Three practitioners at Kodiak Community Health Center were presented with the Summit Award at the annual Northwest Regional Primary Care Association Spring Summit, which was held in Anchorage from May 19-21.
The Summit Award honors an individual or group with NWRPCA membership who have reached a singular level of achievement in a particular area of expertise or service, focusing on addressing chronic illness. This year’s award was given to KCHC Medical Director Dr. Curtis Mortenson, family medicine provider Dr. David Silbergeld, and Belinda Chambers, a registered dietician and diabetes case manager. The team was recognized for its work on treating diabetes and hypertension.
According to a news release published by the health center, Dr. Mortenson is originally from Kodiak and has been “a mover and a shaker in making a difference in the patient population” through his work at KCHC.
“He’s truly embodying a patient-centered approach by helping to lead his organization around integration and team-based care,” the release states. “This, in turn, allows for effective diabetes and hypertension interventions.”
His team, Silbergeld and Chambers, work together to dive deep into patients with diabetes and hypertension by analyzing and tracking clinical measures, performing routine foot and retinal exams, and engaging in case management and nutritional counseling. As such, patients are provided with a holistic intervention that identifies and addresses barriers, which empowers their patients to take control of their diabetes and/or hypertension.
“They see their own patients –– but when someone has diabetes and hypertension, they work together,” said Misty Lee, KCHC executive assistant. “The center is working towards team-based care, where they work with providers in a team to address all aspects of healthcare and treatment. And this is a part of that.”
The Northwest Regional Primary Care Association is a not-for-profit, membership-driven organization that serves community and migrant health centers in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Founded in 1983, NWRPCA offers a range of programs and services to support and strengthen health centers in the Northwest. Its mission is to work toward ensuring equal access, regardless of one’s financial or insurance status, to primary and preventive health care for all residents living in the region.
“Thank you so much, Dr. Mortenson, Dr. Silbergeld, and Belinda, for your dedication to improving diabetes & hypertension outcomes in your community!” the news release states.