Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) invites “anyone interested in health care on Orcas Island” to its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Madrona Room at Orcas Center. “Members and non-members alike are welcome,” said OMF Board President Mary Riveland.
OMF is the non-profit organization that owns the Orcas Medical Center (OMC) building. The OMF organization was founded 58 years ago to attract quality medical care to Orcas Island. The OMC practice is managed by Island Hospital of Anacortes.
On April 23, there will be desserts and conversation at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:00 by a brief business meeting and announcement of new board members – then this year’s guest speaker, the new physician at Orcas Medical Center Dr. Camille Fleming, MD, MBA (Master of Business Administration). Her topic will be, “A Medical Home Approach to Family Health.”
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, 11, and 8 – she understands the needs and concerns of parents and families. She has a strong interest in women’s health and pediatrics and provides prenatal care on-island. Dr. Fleming, her husband John, and their children now live on Orcas Island.
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.
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 still does. Libby’s grandmother Helen Buchan also worked as a nurse at Orcas Medical Center.
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→
Twenty-one Orcas Island children have new coats this winter, thanks to an ongoing program sponsored by employees of Island Hospital of Anacortes, with contributions of $750 from the Orcas Medical Center (OMC) staff and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) members.
According to Erin O’Dell, Orcas Family Resource Center Director, the 21 new coats were delivered to the Resource Center in December by Alison Shaw, the OMC Practice Administrator.
“These coats are going to families in need, with children who did not receive one of the many winter coats donated earlier this year by Island Hardware and Supply,” said O’Dell. “So many families are in need right now. This additional program came along at just the right time.” Read More→
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.
Orcas 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.”
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→
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: http://www.youtube.com/user/DocMikeEvans
Physician Assistant (PA-C) Jean Bried of Orcas Medical Center has practiced women’s and men’s healthcare for most of her career. She trained in primary care and worked during the 80’s and 90’s in adult medicine and surgery at Emory University. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Emory.
“Each of us has an opportunity every day to do something good for our health.”
Bried believes in helping patients take good care of themselves. In her words, “Whether this involves making a small but tough change or continuing an established healthy lifestyle, we recognize and own that moment. Hearing patients’ stories and helping them determine how to reach their goal is my favorite mission. As I often say, ‘You are the captain of your own ship; my main job is helping you navigate.’ ”
Five members of the Orcas Medical Center (OMC) medical staff have been subjects of a recent OMC ad series in The Islands’ Sounder, the weekly newspaper distributed widely on Orcas Island. A sixth ad in the series is coming soon.
With a different medical staff member featured in each ad, the series has included Dr. Tony Giefer, MD, MPH (Master of Public Health); and Jean Bried, PA-C (Physician Assistant—Certified), MPH (Master of Public Health).
OMC staff members Ravin Williams, HCA (Health Care Assistant), and Carol Boring, RN, have also been featured. Each ad includes a photo and brief history of the OMC staff member.