The first step is to think of Orcas Medical Center (OMC) as your "primary care provider on-island," and arrange to have a copy of your medical records at OMC, even if you're a part-time resident. In case of an emergency, having your records on file at OMC can be a life saver.
Because there is no hospital or emergency room on-island, a Medical Center physician is always available for urgent care. Equally important to islanders, the Medical Center is equipped and staffed to be your family’s year-round primary healthcare resource.
We have one full-time physician, one advanced registered nurse practitioner (APRN), a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and a health care assistant / X-ray technician. Our staff expertise in preventive medicine, Infant and child care, women's health, Orthopedic medicine, minor surgical procedures, dermatology, and many chronic illnesses allows us to treat many conditions that used to require a trip to the mainland.
Hacemos lo posible por hablar Español.
(We do our best to speak Spanish.)
Insurance and Billing
We accept most insurance plans. When you come to Orcas Medical Center, please bring your insurance card with you, so that we can determine any co-payment required by your insurance. If you have no insurance coverage or too little, we can help, but we need to make arrangements at the time of service. Ask to see our full financial policy. We accept VISA and MasterCard.
Prescriptions will be written at the time of your office visit. If a refill is needed between appointments, please call your pharmacy directly. The pharmacist will contact Orcas Medical Center for authorization. Allow at least two days for this process, longer if you use a mail-order service. Some medicines are controlled substances and cannot be refilled without a written prescription.
When making an appointment, we may ask a few questions about your medical problem to help us schedule you in the appropriate manner. On the day of your appointment, we will do our best to alert you if an emergency occurs that will delay our seeing you. If you will be unable to keep an appointment, please try to notify us at least 24 hours in advance.
Quality Medical Care for 60 Years
Sixty years ago, our community got its medical care from just one physician. He visited the island once a week, weather permitting. Concerned residents raised enough money to buy a small piece of property and build the island’s first clinic, a building that is now the Lower Tavern.
As our population grew, so did our healthcare needs. Years later, many of those same concerned residents, joined by hundreds more, raised enough to build our present Orcas Island Medical Center, which opened its doors in 1991 next door to Orcas Center.
Today, our building and the private practice inside are dedicated to serving everyone on-island, including the uninsured and under-insured. Like rural clinics across America, our Medical Center relies upon charitable donations to make ends meet. We encourage you to join and donate even the smallest amount to the non-profit Orcas Medical Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. By doing so, you become part of a community-supporting effort that benefits everyone.
Now Working Together with Island Hospital
In keeping with the timeline announced in April 2011, Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) completed its planned affiliation with Island Hospital of Anacortes in August 2011. Island Hospital management of the Orcas Medical Center (OMC) practice took effect on August 16, 2011. Both the medical and administrative staffs of OMC are now employees of Island Hospital.