Peace Island Medical Center Governing Body, Open House Announced, 
Community Invited to Nov. 17 Ribbon-Cutting


​PeaceHealth Peace Island​ Medical Center, San Juan Island’s new critical access hospital, is on track to open Nov. 26, 2012. A governing body has been appointed and a ribbon-cutting event scheduled for the new medical center.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, Peace Island Medical Center at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor will be open for self-guided tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. in the main lobby.

Among those participating in the ceremony will be Lenore Bayuk, chair of the San Juan County Hospital District board, and San Juan Island Hospital Committee co-chairs Tom Cable, Michael Edwards, DDS, MD, and Charles Anderson. 

Anderson will serve as chair of the recently appointed governing body for Peace Island Medical Center. The board includes seven community representatives, some of whom have been with the project from its inception, and two from PeaceHealth: Jim Barnhart, chief administrative officer, and Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP. The community representatives are: Charles Anderson, chair; Tom Cable, vice chair; Peg Gerlock; Julie Gralow, MD; Rebecca Pohlad; George Von Gehr; and Michael Wingren, MD.

“Board members bring a wide range of expertise,” Anderson said.  “That expertise will help ensure clinical quality and safety, an excellent patient experience, strong financial sustainability and compassionate care for all.”

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center – the result of a collaboration between the San Juan County Hospital District No. 1 and PeaceHealth – is a ten-bed critical access hospital, which will also house a new, expanded primary care and specialty clinic, cancer center, expanded diagnostic and treatment services, an operating suite for outpatient procedures and a 24-hour emergency department.  Its design is the result of a collaborative process involving the Island community, PeaceHealth and the facility’s architectural firm, Mahlum.

“The new medical center is going to be stunning – inside and outside,” Barnhart said. “The island-led design team has worked tirelessly to create a facility that will include state of the art technology within a healing environment that fits beautifully within its natural surroundings.

“The November 17 open house will be a wonderful opportunity for community members to come get an up-close and personal look at the technology, services and structure of their new medical center,” said Barnhart.

Construction on Peace Island Medical Center will continue into October; wood trim, floor covering and interior paint are being applied now, while final site grading, sidewalk and landscaping work are under way outside. The project remains on budget and on schedule. When the building’s construction is completed, all the medical equipment and computer systems will be installed, furniture delivered and supplies stocked.  

Inter Island Medical Center staff, including all physicians, will transition to Peace Island Medical Center when it opens. At that time, the total number of physicians (including part time visiting specialists) serving the Hospital District will nearly double.