Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007

Christine Fagnant, of Juneau, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the 2007-2008 school year from the Alumni Association of Gonzaga University.

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The American Hospital Association, in partnership with the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, has named SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Vice President of Hospital Services Frank Sutton the winner of the state's Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award.

The award honors Sutton for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital's mission, according to the AHA. The Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award was created in 2006 to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials about how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients. Sutton is Alaska's second winner of the award.

Sutton recently completed a term as ASHNHA chair, serving as a leading advocate for the organization before the state legislature. He has been at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for 35 years, rising from pharmacist to SEARHC VP of Hospital Services (the administrator of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital). In April, Sutton served as co-chair for the Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka."

One Grassroots Champion Award winner was selected from each state by their respective state associations, and they are recognized at a special breakfast May 8 in Washington, D.C., held during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. The AHA is a national organization with 37,000 individual members from 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of health care. For more information on the AHA, go to

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