UW Medicine and OMF Announce UW Medicine Clinic on Orcas

UW Medicine and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership to ensure access to quality primary medical care at the Orcas Medical Center through the creation of a UW Medicine clinic on Orcas Island.  

UW Medicine and the OMF Board will rapidly begin development of a transition plan for a new clinic model. An important component of the transition will include a robust community dialogue, including an assessment of the healthcare needs of island residents and identification of sustainable financial support. Key to the partnership’s success will be the development of a sustainable finance plan for both the short-term and long-term operations of the clinic. To facilitate a smooth transition, leadership at Island Hospital has agreed to continue current operations through June of 2017.

In making this commitment, UW Medicine specifically recognized the strong level of enthusiasm and support from the Orcas Island community. OMF and UW Medicine thank the Orcas Island community for its generous financial support for the campaign and its commitment to bring UW Medicine's knowledge, experience and expertise to Orcas Island.

“The OMF Board and fund raising committee are truly grateful for the significant community support,” said Catherine Henderson, Chair of the Board of the Orcas Medical Foundation. “We very much look forward to providing progress updates on a regular basis as we move forward in this process,” she continued.

“UW Medicine is uniquely situated to partner with the OMF Board on an innovative, sustainable rural health clinic on Orcas Island,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine. “This is an unchartered endeavor for UW Medicine with outstanding possibilities.  We will need the community's ongoing support to help us realize its full potential. We are eager to get to work.”

UW Medicine and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership to ensure access to quality primary medical care at the Orcas Medical Center through the creation of a UW Medicine clinic on Orcas Island.  

It's Time To Schedule Your Flu Shot!

Schedule flu shots now for you and your family
at the Orcas Medical Center!

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For adults, flu shots will be administered by appointment beginning at 8:30 a.m. on October 4 and October 11 by calling the Center at 376-2561. Or, if you prefer, you may schedule a flu shot as part of a regular OMC office visit.
 
Children’s flu shots are by nurse appointment only and will not be given during the adult clinic dates mentioned above. State-supplied (free) flu vaccine is available for children 6 months to 18 years old. Children under 9 years of age may need a second dose.
 
Call 376-2561 • Protect yourself and your family by scheduling all family members for flu vaccinations now! The Medical Center is located on Deye Lane, off Mt. Baker Road next to the Orcas Center.

OMF Annual Meeting Features Airlift NW

Tuesday, April 26 • Eastsound Fire Hall • 2 p.m.
Everyone welcome!

       This year, the Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) Annual Meeting and report to the community will feature Christine Martin, RN and Executive Director of Airlift Northwest. Her presentation will provide an in-depth overview of Airlift Northwest’s history, its expertise of pilots and critical care nurses and how it will be working to serve Orcas Island residents even better in the future.   She will also outline life saving skills and safety tips to help us better prepare ourselves in the event of an emergency requiring medical air transport from Airlift NW.

            Also planned is the opportunity for attendees to see the helicopter inside and out, as well as meet the pilot and nurse who handle everything from life-saving advanced cardiac life support to neonatal resuscitation, all while flying patients to the most advanced care available.