Topic: Health & Wellness

Emergency Preparedness for Business

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is hosting a no-cost, 8 hour training for island businesses to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disruption to their business. When: Tuesday March 31st, 8:30am – 5:00pm Where: Friday Harbor (exact location is to be determined) To Register: CLICK HERE  Continue Reading

Hospital District Meeting

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be meeting on February 26, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). Click here for the agenda.

Free Community Workshop on Advance Care

Written on February 22, 2020 at 10:38 am, by

Give the gift of an advance directive PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center offers free advance care planning workshop FRIDAY HARBOR, WA, Feb. 21, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering a free community workshop that walks participants through the elements of advance care planning. The Your Voice, Your Choice workshop will take place on  Continue Reading

13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Written on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Today we have a guest post from on the Benefits of Getting Outdoors… By Julie Singh If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier! As the Father of Western  Continue Reading

Person Under Investigation Tests Negative for Coronavirus

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services received notification from the State Department of Health at 3:44pm today that test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) were negative for the Person Under Investigation from San Juan County. “We are relieved for this patient and their family, and that the risk to the general community remains low. Our local  Continue Reading

SJIEMS 2019 Year-End Statistics

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – Chances are you’ve had it happen to you a few times. First a siren in the distance, and cars start pulling over. You copy them. Soon you see the lights and strain to see what’s happening. It’s an ambulance. You turn to the person next to you and say, “Someone is  Continue Reading

SJC Person Under Investigation for Novel Coronavirus

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan County has its first person under investigation related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak. A person under investigation is a person with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection and who has either recently traveled to an affected area, or has had close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case. Testing is currently  Continue Reading

Hospice Volunteer Training

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Hospice of San Juan offers free training for new volunteers on the first two Saturdays of March (the 7th and 14th). Hospice of San Juan, an all-volunteer hospice founded in 1985 by a group of island health providers wishing to care for neighbors free of charge, works independent of as well as alongside the Medicare-  Continue Reading

Stairclimb Challenge Fundraiser

Written on February 13, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island Firefighters Participate in Challenging Fundraiser to Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Friday Harbor Marketplace from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue firefighters (SJIF&R) will be out in front of the store training and raising funds for the  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Written on February 9, 2020 at 8:38 am, by

Islanders can receive affordable dental care, thanks to the local nonprofit Fish For Teeth, on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at the Mullis Community Center on San Juan Island. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care,” said Fish For  Continue Reading

Mindful Movement with The Studio SJI

Written on February 7, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Join this new class from The Studio! With a focus on our core values, this class will build strength, flexibility, balance & cardiovascular endurance. We will fuse a unique combination of Pilates, Barre, TRX, Yoga and Dance. Have fun with friends while moving mindfully! This class is scheduled for Fridays, 9:45-10:45am, February 28 – April  Continue Reading

2019 Year-End Awards Banquet

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On January 25, 2020, SJI Emergency Medical Services (“SJIEMS”) gathered to celebrate the achievements and service of staff and its approximately sixty volunteer EMTs. Interim Chief Karl Kuetzing said “Our volunteers work really hard and enable us to perform far beyond what our budget would otherwise allow. Each volunteer deserves recognition. We try to highlight  Continue Reading

New Book from John Geyman, M.D.

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

John Geyman, M.D. announces publication of: Long-Term Care in America: The Crisis All of Us Will Face in Our Lifetimes. A long-time writer about U.S. health care, Dr. Geyman examines the problems which face persons needing long-term care, offers suggestions and resources for making decisions, describes available government and community programs, discusses the under-valuation of  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island

Written on February 3, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Mission Statement: Creating conditions for community resilience and regeneration in a rapidly changing world We have set the next meeting of Transition San Juan Island for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 3-6 PM at the Mullis Center. The purpose is for each action group to complete their Vision Statement. So when you arrive at 3,  Continue Reading

2019 Novel Coronavirus Declared a Public Health Emergency

Written on February 2, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

The World Health Organization declared a global emergency on Thursday and Friday the White House declared a U.S. public health emergency as the coronavirus outbreak has spread worldwide. Human-to-human transmission of the virus was also confirmed in the U.S. this week. The outbreak originated in December 2019, in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since then,  Continue Reading

Open House on Proposition 1

Written on February 1, 2020 at 6:50 pm, by

Fire District #3 will hold an open house this Sunday, February 2, at noon to give voters the opportunity to learn more about Prop 1, the proposed sales tax to help fund an upgrade of San Juan County’s  Emergency Communication System.  This will be at the Fire Station at 1011 Mullis Street. Citizens will have  Continue Reading

Island Senior: For a Healthy Heart, Eat Your Oats!

Written on February 1, 2020 at 8:20 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… A Scotsman was eating his oats when an Englishman scoffed, “In England we feed oats to our horses.” “Aye,” said the Scot, “That is why England raises the best horses… and Scotland the best men.” So said my dad, Jim  Continue Reading

Vaccine Clinic for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

Written on February 1, 2020 at 8:20 am, by

In partnership with Dr. Sonja Webster-Hills and in accordance with the state veterinarian’s requirements, Dr. Alicia McLaughlin, a veterinarian from the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM) in Bothell, WA, will be offering a vaccine clinic for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) for the San Juan Islands: Date:               February 11th Location:          Islands  Continue Reading

Goodbye Dr. Gossom – Hello Dr. House

Written on January 29, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

People were all but spilling out into the street from the party for Dr. Burk Gossom and Dr. Will House Saturday afternoon. Burk, who broke his ankle running outside his home in December, stood on one leg with his knee resting on a mobile device — “I don’t know what it’s called! I just know  Continue Reading


Written on January 29, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Patti Wickham and Dave Robison write to share this info with you about why Proposition 1 is so important for islanders… As peaceful and serene as our island living is, there is a disaster looming right under our noses. The EMS radio communication system is limited, archaic and highly vulnerable to failure. This is the  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Honors Health Coach Graduates – Gifts Community Scholarship

Written on January 25, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., Jan. 21, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center recently recognized the first group of caregivers earning health coach certification as a result of its Integrated Nutrition Pathways Scholarship program. The program, which awards scholarships to PeaceHealth caregivers to become a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), is the  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island: An Update

Written on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

First, we extend our sincere appreciation for the attentive and engaged turnout at the Mullis Center on January 12!  A quiet Sunday afternoon among busy families, threats of snowy roads and of course the Seahawks playoff game notwithstanding, about 65 of you responded to our invitations.  We were enthused by our smiling friends from Lopez  Continue Reading