UW and PIMC welcome 4 doctors to Rural Emergency Medicine Rotations on San Juan Island

This summer marks the fifth year of a unique collaborative Rural Emergency Medicine Clinical Experience between Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, and the Emergency Medicine Physician Specialty Residency of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. This summer Peace Island Medical Center welcomes Dr Souza, Dr Ludwig, Dr Harmon, and Dr Lambert to their clinical Rural Emergency Medicine experience in the San Juan Islands.

From left to right: Dr. Lambert, Dr. Harmon, Dr. Ludwig and Dr. Souza


Larsen in favor of impeachment of Trump

This week, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) became the third Washington Representative to say he is in favor of impeachment of President Trump.

The decision came after the President tweeted a series of attacks aimed at women of color in Congress saying they should "go back" to the countries they came from.

"It is clear from this message that the president has no understanding of what it means to be a U.S. citizen, what it takes to become a citizen, or what it means to the people of the world to strive for the dream of being an American," Rep. Larsen wrote in an op-ed for the Everett Herald. "He should not be the president of the United States."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) are the other two Washington Representatives in favor of impeachment..


Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands July 10-16: Assault at ferry landing, boat in roadway, threats, man overboard, Lopez car found in Federal way....

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 288 calls from July 10-16, 2019 including: San Juan Island deputies responded to an assault at the ferry landing. The suspect was arrested for assault in the fourth degree and weapons apparently capable of producing bodily harm. Deputies and EMS responded to a man in the water off Lopez island. The man was outside of his boat with no PFDs available. The man was evaluated by EMS on shore and issued an infraction for failing to have a PFD available for use. A Deputy on Orcas Island responded to a report of an intoxicated man sleeping outside a business. The subject was contacted. He left the area voluntarily and on foot.


CBC British Columbia launches Killers: J pod on the brink - podcast starts July 18

VANCOUVER, Thursday, July 18, 2019 — Today, CBC British Columbia launches Killers: J pod on the brink. This original podcast dives deep into the elements putting B.C.'s orca population at risk, exploring climate change, pollution and politics. Hosted by CBC Radio One’s Gloria Macarenko, the five-part podcast can be found on all podcast streaming platforms.

J35 still pushing her dead calf 24 hours later. Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research


Medicaid recipients in San Juan Islands will receive integrated physical and behavioral care as of July 1

On July 1, 2019 Washington state shifted the way it pays for the delivery of physical and mental health services for those on Medicaid (Apple Health) in San Juan County. This change will make it easier for Medicaid patients to access the health services they need.

This is part of the statewide shift in healthcare delivery across Washington to bring together the payment and delivery of physical and behavioral health services, along with mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

In the past, Medicaid clients had to navigate three separate systems in order to access the services they needed to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Now those services will be coordinated through one system, which should lead to improved health outcomes, more streamlined services, and better coordination of care from a patient’s primary care provider.

Most people in Washington will stay enrolled in their current health plan. If that plan will not be an option in 2019 or 2020, the Health Care Authority will auto-enroll Medicaid clients to one of the available plans. More information can be found at https://www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/apple-health-medicaid-coverage/apple-health-managed-care.

Have questions? Community Health Plan of Washington is available to help at 1-800-440-1561 or www.chpw.org.



Larsen Votes to Support Servicemembers, Military Families and Military Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 12, 2019 Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Larsen successfully secured provisions to protect U.S. national security and support women and men in the military and their families.

“The NDAA makes important investments to strengthen military readiness and support servicemembers and their families,” said Larsen.

Addresses Trump-Induced Crisis at Southern Border

The administration cannot continue to use military funding as a piggy bank for building an ineffective wall on the Southern border. The NDAA prohibits the use of military funding for the construction of a wall, barrier or fence along the Southern border and prohibits reprogramming funds into the counter-drug account, a ploy the administration has previously used to fund border wall construction. Additionally, the bill prohibits the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funding to house children forcibly separated from their families at the border.

Supports Military Families

The NDAA includes provisions benefiting Northwest Washington’s military families, installations and the surrounding communities.

The NDAA provides a 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers eliminates the “widow’s tax,” and increases occupational support to military spouses.

Supports Military Communities

The NDAA provides funding to clean up PFOS/PFOA contaminated drinking water at or near military bases and authorizes funding for schools serving military students like Oak Harbor School District.

The bill also requires the Environmental Protection Agency to list PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances.

Accelerates Closure of Guantanamo Bay

The NDAA makes progress towards closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The bill includes provisions that ban any new detainees from being placed in Guantanamo Bay and denies the president’s request for a new permanent detainee complex.

Promotes Smart Nuclear Policies

The NDAA prohibits the development of destabilizing and unnecessary low-yield nuclear weapons and increases funding to protect secure command and control in the event of a nuclear crisis.


Lopez Island Family Resource Center receives $24K No Child Left Inside grant

OLYMPIA– More than 14,000 kids who might not otherwise have opportunities to explore parks, forests and other outdoor places in Washington soon will be able to thanks to about $1.3 million in funding, which Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday, July 15, 2019.

 Bow making class. Lopez Island Family Resource, Lopez Island Youth Outdoor Education Program

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