Topic: Health & Wellness

Today’s Online Hospital District Meeting

Written on October 28, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

The next San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 regular board meeting is at 5:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 28. This meeting is fully online due to COVID-19, and members of the public may join by dialing 509-473-0276 and entering 279 885 068#. Note that the phone number has changed from previous board meetings.  Continue Reading

Two New COVID-19 Cases in San Juans

Written on October 26, 2020 at 6:13 am, by

By San Juan County Two new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported in San Juan County; one for an Orcas Island resident, and one for a resident of San Juan Island. Both cases appear to have come from off-island contact with infected individuals. These are the 34th and 35th cases in San Juan County.  Continue Reading

State Asks For Input on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Written on October 24, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. Today we posted our interim vaccine distribution plan. Now, as one component of a larger engagement strategy, the department is seeking additional feedback to help us understand the best ways to equitably distribute the  Continue Reading

Peace Island Offers 3D Mammography Screening

Written on October 22, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Peace Island Medical Center October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center can utilize the benefits of three-dimensional technology as part of their mammography screening and breast health practices. Digital screening mammography complements the growing portfolio of diagnostic imaging services, which include state-of-the-art CT scanning, X-ray, echocardiography  Continue Reading

Living Medical Arts Is Hiring

Written on October 18, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Living Medical Arts PLLC in Friday Harbor is growing. We are expanding our staff and currently looking for an office assistant. The position is year-round, approximately 30 day-time hours per week, with some benefits and in-house training. The right “can-do” person who thrives in a fast-paced office environment will have ample opportunity for growth. Those  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Tips From the Blue Zones For Hearty Longevity

Written on October 17, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The concept of “blue zones” grew out of a demographic study identifying Sardina, Italy as a region with a high concentration of centenarians. Researchers who drew concentric blue circles on maps highlighting villages of extreme longevity began to refer  Continue Reading

Dr. Gulla Shares Findings on COVID-19 Testing

Written on October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Dr. Mandy Gulla, Medical Director at Living Medical Arts PLLC in Friday Harbor, recently participated in an expert panel discussion at the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ annual conference. The panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Teresa Richter, was dedicated to updates on Covid-19 testing options, status of vaccine development, and impacts on health of patients  Continue Reading

Part-time, Outer Islander Contracts COVID

Written on October 14, 2020 at 6:23 pm, by

By San Juan County Government One new positive COVID-19 case has been attributed to San Juan County, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 33. This new case was reported in a part-time resident of a non-ferry served island. The initial case investigation is complete. No close contacts  Continue Reading

Fish Taco Sale This Friday, Oct. 16

Written on October 13, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Matt Marinkovich, Fish For Teeth Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with a fish taco fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16,  at the San Juan Island Community Theatre. An $8 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington Coastal Rockfish, fresh organic salsa, Tillamook cheese, zesty  Continue Reading

Dental Clinic for Kids, Pregnant Women on Orcas Island

Written on October 12, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

The Arcora Foundation’s SmileMobile, a 39-foot dental clinic on wheels, will return to Orcas Island on Oct. 21-23 and 26-28 and will park at the Orcas Island Community Church, 176 Madrona St. SmileMobile dentist Paul Phillips and dental team will provide examinations to babies (first tooth) up through high school age and pregnant and postpartum  Continue Reading

How To Get A Flu Shot on San Juan Island

Written on October 11, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

  Schedule with your provider, or register for the island’s flu shot drive-thru.   In the time of COVID-19, being vaccinated against the flu is especially critical. Depending on COVID and influenza case activity, access to advanced medical care or testing may become more limited and could cause additional strain on health care systems. San  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s Annual Survey

Written on October 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition annual survey will provide the organization with local information about community perceptions. The survey is available online in English and Spanish. Thank you for completing this short 5-minute survey.

Dental Therapy on the Swinomish Reservation

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Asiah Gonzalez, a dental therapist, shares her views on the advantages of dental therapy. Growing up on the Swinomish reservation, I never imagined that I could have a career in medicine. I tried hard in school, but I never saw dentists or doctors who looked like the people I grew up with. That all changed  Continue Reading

Scammers Call PeaceHealth Patients

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

PeaceHealth has received reports of recent phone scams – or “vishing” scams – impacting patients in the Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan areas. Scammers are pretending to be from PeaceHealth or other health agencies and attempting to steal personal information or private health details over the phone.

Covid-19 Beta Testing in Friday Harbor

Written on October 7, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Living Medical Arts PLLC, in Friday Harbor, Washington, has been selected by LabCorp as one of three nation-wide sites to pilot a unique COVID-19 testing program. LabCorp is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care.  Dr. Mandy Gulla and staff have been working closely with LabCorp for several  Continue Reading

Medicare Open Enrollment

Written on October 5, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

SHIBA Medicare open enrollment presentation will take place online on Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 pm. Like our previous presentations, we will have our trained SHIBA volunteer, Pegi Groundwater, from Orcas Island leading the Medicare presentation on October 7. Information regarding the presentation is listed below: Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 – December  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Funds Free Flu Shots

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Supporting the health of our most vulnerable neighbors during COVID-19 is critical as we enter the winter months on San Juan Island. To help reduce the risk of influenza, SJICF recently granted $15k to help fund flu vaccinations for residents who could not otherwise afford one. The grant funds were awarded in late September to  Continue Reading

Compass Health Celebrates Virtual Building Communities of Hope Gala by Honoring Client Stories on World Mental Health Day 

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

Non-profit behavioral health agency invites community members to join the virtual Gala, set for October 10, 2020, to support child, youth and family services  EVERETT, Wash. – Compass Health, Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader, is proud to honor client stories and voices at its fourth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser, planned for October 10, 2020. The virtual  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Be Proactive for a Healthy Happy Winter

Written on October 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm, by

Editor’s Note – This story is being re-posted with corrected information. The flu shot clinic at the Mullis Center will actually be on Thursday the 15th from 1:30pm to 4pm. *Not* the 13th as previously posted. Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… As we enjoy  Continue Reading

Awards for Peace Island Medical Center

Written on October 1, 2020 at 12:03 pm, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence and 2020 Pinnacle of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. These awards are a nationally recognized symbols of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the awards honor health care facilities who consistently achieved performance in the top five  Continue Reading

October Programs at Island Rec

Written on September 29, 2020 at 11:00 am, by

Listed first is Pickleball, then see below for three adult fitness classes. Island Rec Pickleball Pickleball is open registration for ages 16+. Tuesdays & Thursdays October 6-29 at the fairgrounds. 5-6:30pm for Beginner and Intermediate Players. 6:30-8pm for Intermediate and Advanced Players. $8 per session. Must have your own paddle. Max 10 players allowed per  Continue Reading


Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Anna Maria de Freitas… As I listen to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill settle in the air, I know that the days of outdoor dining for me and my restaurant industry colleagues are quickly coming to an end.  Continue Reading