Health Department Urges: “Cocoon” Island Babies from Pertussis

San Juan County Health officials are urging the County’s residents to make sure all adults and older children who come in contact with very young children are immunized against the disease pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough.

County Personal Health Manager Susan Leff noted that many residents of San Juan County, young and old, have suppressed immune systems and depend on "community immunity" to protect their health.

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Staffing needs for hospital determined by end of May

Editor's Note: Due to a misunderstanding on our part the previous headline gave the wrong impression of the timeline for the hiring process, we apologize for the error.

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center construction is on schedule; the critical access hospital is set to open by December, 2012. Planning is now underway to staff the new medical center.

According to Lauren Gilmore, Human Resources recruiter for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, staffing needs should be finalized in May. Inter Island Medical Center staff will have the opportunity to transition to appropriate positions at Peace Island.

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Feb. is Heart Month: Learn the warning signs of heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is also a major cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease and often can lead to heart attacks. Here are the risks and signs of a heart attack and lifestyle changes to help prevent them.

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