Medical Care for Your Entire Family
Because there is no hospital or emergency room on-island, a Medical Center physician is always available for urgent care. Equally important to islanders, the Medical Center is equipped and staffed to be your family’s primary healthcare resource year-round.
We have two full-time physicians, a certified physician assistant, registered nurse, and health care assistant / X-ray technician. Our staff expertise in dermatology, children’s health, women’s health and many chronic illnesses, allows us to treat many conditions that used to require a trip to the mainland.
Hacemos lo posible por hablar Español.
(We do our best to speak Spanish.)
Supported by an Orcas Island Non-Profit Organization
Fifty-six years ago, our community got its medical care from just one physician. He visited the island once a week, weather permitting. Concerned residents raised enough money to buy a small piece of property and build the island’s first clinic, a building that is now the Lower Tavern.
As our population grew, so did our healthcare needs. Years later, many of those same concerned residents, joined by hundreds more, raised enough to build our present Orcas Medical Center, which opened its doors in 1991 next door to Orcas Center.
Like rural clinics across America, our Medical Center relies upon community support to make ends meet. We encourage you to become a patient, to join the OMC Foundation, and donate any amount you can to support medical care for everyone on Orcas Island.
Insurance and Billing
We accept most insurance plans. When you come to Orcas Medical Center, please bring your insurance card with you, so that we can determine any co-payment required by your insurance. If you have no insurance coverage or too little, we can help, but we need to make arrangements at the time of service. Ask to see our full financial policy. We accept VISA and MasterCard.
Prescriptions will be written at the time of your office visit. If a refill is needed between appointments, please call your pharmacy directly. The pharmacist will contact Orcas Medical Center for authorization. Allow at least two days for this process, longer if you use a mail-order service. Some medicines are controlled substances and cannot be refilled without a written prescription.
When making an appointment, we may ask a few questions about your medical problem to help us schedule you in the appropriate manner. On the day of your appointment, we will do our best to alert you if an emergency occurs that will delay our seeing you. If you will be unable to keep an appointment, please try to notify us at least 24 hours in advance.