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Robert T. Craig III joins the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute team as new CEO
This summer, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute welcomed Robert T. Craig III as its new chief executive officer. Craig has more than 20 years of professional experience as an executive leader in the health care industry and will oversee operations for AHVI’s six locations across Alaska.
With a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University in Kansas as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southeast Missouri State University, Craig began his career in the medical field in 1990 as chief of ambulatory care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City. Prior to that, he spent three years as a platoon leader and tactical control officer in the U.S. Army. Having managed regional operations for various health care entities in several states throughout his career, Craig has spent the past 14 years as the principal of Comprehensive Professional Resources, LLC, where he oversaw the expansion of multiple health systems and opening of seven new health care practices.
“As the leading provider of cardiovascular care in Alaska, our talented staff and highly-qualified physicians provide a level of care that is unmatched, and I look forward to using my knowledge of the industry and market expansion to help us reach an even greater number of Alaskans across the state,” said Craig.
In his current position, Craig will provide leadership and direction to a team of more than 200 staff members and 27 cardiovascular specialists. With six locations across the state – including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Soldotna and the Matanuska Valley – we take great pride in the ability of our talented team to provide the highest quality cardiovascular service to all Alaskans.
JOIN OUR HEART WALK TEAM!
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Anchorage Heart Walk in support of the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Join our Heart Walk team on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Anchorage as we walk together in honor of heart health and all those affected by cardiovascular disease.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Delaney Park Strip. Pre-walk activities start at 9 a.m., and the Heart Walk begins at 10 a.m.
DETAILS: Survivors are encouraged to stop by the AHVI booth before the walk to pick up a red Mended Heart hat.
MORE: All attendees can participate in the Heart-Smart Scavenger Hunt before the walk by picking up a sheet at our booth for a chance to win a brand new beach cruiser bicycle.
Alaska Chef Feature
Chef Naomi Everett’s poached wild Alaska salmon with warm root vegetable salad
As kids head back to school this fall and the leaves begin to turn, root vegetables are flourishing across the state and freezers are packed full of fresh fish. Chef Naomi Everett, Great American Seafood Cook-Off competitor and University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts program assistant professor, shares her heart-friendly salmon recipe, which pairs perfectly with her locally sourced root vegetable salad. Use this recipe to create a cozy dinner for two or double it for a delicious and hearty family meal.
Warm Alaska Root Vegetable Salad
Summer is here and that means one of our favorite seasonal delicacies will soon be hitting kitchens and picnic tables across the state: fresh Alaska salmon. Whether you catch it yourself, or pick it up from a local market, salmon is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart. Not to mention, salmon is one of 18 superfoods that promote vein health. Liven up a bowl of fresh greens with a warm Alaska salmon fillet using this recipe from the kitchen of Urban Greens’ Chef Noam Schulgasser for a light and healthy meal any day of the week.
6 ounces small fingerling potatoes, halved
2 ounces sweet potato, unpeeled, halved
2 ounces carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch bias
2 ounces parsnips, peeled and cut diagonally into 3/4-inch bias
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
2 ounces gold beets, whole
1 ounce red onion, sliced thin
2-3 ounces olive oil
2 ounces red beets, whole
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Heat coconut oil in small, nonstick sauté pan.
- Meanwhile, season fish with salt and pepper.
- When the pan is warm, sear fish over moderate to high heat until golden brown.
- Turn salmon over and quickly add dill, lemon, parsley, shallots, stock and wine to the sauté pan.
- Lower the heat to a simmer, and cover with the parchment, oil side down.
- Cook fish to 130 F internal temperature, about 3 to 5 minutes, being careful to not overcook.
- With a slotted spatula, remove salmon, lemon and herbs from pan and place on a serving plate.
- Reduce remaining liquid by 3/4, and then quickly whisk in just enough butter to thicken, season and serve as sauce over fish.
- Serve with warm Alaska root vegetable salad.
Aug. 25 – Sept. 5 // Alaska State Fair
DETAILS: Explore exhibits, vendors, competitions, concerts and more at the State Fair in Palmer.
Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 // Muldoon Farmers Market
DETAILS: Pick up fresh, local produce while browsing local vendors’ tents at Begich Middle School in Anchorage.
Sept. 24 // Anchorage Heart Walk
DETAILS: Join the AHVI team as we walk in support of the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
MORE: All survivors will receive a gift certificate for half off a cardiovascular screening that can be used for them or a family member.
Oct. 29 // Frightening 4K
DETAILS: Get your craziest costume ready for a 4K that will surely be a treat! Join in the fun at the consume contest then hit the streets for trick-or-treating through downtown Anchorage.
Nov. 24 // Skinny Raven Turkey Trot
DETAILS: A fun and festive race for all ages! Participate in the Mini Turkey 3.5K or the Big Turkey 5K, and don’t forget to bring your donation for the Food Bank of Alaska.
Nov. 27 // AT&T Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
DETAILS: Enjoy treats, holiday music, Santa and even his reindeer at the annual holiday tree lighting in Anchorage Town Square.
Nov. 22 – 26 // GCI Great Alaska Shootout
DETAILS: Get the family together for all the action and excitement of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center this Thanksgiving, as men and women’s basketball teams from across the country vie for the title of champion.
Examine your family tree during National Family Health History Month
Patients are often asked about their family history during health check-ups, but how much do you really know about your family’s health history and why is it so important? In honor of National Family Health History Month this November, we’re shedding some light on this topic and offering you a few resources you may find helpful.
Did you know that having a parent or sibling with heart disease means your risk is increased by as much as 100 percent? Or, that you have an increased chance of stroke if immediate family members have had a stroke? Family members share a lot – genes, behaviors, lifestyle habits and more – all of which can affect your risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke. The good news is that knowing and understanding your susceptibility to chronic diseases could potentially save your life.
The best way to get started is by gathering information about your family members, especially those with a history of heart disease or stroke. Here are four important questions to ask:
- What age was the family member diagnosed with the disease?
- Has that family member been diagnosed with other serious diseases, such as cancer or diabetes?
- For relatives who have died, what was the cause and age of death?
- What is your family’s ancestry?
When you share your medical and family history with one of our 27 experienced cardiologists, we can help create a strategy to reduce its potential negative effects on your health and decide whether further testing is necessary. This holiday season, as you spend time with those you love, we encourage you to put family first and get to know your history.