ANNOUNCEMENT


To All of our Patients, 

As you may be aware, Governor Dunleavy has now issued a mandate to postpone all elective or non-urgent procedures by providers, hospitals, and surgery centers for the next 3 months.  This understandably will impact many of you as my patients.

We had already been working proactively with Mat-Su Regional and Susitna Surgery Center to delay non-urgent cases prior to the Governor’s mandate.  We were doing so in efforts to limit the use of resources such as protective equipment and medications that maybe needed if we in Alaska experience a large rush of patients due to COVID-19, and to decrease unnecessary exposure risk for staff and patients.

What does the Governor’s mandate mean for you, my patient?

If your procedure can be postponed for 6 to 8 weeks without causing you harm, then we will discuss delaying your procedure date for your best interest.  For example, if you are coming to me for a screening colonoscopy but are at low risk for colon cancer, we will discuss delaying your screen until the overall healthcare environment is safer for you for us to proceed. This would also allow you to do your part in the effort to conserve resources should they be needed if the healthcare facilities become overwhelmed.

However, if you have a medical issue that is more urgent and cannot be delayed, please know that you will still get the care you need.  We will be evaluating each case carefully and discuss in detail the recommended timing of your procedure.  You may be asked additional questions when we make your appointment to help us in making these decisions. We have also began to utilize telemedicine for some follow up appointments which now allows all of us to decrease our interactions in person and helps with social distancing to decrease the possibilities of transmission. 

Taking care of all our patients is our priority and will continue to be so during this difficult time.

We will continue to take the precautions we have outlined in previous statements. 

We still ask if you are sick to reschedule your appointment and that if you have traveled outside the state in the last 14 days (or someone you have been in close contact with has traveled) that you reschedule.   We also ask if you are a member of the high-risk patient population that you also consider rescheduling.  We will be asking these questions when scheduling and confirming your appointment.  We have also placed hand sanitizer in our entrance to be used prior to entering our office.

We are spacing out our appointments to ensure social distancing and to enable enough time between patients to disinfect our space for your safety. 

We all feel the strain of these are uncertain and trying time.  My hope is that by all of us making these hard sacrifices that we will be able to get back to our normal lives sooner by flattening the curve.  I am so proud to live and work in the Mat-Su Valley.  We have an amazing and supportive community!  I have no doubt we will help each other get through this pandemic and come out stronger and more cohesive than ever!

We are monitoring this situation and will continue to update everyone as new developments arise.

Thank you for your continued support. 


Shannon Gulley, MD, FACS

Owner/Surgeon

Glacier Surgical Associates.

About Glacier Surgical Associates

Glacier Surgical Associates serve patients who live in and around the Palmer and Wasilla, Alaska area. The doctors and staff offer many surgical treatments options to treat a variety of issues. The surgical options include thyroid, colon, gallbladder, breast, varicose veins and hernias; and some can now be performed utilizing state of the art surgical systems including The da Vinci Surgical system and Covidien Vein Ablation system. The doctors also offer many exciting cosmetic options through their Glacier Med Spa service.


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Glacier Surgical Associates

Glacier Surgical Associates serve patients who live in and around the Palmer and Wasilla, Alaska area. The doctors and staff offer many surgical treatments options to treat a variety of issues. The surgical options include thyroid, colon, gallbladder, breast, varicose veins and hernias; and some can now be performed utilizing state of the art surgical systems including The da Vinci Surgical system and Covidien Vein Ablation system. The doctors also offer many exciting cosmetic options through their Glacier Med Spa service.



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Get Ready for Game Day!

Glacier Surgical Associates
&
Pioneer Peak Orthopedics

To show our appreciation to the community - Dr. Shannon Gulley, Dr. Michael Montano and Dr. Stroymeher, will be providing FREE sports physicals for your middle & high school athletes.

We ask that you bring a non-perishable food item for donation. This year all proceeds will be donated to the Kids Kupboard. This agency is committed to combating childhood hunger in Alaska.

Please bring your MSBSD Athletic Physical Exam Form. All childnre must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Thursday, July 11th from 2pm - 7pm
425 East Dahlia Ave., Suite J
In Palmer across from the Palmer Little League Fields
907-746-1520

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Venous Ablation. This outpatient procedure is performed with imaging guidance. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein. The laser energy heats and seals the vein closed.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy. During this procedure, the abnormal vein is removed through a small incision.

Injection Sclerotherapy. An injection with a solution that shrinks the vein is inserted into the vein.

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Glacier Surgical Associates accepts most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans they accept. Please contact the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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