Topic: Health & Wellness

SJI Women’s Fund Honors Mariluz Villa, Remembers Joyce Sobel

Written on July 2, 2019 at 10:48 am, by

The Joyce L. Sobel Achievement Award was created by the Women’s Fund to honor Joyce’s legacy of service to the community. Joyce started many programs for those who had a need, most notably the SJI Family Resource Center, and she spent countless hours supporting children and families of the Island. It was a true loss  Continue Reading

Need a Replacement for Dr. Gossom

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Dr. Mark Fishaut came to the County Board of Health meeting, Wednesday June 19, with a plea for immediate action in finding a doctor to replace Dr. Burk Gossom who is retiring in November after 48 years on San Juan Island. He said, “It is important that everyone in the community understands the impact of  Continue Reading

Your Voice, Your Choice

Written on June 26, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Advance Care Planning Workshop Free and open to the community Wednesday, June 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Mullis Senior Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor. Conversations can make all the difference. Be an informed voice for yourself, your family and your patients. Join us for an interactive discussion that will guide you through  Continue Reading

Pilot Program Helps San Juan Island Families Grow Their Own Food

Written on June 25, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

11 adults and 14 children enjoyed weekly visits to the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden and Joyce Sobel Family Resource Center in Friday Harbor to learn how to grow their own food. Over the four-week pilot program, participants learned how to select a site with sun, consider their soil types and what their family likes to  Continue Reading

PIMC Nationally Recognized

Written on June 20, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash. was recognized with a  Premier, Inc. QUEST® award for High-Value Healthcare for a third time in four years.  Additionally, the island’s medical center was awarded as the top performer for improvement in 2019.  Both awards were announced at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 18-21,  Continue Reading

It’s Never Too Early to Complete an Advance Directive

Written on June 17, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

PeaceHealth offers free advance care planning workshops When it comes to advance care planning, statistics show that there is a big difference between “talking” and “doing.” According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a recent study suggested that while 82 percent of people surveyed believe that putting their end-of-life care wishes in writing is a  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Summer Yoga at the Mullis Center

Written on June 16, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you can breathe you can do yoga. So they say and I believe it. One of the most useful things I’ve learned in yoga class is the long, deep, yoga breath. To do it, you fill your lungs  Continue Reading

Officer Talks Down Suicidal Teen

Written on June 13, 2019 at 7:51 am, by

Just heard this about our island’s own Kevin Holmes. Check it out here on Q13 News… Way to go Kevin!

New Book by John Geyman

Written on June 13, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

John Geyman, M.D. announces publication of: Struggling and Dying Under Trumpcare: How We Can Fix This Fiasco. Dr. Geyman has been writing about U.S. health care policy and reform since 2002. This book describes the health care situation in our country and the current proposals in Congress. He offers evidence based information which supports Medicare For  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District News

Written on June 7, 2019 at 10:49 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD#1) is proud to announce that board member Rebecca Smith was appointed on May 7, 2019, to the 5-county North Region EMS and Trauma Care Council. She fills the only elected official slot for San Juan County and will simultaneously serve on the county EMS council as  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District News

Written on May 29, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

On May 22, 2019, the Board of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 voted to give $15,000 for the feasibility study looking into long-term care in the county. This money will go to the 501(c)(3) Inter Island Healthcare Foundation, or IIHF, which is serving as the financial agent for the project. We understand  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on May 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm, by

In the mailbag today there is this letter to you from Evan G. Perrollaz, Administrator – The Village at the Harbour… Op-Ed Regarding Long-Term Care Fundraising Efforts It’s easy to forget how fragile life is. About a year ago, I got a call from a gentleman who was in a nursing home up in Bellingham  Continue Reading

New Measles Cases in Washington State

Written on May 22, 2019 at 11:15 am, by

Here’s a Civic Alert from the San Juan County News System… Washington State is experiencing a second measles outbreak within five months, with six new cases confirmed in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties since May 9. This is separate from the previous outbreak that happened earlier this year, which was largely contained to the Clark  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Supports Stand Up Men

Written on May 21, 2019 at 9:54 am, by

Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men’s recent fund-raising campaign. In accepting the award Larry Greene said “Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans’ Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in  Continue Reading

Letter from Mark and Heather

Written on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning, we find this letter to you from Mark Fishaut and Heather Christensen… Recently a letter was sent to patients of San Juan health Care that Dr. Burk Gossom is retiring as of the end of November, 2019. This is without question a significant change and will have a  Continue Reading

Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Stay Active and move your body through the summer! Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts is a fitness class aimed at meeting the needs of people with limited mobility due to age, illness or lifestyle. The class will be a full body workout that can be carried out standing or seated in a chair. Participation in  Continue Reading

Journey of the Soul – Life, Death and Beyond

Written on May 13, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

The positive aspects of change Coming soon to Mullis Center: A program to educate people about the importance and positive aspects of aging and dying. We believe in honoring an individual’s right to a peaceful passing. This workshop will provide the knowledge and tools for you to make sound choices in life. It will refresh  Continue Reading

Island Air Ambulance Celebrates CAMTS Accreditation

Written on May 10, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide. Island Air Ambulance is a San Juan County-based critical  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District Board Meeting

Written on May 8, 2019 at 9:25 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to be held at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). Items Include an EMS Open House and a Prospective candidate forum for those who wish to learn more about  Continue Reading

Living in the Future’s Past

Written on May 3, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

“Can looking at evolution help us predict the future of humanity?” – Jeff Bridges Friday Harbor Film Festival invites you to a free screening of the award winning documentary, Living in the Future’s Past on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Brickworks. Academy Award winner, Jeff Bridges shares the screen with scientists, profound  Continue Reading

Public Forum on Medical Evacuation

Written on April 30, 2019 at 10:19 am, by

Refusal by Kaiser Permanente to pay for medical evacuations ordered by emergency room physicians here have led to a great deal of concern, anguish and fear, and so Dr. Loren Johnson, retired ER doctor, arranged a public informational meeting at the Mullis Center last Thursday evening. Dr. Johnson could not be in attendance so in  Continue Reading

Screen-Free Week

Written on April 29, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Special Family Events for Screen-Free Week April 29-May 5 No prior Registration Required. Free! Join the fun. Participate in these Screen-Free Week activities for families: Monday, April 29 Special Children’s Contra Dance hosted by the Monday Night Contra Dancers 6-7 pm at the Grange Blast back to the past to learn dances that people danced  Continue Reading