Health care staff honored
Two Unalaska health care providers have received special recognition. Social worker Beth Weeks has been honored, and registered nurse Ramona Thompson has won a scholarship for training in traumatic injuries and mass casualties, according to Eileen Conlon Scott, executive director of the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services.
Weeks, a licensed clinical social worker, has been named Outstanding Direct Service Professional in the field of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related dementia as chosen by the direct service providers of Alaska in 2013. She was one of over 50 candidates Alaska state-wide nominated for this award.
Ramona Thompson has been selected as one of 20 participants from Alaska to receive a scholarship to attend a tactical combat casualty care course in May in Las Vegas. The scholarships were open to physicians, mid-level providers, paramedics, EMT's, military personnel, and other healthcare professionals who initiate life support interventions during traumatic injuries.
The State of Alaska, DHSS Emergency Programs/Trauma Unit is funding the program at the Joint Tactics and Medicine Training Facility, in Nevada, and includes courses in mass causality treatment and training. The scholarship requires participants to train providers in Alaska. JTM has a long-standing relationship with the military, and currently resides on Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.