JUNEAU, Alaska – The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently named Dr. Janice Sheufelt clinic administrator for the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Sheufelt also retains her current title as medical director.
“I am very excited to have Dr. Sheufelt assume this new role of combined clinic administrator and medical director,” said Frank Sutton, SEARHC vice president of hospital services. “In her role as medical director over the past few years, she has developed a very good understanding of the challenges SEARHC faces in addressing health care for our patients that live in Juneau and for patients that travel from villages to Juneau seeking health care. Her leadership of the Ethel Lund Medical Center will be very important in meeting these challenges.”
Sheufelt is Tlingít on her mother’s side and a member of the Wooshkeetaan clan (her mother is Corrine Truitt, who was born in Sitka and grew up in Wrangell). Even though she was raised in Seattle, Sheufelt came back to Alaska to work in the tribal health system and provide health care for Native patients. As clinic administrator, she seeks to improve patient satisfaction, improve access to care and make sure the Ethel Lund Medical Center meets or exceeds national standards of care.
“Especially because I am a Tlingít physician, what means the most to me is to improve the quality of health care for Alaska Native people,” Sheufelt said. “I’m thrilled to be in this new position so I can work toward this goal.”
She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed her residency in family medicine with the North Colorado Family Medicine residency program in Greeley, Colo. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Washington. Sheufelt is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
SEARHC first hired Sheufelt in 1997 as a family physician at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center (now Ethel Lund Medical Center). In 2000, she moved to Yakima, Wash. to be a physician and faculty member at the Central Washington Family Medicine Center, a residency program run by the University of Washington. While there, she participated in the faculty development fellowship run by the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. In 2004, SEARHC brought Sheufelt back to Alaska to be its medical director in Juneau.