WHY IS ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR RURAL PRIMARY/URGENT CARE NECESSARY?
Primary health care in the San Juan Islands, as elsewhere in rural America, operates at a loss and requires some form of subsidy. Why? Because of inadequate insurance payments to rural family practices and increasing clinic costs (salaries, administration, medicine, supplies, for example). Orcas Island has, historically, provided that support philanthropically, but that practice cannot continue to provide the necessary funding. San Juan Island and Lopez Island have both solved their support issues by approving public hospital districts. For more info, go to the "Hospital District" page on this site.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE.
With the goal of ensuring the sustainability of high quality medical care on Orcas Island, OMF entered into 2 agreements with UW Physicians Network (UWPN) to bring the high quality medical care and related services associated with UW Medicine both now and into the future.
The Agreement for Clinic Support provides that UWPN will have sole responsibility for operations and management of the UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic (Clinic) and for employment and staffing decisions as well as establishment of policies. OMF will contribute the ideal office space of the Clinic for the term of the Agreement, all costs associated with the use, maintenance and replacement of the described equipment and will assume the obligations of lessor under the lease (described below) and provide certain stop-loss financial support.
The Medical Office and Equipment Lease Agreement provides that OMF, as the landlord, grants to UWPN, as the tenant, exclusive use of the property for the practice of medicine in the specialities of primary care medicine and other ancillary services and related activities. Both agreements can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the links below:
It shall be the policy of the Board to provide time at the beginning of OMF Board meetings for public input and questions. The meeting shall open with public comment (if needed) for the first 10-15 minutes, followed by review/approval of minutes, the treasurer's report and notice of upcoming meetings and events. Should the Board be required to go into Executive Session, the public portion of the meeting shall be closed, and any visitors will be excused.
Meetings of the OMF Board of Directors are regularly scheduled for the 4th Thursday of each month at the Orcas Island Community Center Conference Room. The meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. Changes in the regular schedule caused by Thanksgiving and December holidays will be posted on the website. Copies of approved board meeting minutes will be available on request. Meeting minutes are reviewed/approved at the next board meeting.
FLEMING JOINS UW MEDICAL ORCAS CLINIC
UW Medicine is pleased to announce that Camille Fleming will be joining Mike Alperin, David Russell and Kirsten Picard as a provider at the UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic as of September 17, 2018.
OMF is delighted to pass this information on to the Orcas Community.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) is an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) Washington non-profit organization that owns the building in which UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic is now housed and the surrounding property. OMF was formed over 60 years ago to ensure that high quality medical care and information was available to all the members of our community by:
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