Dr. Sullivan stepping down as county Medical Program Director

Dr. Michael Sullivan is  resigning in 45 days as San Juan County Medical Program Director. According to Dr. John Geyman, who told the Board of Health about the resignation at their June 19 meeting, Sullivan will stay at Peace Health Peace Island Medical Center as head of emergency medicine. He'll still be doing run reviews for both the Orcas Island and Lopez Islands Emergency Medical Services, according to Dr. Geyman. 

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State Insurance Commissioner agrees with Kaiser's payment denial for 14 medevac flights

Fourteen insured islanders will be burdened with bills of about $23,000 for medevac flights. The state Insurance Commission's investigator, who was not a physician, determined that Kaiser Permanente's  denial of payment for 14 medevac flights from the San Juan Islands was correct. The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) informed the county that they will not take any more action on the county's complaint and the decision is final.

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PIMC receives two awards

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash. was recognized with a Premier, Inc. QUEST® award for High-Value Healthcare for a third time in four years. Additionally, the island’s medical center was awarded as the top performer for improvement in 2019. Both awards were announced at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 18-21, 2019. QUEST is a national quality improvement collaborative and leading healthcare performance improvement alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and 165,000 additional providers and organizations.

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Dr. Geyman's latest book: Struggling and Dying Under Trumpcare: How We Can Fix This Fiasco.

Dr. Geyman has been writing about U.S. health care policy and reform since 2002. This book describes the health care situation in our country and the current proposals in Congress. He offers evidence based information which supports Medicare For All as the only sustainable way to have health care coverage for everyone in our country.

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Get $30-$60 a month OFF your OPALCO and Rock Island bills

OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to a Rock Island bill for internet services, too. However, members must renew their Energy Assist participation each year: the bill credit expires every April 30th.

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Access increased to locally grown foods for the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and Orcas Island Community Foundation to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks Program provides additional dollars for women and children participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program, and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, to spend at the Farmers Market this summer. This benefit doubles the amount of local foods that may be purchased, expands the number of families who are able to participate in the programs, and supports local farmers.

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