What’s Happening Aug. 27 – Sept. 3

Health care provider considering island, State receives aid for orcas, and more.

  • Monday, August 31, 2020 2:59pm
  • News
What’s Happening Aug. 27 - Sept. 3

Health care provider considering island

The Vashon Health Care District will begin formal discussions with Sea Mar Community Health Centers of Seattle about Sea Mar operating a primary care clinic at Sunrise Ridge on Vashon Island.

The district’s commissioners voted unanimously at their Aug. 19 meeting to authorize Superintendent Eric Jensen to enter into negotiations. Sea Mar executives have toured the Sunrise Ridge space and expressed interest in assuming operation of the clinic.

Any contractual agreement between the district and Sea Mar likely would spell out — among other things — district financial support for the clinic, services to be offered, and plans for the transition from Neighborcare Health, the clinic’s current operator, to Sea Mar.

“The district is grateful to Sea Mar for its interest in serving the primary care needs of our community,” said Tom Langland, president of the district’s board. “We’re optimistic we can reach an agreement that allows them, with district support, to provide the services islanders need and expect.”

Neighborcare, which has operated the clinic since 2016, informed the district earlier this year that it would not remain on Vashon beyond 2020. Under terms of an agreement with the district, Neighborcare will cease to operate the clinic on Oct. 31.

Sea Mar was founded in 1978. Its network of services in 12 Washington counties includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services.

State receives aid for orcas

Last week, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) received an award of more than $11 million in grants to 11 Chinook salmon habitat and hatchery projects from a new grant program under the Pacific Salmon Treaty supporting Southern Resident killer whale and Chinook salmon recovery.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

County Tax Increases Could Cost Island Tax Districts Everything

Spurred by the Vashon Park District, a bill has been revived to potentially shake up state tax law.

x
Firmest Timetable Yet Released For Next Vaccine Round

Here’s what you need to know about Jan. 5 to Jan. 11.

x
Local Leading Man Is Recalled for His Talent and Kindness

Marshall Murray, an actor known for his virtuoso performances in local theater productions, has died

x
Helping Helpers: VashonBePrepared Replenishes Relief Fund

VashonBePrepared’s replenished COVID Relief Fund will continue its work in this new year.

x
Islanders Respond to Unrest At Capitol, Closer To Home

After a mob attack at the nation’s Capitol, members of Vashon’s Backbone Campaign went into action.

Addressing Grievance, New Talks Planned Between Union, Fire Chief

Negotiations will determine a new leave policy for Vashon firefighters exposed to COVID-19.

x
In a New Year, VALISE Celebrates Finding a Way Forward

The work of 12 artists in the collective will be featured in a show that will run until Jan. 31.

x
Marvin Charles Benham: Oct. 24, 1926 – Dec. 29, 2020

The islander’s death marks the second occasion that an islander has died of COVID-19 related causes.

x
Fulbright Scholar Brings the World to Vashon Classrooms

Becky Blankenship wants her McMurray Middle School students to see the world and feed their minds.

Most Read