SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

Guardian Flight kickstarts Professional Excellence Fund


May 15, 2015
Friday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Guardian Flight took the opportunity during Nurses Week to announce its generous donation to start a Fund for Professional Excellence to augment education for caregivers at PeaceHealth Ketchikan.

jpg Guardian Flight kickstarts Professional Excellence Fund

Left to right: Shannon Updike RN, the Regional Vice President for Patient Care Services, Seth Krasnow RN and Ken Tonjes, CAO PeaceHealth Ketchikan.
Photo courtesy PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

“The professional development of our caregivers is essential to our ongoing commitment to patient care,” said Ken Tonjes, CAO of PeaceHealth Ketchikan. “It’s vital we stay abreast of innovations in technology and research that impact our patients and keep in step with changes in federal guidelines. This fund will help ensure our caregivers are well versed in the best ways to provide care to our patients.”

The $2500 donation will kickstart the fund to provide education and training opportunities for people in a cross section of healthcare careers. Seth Krasnow RN, who works for both Guardian and PeaceHealth Ketchikan, presented the check to Mr. Tonjes and Shannon Updike RN, the Regional Vice President for Patient Care Services at the Nurses Week breakfast Friday morning, May 8.

Guardian Flight also donated additional funding to provide over twenty large fruit baskets for Ketchikan Medical Center and the PHMG clinics in honor of nurses.

Guardian Flight is the largest air Medevac provider in Alaska with seven bases statewide including Ketchikan.

Nurses Week is celebrated annually staring May 6th and ending May 12th which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center


Publish A Letter in SitNews

Contact the Editor

SitNews ©2015
Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted without written permission from and payment of any required fees to the proper sources.

E-mail your news & photos to

Photographers choosing to submit photographs for publication to SitNews are in doing so granting their permission for publication and for archiving. SitNews does not sell photographs. All requests for purchasing a photograph will be emailed to the photographer.