Topic: Health & Wellness

Pertussis Update and Preparing for the Holiday Travel Season

Written on December 12, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

With the three recent pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in San Juan County, and with the holiday travel season upon us, now is a good time to review you and your family’s immunization status and make sure your immunizations are up to date. Mark Tompkins, Director of San Juan County Health & Community Services, said,  Continue Reading

I Trust You

Written on December 11, 2016 at 12:54 am, by


2nd Annual Resolution Run and New Salish Splash!

Written on December 7, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Island Rec invites you to take part in the Second Annual Resolution Run 5k scheduled for a 10am start on Sunday, January 1, 2017. This is a family and dog friendly fun run, that travels from Jackson Beach to Mullis, into town, up Argyle and back to Jackson Beach. NEW this year at 11:00am, when you  Continue Reading

Studio Holiday Party

Written on December 6, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Hey everyone, Jacquelyn and Jen over here at The Studio. We wanted to let folks know that we will be hosting our Annual Holiday party this year on Thursday, December 15th from 7:oo pm to midnight. There will be live music with Browne & Beliveau followed by DJ Neon Tide. Once again we will have  Continue Reading

Pertussis Health Alert

Written on December 5, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services Issues Pertussis Health Alert Three San Juan Island children have been diagnosed with Pertussis, or “whooping cough.” San Juan County Health & Community Services is currently working with the families of these children to investigate the pertussis cases. None of the children have been hospitalized. Pertussis is a  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Serves Up Hot Lunches and Delivers Meals on Wheels

Written on December 1, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

On Monday I had lunch at the Mullis Center. Lunches are served on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:45. It’s an inexpensive hot meal, $5 for seniors $6 for everyone else (all are welcome), and it comes with a choice of beverages, salad, and desert. On the menu Monday was Hungarian goulash over noodles, a good  Continue Reading

NEW! Women’s Boxing for Fitness Classes at SJI Fitness

Written on November 30, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

BooBoo James and Shannon Miniken are now offering women’s boxing for fitness circuit training classes at San Juan Island Fitness. “These classes are for anyone, any fitness level, from the experienced athlete looking for a new challenge, to the woman who’s never done a push up,” said BooBoo James, who’s been teaching these classes for  Continue Reading

Island Air Ambulance or Airlift NW?

Written on November 28, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Recommendation: Sign up for both med-evac services As island residents consider which of two med-evac services to pay for, the answer given unanimously at last week’s public hospital district board meeting was “Both.” Commissioner Michael Edwards likened it to wearing both suspenders and a belt, saying “not to have the support of both is folly.”  Continue Reading

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