San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 to Acquire The Village at the Harbor

Posted December 2, 2021 at 9:40 am by

On Novem­ber 2, 2021, San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dents vot­ed in favor of the Dis­trict acquir­ing the Vil­lage at the Har­bor. Inte­gra­tion of the Vil­lage into the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict will begin in ear­ly March of 2022. The cur­rent admin­is­tra­tor at the Vil­lage, Evan Per­rol­laz, has agreed to remain in his posi­tion indef­i­nite­ly fol­low­ing the acquisition. 

Part of the inte­gra­tion project includes adding a home health­care pro­gram to the Vil­lage in late 2022. This will help senior res­i­dents on San Juan Island “age in place” by remain­ing with­in the com­fort of their home while still receiv­ing sup­port from qual­i­fied care­givers and professionals. 

One of the main goals of the Dis­trict acquir­ing the Vil­lage will be to com­bat long-term care short­ages by adding more Med­ic­aid beds at the Vil­lage. Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict Super­in­ten­dent Nathan But­ler stat­ed that “our goal in acquir­ing the Vil­lage at the Har­bor is to improve acces­si­bil­i­ty to care­givers and health resources for seniors in our com­mu­ni­ty. The acqui­si­tion of the Vil­lage at the Har­bor will serve as an umbrel­la for these services.”

The Dis­trict has plans for improv­ing patient care at the Vil­lage and enhanc­ing Vil­lage employ­ee ben­e­fits and pay. Plans for 2022 include adding ben­e­fits and retire­ment for all cur­rent and future full-time employ­ees at the Vil­lage. Com­mis­sion­er Everett Clary not­ed that “we are acute­ly aware of the dif­fi­cul­ty of find­ing and retain­ing capa­ble, reli­able, long-term care assis­tants on the island.  This is one rea­son why the acqui­si­tion of the Vil­lage was so impor­tant to the plan, because it will serve as a nexus for attract­ing, train­ing, employ­ing, and retain­ing long-term care workers.”

For detailed infor­ma­tion on inte­gra­tion time­lines and tra­jec­to­ries, please ref­er­ence the attached Vil­lage Plan­ning Time­line (PDF).

San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict No. 1 cur­rent­ly oper­ates San Juan Island EMS and pays a large sub­sidy to sup­port Peace­Health Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter. The Dis­trict will offi­cial­ly close its deal with the Vil­lage at the Har­bor on Feb­ru­ary 28, 2022, to expand long-term care.

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