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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11 Camp Orkila kayakers rescued by Coast Guard

According to KOMO TV,  a 45-foot Coast Guard boat from Bellingham pulled 11 Camp Orkila kayakers to safety Tuesday evening, June 18, 2019.  The campers had pulled into a cove at Little Sister island after wind increased to 15 knots around 5 p.m. and small craft advisories were issued by the National Weather Service. 

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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Fire danger increased to moderate

San Juan County Fire Marshal has changed the county's Fire Danger Rating to MODERATE. Campfires remain allowed. All other burning is closed for the season. Campfires must be monitored at all times and a charged hose or buckets of water must be on hand to extinguish the fire

Farmer trying to keep fire from spreading after a mower caught on fire and ignited a field on Beaverton Valley Road in 2018. Sharon Kivisto photo