Topic: Health & Wellness

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

What’s For Lunch on Friday?

Written on January 23, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Fish for Teeth – Fish Taco Fundraiser Friday, January 24th from  11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. $8 suggested donation Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with another Fish Taco Fundraiser on Friday, January 24, 11-1:30 at the San Juan Island Community Theater. An $8.00 suggested donation lands  Continue Reading

Retirement Party

Written on January 23, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Dr. Burk Gossom is retiring after 40+ years of service and dedication to healthcare on San Juan Island. Please join your friends and neighbors in saying Thank You! January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the SJI Grange Let’s show our appreciation to Dr. Gossom and say hello to Dr. William House. Bring your  Continue Reading

Wilderness First Responder Training

Written on January 21, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

San Juan Island EMS is offering Wilderness First Responder Training (WFR), February 10 – 19 at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. This training is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry  Continue Reading

Embody Love Movement Workshop

Written on January 13, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Former islander and FHHS graduate Zoe Louise Kromer will be offering an eye opening and transformational workshop for all people regardless of gender identity, ages 18+. This workshop will invite participants on a journey toward radical body positivity, self-acceptance and uncovering true potential. “We are aiming to set new intentions about how we feel, think,  Continue Reading

Winter Storm Coming

Written on January 13, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

This just in from OPALCO… Are you ready for the winter storm blowing in? We are looking at some some serious cold coming our way this week. Please be prepared and look out for your neighbors! Make sure you have your phone charged up, fill up your gas tank in your car, and if you  Continue Reading

Economy, Environment and Health Benefit from Trails, Two New Studies Show

Written on January 10, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

This just in from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office… Executive Summary OLYMPIA–Trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to the state’s economy, according to companion studies released today by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Done in collaboration with Washington Trails Association, Washington Bikes, and the University of Washington, the studies look at  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island

Written on January 9, 2020 at 1:43 pm, by

We all know of “20-20 hindsight”, but what about 2020 foresight? In many ways we are in a far more precarious state, and highly susceptible to disruption out here on the islands, than our comfortable lives portray. Dependable and affordable electricity, disproportional importation of food stuffs and a lack of capacity for local recycling and  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter

Written on January 6, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Local Severe Weather Shelter is prepared for upcoming freezing temperatures The United Way of San Juan County’s Severe Weather Shelter Team is prepared to be open for upcoming forecasted freezing temperatures starting next week.  Volunteer hosts have been notified, and the team is going to do everything possible to ensure the criteria for this temporary  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Welcoming the New Year with Self Care Classes at The Mullis Center

Written on January 1, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Whether the New Year brings with it a desire to counter the indulgences of the holidays or an ongoing intention to retain and improve your health and well being, the Mullis Center’s regular classes; Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, both  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Written on December 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Islanders can receive affordable dental care, thanks to the local nonprofit Fish For Teeth, on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, 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  Continue Reading

Help Available for Substance Abuse at PIMC

Written on December 22, 2019 at 2:23 pm, by

By Louise Dustrude – For those with substance abuse problems, and for the people who love them, worry about them, or are exasperated by them, there is help available at Peace Island Medical Center. Lauren Olsen, MD, is a family practice doctor at Peace Island with training and experience in buprenorphine therapy for addiction. No  Continue Reading

SJIEMS in 2019

Written on December 21, 2019 at 8:48 am, by

The following press release was submitted by SJI EMS… As we close out 2019, we thought we would spend some time discussing some of the highlights of the year for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJI EMS). Expansion of Paramedicine Program One of the important programs that SJI EMS has expanded is our pioneering  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Says “Thank You!”

Written on December 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Submitted by Fish for Teeth board, Matt Marinkovich, Maureen Marinkovich, Dr. Michael Horn, Tami Doenges and David Jennings. Fish for Teeth has been helping fill the dental needs of San Juan and Lopez islands since 2012 by sponsoring the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van. The van comes to San Juan for two-day visits, four  Continue Reading

New Digs for SJ Oriental Medicine

Written on December 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

After 20 years at 50 web Street in downtown Friday Harbor, Sandy Richard has moved the San Juan Oriental Medicine Clinic out to 517 Douglas Road. The clinic will be up and running this week and looking forward to seeing new and old patients.

Update from Inter-Island Healthcare Foundation

Written on December 10, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Results of Survey of San Juan County Residents over 70 years old are in. Background: In August and September of 2019, thanks in part to donations from county residents, the Foundation commissioned a survey of county residents to determine the extent and magnitude of unmet needs for community based long-term care services in San Juan  Continue Reading

Community Survey 2019

Written on December 8, 2019 at 5:31 am, by

Please help out the SJI Prevention Coalition by participating in this community survey. Cynthia explains that they need more public input… The deadline to gather community input is Saturday, December 14 (and) we have not yet reached the minimum requirement for participation in this annual mandatory CPWI Coalition survey. Please complete the survey ASAP, if  Continue Reading

Honoring Outgoing EMS Board Members

Written on December 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The following announcement was submitted by Nathan Butler, public information officer for SJI EMS… On November 26, 2019, the staff of San Juan Island EMS honored outgoing Board members with a special presentation. Outgoing Board members Mark Schwinge, Michael Edwards, Warren Appleton, and Rebecca Smith were all in attendance. Though they were also honored at  Continue Reading

PHD Meeting

Written on December 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding a special meeting on December 4, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. (Agenda linked below). This meeting will be chaired by Chair pro tem Anna Lisa Lindstrum. This meeting will begin with HIPAA training from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15  Continue Reading

Rock Solid Wins National Award!

Written on December 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

Congratulations to Rock Solid prevention youth for their receipt of a national award for their Red Ribbon Week vaping prevention message posted on the Friday Harbor High School chemistry door.  See below for the official announcement and a picture of their entry.  They received one of ten Judges picks – the award for Educational entry.  Continue Reading


Written on December 1, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan County Fire District 3 Chair, Commissioner Bob Jarman, shares the following letter to the  commissioners of San Juan Island Public Hospital District #1… Honorable Board Members: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Commissioners wish to congratulate the newly elected Public Hospital District Commissioners as you are sworn in and begin the learning curve  Continue Reading