It’s time for the poster contest.…

Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm by

From our friends at Island Rec:

Poster Con­test for 19th Annu­al Children’s Festival

It’s time THE LAST CHANCE for San Juan island kids to let their imag­i­na­tions run wet and wild with this year’s Children’s Festival’s Theme: UNDER THE SEA.

The 2009 Children’s Festival’s poster con­test lets San Juan Island chil­dren show off their aquat­ic artis­tic and cre­ative skill.

Offi­cial entry forms are avail­able NOW for artists of all ages ready to share their tal­ents in the San Juan Island 19th Annu­al Children’s Fes­ti­val. Win­ning entries will be used to pro­mote the Sat­ur­day, May 2nd fes­ti­val and its 2009 theme: UNDER THE SEA.

Prizes will be award­ed to the top three entries. The first prize is a Whale and Wildlife Tour for four aboard San Juan Island’s 46-foot West­ern Prince II. The sec­ond prize will be a gift cer­tifi­cate to Osito’s, and the third place poster will receive a gift cer­tifi­cate to the Toy Box.

Poster entry sheets are avail­able at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School and Island Rec (580 Guard Street). Entries must be sub­mit­ted to either of those loca­tions by Thurs­day, March 26, 2009.
All art­work will become the prop­er­ty of Island Rec and will not be returned.

This year’s com­mit­tee is under­way with prepa­ra­tions for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2nd event.  Please, mark your cal­en­dars.  For more infor­ma­tion call Sal­ly at 378‑4953.

Former island administrator becomes superintendent in Oregon.…

Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm by

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Remem­ber in the mid-1990s when Jeff Davis was here? Looks like he just moved to the Ore­gon coast. Here’s more, from the Flo­rence, OR, newspaper:

After review­ing 22 appli­ca­tions for the super­in­ten­dent posi­tion, the Sius­law School Dis­trict announced last week that Jeff Davis of Ort­ing, Wash., will take over the reins begin­ning July 1.

Davis, 62, will replace cur­rent Super­in­ten­dent George Win­ter­scheid, who resigned from the job due to health reasons.

“The school is blessed to have such a phe­nom­e­nal can­di­date accept the posi­tion,” the dis­trict said in a state­ment released March 13.

Cur­rent­ly, Davis is the super­in­ten­dent of the Ort­ing School Dis­trict, a posi­tion he has held since 2002. He plans to retire from the Wash­ing­ton school system.

His past expe­ri­ence includes sev­en years as super­in­ten­dent of the Enti­at School Dis­trict and three years as prin­ci­pal of Fri­day Har­bor High School, both in Washington.

Dinner at The Place.…always a good deal.…

Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm by

Drop by The Place Bar & Grill and check out their spe­cial that’s run­ning from today till April 7th…2 for $22! Here’s more (http://www.theplacesanjuan.com/specials.html). See you there!

The late boat.…

Posted March 18, 2009 at 7:33 pm by

Coming home on the late boat.....

Com­ing home on the late boat.….

It’s always fun to see friends on the fer­ry, even when they’re sacked out from a long day on the mainland.

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Posted March 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm by

Today, more than ever before, life must be char­ac­ter­ized by a sense of Uni­ver­sal respon­si­bil­i­ty, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to oth­er forms of life.
Dalai Lama 

Hospital Board approves contract for new medical center

Posted March 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm by

Last night, the Hos­pi­tal Board approved the pro­posed con­tract with Peace­Health, which will set in motion get­ting a new, updat­ed med­ical cen­ter — a new hos­pi­tal is sched­uled to open in 2012. Here’s more from Alan Roochvarg, for the Hos­pi­tal District:

Con­tract Approved for New Inte­grat­ed Med­ical Center
for San Juan Coun­ty Hos­pi­tal District 

Fri­day Har­bor, Wash. – The San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict #1 Board of
Com­mis­sion­ers today unan­i­mous­ly approved a long-term ser­vice con­tract with  Peace­Health, a North­west-based not-for-prof­it health­care sys­tem, to sig­nif­i­cant­ly expand health­care ser­vices for San Juan Coun­ty Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict res­i­dents and Island visitors.

The Peace­Health Board of Direc­tors approved the con­tract last week.

The  long-term rela­tion­ship between the San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict #1 (Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict) and Peace­Health will cre­ate a new, ful­ly Inte­grat­ed Med­ical Cen­ter locat­ed in Fri­day Har­bor, includ­ing a new, expand­ed pri­ma­ry care and spe­cial­ty clin­ic, expand­ed diag­nos­tic ser­vices cen­ter, a 24-hour emer­gency room and a 10-bed Crit­i­cal Access Hospital.

More than a year ago, the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict, lead­ers of the cur­rent Inter Island Med­ical Cen­ter (IIMC) and the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Hos­pi­tal Com­mit­tee invit­ed Peace­Health into dis­cus­sions to explore a poten­tial part­ner­ship to serve the Island’s future health­care needs. A com­pre­hen­sive fea­si­bil­i­ty study was com­plet­ed in May 2008, and a for­mal Let­ter of Intent was signed in July 2008 to allow Peace­Health and the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict to nego­ti­ate and draft a for­mal con­tract pro­pos­al.  Con­tract Approved for New Inte­grat­ed Med­ical Cen­ter for San Juan Coun­ty Hos­pi­tal District

“From the begin­ning, this project has been shaped by the input and needs of those who live and work in our com­mu­ni­ty,” said Lenore Bayuk, chair­per­son of the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.  “We were for­tu­nate to iden­ti­fy a high-qual­i­ty health­care part­ner in Peace­Health. Their com­mit­ment to serv­ing the long-term health­care needs of this com­mu­ni­ty, from day one, has nev­er wavered.”

As part of the 50-year con­tract, Peace­Health will build, own and oper­ate the new Inte­grat­ed Med­ical Cen­ter in Fri­day Har­bor, which will pro­mote heal­ing and well care, as well as pro­vide an expand­ed range of on-Island health­care ser­vices in a high-qual­i­ty, inti­mate envi­ron­ment. Physi­cians and oth­er health­care providers will be able to care for Island res­i­dents and vis­i­tors with new, state-of-the-art med­ical, diag­nos­tic and imag­ing ser­vices, a 24-hour emer­gency room and a ful­ly inte­grat­ed, elec­tron­ic med­ical record. The new med­ical cen­ter and hos­pi­tal will serve patients all under one roof and is sched­uled to open in the sum­mer of 2012. The Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict will con­tin­ue to oper­ate Inter Island Med­ical Cen­ter until the new facil­i­ty is opened.

Under the terms of the approved rela­tion­ship and con­tract, local phil­an­thropy will pro­vide $10 mil­lion toward con­struc­tion costs of the new med­ical cen­ter and hos­pi­tal. Peace­Health will fund the remain­ing $20 mil­lion for pur­chase of the land, facil­i­ty  con­struc­tion and equip­ment.  Peace­Health will be the own­er of the prop­er­ty and facil­i­ties, and will have full respon­si­bil­i­ty for the deliv­ery of ongo­ing patient care, staffing and oper­a­tions. The Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict will sub­si­dize Peace­Health to pro­vide con­tract­ed ser­vices with­out increas­ing the exist­ing Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict tax levy sup­port­ing the IIMC, either now or after the levy lift expires in 2015.

Cur­rent­ly, Inter Island Med­ical Cen­ter, locat­ed in Fri­day Har­bor, offers a fam­i­ly prac­tice and inter­nal med­i­cine clin­ic, 24/7 emer­gency ser­vices, and some extend­ed diag­nos­tic equip­ment and ser­vices, but patients need­ing addi­tion­al diag­nos­tic test­ing, pro­ce­dures,  and inpa­tient care must trav­el off-Island. As the Island pop­u­la­tion has more than dou­bled since the IIMC was built 35 years ago, there is lim­it­ed space for patient care and clin­ic oper­a­tions and no addi­tion­al space for upgrad­ing, mod­ern­iz­ing or adding need­ed services.

The new Inte­grat­ed Med­ical Cen­ter will increase the num­ber of physi­cians serv­ing the  District’s res­i­dents and will near­ly dou­ble the num­ber of oth­er health­care professionals
serv­ing the Island com­mu­ni­ty. The Crit­i­cal Access Hos­pi­tal com­po­nent of the new
Inte­grat­ed Med­ical Cen­ter will require Cer­tifi­cate of Need and licens­ing approval from
the State of Washington.

“Everyone’s goal and com­mit­ment has been to build upon the lega­cy of ser­vice pro­vid­ed by the Inter Island Med­ical Cen­ter and to serve the San Juan com­mu­ni­ty with expand­ed access and high-qual­i­ty ser­vices with­out requir­ing an increase in Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict tax­es,” said Peter Adler, PeaceHealth’s senior vice pres­i­dent for Strat­e­gy, Inno­va­tion and Devel­op­ment.  “The new­ly estab­lished rela­tion­ship between Peace­Health and the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict is ground­ed in a shared vision for sus­tain­able, acces­si­ble and patient-cen­tered ser­vices that will meet the long-term needs of the community.”

“This part­ner­ship is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in main­tain­ing and enhanc­ing the qual­i­ty of life for the res­i­dents of the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict and San Juan Coun­ty,” Bayuk said. “We’re excit­ed to have this project mov­ing for­ward in part­ner­ship with PeaceHealth.”

San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict #1 (SJCPHD#1) is the tax-sup­port­ed agency
man­dat­ed by Wash­ing­ton State law to pro­vide health­care ser­vices and facil­i­ties for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of the Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict. The Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict pro­vides clin­ic-based med­ical ser­vices at the Inter Island Med­ical Cen­ter in Fri­day Har­bor. It also oper­ates San Juan Island EMS which pro­vides emer­gency med­ical ser­vices, crit­i­cal care trans­port, and injury and acci­dent pre­ven­tion pro­grams. SJCPHD#1 is com­prised of San Juan Island, Town of Fri­day Har­bor, Brown Island, Stu­art Island, Johns Island, Spei­den Island, Pearl Island and Hen­ry Island in San Juan Coun­ty, Wash­ing­ton. For more infor­ma­tion on the IMC project, vis­it www.sjcommunityhospital.org.

Peace­Health is a Belle­vue, WA-based not-for-prof­it health­care sys­tem serv­ing multiple
rur­al and urban com­mu­ni­ties in Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon and Alas­ka. Spon­sored by the
Sis­ters of St. Joseph of Peace, Peace­Health has pro­vid­ed excep­tion­al med­i­cine and
com­pas­sion­ate care to North­west com­mu­ni­ties for more than a cen­tu­ry, including
serv­ing the needs of small and remote com­mu­ni­ties through the oper­a­tion of three
suc­cess­ful Crit­i­cal Access Hos­pi­tals. Peace­Health annu­al­ly receives nation­al recognition
for inno­va­tions in patient-cen­tered care, patient safe­ty and health­care technology.
Research pub­lished in the June 2008 edi­tion of the Joint Com­mis­sion Jour­nal on Qual­i­ty  and Patient Safe­ty ranked Peace­Health as one of the top five qual­i­ty of care health­care  sys­tems in the coun­try, and the lead­ing sys­tem in the West. Peace­Health is fre­quent­ly named as one of the region’s best employ­ers. For more infor­ma­tion, visit
www.peacehealth.org.

Jesse’s in town.…

Posted March 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm by

Jesse Winchester

Jesse Win­ches­ter

Jan from the Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre reports:

If you liked TOM RUSH when he per­formed here last Octo­ber, you’ll like Jesse! Just ask our own island music enthu­si­ast, Kirk Fuhrmeister—guitarist and own­er of Isle Be Jam­min’ on Argyle Street. Kirk plays some of Jesse’s songs when he per­forms and is very excit­ed to see Jesse live in Fri­day Har­bor. Kirk says Jesse has a way of writ­ing “sto­ry songs” that often por­tray the bal­anc­ing acts of life, like his “Noth­ing but the Breeze: Life is much too short for some folks. For oth­er folks it just drags on….” Jesse was one of the most pro­lif­ic singer/songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s. His songs have been record­ed by such artists as Elvis Costel­lo, Emi­ly Lou Har­ris and Bon­nie Raitt. He has sung and played with the likes of Todd Rund­gren, Tom Rush and Wynon­na Judd. Peo­ple mag­a­zine com­pared his voice and style to James Taylor.

Jesse’s in town.…

Posted March 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm by

Jesse Winchester

Jesse Win­ches­ter

Jan from the Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre reports:

If you liked TOM RUSH when he per­formed here last Octo­ber, you’ll like Jesse! Just ask our own island music enthu­si­ast, Kirk Fuhrmeister—guitarist and own­er of Isle Be Jam­min’ on Argyle Street. Kirk plays some of Jesse’s songs when he per­forms and is very excit­ed to see Jesse live in Fri­day Har­bor. Kirk says Jesse has a way of writ­ing “sto­ry songs” that often por­tray the bal­anc­ing acts of life, like his “Noth­ing but the Breeze: Life is much too short for some folks. For oth­er folks it just drags on….” Jesse was one of the most pro­lif­ic singer/songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s. His songs have been record­ed by such artists as Elvis Costel­lo, Emi­ly Lou Har­ris and Bon­nie Raitt. He has sung and played with the likes of Todd Rund­gren, Tom Rush and Wynon­na Judd. Peo­ple mag­a­zine com­pared his voice and style to James Taylor.