San Juan County Organization Receives $750,000 Grant For Long-term Care Solutions

Posted August 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm by

From Evan Per­rol­laz for SJC Long-Term Care Coor­di­na­tion Network…

The San Juan Coun­ty LTC Care Coor­di­na­tion Net­work (Net­work) is pleased to announce a $750,000 three-year grant from the fed­er­al Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (HRSA) for the pur­pose of imple­ment­ing a suite of solu­tions for long-term care in San Juan Coun­ty. 

This grant is intend­ed to put in place a care coor­di­na­tion mod­el for seniors that will meet the imme­di­ate and future needs of the high-risk elder­ly in our rur­al island com­mu­ni­ties. 

When the only nurs­ing home in San Juan Coun­ty closed in 2017, a task force met over eight months in 2018 to dis­cuss and devel­op next steps. The Inter Island Health­care Foun­da­tion (IIHF), then raised $50,000 for a fea­si­bil­i­ty study as the first step to apply for fed­er­al grant monies and fund a sur­vey of res­i­dent long-term care needs. 

Dr. J. Michael Edwards, Chair of the IIHF, for­mer hos­pi­tal dis­trict com­mis­sion­er and chair said: “Pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships have proven very fruit­ful in the past, such as in the con­struc­tion of Peace­Health Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter, and we believe it can be again. The fact that we received 1 of only 8 grants giv­en nation­wide val­i­dates the impor­tance of our community’s elder­ly needs. It’s very excit­ing to see this com­ing togeth­er.” 

The Net­work includes the Asso­ci­a­tion of Wash­ing­ton Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­tricts 

(AWPHD), the Inter Island Health­care Foun­da­tion, Peace­Health Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter (PIMC), San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict No. 1 (SJCPHD#1). The grant spec­i­fies time frames, objec­tives, and respon­si­bil­i­ties of each of these 4 part­ners and, as this project expands, oth­er part­ners across the coun­ty will be added. 

Beth Williams-Gieger from PIMC said, “Bring­ing health to the com­mu­ni­ties in which we serve is a tenet of PeaceHealth’s Mis­sion and Val­ues. The inno­v­a­tive solu­tions out­lined in this grant will bring us and our part­ners that much clos­er to pro­vid­ing equi­table dis­tri­b­u­tion of health care resources to our rur­al island com­mu­ni­ties.” 

As this inno­v­a­tive approach may require leg­isla­tive changes and it is hoped to be a use­ful mod­el across the state, the AWPHD will be an essen­tial asset. Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Matthew Ellsworth said, “It is our core belief that we must seek out these oppor­tu­ni­ties to deliv­er inno­v­a­tive care solu­tions to the most unique areas of Wash­ing­ton; San Juan Coun­ty is such a place.” 

Evan Per­rol­laz serves as the Project man­ag­er and will be respon­si­ble for its imple­men­ta­tion and for assur­ing it pro­gress­es on time and on-bud­get. Per­rol­laz is cur­rent admin­is­tra­tor of the Vil­lage at the Har­bour, the only assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ty in the coun­ty, and has 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the man­age­ment of assist­ed liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties. He com­ment­ed “This is beyond excit­ing. The grant pro­vides a plat­form for inno­va­tion and deliv­ery of much-need­ed ser­vices for our vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion. I am delight­ed to be work­ing with such a fan­tas­tic group of peo­ple who have been so ded­i­cat­ed to the cre­ation and estab­lish­ment of new path­ways for our coun­ty.” 

SJCPHD#1 Super­in­ten­dent Pamela Hutchins added, “This is the sort of thing that requires col­lab­o­ra­tion to accom­plish. There are so many mov­ing parts. We’re thrilled to work with our part­ners on this. More details to come! 

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