Topic: Health & Wellness

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Annual Homeless Count January 25

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated  Continue Reading

Parkinson’s Detection Dogs (PADs) Update

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island enjoyed a very successful 2017 and would like to acknowledge all who are making this ground-breaking program possible.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to our training volunteers and handlers for our 15 fabulous sniffer dogs; and to the many who provided financial support.  We extend our very deep gratitude  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Drink up! The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Written on December 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… “Water, pure water, pure water for me. The drink of the brave, and the wine of the free!” These words are inscribed on a fountain in the village of Beauly in the Scottish Highlands. This is the village my grandparents came from. My dad  Continue Reading

Shelter Opens Tonight

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The Severe Weather Shelter will open for the first time on Tuesday, December 19 at approximately 7:00 pm. There will be a volunteer orientation and set-up at 5:30. Anyone interested in learning more about the Shelter and its operation is invited to attend. We currently have volunteers to staff two days, and we are hopeful  Continue Reading

December EMT of the Month

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Congratulations to Matthew Wickey the December EMT of the month! Matthew is the newest member of San Juan EMS having just passed his National EMT testing. Along with his interest in medicine, Matt has worked as an outdoor educator and conservation biologist for the past 20 years in a multitude of programs and projects centered  Continue Reading

Participate in Prevention Survey

Written on December 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Cynthia from SJI Prevention Coalition sends this request… Please take a moment (7 – 10 minutes) to complete the 2017 CPWI Community Survey. The December 30 deadline is approaching!  If you have completed the survey, Thank you! If you have circulated the survey, please do so again with a thank you and the ask… To date,  Continue Reading

Board of Health

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County Board of Health – Always Working for a Healthier and Safer San Juan County Many county residents may not be aware of a local Board that continually strives to improve the health of the community. The San Juan County Board of Health has responsibility over all matters pertaining to the preservation of  Continue Reading

New Ambulance for EMS

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island EMS has just brought home a 2017 gasoline ambulance. You may have seen her making her island rounds gaining new engine miles. This is a huge accomplishment and could not have happened if it were not for a generous donation from long time islander Dodi Gann. A matching gift from the San  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Update

Written on December 7, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Many volunteers and moving parts are very close to coming together so that it appears possible a Severe Weather Shelter in Friday Harbor may be close at hand. Three things must align in order to activate a shelter at the onset of severe weather: Cold, volunteers, and a site. During the regular meeting of shelter  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Assist Town in Rain Garden Cleanup

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Town employees and volunteer WSU Master Gardeners recently completed Phase One of the rejuvenation of the Spring Street rain garden located at the northeast corner of Spring and First Streets. Phase One involved removing 25 five-gallon buckets of silt, removing and cleaning river rock, pulling weeds and unhealthy plants, and cleaning out the catch basin.  Continue Reading

Insights from the Summit

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

This article written by Debbi Fincher, SJIPC Media The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, (SJIPC) helps support youth leadership training opportunities for local teens, with an ask to give back to their community with their new skills. The Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima draws over 400 youth. Rock Solid, a youth prevention club, was  Continue Reading

New ER Doc at PIMC

Written on December 2, 2017 at 9:35 am, by

PeaceHealth welcomes a new emergency medicine provider to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center:  Jason Oost, MD.  Dr. Oost earned his degree in Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency as well as an Ultrasound Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. In addition  Continue Reading

Help For the Holidays

Written on November 28, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Help for getting through the holidays PeaceHealth is hosting a free event, “Getting through the holidays,” on Tuesday, December 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, 1117 Spring Street, Friday Harbor.  The event will be held in the conference room on the first floor. Explore the topics of dealing  Continue Reading

Out of the Cold

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter Together with United Way of SJC and other supporters, “Out of the Cold” Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter will undertake this year to provide overnight shelter to vulnerable people in Friday Harbor during periods of extreme cold weather. The goal of the SWS is to operate temporary shelters on a  Continue Reading

Disaster Preparedness in San Juan County

Written on November 21, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

What are the likeliest potential threats to our region, and how can Islanders prepare for them materially, mentally, and communally? Join experts in the field Tuesday, November 28th, at the San Juan Island Grange for an interactive evening focusing on personal and community preparation for disasters most likely to hit the San Juans. Brendan Cowan,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: What You Need To Know About Hospice

Written on November 17, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Peggy Sue checks in with another Island Senior article from Mullis Center… We don’t like talking about death in our culture but if we are currently living there is no avoiding the eventual outcome. When the time comes, for our selves and for our loved ones, it is good to know that there is support  Continue Reading

Community Long-Term Care Options Task Force

Written on November 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm, by

Here’s a letter from the newly formed task force that’s looking into what to do now that the Life Care Center has closed… Over the last few weeks, many of you have shown concern about the limited availability of long-term care, rehabilitation and housing for our county’s aging and at-risk, or complex-care populations.  This subject  Continue Reading

Turkey Trot

Written on November 14, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

It’s the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. A 5K (3.1 mile), run, walk, crawl footrace. Date: Thanksgiving Morning on November 23rd, 2017 Time: Registration at 8:00 a.m., Race at 9:00 a.m. $5.00 plus two cans of food (or under 16 – $2.00 and 2 cans of food) Registration, race start and finish at Friday Harbor  Continue Reading

Guardian Award for PIMC

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:56 am, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center wins ‘Guardian Award’ ‘Excellence’ honor for Emergency Department patient experience PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in  Continue Reading

New ER Doc at PIMC

Written on November 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm, by

New emergency medicine provider joins PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center PeaceHealth welcomes new emergency medicine provider  Krishnaraj “Raj” Jayarama, DO.   Dr. Jayarama earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He completed an Internship in Emergency Medicine at Union Hospital in Union, New  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Support for Family Caregivers

Written on November 1, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

November is National Family Caregivers month and a time to acknowledge those among us who, whether it is for an aging parent, injured spouse, or a sick child are caring for loved ones every day and around the clock. You probably do not have to think very hard to come up with someone you know  Continue Reading