This award is granted to Anchorage Project Access providers for their commitment and generous service to our medically uninsured neighbors.
The story behind the award: Anchorage Project Access received a large framed aerial photo of Mt. Huntington as a gift from a grateful patient who received services in 2007. Mt. Huntington (elevation 12,240) is a steep rock and ice pyramid in the Alaska Range totally over shadowed by Mt. McKinley. This mountain represents to the patient the challenges that faced him while unemployed, uninsured and needing two hip replacements. The journey, while a steep climb, represents a successful summit with reclaimed health and employment.
Mt. Huntington Award Recipients
Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska
Judith Whitcomb, MD
Neurological Consultants of Alaska
Anchorage Women’s Clinic
Alaska Retinal Consultants
Jerome List, MD
Alaska Foot and Ankle
Brian Sweeney, MD
Joanie Hope, MD
Rowland Gower, MD
Sleep Center of Alaska
Michelle Thomas, MD
Katmai Oncology Group
Mary Totten, MD
Orthopedic Physicians of Anchorage
United Physical Therapy
Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinc
Michael McNamara MD
Internal Medicine Group
Peter Marbarger, MD
John Hall, MD
Al Parrish, CEO, Providence Health & Services Alaska
Alaska Heart Institute
Ruth Higdon, MD
Steven Menaker, MD
James O’Malley, MD
RBMS, a Meritain Company
Anne Morris, MD
Providence Imaging Center
Michael Mraz, MD
George Stransky, MD
Buffinton Burtis, MD
Byron Perkins, DO and Heather Felder
Douglas Haghighi, MD
David McGuire, MD
Thank you to all the riders, sponsors and volunteer instructors for making our 7th annual event a huge success. We raised more than $55,000 to benefit our patients with professional care coordination, transportation, pharmacy benefits and translation services.
We sincerely appreciate the generosity and support from our community!
Drs. KC Kaltenborn and Cathie Schumacher, Anchorage Project Access founders, were honored on Sunday, May 17 as recipients of Congregation Beth Sholom’s 2009 Shining Lights Award. Congregation Beth Sholom hosts an annual banquet in honor of community members, whose work and life embody the Hebrew concept of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world.” Speakers at this year’s event included Archbishop Roger Schwietz, Father Scott Medlock of St. Patrick’s Parish, Anchorage Project Access Board Vice-President Dr. Jerome List, and Tommie Brown, a former recipient of donated healthcare through Project Access, who expressed his deep and personal gratitude for creating the network of care that met his medical need in a life-changing way. Also appearing at the event to publically thank Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher were Senator Mark Begich, Acting Mayor Matt Claman, State Representative Les Gara and State Senator Hollis French.
As Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher accepted the Shining Lights Award, they shared briefly the convictions that guided them and acknowledged the numerous individuals in the community who were instrumental in bringing Project Access to fruition. Dr. Kaltenborn quoted Dr. Brian Green, Executive Director of Christian Health Associates, as saying, “Anchorage Project Access is too important to fail.” This sentiment was the energy that propelled the numerous founders during the Anchorage Project Access implementation period.
As was noted in the program and by many who came to the podium, this award honoring Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher also “pays tribute to all those providers and health-related facilities and institutions that make Anchorage Project Access possible.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, congratulations to Drs Kaltenborn, Schumacher and the numerous physicians and business professionals responsible for launching Anchorage Project Access in our community. And to the volunteer network that makes Anchorage Project Access a reality—a heartfelt thank you. Anchorage Project Access would not exist without your ongoing generosity.