PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Finalizes Land Purchase
San Juan Island Community Foundation grant is catalyst
On September 30, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center leaders finalized the purchase agreement on a 22-acre parcel of land where they will build a new medical center and Critical Access Hospital near the Friday Harbor Airport.
Funding for the land purchase at 1049 San Juan Valley Road was made possible through a $1.2 million grant received September 24 from the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF).
“Because of the backing and leadership of the San Juan community, this project continues to move forward, on time and on budget,” said Jim Barnhart, PeaceHealth administrator for the planning and construction of the new medical facility. “With our design and building plans well underway, this was a critical next step for us – finalizing the purchase of the property. We can’t thank the many Island donors, the San Juan Island Community Foundation and its leadership enough for this support.”
“Supporting the critical needs of our community is what this Foundation is all about,” said SJICF’s Chairman Charles Anderson. “The efforts of this Board and so many committed community members means that generations of Island residents and visitors will have expanded access to some of the best medical services and providers in the Northwest, right here on San Juan Island. We will continue to support this project through ongoing fundraising efforts over the next two years.”
The current medical staff and services from InterIsland Medical Center (IIMC) will transition to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center when it opens in 2012. Groundbreaking for the new facility is scheduled for Summer 2011.
“From the outset, this has been a community-driven effort,” said Lenore Bayuk, Chairperson of the Hospital District Board of Commissioners. “This grant speaks volumes about this community and the many individuals and families who share our vision for expanding the quality and scope of healthcare services available to all Hospital District residents and visitors.”