Register by May 23 for Island Rec's Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts

Stay Active and move your body through the summer. Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts is a fitness class aimed at meeting the needs of people with limited mobility due to age, illness or lifestyle. The class will be a full body workout that can be carried out standing or seated in a chair. Participation in this class will help individuals maintain or improve their balance, strength, endurance and range of motion.

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Island Air Ambulance celebrates CAMTS accreditation

Friday Harbor, WA – Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide.

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Reps from Kaiser and Insurance Commission met with interested parties in Friday Harbor April 22

With help from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, a meeting was organized to bring together people representing the state Insurance Commissioner, Kaiser Permanente, the county, healthcare in the county, fire departments, Airlift Northwest and Island Air. The purpose of the gathering on Monday, April 22, 2019 in the county's Legislative Building in Friday Harbor was to share information about the need for airlift medevacs from the islands to the mainland in medical emergencies. 

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Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million for failing to disclose the risk of its surgical mesh devices

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced April 22, 2019 that Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million to avoid going to trial for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices. Ferguson is the first state attorney general to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson regarding surgical mesh devices.

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Community forum about Kaiser and medevac payments April 25 in Friday Harbor

Dozens of islanders have encountered problems with Kaiser Health Insurance denying payment for medevac services. Learn more about the predicament at a community forum to discuss Health Insurance Coverage for Emergency Care and Air Ambulance Transfer in San Juan County will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m Thursday, April 25 at the Mullis Center on Nash Street in Friday Harbor.

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FDA orders manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling all devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today, April 16, 2019 ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the U.S. immediately. The order is the latest in a series of escalating safety actions related to protecting the health of the thousands of women each year who undergo surgery transvaginally to repair POP.

The documentary, The Bleeding Edge, was shown at the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival. It exposed the long term health problems associated with medical devices including surgical mesh.

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The Arcora Foundation - SmileMobile is coming to Friday Harbor and Eastsound

The SmileMobile, a three-chair mobile dental van which travels the state offering dental services to children, teens and pregnant women who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Friday Harbor the week of April 8 – 12, 2019 and on Orcas Island the week of April 15-19, 2019. f you would like to make an appointment or have questions please call now - 1.888.286.9105.

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