Topic: Health & Wellness

Hospital Contract Is Amended

Written on November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

An agreement negotiated a few weeks ago by representatives of PeaceHealth Peace Island Hospital and the Public Health District on San Juan to reduce the annual subsidy paid to the hospital by the district by $50,000 was approved last Wednesday evening by a vote of 3-2. The agreement amends the contract between the district and  Continue Reading

New Physician for PIMC

Written on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

Family Medicine physician joins PeaceHealth Medical Group in Friday Harbor Shawn Vainio, MD, recently joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. He is available two weeks a month to provide clinical care to patients of all ages, as well as care to patients who are hospitalized. Dr. Vainio has provided  Continue Reading

Fireside Chat

Written on November 24, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Fireside Chats discussion focuses on feelings and emotions during the holidays PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s fall series of Fireside Chats continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, with the topic “The holidays are crazy: A discussion of feelings and emotions.” The chat, led by Gary Waters, MSW, Ed.S., DBH, is from 4 to 5 p.m. in  Continue Reading

Fireside Chat

Written on November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Family caregiver support offered in gathering at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, in conjunction with San Juan County Department of Health & Community Services, Mullis Community Senior Center and Peace Island Volunteers, invites family caregivers to participate in a Fireside Chat on Monday, November 21st, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew!

Written on November 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm, by

You’ve got plenty of notice, so get this on your calendar now… The San Juan Lions Foundation in Friday Harbor is pleased to announce our next annual fundraising event: Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew, taking place on Saturday September 23, 2017. This event brings together visitors with local islanders on a fun biking tour of the island  Continue Reading

‘Tis the Season…

Written on November 14, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Deb Langhans shares this invitation with you…   ‘Tis the Season… for holiday cheer, lightheartedness and joy, right? Not necessarily. These darker, unpredictable days and longer nights can resurrect and even intensify painful memories of loved ones lost. For at least half of the American electorate, a new, present sense of diminished control, safety and future  Continue Reading

3rd Annual Turkey Walk-not-Trot Trail Event

Written on November 9, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Opt outside for a leisurely morning stroll to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve, then savor some cider and 360-degree views before heading back down. Your friends, family, even your dog, will appreciate the opportunity to work off some of that Thanksgiving dinner before settling back into the couch for the afternoon bowl games. Friday,  Continue Reading

Benefit Dinner for Karina

Written on November 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm, by

Community Benefit Dinner for Karina Serna Wednesday, Nov. 9th Mi Casita Restaurant 4:00pm -8:30pm Come join your fellow islanders and friends of the Serna Family and have a dinner to help Karina in her fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from dinners purchased will be donated to Karina’s medical fund.

November Fireside Chat at PIMC

Written on October 31, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Self-harm and suicide is topic of PeaceHealth’s upcoming Fireside Chat PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s fall series of Fireside Chats continues on Thursday, November 10, with the topic “Understanding self-harm and suicide.” The chat, led by Gary Waters, MSW, Ed.S., DBH, is from 4 to 5 p.m. in the medical center’s main lobby. There is  Continue Reading

Hospice on San Juan Island

Written on October 31, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

By Louise Dustrude Facing the end of life, most people would prefer to die at home surrounded by their loved ones rather than in a hospital hooked up to modern-day machinery. Hospice exists to help people make that choice. The official Medicare-affiliated Hospice of the Northwest, in Mt. Vernon, can provide pain medication. It offers  Continue Reading

Prevention Coalition Survey

Written on October 28, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

You’re invited by the SJI Prevention Coalition to take this anonymous survey… Dear San Juan Update, We do appreciate you sharing this with your readers. This is the 4th year we are offering our annual survey, which is offered by the State. The survey is anonymous, it gives the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition valuable insight  Continue Reading

Amendment for Subsidy Agreement for PIMC

Written on October 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm, by

Following is a joint statement released by Bill Williams, chair, San Juan County Public Hospital District #1, and Merry-Ann Keane, chief administrative officer, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Representatives of San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 and PeaceHealth have jointly drafted an amendment to the subsidy agreement that details, among other things, the financial  Continue Reading

SJC Council Declares First Responders Appreciation Day

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

On October 20, Friday Harbor Grange #225 hosted a reception in honor of First Responders at the Mullis Center. All Sheriff Department, Fire Department and Emergency Services personnel were invited to attend. County Councilman Bob Jarman read a proclamation declaring October 20 as First Responders Appreciation Day: Whereas, San Juan County’s first responders include law  Continue Reading

Celebrating World Polio Day – October 24

Written on October 23, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

On 24 October, Rotary will mark World Polio Day to help raise awareness and the funding we need to reach full eradication. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion to ending polio since 1985, including $70,000 contributed by Rotary Club of San Juan Island since their formation in 2003. Since Rotary and its partners launched  Continue Reading

Island Rec Board Vacancy

Written on October 22, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

San Juan Island Park & Recreation Commission Vacancy San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Tracy Roberson’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2017 election. Persons  Continue Reading

A Timely Forum on Medicare at the Mullis Center

Written on October 19, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

By Peggy Sue McRae – I turn 65 this year so I was very glad to hear about the free forum on Medicare that will be held at the Mullis Center on Wednesday, October 26. Even if you are not a medicare newbie like me, you may want to take this opportunity to get an  Continue Reading

Safe San Juans Events

Written on October 18, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Check out the information below about two very important community events coming up this week, hosted by SAFE San Juans: Friday, October 21st, 12:00 noon – Silent Witness Campaign Vigil: You may have already noticed the Silent Witness silhouettes on the lawn of the legislative building, across from the courthouse. This display is meant to  Continue Reading

Can Dogs Detect Parkinson’s?

Written on October 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm, by

Local Dogs Make the Grade in Parkinson’s Detection Project Dog trainer Lisa Holt, with a team of volunteers, recently completed a pilot study designed to determine whether dogs can be trained to detect Parkinson’s Disease and in doing so contribute to early detection of a debilitating and costly disease. The answer seems to be a  Continue Reading

Part Two of October Windstorms: Coming Soon!

Written on October 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm, by

We woke to the pleasant observation this morning that our first storm of the series has materialized as a normal windstorm in the islands. The Outage Center at the Opalco website is thankfully free of outage reports. The big question remains, “what will Storm 2 bring”? The latest Weather Service forecast says Storm 2 may  Continue Reading

Trio Of Major Storms Headed To WA, Prepare Now!

Written on October 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm, by

This just in from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of very powerful storms is headed our way, starting with heavy rain on Wednesday night. The NWS models forecast a 1 in 3 chance that this could be a “worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for  Continue Reading

First European Green Crab in Washington’s Salish Sea

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

by Sylvia Yamada and Craig Staude “Sylvia, I think we caught one!” Craig Staude shouted excitedly as he and his team of volunteers opened a baited trap in a tidal channel near the sculpture park at Roche Harbor on August 30th. Sure enough, the 74-millimeter-wide male was the first live European green crab ever caught  Continue Reading

Hip Hop Hooray!

Written on October 8, 2016 at 11:06 am, by

Just got this note from Chloe Klein… I am teaching a family friendly Hip Hop class to benefit Beyond Type1, to help my amazing friend Henry Jensen raise money toward his goal! Sunday, October 16th at 2pm at the Grange. Come dance with us and if you are unable to join in person, PLEASE donate  Continue Reading