Lopez physical therapy goes into private practice
Islands' Weekly: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 1:30am
As many of you are aware, physical therapy was not included in the transition of the Lopez Clinic. The community believes strongly that physical therapy is a critical service for our island, and together we are making every effort to continue to offer PT here on Lopez.
In order to make this happen, we are forming Lopez Island Physical Therapy LLC as a private practice. ...
UW Medicine names chief of Orcas-Lopez island clinicsIslands' Weekly: Tue Aug 29th, 2017 4:33pm
Submitted by UW Medicine
UW Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael D. Alperin has accepted the position of chief of the UW Medicine Orcas Island and Lopez Island Clinics effective Nov. 1.
Alperin is currently chief and clinical director of primary care at the Veterans Administration healthcare system in Portland, Oregon. ...
Update on Emergency Services and The Lopez Clinic
by Dr. Bob Wilson, Marty Clark, Peggy Means, Christa Campbell, Charlie Janeway
August 4, 2017
As the team that was responsible for finding a new partner for Lopez Clinic, we would like to correct some misperceptions currently in our community.
First and foremost: Lopez will not lose emergency services under the new partnership with UW Medicine.Please rest assured that excellent emergency care will continue on Lopez. When you call 911, you will receive help from our highly skilled and well-trained Fire Department EMTs and Paramedics.
The questions that have been aired are how the clinic staff and Lopez Fire Department’s emergency personnel will work together when a patient might benefit from care at the clinic, and if Dr. Wilson can continue to take phone calls from the Paramedics to provide guidance. Dr. Wilson and UW Medicine are addressing these issues in a positive and cooperative spirit. One example of progress already made: UW Medicine has agreed that ambulance patients may be taken to the clinic for treatment unless immediate helicopter transport is needed. This is new territory for UW Medicine. On the mainland and in the UW Medicine experience, an ambulance patient is not transported to a primary care clinic. UW Medicine is committed to learning what is needed and possible here. Many of the concerns raised by the Fire Department have been agreed to, others are still under discussion, but none have been dismissed.
Our current system of emergency services/clinic interaction evolved over many years and that evolution continues. All concerned have the same goal of providing the best patient care possible while adhering to Department of Health regulations. Over the next few years we anticipate adjustments in the clinic/emergency services interaction as we learn what works best for our community. There will be ample time to work that out between UW Medicine, the fire department and the public hospital district. The process will be open to the community since all are public entities.
The Catherine Washburn Medical Association faced many difficult challenges during the process of finding a new partner. We ended the search with a partnership with UW Medicine, the premier primary care provider in the country, which will make our great clinic even better.
We request patience from all, including our emergency services partner, as we complete the transition to UW Medicine over the next 8 weeks. The clinic and physical therapy staff are focused on transition work and do not need any extra pressure right now. As always, patient care and safety remain the primary concern of the clinic and the emergency services personnel.
Standing room only at the June 25 Town Hall
More than 180 people came to learn about the new UW Medicine partnership with Lopez Clinic. After a 30-minute presentation by the CWMA, Dr. Wilson, the new Public Hospital District commission president and Jay Priebe and Debra Gussin of UW Medicine, the audience was invited to “join the conversation.” For the next hour, islanders made comments and asked questions ranging from their personal insurance coverage to the new options for physical therapy, death with dignity, community needs and much, much more.
For those who couldn’t attend, the meeting was recorded and is available:
GOOD NEWS FOR LOPEZ ISLAND!
UW Medicine and Catherine Washburn Medical Association
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Lopez Welcomes Christine Burnell
It has been an eventful summer for Christine. Her oldest son Josh graduated from the University of Washington Medical School on May 2nd and began his residency in family medicine. Her youngest son Ari graduated June 6th from Chimacum High School. The following week, Christine herself graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Washington. Within the month, the family moved onto their 1936 classic wooden sailboat in Shoal Bay. Christine began working full-time at the Lopez Clinic on July 7th..
Somehow Christine makes it look easy.
Cathy Doherty Retires
When she moved to Lopez in 1990, Cathy commuted to two off-island nursing jobs: Planned Parenthood in Mt. Vernon and Orcas Clinic. One day a friend encouraged her to consider Lopez Clinic. She was hired in 1992. "They wanted a women's healthcare specialist here," she remembers. With her master's degree in maternal-child nursing from the University of Washington, Cathy stepped right in, working part-time with Dr. Dengler, Lopez Clinic's first physician...
Are We in Danger of Losing
Lopez Island Pharmacy?
Across the country, rural pharmacies are being forced out of business. Will Lopez become a statistic in this trend?
Crystal Rovente Promoted to Clinic Manager
Crystal Rovente's law degree from Syracuse University and experience managing a busy law firm in Binghamton, N.Y. were good preparation for becoming Lopez Clinic Manager.
Hired in Dec. 2013 as a part-time Patient Appointment Coordinator, Crystal was promoted to Clinic Manager last month following the resignation of Rachel Cory.
Introducing Island Medicine, the new book about the clinic
There was a great turnout last month when Dr. Bob Wilson stepped to the podium at Lopez Library, entertaining the audience with humorous stories of his early days at Lopez Clinic. Noting that the success of the clinic rests on the shoulders of the entire Lopez community, he recognized Dave Ashbaugh and Bob DiNicola for their particularly generous contributions, presenting each with a personalized copy of Island Medicine.
Free Round-Trip Taxi for San Juan County Residents
San Juan County residents can now get free round-trip taxi service from the Anacortes ferry terminal to Island Hospital or hospital-operated clinic or outpatient service.