PRESS RELEASE: To address the crisis created by the closure of the Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands, the Community Long-Term Options Task Force, an ad hoc group of individuals with expertise in healthcare and the community, has been meeting during the last five months to discuss options. We have looked for the best options for San Juan County on the issues of Skilled Nursing, Long-term Affordable Senior Housing, Home Care, Home Health, Workforce Development, and related support systems.
One of our guiding goals in this process has been to clearly define our community needs and formulate conceptual solutions for not only today but for the future as well.
Dr. Warren Appleton was appointed to the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Commission despite failing to meet the requirement of being registered to vote in San Juan County. According to the Hospital District bylaws: No person shall be eligible to be elected to the office of public hospital district unless he/she is a registered voter within the boundaries of the District. Appleton, who has resided in the county for six years, is registered to vote in King County.
This year is a reminder of how unpredictable and serious flu can be. Every flu season is different based on many factors including the circulating viruses and how well the flu shot protects against those viruses.
Washington State's Open Public Meetings Act mandates that the public's business be conducted in public. To make sure this occurs, in a three-member commission, two commissioners are not allowed to communicate in person or by email about the organization's business. In a five-person commission, this would mean three people cannot talk or email outside of a meeting. In other words, since it takes two votes to pass something in a three-person commission, two people aren't allowed to decide or discuss the commission's business outside of a public meeting.
The flu is hitting people especially hard this year. In fact, you’ve probably heard about the young and otherwise healthy people who are becoming very sick — and even dying — from the flu. These are rare cases, but they raise the question of when you need medical care for flu symptoms, and when you can just care for yourself at home. John Dunn, MD, Kaiser Permanente physician, offers some guidelines on how you can decide.
Barbara Sharp, a former Hospital Board Commissioner, is one of the seven candidates for the two open positions on San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Commission. The six others are Dr. Warren Appleton, Dr. David Balmer, John Manning, C. Mitchell Shlosser, Rebecca Smith and David Meiland.
(EDITORS's NOTE: An earlier posting listed Keri Talbott as a candidate. She withdrew her name after the original article was posted.)
The positions became open after Chair Bill Williams and Monica Harrington resigned last month. Harrington is moving off-island to take a position with a clean energy tech company in British Columbia.
The Commission will choose two new board members during a special meeting/work session at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018 in the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building, 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor.
Washington News Service: OLYMPIA, Wash. - With Washingtonians aging rapidly, how will the state provide long-term care? Many groups believe the bipartisan legislation known as the Long-Term Care Trust Act is one solution. The novel program would provide long-term care insurance through a payroll deduction of about 0.5 percent. Those funds would then be able to fully cover the average cost for in-home care for one year.
San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold a special meeting/work session at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 8 at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The board is expected to appoint two new board members to replace Bill Williams and Monica Harrington who resigned last week.
Anyone interested in applying should please contact and/or submit your letter of interest and your current CV to the District Superintendent Pam Hutchens, (360) 378-2857or [email protected]
Monica Harrington resigned from the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Bill Williams resigned Wednesday, January 24. The resignations leave two positions open on the board. Anyone interested in being considered for an appointment to the board should contact Hospital District Superintendent Pam Hutchins at [email protected]
Following is Harrington's letter.
Three resignations, two changed minds, one reluctant candidate, one voided contract resulted in a reconfigured San Juan County Hospital District #1 board.
Chair Bill Williams resigned January 24 during the day, Hospital District Superintendent Pam Hutchins and San Juan Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Jerry Martin rescinded their resignations, interim Chief Rick Fraser's contract was considered void and J. Michael Edwards, who chose not to run for re-election in November but remained on the board when the elected candidate declined to take the oath of office, was named Board Chair.
Eighty six lab-confirmed influenza deaths have been reported for the 2017-2018 season to date in Washington state. Flu illness is widespread across the state and many health care facilities report full waiting rooms and a high demand for treatment of flu and other currently circulating illnesses. To help ease the crowding at medical facilities, state health officials want the public to know when and where to seek medical care, and to be on the lookout for warning signs of a potentially life-threatening situation.
Forty-six people in Washington state have died from lab-confirmed flu since October according to the state Department of Health. Health officials want the public to know when to seek emergency medical care, when to stay home and also urge anyone over 6 months of age who hasn't been vaccinated this year to get a flu shot now to protect themselves, and others.