Is women's healthcare a priority at SJI Hospital District?

The contentiousness of the 2015 hospital district election on San Juan Island was re-awakened at the February 22, 2017 San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 (PHD)  Commission meeting. Discussing the possibility of entering into a contract with Planned Parenthood to provide services PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC) cannot provide due to its status as a Catholic healthcare organization, the gulf between those for one and those against was wide. 

Commissioner Dr. J. Michael Edwards placed the needs of 10th-graders smoking marijuana or tobacco as a higher priority than providing women access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.  Commissioner Mark Schwinge vehemently opposed giving even "a penny" to Planned Parenthood saying, "When we cannot settle on things, I think we need to consider moral aspects. Moral law ultimately has to hold sway."


New class at Island Rec – Gentle Yoga for Adults

Island Rec's new class,  Yoga for Ages 55+, is  perfect way to help you maintain a supple body and a peaceful mind. The health benefits of yoga have been widely accepted and promoted by the mainstream medical field. This class will help you to improve joint mobility, balance and reflexes, and mental clarity. It will also increase your stamina and youthful posture and muscle tone.


Bill creates health and safety rules for outdoor preschools

February 14, 2017 Olympia, WA—A Bipartisan Bill, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island), SB 5357, will develop health & safety rules for the growing number of outdoor preschools in Washington. If passed by the legislature, the Department of Early Learning will manage a pilot project to license outdoor preschools, including health, safety, and quality standards.

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