Peace Island Medical Center marks ten-year anniversary

Posted November 17, 2022 at 3:56 pm by

Charlie Anderson and Lenore Bayuk cutting the ribbon to open Peace Island Medical Center in Nov. 2012

Peace­Health shares a detailed update about the ten-year anniver­sary of Peace Island Med­ical Center.

Today, Peace­Health Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter marks 10 years of serv­ing the health­care needs of the San Juan Island community.

The 2012 open­ing cel­e­bra­tion, attend­ed by hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and Peace­Health care­givers, was the cul­mi­na­tion of a five-year, grass­roots effort by local res­i­dents to bring inte­grat­ed, high-qual­i­ty health­care to the San Juan Islands.

Under the umbrel­la of the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, these cit­i­zens formed a hos­pi­tal com­mit­tee and began research­ing poten­tial oper­at­ing part­ners. They ulti­mate­ly chose Peace­Health, impressed by its mis­sion of respect, com­pas­sion and car­ing and depth and breadth of ser­vices. The com­mit­tee iden­ti­fied a 25-acre fam­i­ly home­stead near the air­port. Local res­i­dents gen­er­ous­ly donat­ed $10 mil­lion towards the effort, with Peace­Health con­tribut­ing anoth­er $20 mil­lion. Con­struc­tion start­ed in July 2011; the hos­pi­tal opened on time and on bud­get at 11:17 a.m. on Nov. 17, 2012  — a nod to the street address, 1117 Spring St.

A 10-bed crit­i­cal access hos­pi­tal, Peace Island was built to reflect the cul­ture and val­ues of the island, fea­tur­ing sus­tain­able mate­ri­als, abun­dant local art­work and design ele­ments that com­ple­ment the nat­ur­al beau­ty of the islands.

In addi­tion to a 24-hour Emer­gency Depart­ment, Peace Island hous­es a can­cer care and infu­sion cen­ter, inpa­tient med­ical unit, imag­ing depart­ment, lab­o­ra­to­ry, surgery suite and fam­i­ly med­i­cine clinic.

With access to an array of ser­vices pre­vi­ous­ly unavail­able to them, San Juan Island res­i­dents have been saved thou­sands of off-island med­ical vis­its since Peace Island opened. Some 10-year totals include:

  • 35,817 Emer­gency Depart­ment visits
  • 1,575 patients admitted
  • 133,203 clin­ic visits
  • 17,661 chemother­a­py infusions
  • 2,825 colono­scopies
  • 8,600 mam­mo­grams
  • 16,934 CT scans
  • 1,841 MRIs
  • 9,330 ultra­sounds
  • 380,174 lab tests
  • 14,719 out­pa­tient rehab ther­a­py ses­sions — added in 2020
  • 159 ortho­pe­dic out­pa­tient surg­eries — added in 2015
  • 356 gen­er­al out­pa­tient surg­eries — added in 2015

Today Peace Island employs 109 full-time care­givers and providers and eight vis­it­ing spe­cial­ists, and is sup­port­ed by the excep­tion­al Peace Island Vol­un­teers orga­ni­za­tion. The med­ical cen­ter works with mul­ti­ple val­ued com­mu­ni­ty part­ners, includ­ing San Juan Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict, the Joyce L. Sobel Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter, and San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices to keep local res­i­dents safe and healthy.

“We are proud of our progress and incred­i­bly grate­ful to our care­givers, vol­un­teers and com­mu­ni­ty part­ners for help­ing us serve with com­pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion, and to our patients for trust­ing us with their care,” said Jack Estra­da, Peace Island chief admin­is­tra­tive offi­cer. “It’s been our hon­or. We look for­ward to serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ty for many more decades to come.”

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