OMF Needs Assessment Survey


Orcas Medical Center is next door to Orcas Center on Mount Baker Road. Click here for a printable map.


Orcas Medical Center is a full-service, family medicine clinic. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 376-2561 for appointments. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After hours, a physician is on-call.


By completing our Needs Assessment Survey,  we will learn your specific needs and do everything we can to meet those needs.  Simply click on “Click here to begin” above or pick one up at locations listed below.  It’s totally anonymous.  Survey ends on May 1, 2015.

Dr. Julie Gottman, well-known psychologist/researcher and member of the Orcas Medical Foundation Board, developed this survey with input from the Orcas Island Fire Department and other Island organizations.  A summary of the results will be shared publicly through several local media outlets.

There has never been a vehicle like this developed to specifically solicit the community’s opinion of its medical care on Orcas. For example, the survey asks whether to have medical specialists visit the Island regularly to see patients, and which specialists, if any, you would like; which urgent care services (both clinic hours and after hours) need to be strengthened; and how adequately you and your whole family are being served.

Kevin O’Brien, OIFR chief, feels, “The results of this survey will be a tremendous help to us in planning our future emergency services.” Hilary Canty, executive director of the Community Foundation, adds, “Through partnerships and collaboration, Orcas Island can become a model community for wellness.”

Each family member is asked to fill out a separate survey that will take about 15 minutes. The Survey is available either online by clicking above on “Click here to begin,” or in a paper version.  Paper versions, along with postage-paid return envelopes, are available at the Orcas Medical Center, Orcas Family Connections, the Senior Center, Orcas Library, Eastsound fire station, schools, the Funhouse, the Community and Episcopal churches, Eastsound and Deer Harbor Post Offices, Island Market, Ray’s Pharmacy, Orcas Spa & Athletics, the Village Stop and the laundromat and OPAL.

Give the gift of a warm coat to an Orcas Island kid this winter.

Alison Shaw of Orcas Medical Center, and Erin O’Dell of Orcas Family Connections

Now through January 1, the Orcas Medical Center and Orcas Medical Foundation participate in Island Hospital’s “Coats for Kids” holiday program through the Orcas Island Community Foundation’s Holiday gift Catalog.  All gifts made to our grant request in this catalog go only to coats for kids on Orcas Island.  Erin O’Dell at Orcas Family Connections helps identify children who need a warm coat for the winter.   This program is in addition to and collaboration with the generosity of Island Hardware’s Coats for Kids effort.

On December 5th, OICF will match the first $1000 in donations to the Holiday Catalog.

On December 15, OICF will give an extra $1000 to the Catalog item that receives the most number of donations in a 24-hour period (not the highest dollar amount, but the most number of donors.)

Go to, and click DONATE!

Dr. Camille Fleming (left) and Carol Boring, RN

Dr. Camille Fleming (left) and Carol Boring, RN

Island Hospital of Anacortes has named Carol Boring, RN, of Orcas Medical Center (OMC), “Employee of the Month” for April 2014. The hospital and its affiliates, including the Orcas clinic, employ a total of about 670 people, so this honor is significant.

Carol has worked at OMC since 2006 and is “lead nurse” with responsibility for both patient and administrative tasks. A registered nurse since 1972, Carol has extensive experience in both hospital and clinic settings.

“Carol takes pride in doing a great job,” reads the Island Hospital Certificate of Achievement. “She is excellent at coordination of care, which is extremely important in a primary care office. She enjoys providing patient education and her instructions to patients are always crystal clear.”

“In addition,” adds OMC’s Camille Fleming, MD, MBA, “Carol is a joy to work with and is a fabulous resource for our patients and staff.”

The certificate commends Carol’s fulfillment of Island Hospital’s “Promise” to patients, which is, “We always place your emotional and medical needs first and foremost.” The certificate concludes with the words, “Congratulations and thanks for being an inspiration, Carol!”


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UW students Jennifer Wong (left), Sylvia Stellmacher and Casey Guilland.

UW students Jennifer Wong (left), Sylvia Stellmacher and Casey Guilland.

Three undergraduate students from the University of Washington spent their spring break shadowing medical professionals on Orcas Island this past week. The students, who all plan careers in healthcare fields, were part of UW’s Healthcare Alternative Spring Break program. This program is designed to expose the next generation of healthcare professionals to the specific healthcare needs of rural or underserved communities in Washington.

UW senior Sylvia Stellmacher and junior Casey Guilland divided their four days between Orcas Medical Center and Orcas Family Health Center. UW junior Jennifer Wong spent her time at Orcas Island Physical Therapy.

An Orcas Medical Foundation board member provided a home stay for the students. All three students said that they greatly enjoyed the experience and appreciated the welcome they received on Orcas Island.


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Libby Garcia, RN, MSN

Libby Garcia, RN, MSN

Elizabeth (Libby) Garcia, RN, MSN, is now part of the nursing team at Orcas Medical Center. She joined the staff in October of last year. Libby has worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner in Washington since 1997, including several years in rural areas. Her experience has included patient education, emergency room nursing, and hospice work.

Libby has spent lots of time in the San Juan Islands; her grandparents lived here, and her father now lives at Obstruction Pass. Libby’s grandmother Helen Buchan was a nurse on Orcas for years.

Libby says that she’s happy to be back in a rural setting, where she feels that care can be more responsive to patient needs. She added, “I like the variety of working in a rural clinic, where you see all kinds of patients.” Read More→

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Orcas Medical Center is now scheduling appointments with Camille Fleming, MD, MBA, who is joining the medical staff in January. She will begin seeing patients on January 7. Patients can call the front desk at 376-2561 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment, according to Alison Shaw, OMC practice administrator.

Dr. Fleming is an experienced family physician with a passion for promoting wellness, developing a relationship with each patient, and providing high-quality health care throughout the life span. As a mother of three children – ages 13, 10, and 7 – she understands the needs and concerns of parents and families. She has a strong interest in women’s health and pediatrics and plans to provide prenatal care on the island.

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PA231477Orcas Medical Foundation has installed a new sign at the corner of Mt. Baker Road and Deye Lane, to show drivers and pedestrians where to turn when going to Orcas Medical Center or Orcas Island Physical Therapy. The two practices are separate and located in separate buildings, but both have addresses on Deye Lane.

Orcas Island Physical Therapy, located just beyond the medical center at 49 Deye Lane, is owned and operated by Andrew Stephens, PT, ATC, and his team of certified physical therapists and administrative staff.

The medical center, located at 7 Deye Lane, was built 24 years ago with funds contributed by Orcas Islanders to Orcas Medical Foundation, then known as the Orcas Island Medical Building Association. The medical practice inside is now managed by Island Hospital of Anacortes, as contracted by Orcas Medical Foundation. The foundation helps support the practice financially and owns and manages the building.

“We included a panel on the sign for Orcas Medical Foundation, too,” said Mary Riveland, the foundation’s board president, “because the medical center building is our foundation’s responsibility. It’s also where our board and several committees meet each month to plan our continuing financial support of the building and the practice inside.”


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Dr. Fleming with Quinn and Sofia.

Dr. Tony Giefer of Orcas Medical Center has announced that Dr. Camille Fleming will be joining him and Jean Bried, PA-C, at Orcas Medical Center later this year.

Camille Fleming, MD, MBA, is an experienced family physician with a passion for promoting wellness, developing a relationship with each patient, and providing high-quality health care throughout the life span. She says, “I want to help people get and stay healthy. I have a team approach to health care, which starts with the patient as leader and goal-setter in working toward better health. Few of us, myself included, have a completely healthy lifestyle, but each day we can work in that direction.” Read More→

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Here’s a clever, nine-minute video posted by Dr. Mike Evans, an associate professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.

In this video, Dr. Evans presents convincing evidence for a single treatment or “intervention” that can have a positive impact on your health and improve your quality of life.

Visit Dr. Mike’s YouTube channel:

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A new and simpler, “hands-only” method of CPR, known as Continuous Chest Compression CPR, doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest, according to doctors at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where it was developed.

“It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help,” according to the UA Sarver Heart Center, which created this step-by-step, six-minute demonstration video.

“This video is worth sharing,” said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and one of the research pioneers who developed this method.

“Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks,” says the UA website. “You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR.”

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