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Job Opening

The Orcas Island Health Care District is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. This position will be 10 hours/week and will report to the District Superintendent. Responsibilities may involve preparation of Board Meeting Minutes, project management, posting of information to the District website, and file management. The ideal candidate will be familiar with computer applications such Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Power Point. This is a job that requires a lot of independent work and flexibility in schedule.

For more details, including where to send information, click HERE.

September 15, 2020 Board Meeting Materials

The Agenda and materials for the September 15, 2020 Regular meeting of the OIHCD are now posted. To access the Board packet click HERE , and to access the virtual meeting see details below.

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Dial by Phone:  +1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID:       865 7238 7366

OIHCD 9/1 Agenda is posted

The Agenda and materials for the September 1, 2020 Regular meeting of the OIHCD are now posted. To access the Board packet click HERE , and to access the virtual meeting see details below.

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Meeting ID: 834 5302 7115

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Community Q&A Document is Posted

As part of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Medical Clinic Operator, the OIHCD has been capturing questions from the community and providing answers that were relevant based on what stage we were at in the process.

The RFP process concluded with a presentation by Island Hospital on July 30th, and at the August 4th Regular Board meeting the motion to pursue contract negotiations with Island Hospital was unanimously approved by the Board. Commissioners Pegi Groundwater and Art Lange were appointed as the Negotiations Committee, and they have begun the process of entering into discussions with the leadership of Island Hospital.

As we move through this next phase, we encourage you to continue to submit questions to any of the Commissioners or our Superintendent. Contact information can be found on the Contact Us Tab, and you can either call or email us. The Q&A document will be updated on a routine basis, and we hope that it proves to be an informative and useful document for members of our community. Please click HERE to access the current version of the Q&A.

This has been a long and thoughtful process, and we have appreciated the large number of you who have engaged with us individually or through our Town Halls. We look forward to the possibility of a consolidated clinic on Orcas that supports all patients, providers and staff.

8/18 Board Packet is Posted

The Agenda and materials for the August 18, 2020 Regular meeting of the OIHCD are now posted. To access the Board packet click HERE, and to access the virtual meeting see details below.

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Dial by Phone:  +1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 853 1866 1069

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As a reminder, the Board has modified the way in which Public Comments are received in the current virtual meeting format. If you wish to provide an oral or written Public Comment during the Regular Board meeting please submit an email to Superintendent Anne Presson, annep@orcashealth.org, by 3 pm the day of the meeting.

 

 

August 4th Regular Board Meeting Agenda is Posted

The Agenda and materials for the August 4th meeting of the OIHCD are now posted. Please click HERE to access.

To Join the Meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 854 1487 2101
Dial by Phone: +1 253 215 8782

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As a reminder, the Board has modified the way in which Public Comments are received in the current virtual meeting format. If you wish to provide an oral or written Public Comment during the Regular Board meeting please submit an email to Superintendent Anne Presson, annep@orcashealth.org, by 3 pm the day of the meeting.

July 30th Special Meeting Agenda is Posted

The Agenda for Island Hospital’s conversation with the Orcas Island community is now posted. The meeting will include a presentation from Island Hospital’s leadership followed by a Q&A session to answer YOUR questions.

You are encouraged to submit questions via email to Superintendent Anne Presson prior to the meeting. Superintendent Presson will accept questions until 3 pm on Thursday, and she can be reached at annep@orcashealth.org. During the meeting you will be able to send Chat messages to Superintendent Presson, and that is how we will capture additional questions for Island Hospital.

Please click HERE to access the Agenda, which contains the details to participate via Zoom.

COVID-19 Update

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order  to Aug. 27 requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Insurers also must continue:

  • Allowing a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.
  • Suspending any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.
  • In addition, if an insurer does not have enough medical providers in its network to provide testing or treatment for COVID-19, it must allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost.

The extension is effective immediately and applies to all state-regulated health insurance plans and short-term limited duration medical plans until Aug. 27, 2020.

To read the full Press Release click HERE.

Join Us for a Conversation with Island Hospital

The next phase of the Medical Clinic Operator Request for Proposal (RFP) is a Special Board Meeting/Community Conversation with the leadership of Island Hospital. This is the chance for the new CEO and his team to engage directly with YOU.

In addition to reviewing the basics of their response to the RFP, Island Hospital will address the questions we have been capturing from the community. Topics will include their lessons learned from the past and how they envision a new future, their approach to an integrated clinic, community collaboration and engagement, and after-hours coverage/collaboration with EMS.

The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 30th . Please visit the Calendar tab for details on how to access the meeting via Zoom. Questions and comments can also be submitted to the District Superintendent, Anne Presson, in advance of the meeting. Superintendent Presson can be contacted by email, annep@orcashealth.org, or via cell/text at 415-999-5611.

Following this meeting, the next phase of the RFP process will be for the OIHCD to decide whether to enter into negotiations and pursue a contract with Island Hospital. That discussion will take place at the OIHCD Regular Board meeting on August 4th.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to get informed about our health care options and have your questions answered.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Late last week, the governor and secretary of health announced several updates to the Safe Start plan to help us have fewer, shorter and safer interactions with people outside our households. This includes reductions in the number of people who can be in a restaurant or fitness center at one time, and restrictions around other opportunities for gathering with other people for longer periods of time.

The most important thing you can do is reduce the amount of time you are around people outside your household. You can do that by having fewer, shorter, and safer interactions with other people. It’s still most effective for us to all stay home as much as possible. If you do go out, be sure to keep it quick, keep your distance from others, and wear your cloth face covering. Then wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Below are a few resources to help us continue to manage through this difficult period:

Washington 211 COVID-19 call center is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.

Want to help? Join the Washington Mask Challenge. The Lt. Governor’s office has partnered with the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and Serve Washington to organize a statewide homemade mask-making initiative to encourage the general public to make, wear, and donate cloth masks. Visit www.wamaskchallenge.org for information.

 

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