PRESS RELEASE: PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), the critical access hospital on San Juan Island, will extend its clinic hours beginning in May.
Next month Carrie Sun, MD, a locum (temporary) physician will join the Peace Island team of caregivers. She will work Wednesday-Saturday, enabling PIMC to meet the health needs of a community that increases significantly over the summer months. PeaceHealth is currently recruiting an additional physician in order to be able to continue expanded coverage after Dr. Sun leaves. According to Cynthia Cazacopol, director of clinical services, Dr. Sun’s arrival will allow Peace Island Medical Center to open a Saturday clinic and extend current clinic hours.
"On May 11, we will begin offering appointments on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.," said Cazacopol. "And the clinic’s weekday hours are expanding – as of Monday, June 3 – to cover 8 a.m. to 6 p.m."
Appointments may be scheduled by phoning 378-2141.
PIMC Medical Director Michael Wingren, MD, said having an additional physician on staff will help ensure Islanders can continue to have this expanded access to health care.
“Our commitment to this community has never wavered,” said Dr. Wingren. “Increasing the hours that we are open is a big step on the journey to ensuring Islanders have access to the care they need – here at home. We are grateful to our caregivers who are stepping up in a big way to make this possible.”
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center– the result of a collaboration between the San Juan County Hospital District No. 1 and PeaceHealth – includes a ten-bed critical access hospital, primary care and specialty clinics, a cancer center, expanded diagnostic and treatment services, an operating suite for outpatient procedures and a 24-hour emergency department. Peace Island Medical Center operates as part of the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in the Northwest Network of Care, which includes a not-for-profit full-service hospital founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, and is part of the PeaceHealth system with medical centers in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.
In addition to the hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group, PeaceHealth’s services in Northwest Washington include several Centers of Excellence, North Cascade Cardiology, a diagnostic laboratory, a joint venture outpatient imaging service and a specialty clinic in Sedro-Woolley.