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Clinic Update

NEW X-RAY PROTOCOL FOR UW MEDICINE ORCAS ISLAND CLINIC

Effective September 17, 2018

The Orcas Island Health Care District’s (OIHCD) focus is to enable access to affordable, high-quality primary and acute health care. As part of their due diligence, the Board went through a process to assess the status of equipment at both island clinics. During that process, it was confirmed that the x-ray machine in the UW Medicine Clinic does not function reliably, does not generate quality images, and needs full replacement. As a result, UW patients could face situations that require they travel off island for x-rays that were historically available at the UW Medicine Clinic site. Recognizing the cost and inconvenience for patients, the OIHCD Board has been working with UW Medicine leadership and Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC) to understand all available options.

Over the course of the past few months, the OIHCD Board gathered data to determine the cost of replacing the current machine. The replacement cost estimates ranged from approximately $60,000 for a used, refurbished machine, to $90, 000 for a new machine. The Board also explored the feasibility of sharing an x-ray machine between the two Clinics. They went through an extensive process to evaluate the x-ray machine at OFHC, including assessments by UW clinical engineering.

After gathering all the facts on quality and cost for the various options, combined with an interest in making best use of island resources, the OIHCD Board recommended implementation of a shared x-ray service between UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic and OFHC on a trial basis. This means all UW patients needing x-rays will be referred to an external provider, including OFHC as one option. The Board and both Clinics are working together to minimize care disruption and make the new process as easy as possible on patients and providers. The OIHCD Board will continue to work with both Clinics to monitor how things are going to make sure this approach is serving the needs of the community.

New District Office

The OIHCD now has an official District Office. We are located on the second floor of the Windermere building at 18 Haven Road, on the corner of Main and Haven. Please visit the Calendar Tab to see office hours for Superintendent Presson. You can also email her to set up a time to meet.

Notice

The Agenda for the September 11th Regular Board meeting has been posted. The complete Board Packet will be posted on the Meeting Documents page at the end of the day on Monday.

Notice

Please join the Board of Commissioners this Saturday, September 8th, for the first of two Town Hall style meetings. The meeting will be held from 3 – 5 pm at the Orcas Island Fire & Rescue Eastsound Fire Hall. The Board wants to hear from YOU so bring your questions and thoughts about health care services on Orcas Island. The Board will also provide highlights of their activities since May and the focus of various work groups. The second Town Hall meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20th, from 6 – 8 pm.

Notice

The Agenda and materials for the September 4th Regular Board meeting have been posted in the Meeting Documents tab.

Notice

There will be a Special Meeting  of the OIHCD held on Tuesday, September 4th, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is for the technology provider, NW Technology, to conduct a computer training for the Board. The meeting will be held at the regular location, OIFR Eastsound Fire Hall.

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