Topic: Health & Wellness

Update from San Juan Island School District Superintendent

Written on December 5, 2021 at 4:11 am, by

Can you believe it? Winter break is almost upon us. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we opened our school doors to full day, in-person instruction? Even though this fall has flown by, last week’s Thanksgiving celebration reminded me we have much to be grateful for in our public schools. Hopefully you have noticed the rebuilding  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on December 3, 2021 at 12:57 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday November 26th, there have been 6 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 437. There are approximately four unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands. Lopez Island: There are no new cases on Lopez Island since the  Continue Reading

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

Written on 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  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Healthy Holidays and the COVID-19 Variant Omicron

Written on December 1, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, all of us double vaxed and boostered, we enjoyed a relaxing evening without wearing masks. In spite of winter spikes in local numbers of COVID cases it was beginning to look like we might be  Continue Reading

“Communities of Hope” Gala a Successful Event

Written on December 1, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

Compass Health’s 2021 Building Communities of Hope Gala Raises Nearly $110,000 to Benefit Child, Youth and Family Behavioral Health Services EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 30, 2021 – Compass Health’s fifth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala raised nearly $110,000 in support of the organization’s child, youth and family behavioral health services during a virtual event held on  Continue Reading

PIMC Earns National Award

Written on November 30, 2021 at 8:47 am, by

Peace Health shares this announcement with you… Friday Harbor, Wash. – We are pleased to announce that PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has been recognized with a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award® by Press Ganey, the national leader in healthcare consumer and workforce engagement. PeaceHealth Peace Island has earned this distinction five years in a  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on November 27, 2021 at 8:45 am, by

Since the last update on Friday November 18th, there have been 27 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 431. There are approximately eight unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands. Lopez Island: There are fourteen new cases on Lopez Island since the  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to Remain Under the Jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 2, 2021, residents voted for San Juan Island EMS to remain under the jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The District will seek to renew its San Juan Island EMS levy in the upcoming February 8, 2022, election. Currently, San Juan Island EMS is at the end of a  Continue Reading

Expanded Booster Availability

Written on November 24, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services has just released 4,000 Moderna booster appointments for clinics occurring on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands the week of December 13th. Full details and links to register are available at: https://www.sanjuanco.com/1737/COVID-Vaccine-Info These boosters are available for any fully vaccinated islander age 18+ who received their last dose  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS Hosts a Traditional “Push-In” Ceremony

Written on November 23, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 10th, 2021, San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services celebrated the addition of a new ambulance to their fleet by hosting a push-in ceremony. Members of the public, press, and Hospital District Board were invited to assist EMS employees and volunteers in a traditional “push-in” ceremony and celebrate the benefits the new ambulance will  Continue Reading

PIMC Welcomes New Family Physician

Written on November 22, 2021 at 9:26 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – Steven Hoang, DO, has joined the PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Practice at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical. Dr. Hoang comes to Peace Island from Spokane, Wash., where he recently completed a residency program through the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. He earned his degree in osteopathic medicine from the University  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Announces Additions to Rehab Therapy team 

Written on November 19, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – We are pleased to announce that our PeaceHealth Peace Island Rehabilitation therapy team is growing and we are now able to offer our patients expanded services and access, including Saturday appointments. In the last six months we have welcomed three new members to our therapy team: Andrea Jakus Wight, MPT, started  Continue Reading

Magical Christmas Shopping!

Written on November 19, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

* Carefully curated and beautifully presented gift selections for everyone on your list, from grandparents to pets * Delightfully packaged handmade Christmas cookies * Unbelievable raffles, including a 1 /2 hour helicopter tour for 4 people * Exquisite Christmas trees-already decorated just for you * Merry chats with St. Nick for kids and adults Saturday,  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on November 18, 2021 at 4:15 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday November 12th, there have been 28 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 404. Of these twenty-eight new cases, initial investigations indicate that at least ten appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately eight unvaccinated close contacts of  Continue Reading

Compass Health Expands Local Team

Written on November 17, 2021 at 9:51 am, by

Compass Health expands team and service capacity in San Juan County to meet local behavioral health needs SAN JUAN COUNTY, Wash., Nov. 15, 2021 – With a team of mental health and substance use treatment professionals based in San Juan County, Compass Health has expanded service capacity across the islands to meet community members’ behavioral  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on November 12, 2021 at 10:53 am, by

Since the last update on Friday November 5, there have been 19 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 376. Of these 19 new cases, initial investigations indicate that 7 appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately 29 unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases  Continue Reading

Vaccine Appointments Filling Quickly

Written on November 12, 2021 at 10:14 am, by

More than 2,500 islanders have made appointments to receive their COVID booster shots this coming week, and hundreds of island children are signed up for upcoming Pfizer pediatric vaccine clinics. While some offerings are filled completely, there is still room in some clinics – details and links to register may be found here:https://www.sanjuanco.com/…/211110-Vaccine-Registration… As a  Continue Reading

Welcome to Medicare

Written on November 11, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Are you joining Medicare any time in the next year? If you are, there’s a lot of new information for you to understand.  Medicare has its own vocabulary and rules.   There are deadlines you need to meet and penalties (some lasting a lifetime) for not doing things at the right time.   You will have to  Continue Reading

Election Results and the Hospital District

Written on November 10, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

The following was submitted by SJI Public Hospital District #1… We want to thank the public for their trust in funding the expansion of long-term care on San Juan Island. The passage of the hospital district’s lid lift opens funding to acquire the Village at the Harbor, expand it to provide 20 – 30 Medicaid  Continue Reading

Booster Clinics

Written on November 9, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Holding Vaccine Booster Clinics  Friday Harbor, Wash. – PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for booster shots and primary immunizations by appointment. All clinics will be held at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, 1117 Spring St. To schedule an appointment call 360-378-1756. The  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Orientation/Training

Written on November 8, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Friends, it’s that time of year, where the “suggestion” of very cold weather is loud and clear! We are hoping to put together a team of volunteers to open the Severe Weather Shelter this year. Can you come to an Orientation/Training? It’s on Saturday, N0vember 13 from 9am to 11am at Islands Community Church. (that’s  Continue Reading

SJI Residents with Parkinson’s Disease Needed for Research Study

Written on November 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm, by

PADs is looking for volunteers who live on San Juan Island and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease to participate in a novel research study to determine whether a relationship exists between a proven marker of neurological disease (ND) and the alert responses of the Parkinson’s Alert Dogs. If you are familiar with PADs, then  Continue Reading