Local prevention group impresses at state Prevention Summit

Boys and girls  from San Juan Island Prevention Coalition attended the Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima recently. Rock Solid, a youth prevention club, created by Zach Fincher after attending his first summit in 2011, won Grand Prize at the Spring Youth Forum. The group was asked to present at the state summit.

San Juan Island and Lopez Island Prevention Coalitions meet up in Yakima for the WA. State Prevention Summit. Youth, chaperones and coordinators working together to create positive change in our communities.

"It was really great seeing how our project impacted and inspired other groups. One small group of girls came up after one of our presentations, asking if we had any tips to "get to where we are". It really opened my eyes to see we have gotten to a goal so many strive for. For that, I am grateful for this opportunity to learn from others and teach others, including myself.” Chiara Power, Rock Solid

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New Emergency Dept doctor at PIMC

Jason Oost, MD has joined the staff of PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center.  Dr. Oost earned his degree in Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency as well as an Ultrasound Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

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Donor funding provides $451,600 to enhance quality of life at the end of life

At their November board meeting, the Trustees of the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation voted unanimously to approve program funding requests from Hospice of the Northwest totaling $451,600. The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation is able to fund these grants through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish Counties.

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Training session for "Out of the Cold' severe weather shelters on Dec. 9

Together with United Way of SJC and other supporters, “Out of the Cold” Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter will undertake this year to provide overnight shelter to vulnerable people in Friday Harbor during periods of extreme cold weather. The goal of the SWS is to operate temporary shelters on a rotating basis, for families and individuals. We have secured one site, Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church's 395 Spring Street location, and are waiting to hear from three more solid candidates with the hope of covering all weeks through March 15, 2019.

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SJPHD board meeting Nov. 22

San Juan Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 at the Frank Wilson EMS Building, 1079 Spring Street.

At the last meeting, SJ Emergency Medical Services Chief Jerry Martin announced his resignation effective February, 2018. In November voters in the hospital district elected Anna Lisa Lindstrum to the board. Due to the late withdrawal of another candidate, no one was elected to the other open position on the board. The commissioners will discuss the vacancy during the new business portion of their meeting.

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Update on the Community Long-Term Care Options Task Force

Over the last few weeks, many of you have shown concern about the limited availability of long-term care, rehabilitation and housing for our county’s aging and at-risk, or complex-care populations. This subject has reached crisis-level with the closure of Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands; a facility that has been subsidized by Life Care Centers of America for the last 20 years in order to keep it open and serving residents across the County. A thoughtful community meeting held in late September at the Mullis Community Center in Friday Harbor highlighted many of your concerns, some facts about the depth of the problem, a willingness of many to be part of a sustainable solution and some brainstorming ideas. Among these was the creation of a taskforce.

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Cranberries: Perfect Thanksgiving dish, false hope for UTI sufferers

Along with the pleasantries of family and friends, crisp air and holiday reruns, the holidays are made all the better by the return of cranberry to the dining table. With a zestful balance of sour and sweet, cranberry is a delightful dish as a Thanksgiving side, sweet treat and of course, the critical ingredient for a turkey sandwich. Loaded with healthful nutrients, cranberry has a lot to offer. However, there is one thing that you should not look to cranberry for: relief from urinary tract infections.

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