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CEO's corner

I am very happy to be here in Juneau. As the interim CEO, I'm pleased to be working with this fantastic community. I will serve through the search process and hiring of a permanent CEO. My wife, Linda, and I come from Plano, Texas. We have three grown children and three cats. We just recently lost our beautiful, 14-year-old rescue dog, Roscoe, to cancer.

I bring more than 35 years of health care leadership experience to Bartlett as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our molecular lab has run 26,640 tests as of mid-October. This includes preprocedural tests, symptomatic tests and screening tests for close contact, schools and businesses. Between the start of the year and late October, we admitted 142 patients for COVID-19. Their average age was 55.5, and two-thirds of them were unvaccinated. Despite the challenges of these times, our health care providers and front-line workers come to work with one focus: the well-being and health of our patients.

When you hear the words health care provider, you might imagine doctors and nurses. But the team that takes care of our patients can include everything from surgical technicians to cleaning staff. These days, respiratory therapists, or RTs, as they are known around the hospital, play an even more integral role. Learn more about our team of RTs on pages 4–5.

On our cover is a new team that we are thrilled to introduce. These therapists with our Applied Behavior Analysis program work with children diagnosed with autism. Learn all about it in a Q&A with ABA Director Jenna Wiersma on pages 8–9.

Also in this issue, you'll meet our new oncology patient navigator and get safe and happy holiday season advice from our infection preventionist. Plus, our new patient/family engagement initiative is seeking your input!

Wishing you a safe and warm winter,

Jerel Humphrey
Interim CEO

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Your input can help us improve our care. If you’ve been a patient at Bartlett Regional Hospital in the past five years, we want to hear from you. Contact Autumn Muse, Patient and Family Engagement Coordinator, at 907.796.8918 or anmuse@bartletthospital.org.