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July 21st Regular & Special Board Meeting/Town Hall Agenda is Posted

The Agenda for the July 21, 2020 Regular and Special Meeting/Town Hall of the OIHCD is now posted HERE.

The Regular Board meeting will begin at 4:30 pm, an hour earlier than normal. It is scheduled to end at 5:30 pm and will be immediately followed by the Special Meeting/Town Hall.

Details to access the online meeting are summarized below.

Join Zoom Meeting 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88654139904

Dial by Phone: +1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 886 5413 9904

One tap mobile 
+12532158782,,88654139904#

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.

Public feedback and questions will be taken via Chat during the Special Board/Town Hall meeting that is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm.

 

 

 

OIHCD Hosts Third Town Hall

We will be hosting a third virtual Town Hall meeting to provide an update on the Medical Clinic Operator Request for Proposal (RFP). This will be the community’s final opportunity to provide feedback to the OIHCD prior to a finalist presentation tentatively scheduled for July 30th from 5 – 7 pm.

The Town Hall will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 21st, following a short Regular Board meeting. The first half of the Town Hall will focus on the details of the proposal from Island Hospital, and the second half of the meeting will allow for community input. The goal is to capture questions from the community for Island Hospital to answer, should the Board proceed with a finalist presentation the following week.

Please visit the Calendar tab of the website 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 Town Hall. Superintendent Presson can be contacted by email, annep@orcashealth.org, or via cell/text at 415-999-5611.

Please join us as we continue to offer opportunities for the community to engage in helping to shape the future of health care on Orcas.

July 14th Special Board Meeting Agenda is Posted

The Agenda for the July 14, 2020 Special Meeting of the OIHCD is now posted HERE.

Details to access the online meeting are summarized below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87652676120

Meeting ID: 876 5267 6120
Dial by Phone: +1 253 215 8782

One tap mobile +12532158782,,87652676120#

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 please submit an email to Superintendent Anne Presson, annep@orcashealth.org, by 3 pm the day of the meeting.

Agenda for July 9th Town Hall

Click HERE for details on the OIHCD Town Hall.

July 7 Meeting Materials Posted

The Agenda and meeting materials for the July 7, 2020 Regular Meeting of the OIHCD are now available. To access documents please click HERE.

Meeting Instructions to Join the Meeting are summarized below:

Join Zoom Meeting: ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID: 841 6084 5269

Dial In Phone: 1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 841 6084 5269

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 Public Comment during the July 7, 2020 OIHCD Regular Board meeting, please submit an email to annep@orcashealth.org.

 

 

 

Board Update

The material for the June 30th Town Hall meeting which starts at 5 pm is available HERE.

 

COVID-19 Update

Need help….do you know about Washington Listens? The State recently launch a line that provides nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. People who call Washington Listens will speak to a support specialist and receive information and connection to community resources in the area. The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained.

The purpose of Washington Listens is for someone to just listen. It is not intended to provide a diagnoses or interpret a diagnoses, or replicate any service somebody would be getting from a mental health professional. It recognizes that sometimes a person just needs someone to talk to, vent to or share concerns with.

People who staff Washington Listens will receive basic training needed to provide support to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reach Washington Listens, call 1-833-681-0211. Read the Washington Listens fact sheet.

June 30th Town Hall Meeting

The Orcas Island Health Care District (OIHCD) is hosting a Town Hall meeting to update the community on the status of the Medical Clinic Operator Request for Proposal (RFP) that closes on June 26th.

You will hear how the current two-clinic structure is impacting the long-term sustainability of health care, and activities leading up to the release of the RFP. The Board will then review how the RFP was designed to solicit responses to help inform ways a consolidated model could address the financial and operational needs of the community, providers and staff. Since responses to the RFP will have only recently been received, this meeting will not go into significant detail as to the specifics of the responses. A second Town Hall is scheduled for July 9th, at which time the Commissioners will be prepared to provide more of the details around the RFP responses.

The format will include a brief presentation by the Board, and the majority of time will allow for community questions and feedback.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87669686209

Dial by Phone:              +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID:                   876 6968 6209

We appreciate the community’s understanding as we are limited to holding this meeting in a 100% virtual format. Participants will be required to submit questions via the Chat function on Zoom. For anyone without access to Chat, you are able to submit questions in advance to Superintendent Presson at annep@orcashealth.org, or she will accept questions during the Town Hall via text at 415-999-5611.

Please join us in this important discussion that will help shape the future of health care on Orcas.

Meeting Materials Posted

The Agenda and meeting materials for the June 16, 2020 Regular Meeting of the OIHCD are now available. To access documents please click HERE.

Meeting Instructions to Join the Meeting are summarized below:

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86278263104

Meeting ID: 862 7826 3104

Dial In Phone: 1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 862 7826 3104

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 Public Comment during the June 2, 2020 OIHCD Regular Board meeting, please submit an email to annep@orcashealth.org.

Your email should contain the following information:

  • Your First and Last Name
  • The Agenda Item(s) that you would like to provide oral Public Comment
  • The telephone number that you will be calling from

If you wish to be added to our “Speakers List” and have the Superintendent read your comment at the meeting, please follow the same procedure and submit an email to annep@orcashealth.org. Include the first two bullet items listed above, indicating you would like to provide a comment for the Speakers List rather than oral Public Comment. At the start of the meeting, the Board President will explain how we will be handling the second Public Comment period at the end of the Agenda. This is to accommodate active participants who have a comment as a result of the discussion.

Your email to request either form of Public Comment must be received by 3:00 pm June 16, 2020 and must include all of the requested information. Any omitted information will render the request incomplete and will not be included for Public Comment during the meeting. We will retain the three minute maximum per person, and the information you provide may be subject to disclosure pursuant to Washington State’s Public Record Act, chapter 42.56 RCW.

To those who participate in our Public Meetings, please know that we appreciate your time and engagement.

 

 

COVID-19 Update

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talked with Dr. Atul Gawande about the efficacy of different face masks and why masks remain essential in dealing with the coronavirus. Click HERE to listen or read the transcript of the interview.

Dr. Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

 

 

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