First Arthroscopy Performed at Peace Island Medical Center
07/24/15 Press Release: Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Krusniak, MD, on Monday, July 24 performed arthroscopic surgery to repair a patient’s rotator cuff, the first surgery of its kind performed at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor. An anesthesiologist from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center flew from Bellingham Monday morning to administer the anesthesia and monitor the patient throughout surgery.
Arthroscopy involves making a small incision through which a pencil-sized scope and specially designed instruments are inserted. The scope is attached to a camera, allowing the surgeon to view the joint area on a screen without needing to make the kind of larger incision associated with “open” surgery. The procedure does not require hospitalization, and patients typically have an easier recovery than they may have with open surgery.
General surgery has been available at PeaceHealth Peace Island since December 2014 and orthopedic surgery since April of this year.
“We’ve had great outcomes with our surgeries,” says Karla Veum, RN, perioperative manager. “People are happy and appreciate the convenience of having surgery close to home.”
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center comprises a 10-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.
PeaceHealth Peace Island operates as part of PeaceHealth’s Northwest Network, which includes PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center in Sedro-Woolley, several PeaceHealth Medical Group primary care and specialty clinics, cardiovascular and cancer centers, diagnostic laboratory and imaging services. PeaceHealth, with medical centers in Alaska, Washington and Oregon, is a not-for-profit health care system founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1891.
Peace Island Volunteers Celebrate their 2nd Anniversary
12/08/14 Press Release: More than seventy guests attended the Peace Island Volunteers’ (PIV) second anniversary luncheon on December 2 at the San Juan Island Golf Club. The event’s festive atmosphere was enhanced by 68 hand decorated and themed miniature Christmas trees, all available for purchase by silent auction.
Over a delicious soup and chicken salad lunch served by the club staff, officers for the coming year were elected and the Island Carolers treated guests to a lovely seasonal song performance. A drawing for a beautiful quilt, “Storm at Sea” donated by the Rainshadow Quilt Guild raised over $1000 in funds for PIV projects to benefit PIMC.Peace Island Volunteers' mission is to support and promote healthcare services in San Juan County, especially at Peace Island Medical Center. This support comes in many forms, including volunteer work at PIMC, holiday decorating, outdoor trail development on the property, providing magazines and children’s books, articles of clothing for accident or trauma patients, mammography capes, and knitted items for cancer patients and more. Membership is open to all.
Easter Baskets at Peace Island Medical Center
04/13/14 Press Release: Peace Island Volunteers will be selling Easter baskets filled with goodies, both edible and nonedible, on Thursday, April 17, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the main lobby of Peace Island Medical Center at 1117 Spring Street. The baskets are wonderfully creative, unique, and personal, as each item in every basket was carefully selected, and many have a special theme. Come and pick out a perfect basket for that special person!
All proceeds benefit Peace Island Volunteers, to help fulfill its mission to support and promote healthcare services at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center and in the San Juan County Community. For more information, please call (360) 378-4224.
Free Blood Pressure Testing Available at Peace Island Medical Center
09/19/13 Press Release: Free blood pressure checking is now available in the lobby at Peace Island Medical Center. A new automatic blood pressure testing station has been donated by Peace Island Volunteers in support of its mission to facilitate local access to healthcare services. All of the funds required to purchase this self-serve kiosk were raised at a silent auction during last May's "Art in the Afternoon" event, sponsored by Peace Island Volunteers and held at PIMC.
The new blood pressure station has been installed behind the stairs, near the coffee kiosk. The public is invited to come try it out during PIMC's regular clinic hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Those who do should remember that:
Like one's heart rate, blood pressure can change. Exertion, like walking up stairs or dealing with the stress in the workplace, may make blood pressure and heart rate go higher than what you are used to seeing. Such variability is normal. Any blood pressure measurement is just one data point, at a single moment in time. Blood pressure experts emphasize averaging several measurements over time, rather than focusing on a single reading. Blood pressure measurement is like any other diagnostic test: it’s not always 100% accurate. Blood pressure measuring devices, even this kiosk which is designed to meet industry standards, will produce readings that can vary.
The installation of this health monitoring station is part of Peace Island Volunteers' mission to support and promote healthcare services in San Juan County, especially at Peace Island Medical Center. This support comes in many forms, including volunteer work at PIMC; holiday decorating; outdoor trail development on the property; providing magazines and children’s books, articles of clothing for accident or trauma patients, mammography capes, and knitted items for cancer patients; and more. Membership is open to all.
"Art in the Afternoon" at Peace Island Medical Center
04/29/13 Press Release: Visitors to Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor expect to find a state-of-the-art place for healing. They may not expect to find such a superb art collection housed within its walls and on its grounds. To highlight this facet of PIMC, Peace Island Volunteers invite the community to come enjoy (and learn more about) the spectacular art on display at “Art in the Afternoon” – a special event to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:00pm.
Kicking off this celebration will be blessings of the extraordinary welcoming sun above the fireplace in the entry (the "Hawk Sun Mask") by Kwagiulth artist Tom Hunt (Walawidi) at 4:15pm. These blessings are gifts from the "Chief George Hunt Dance Group" (Tom is the son of Chief George Hunt). At 5:00pm, there will be tours and conversations with many of the artists whose pieces are now a part of PIMC’s permanent collection. A silent auction of art donated by a number of these artists will close at 5:45pm. Proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the purchase of a self-use blood pressure kiosk to be installed at PIMC.
Admission for “Art in the Afternoon,” including wine and hors d’oeuvres, is $45 per person. Because space is limited, those who wish to attend are asked to respond by May 10 by mailing a check to Peace Island Volunteers at P.O. Box 2101 in Friday Harbor. Members of Peace Island Volunteers will have priority for admission; if you are not yet a member, you may join either in advance or at the door on May 18th, for just $25 in annual dues. Membership forms and more information can be found at: www.peaceislandvolunteers.org.
Peace Island Volunteers is hosting this event as part of its mission to support and promote healthcare services in San Juan County, especially at Peace Island Medical Center. This support comes in many forms, including volunteer work at PIMC; holiday decorating; outdoor trail development on the property; providing magazines and children’s books, articles of clothing for accident or trauma patients, mammography capes, and knitted items for cancer patients; and more. Membership is open to all.
Photos: Great Blue Heron by Barbara Duzan (above). Caring for Islanders: Our Medical History 1860-2012 by Annie Howell Adams and Coastal Marsh, Carmel River by Ann Walbert. Click to enlarge.
Over 2000 Books Donated to Books for Kids Program
(PIMC) and the San Juan Island Library are pleased to announce Books for Kids, a program that gives every child who comes to the new medical clinic, hospital or emergency room, the opportunity to go home with a book that they have selected to keep.
Coordinators Lori Stokes and Pamela Gross modeled the program on the national literacy program, “Reach Out and Read,” whose mission is to prepare children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Otis Cooper-West and Nelson Wynn, juniors at Friday Harbor High School, spearheaded the book collection component as their fall high school community service project. Their initial goal was to collect 250 books; and to their great surprise and delight, these heroes of book collection ended up with over 2000 gently used donated books! Their success was assured when they offered an ice cream party prize to the elementary or middle school class bringing in the most books.
Ellen Roberts, Judy Lingerfelt, Diana Mancel, Rich Norris, and Gail Roger sorted and prepared the books for distribution with support from the San Juan Island Library and guidance from Melina Lagios, Children’s Librarian. In the spirit of community, Pali Gill at the liquor store supplied the hundred or so boxes that it took to hold the big pile of books.
There will be a generous selection of books at the PIMC Clinic and Emergency Department waiting areas from which children may select the book they want to take home after their doctor visit. Melina said, “The library is pleased to participate and support Books for Kids.” She referenced a quote from Reach Out and Read, “Books are more than just the story inside. They are a key to unlocking the potential in every child.” Peace Health is pleased to partner with the Library in bringing this wonderful program to island children and their families.
Photo: High school juniors Nelson Wynn and Otis Cooper-West with some of the children's books they collected as their fall community service project
New Artwork Installed at Hospital
01/28/13 Press Release from Marie DiCristina: Another art piece has been added to the wonderful art collection at on San Juan Island. The completed art glass entry doors into the Peace Island Cancer Care Center were recently installed.
Local glass artist Kathy Crain designed the elegant entry doors which are sand carved into half-inch thick glass. The art portrays a madrona tree in its San Juan Island habitat. Kathy hopes the madrona’s solid strength and beauty will inspire all who walk through the doors and give them strength and inner peace. The title of the artwork is ‘Madrona Glass’ and is a gift of Charles Anderson and Pamela Gross. Kathy Crain glass art includes works in fused, leaded, copper foiled, stained as well as sand carved glass.
Stop by the medical enter and see the newest art addition. Pictured: Artist Kathy Crain and new doors to the Peace Island Cancer Care Center.
Peace Island Hospital Opening Ceremony Day Photos
11/17/12: Today opened the doors to the public for self-guided tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The impressive hospital is filled with amazing local artwork and features furniture, decor and flooring made with locally harvested wood. The new hospital is on track to open for patients Nov. 26. Thanks to Vicky Giannangelo for these photos.
Peace Island Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Nov. 17
10/25/12: , San Juan Island’s new critical access hospital, is on track to open Nov. 26, 2012. A governing body has been appointed and a ribbon-cutting event scheduled for the new medical center. On Saturday, Nov. 17, Peace Island Medical Center at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor will be open for self-guided tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. in the main lobby.
Among those participating in the ceremony will be Lenore Bayuk, chair of the San Juan County Hospital District board, and San Juan Island Hospital Committee co-chairs Tom Cable, Michael Edwards, DDS, MD, and Charles Anderson.
Anderson will serve as chair of the recently appointed governing body for Peace Island Medical Center. The board includes seven community representatives, some of whom have been with the project from its inception, and two from PeaceHealth: Jim Barnhart, chief administrative officer, and Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP. The community representatives are: Charles Anderson, chair; Tom Cable, vice chair; Peg Gerlock; Julie Gralow, MD; Rebecca Pohlad; George Von Gehr; and Michael Wingren, MD.
“Board members bring a wide range of expertise,” Anderson said. “That expertise will help ensure clinical quality and safety, an excellent patient experience, strong financial sustainability and compassionate care for all.” Continued here...
The main entrance of the new PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center features furniture and decor made with locally harvested wood and walls adorned with island artwork. Photo courtesy of PeaceHealth.
Peace Island Hospital Construction Update
08/17/12: The building of the new PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is nearing completion. The project is on budget and on schedule to open in late 2012. Progress is also being made on the EMS building which shares the site and will be close to the medical center emergency department. The Center, a 10-bed critical access hospital, will also include a new, expanded primary care and specialty clinic, expanded diagnostic and treatment services, an operating suite for outpatient procedures and a 24-hour emergency department.
Openings for positions at the new PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center are now posted on the PeaceHealth web site. Job postings are available online, at www.PeaceHealth.org. Searchers should click on “Careers” at the top of the screen, and then select “Job Openings” under Working at PeaceHealth. Those interested in positions with Peace Island should apply promptly, so that the hiring process can be completed in time to allow for several months of new employee training before the medical center opens in late November.
Jewelry Sale to Benefit Peace Island Medical Center
A trunk sale of Silpada Designs Sterling Silver handmade jewelry will be held to benefit the Peace Island Medical Center. The event will be hosted by Lenore Bayuk and Kathie Arcide from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday October 9, 2011 at 555 Park Street, Friday Harbor and sponsored by the Medical Center Guild. All profits from the sale will be donated to Peace Island. Silpada offers a distinctive line of fine sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by international artisans. It makes an ideal holiday gift or addition to a personal jewelry collection.
“This will be a perfect opportunity for Islanders and their friends to get a jump on seasonal shopping, enjoy time together and support the Peace Island Medical Center,” said Kathie Arcide and Lenore Bayuk, hostesses of the event. “We’re pleased to share this unique and lovely jewelry with our neighbors as we all support the new Peace Island.”
Silpada’s collection of handcrafted sterling silver jewelry is complemented by natural materials, such as semiprecious stones, rich woods and leather. Each piece of Silpada jewelry has been touched by six to eight skilled artisans. Silpada’s international goal is to ‘decrease the poverty level in other countries.’ The Silpada Foundation is focused on Children’s Health, Education and Women’s Health. Silpada offers a lifetime guarantee on its jewelry against manufacturing defects.
Please RSVP for each group or request additional information from Lenore Bayuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 378-3636.
Peace Island Medical Center Finalizes Land Purchase
01/23/11 Press Release: San Juan Island Community Foundation grant is catalyst. On September 30, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center leaders finalized the purchase agreement on a 22-acre parcel of land where they will build a new medical center and Critical Access Hospital near the Friday Harbor Airport.
Funding for the land purchase at 1049 San Juan Valley Road was made possible through a $1.2 million grant received September 24 from the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF).
“Because of the backing and leadership of the San Juan community, this project continues to move forward, on time and on budget,” said Jim Barnhart, PeaceHealth administrator for the planning and construction of the new medical facility. “With our design and building plans well underway, this was a critical next step for us – finalizing the purchase of the property. We can’t thank the many Island donors, the San Juan Island Community Foundation and its leadership enough for this support.”
“Supporting the critical needs of our community is what this Foundation is all about,” said SJICF’s Chairman Charles Anderson. “The efforts of this Board and so many committed community members means that generations of Island residents and visitors will have expanded access to some of the best medical services and providers in the Northwest, right here on San Juan Island. We will continue to support this project through ongoing fundraising efforts over the next two years.”
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