THE ORCAS MEDICAL FOUNDATION (OMF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the building in which the Orcas Medical Center is housed and was formed to ensure that high-quality medical care and information is available to all the members of our community (full-time residents, part-time residents and visitors) by: 

  • Maintaining our excellent medical facility
  • Providing valuable medical-related education experiences for the entire community
  • Seeking philanthropic support
  • Helping to grow the practice by assisting OMC in the operation of the practice with skilled resource such as IT, customer service, team building, strategic planning, marketing and needs assessment.

Primary health care in the San Juan Islands, as elsewhere in rural America, operates at a loss and requires some form of subsidy.  For example, San Juan Island receives $1 million plus in subsidies per year (San Juan Hospital Tax District.)  Orcas Island provides that support philanthropically.  Why is this the case?  Because of (a) inadequate insurance payments to rural family practices, (b) increased clinic administration costs, and (c) rising insurance costs.  

The Orcas Medical Foundation realizes that the cost of health care is a concern for all patients, and for some may represent a significant financial hardship.  The goals of the Medical Assistance Fund are to:

  • Treat all patients equitably and with dignity, respect and compassion
  • Serve the urgent health care needs of everyone, regardless of ability to pay
  • Assist patients who cannot pay for part or all of the care they receive
  • Run a financially responsible organization in order to provide continuous community access for needed medical services

"If it had not been for this program, my cancer would not have been discovered and treated, enabling me to be the recovering patient I am today.  I feel truly blessed."


May 13, 2017: Annual Meeting and Report to Community featuring representatives from US Medicine speaking about its plans to bring a new model of health care services to Orcas Island later this year.

April 26, 2016: Annual Meeting and Report to Community, featuring presentation by Christine Martin, RN and Executive Director of Airlift Northwest. 

May 21, 2015: Back by popular demand - AARP Smart Driver Course for drivers 50+

March 1 through May 1, 2015:  Needs Assessment Survey was conducted with Orcas Island residents.  Results to be shared with the community upon completion.

Nov. 5, 2014: AARP Smart Driver Course for drivers 50 and over

Oct. 3, 2014: “The Promise of Vision,” by Dr. Russell Van Gelder, Director of the UW Medicine Eye Institute and the Vision Science Center

Sept. 17 and 18, 2014: Participation in Orcas Cares event at Senior Center, “Managing Your Golden Years”

August 9, 2014: Participation in Library Fair providing information on health and safety

April 23, 2014: “A Medical Home Approach to Family Health,” by Dr. Camille Fleming, Orcas Medical Center, given at the OMF Annual Meeting

March 16, 2014: “Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child,” Drs. John and Julie Gottman, internationally known psychologists and researchers

June 27, 2013: Participation in Orcas Cares event at Senior Center on filling out Life Form Packets for use by OIFR and other personnel in an emergency

April 23, 2013: “A View from Inside Emergency Medical Services on Orcas,” Dr. Michael Sullivan, San Juan County Medical Program Director

Nov. 16, 2012: “How to Make Relationships Works,” Drs. John and Julie Gottman, internationally known psychologists and researchers

If you would like to inquire about becoming a Board member, please contact one of our current members.

Some History...


Fifty-six 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. In 1992, the modern medical facility building, Orcas Medical Center (OMC) was constructed with more than $1 million in private gifts.  It is now debt free.  it is a well-equipped building with eight exam rooms and two urgent care beds.  Unusual for a rural clinic.  OMC has all-electronic patient records and x-ray imaging allowing for timely and secure transmission of patient information as needed for off-island care and specialist referrals.  

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.   Learn more about Island Hospital...