PHD votes to help fund Planned Parenthood

By a vote of three to one with one San Juan Public Hospital District Commissioner absent, the PHD approved a resolution that gives $40,000 of tax revenue to Friday Harbor Planned Parenthood. The impetus behind the move to help fund PP, was due to religiously-based restrictions on reproductive healthcare available through Peace Health Peace Island Medical Center. PHD negotiated with PIMC to get back $50,000 a year for two years to be used for needs that aren't covered through PIMC.

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Free Willy's connection to Friday Harbor Planned Parenthood

Finding funding for projects sometimes requires extra creativity. That was the case in the 90s  when Planned Parenthood was in need of funding for a clinic in Friday Harbor. StudioCanal Regency Enterprises was filming "Free Willy" in the bay by Florence Harrison's San Juan Island home. She had a long history of community action, and donated the fees she received from the production company. 

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April 16 is designated National Healthcare Decisions Day

The National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.

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SHIBA works

Thursday, April 6, Todd Dixon and Stella Ng from the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s Office met with twelve volunteer insurance counselors from San Juan and Skagit counties to review SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors) program success and present service awards. Island Hospital, the area program contractor, hosted the breakfast meeting as part of the regular monthly update training session for volunteers.

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How to protect yourself from CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide detectors are the best way to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Center for Disease Control: CO is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

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Hospital Board dismisses complaint about members' ethics

Michelle Loftus and Megan Vivenzio filed a "Formal Complaint of Violation of San Juan Public Hospital District Code of Ethics" against three commissioners - Monica Harrington, Bill Williams and Barbara Sharp. The five-member PHD board consulted with its attorney during an executive session Wednesday, March 22, 2017 and then discussed the matter during their regular meeting. The board voted unanimously to dismiss the complaint citing its lack of merit due to erroneous statements. 

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Tips on avoiding hantavirus

Two cases of hantavirus in King County, one fatal, serve as a reminder to be careful when opening up closed cabins, working in crawl spaces, and dealing with rodent infestations in engines. Hantavirus can cause a rare but deadly disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). In Washington State hantavirus is carried primarily by deer mice. In Washington state it is not carried by rats. 

White-footed deer mouse is native to the San Juan Islands.  Photo from kwiaht.org

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