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San Juan County PHD #1 and PIMC moving forward with housing for healthcare workers

LWVSJ Observer Corps summary of San Juan County Public Hospital District #1, February 28, 2024 meeting.

Jack Estrada from Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC) presented a report for 2023. They have been short by two physicians recently but have new hires starting shortly. They saw increased demand for emergency room services but dropped physical therapy services on Saturdays due to low demand. The Medical Center is financially stable with the PHD subsidy and the Peace Health support. The Commission approved the 2nd half subsidy to PIMC. 

Superintendent Butler reported they plan to move forward with health care workers’ housing in partnership with PIMC.

Commissioners Frazer and Clary submitted a detailed PHD financial report.

EMS taught a 10-day Wilderness First Responder class on Orcas Island. EMS January calls were at a record high.

The Commissioners agreed to a joint special meeting requested by the SJC Board of Health to present their Community Health Needs Assessment. 

Evan Perrollaz, Executive Director of Home Care Services, and Ingrid Gabriel, Coordinator reported that Village at Home received its home care license last week. Five types of home care services will be available, with a vehicle for shopping/medical appointment services. Clients will need to pay directly for services, but they will help them seek long-term care insurance reimbursement. The pool of qualified, vetted caregivers includes many who want to work part time. The software system they have allows secure patient tracking of billing, communications, care plans and more. They will begin some employee training. Those taking online training courses can now use a skill testing site in the PHD office space.

Commissioner Frazer wants to keep close watch for potential stress on PHD staff and finances given the new major housing and home care projects moving forward. 

The Commissioners approved a resolution appointing Laura Jack as the Board Recording Secretary, replacing Steve Wambsganss who is now Financial Director. The Commissioners approved a new EMS policy allowing employees to accrue paid time off in months when they have taken family leave. 

After an executive session under RCW 42.30.110 (1)(1), the Commissioners approved a settlement agreement with the Washington Attorney General’s office for a longstanding issue regarding Medicare payment claims in 2012-2015. 


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