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3/23/2020 UPDATE

3/23/2020 UPDATE

Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder continues to closely monitor the status of coronavirus in Alaska.  Our clinic REMAINS OPEN and ready to assist both new and existing patients.

A recent Health Mandate from the State of Alaska temporarily prohibits all non-urgent or elective surgical procedures, but we are still able to offer you an appointment either in the office or virtually through one of our telemedicine offerings (via phone or video).  Please call us at (907) 771-3500 to learn more about our telemedicine options.

For patients with a scheduled appointment who would like to come in, we are happy to see you, but ask that you please follow a few requests.  When you arrive at our MGM building, please text us at our main number (907) 771-3500 to let us know you have arrived.  Please wait in your car until you receive a text notifying you that we are ready to room you.  At our suite entrance, our staff will conduct a brief COVID-19 risk assessment before taking you back.  We do ask that when possible that patients come alone to their appointment to limit unnecessary exposure.

For any patients that want an elective surgery, we would be happy to add you to our waiting list so that we can schedule your procedure as soon as the State of Alaska lifts its ban on non-urgent elective surgeries.

Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder will continue to provide the best care to our patients, in accordance with state and federal guidelines that also help keep our larger community safe during this time.

We are in this together, so let’s all do our part to slow the spread and to stay healthy!

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COVID-19: Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder’s Commitment to Our Patients, Staff, and the Community

COVID-19: Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder’s Commitment to Our Patients, Staff, and the Community

To our valued AkHES patients: 

 

Our team at Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder is closely monitoring the status of coronavirus in Alaska.  The health and safety of our patients, our staff, and our community is important to us.  We are taking preventative actions to reduce the risk of spreading a respiratory illness like COVID-19, including thorough cleaning of our work space.  We strongly encourage you to wash your hands frequently and to appropriately cover a cough or sneeze. 

 

Based on CDC recommendations, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms to include a fever of 100.4 F or above, a cough, shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to reschedule your appointment with us and to consult with your primary care provider. 

 

If you are feeling under the weather and are unsure about your symptoms, you are welcome to call our office prior to your appointment to speak with a staff member about your visit. 

 

By working together we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially to our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. 

 

For more information, please visit the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: http://www.dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx

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Proud Sponsor of Happy Trails Kennel

Proud Sponsor of Happy Trails Kennel

Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder and Dr. Michael McNamara are proud to sponsor Happy Trails Kennels, the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser.  Martin is currently the musher with the most consecutive Iditarod finishes, 33 races completed in a row, 36 total finishes.  Buser was inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame in 2017 and is a four-time Iditarod champion winning the race in 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2002.  Tim Pappas of Happy Trails Kennel will also be taking a team to Nome this year.  To learn more about Happy Trails Kennels, visit their website at: http://buserdog.com/.

Please join us in cheering on Martin Buser (Bib #26) and Tim Pappas (Bib #3) on their journey to Nome!  The 2020 Iditarod Ceremonial start begins Saturday, March 7th starting at 10:00 AM in downtown Anchorage and the Official Iditarod start begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 PM in Willow, Alaska.  To follow along the Iditarod trail, visit https://iditarod.com/.

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2018 & 2019 Press Picks

2018 & 2019 Press Picks

Thank you for voting Dr. Kevin Paisley #1 Best Orthopedic Surgeon in Anchorage in both the 2018 & 2019 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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