaska Activities - Trimaran at Rest by Linda G.

1ST PLACE – Alaska Wildlife
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Judith C.

1st Place Alaska Wildlife - Bohemian Rhapsody by Judith C.

1ST PLACE – Alaska Scenery
“Time to Reflect” by Linda G.

1st Place Alaska Scenery - Time to Reflect by Linda G.

Since we had such fantastic competition, we also awarded an honorable mention in each category!

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“Sleeping Beauty” by Bernadette M.

Honorable Mention Alaska Outdoor Activities by Bernadette M.

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Wildlife
“The Leader” by Sabra N.

Honorable Mention Alaska Wildlife - The Leader by Sabra N.

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Scenery
“Winter Kissed City” by Jessica M.

Honorable Mention in Alaska Scenery - Winter Kissed City by Jessica M.

Thanks again to all our participants. Keep an eye out for our 3rd Annual Alaska Photo Contest coming in Fall 2015!

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