Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Prenatal Care Manager
Ann began working at YKHC a little more than 20 years ago, starting in the OB department and continuing to specialize in women’s health. Glasheen says, “I have witnessed or have been a part of at least 1,500 birthing experiences in my tenure with YKHC.”
She left OB in 1999 and collaborated on designing a care management department. That transitioned into prenatal care management. With YKHC’s help and encouragement, she went back to school in 2004 to become a Nurse Health Practitioner.
Glasheen recently sat down with Public Relations Director Donna Bach.
Can you tell us about your first memory of Bethel?
I got off a Mark Air plane wearing the brightest colors and an old Yup’ik man must’ve had a good laugh at me coming off the airplane looking like a clown.
You witnessed the transition from Indian Health Service (IHS) to YKHC control of the hospital starting in 1991. What can you tell us about that and other changes over the years?
“Many great things came from that—a lot of changes, equipment, more staffing and all of the innovation and renovations to keep up with the growing needs were incredible. Good impacts were tobacco cessation, the high-risk OB rounds which focused on specifics on the patient so all providers are on the same page. It has benefited prenatal care and [has been] an overall benefit for the patient experience in clinic and delivery.
Another landmark was when YKHC hired its first OB-GYN around 2003 which has benefited the region as well. And now we are focusing on Centering Pregnancy. All of these are things I have been able to witness or participate in elevating the levels of care for our patients.
You used to have to wait four to six weeks to obtain a first- or second-day appointment. YKHC has made leaps and bounds in improving the wait times for our family medicine clinic and I really commend Louise Reed and Dawn Hackney for the changes they made to improve patient wait times and allowing more patients to come and be seen.
Brian Patrick 26, Sean 23, Joseph 18, and Steven 15. Her two oldest are engineers working with BP. Joey is attending a community college in Pendelton, Oregon, and Steven is a freshman at Bethel High School
Activities you enjoy?
Traveling, Cooking, fishing, reading, socializing and attending my son’s basketball games.
What do you most enjoy about working in Kusko Clinic?
I love my clients. I love my patients. I love starting my day off seeing their beautiful faces and I love the people I work with.
What advice would you share with a mid-level or NP just coming to the YK Delta?
Come in slow, try to enjoy and get to know the people and the culture. Get involved in the community and just relax.
Any final thoughts?
The sense of community and the people is so tremendous out here in Bethel. That is what makes you want to stay. There are such good people. Anytime I need something I can call on people and they will help you out without question. I want to thank YKHC administration and people for all of the support they have provided to me over the years. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. π