Tuesday’s meeting of the Sunshine Community Health Center board of directors was attended by about twenty members of the community, many of whom drove from Talkeetna or Trapper Creek to Willow to attend. There were a number of topics on their minds after two weeks of significant change at the Clinic. Since the January meeting, Sunshine gained a Medical Director and lost an Executive Director. In addition, community members were anxious to hear about services that had been suspended.
People with those questions probably did not get all the answers they wanted by the time the meeting concluded. Recently hired Medical Director Shelis Jorgensen was introduced, as was Acting Interim Executive Director Melody Palermo. Palermo had previously served as Operations Director for the Clinic. Also in attendance was Sharon Scott from the Mat-Su Health Foundation, the organization that has offered $15,000 in grant funding to help the Clinic with training for the board of directors as well as other related activities. After the introductions, the meeting proceeded with regular business, including the addition of Harold Conrad and Carla Kelley to the board. (more…)