ONLINE EVENT: “TrumpCare and Medicare for All’” John Geyman, MD

From the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program Western Washington (PNHPWW)  October 17th Meeting Agenda

John Geyman, MD, will be with us via the internet from his home in Friday Harbor to describe his just-released book “TrumpCare: Lies, Broken Promises, How It Is Failing, and What Should be Done” that has four goals: 1) to describe TrumpCare; 2) show how it is failing patients, families, taxpayers, and the nation: 3) describe the growing crisis is health care in this country; and 4) to compare the only two real alternatives before us – continuance of TrumpCare or moving to single-payer Medicare for All. Also, John will compare HR 676 and S 1804 and give us his thoughts about their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Dr. Geyman is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has spent 25 years in academic medicine as Chairman of the UW Department of Family Medicine and was founding editor of The Journal of Family Medicine. He is Past President of PNHP and a PNHPWW Board Member. He has now written more than 12 books that are indispensable for understanding the roots of our health care crisis, its current condition, and what must be done to achieve a just and sustainable replacement.

The meeting will be live-streamed via the Zoom Meeting platform beginning at 7:20pm (PST).
Join by internet link – https://zoom.us/282725280 or by phone – 1-669-900-6833 or 1-929-436-2866

Meeting ID: 282-725-280

 

Senior Lobby Day in Olympia 2/22

From the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Are you planning to go to Senior Lobby Day in Olympia, Thursday, February 22? If you haven’t made your reservation yet, please RSVP immediately.
Email govrelations@psara.org or call the PSARA office, 206-448-9646. If you need a ride or you can provide rides, please let us know.

 

Senior Lobby Day is our chance to speak with our elected representatives in Olympia about PSARA’s legislative goals. With Democrats now in control of both chambers of the legislature, this will be our best chance in years to promote PSARA’s progressive agenda.

 

The day will start at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast at United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia. A box lunch will also be provided at 11:30 a.m. Speakers, including PSARA lobbyist Pam Crone, will discuss legislative issues.

 

All PSARA members are also invited to meet with State House Speaker Frank Chopp at 1:30 p.m.

 

This event is FREE for all PSARA members.

 

Our elected officials need to hear your stories! RSVP for Senior Lobby Day today.

 

 

 

Jefferson Healthcare – Free Menopause Discussion Group

News Release – For Immediate Release

Contact: Elizabeth Clapp, Practice Manager Women’s Health Clinic, 360.344.0403

Port Townsend, WA Jefferson Healthcare Women’s Health Clinic is hosting a five week discussion for pre and menopausal women. Starting February 23, and continuing March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Women’s Health Clinic on the main campus. The best treatment for menopause is information. Topics to be explored in a supportive atmosphere with other women include: menopause overview, managing menopause with hormones, sexual health, pelvic health and other medical impacts of menopause. All registered participants receive a complimentary copy of the Menopause Guidebook.

The group is facilitated by Jefferson Healthcare’s Jane Albee, ARNP and Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North American Menopause Society. Jane has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for thirty-five years. Prior to moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 1991, Jane worked in college Health. Jane was the clinic manager for the Hall Health Women’s clinic at the University of Washington in the 1980s. She also started the college health service for the University of Alaska, Juneau. Before coming to work with Jefferson Healthcare, Jane worked with Dr. Robert Palmer in private gynecology practice for twenty years. Jane’s interests include mid-life health, menopause, hormone therapy, diagnosing and treating difficult vaginal conditions, sexual concerns and contraceptive issues. She offers menopause support and educational talks to groups as a service to the community.

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 month. It is the time in a woman’s life when the function of the ovaries ceases. The process of menopause is gradual and the perimenopausal transition period is a different experience for each woman. The average age of menopause is 51 years old, but menopause may occur as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s. “Education and support from other women is the best medicine for menopause,” says Jane Albee, ARNP.

Jefferson Healthcare (Jefferson County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a DNV accredited, fully integrated health care system providing services to over 29,000 residents of east Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The hospital is a 25-bed, critical access care hospital with complete 24 hour coverage by a physician staff of hospitalists. Top rated surgical services include: emergency department, laboratory services, swing bed unit, the latest in digital imaging and a comprehensive array of respiratory, physical, speech and occupational rehabilitation therapies. In addition, Jefferson Healthcare has clinics located in and around the hospital which include a full service orthopedic clinic and an accredited oncology clinic administering infusion services of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other treatments. Outpatient Specialty Clinics provide wound care, sleep medicine, Coumadin and anticoagulation services. Jefferson Healthcare has the latest equipment in diagnostic imaging for outpatient and inpatient radiology services. The seven primary care clinics and the Surgery and Endoscopy Center are located near the hospital in Port Townsend and in the surrounding areas of Port Ludlow and Quilcene. Primary care clinics provide pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics, women’s health and internal medicine. Additional Specialty Clinics provide cardiology and pulmonary, nephrology and urological surgery and pelvic floor reconstruction. A broad range of support groups and community education programs to round out Jefferson Healthcare’s total approach to patient wellness. Jefferson Healthcare ensures no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

EVENT: Planned Parenthood Centennial Celebrating over 100 years of clinical health services for women and families

Here’s hoping that the people in the county can put aside their issues over the election for Hospital Commissioner and come together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood. If you cannot make it to the event and still want to support the work of Planned Parenthood, your donation will be very appreciated! There is a place on the link below to either buy tickets or just donate (or both!). This event is not affiliated with any campaign. It’s about celebrating the work Planned Parenthood has done on the Olympic Peninsula and across the country.

Saturday, Oct. 21st, 2-5PM

Oscar Erickson Building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds
4907 Landes St, Port Townsend, WA

Link to tickets or donations

Featuring:
Inspirational speakers
Birthday Cake!
Live music and dancing!

Each ticket holder will receive a coupon for a beverage of choice including; beer, wine, cider or a non-alcoholic drink. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. The bar will be hosted by the Dove House.

Special Thanks to our event sponsors and partners:
Planned Parenthood
Dove House Advocacy Services
Finnriver Cider
Jefferson County Public Health
Midnight Train Blues Band
The Norns
Thunderbull Productions

This event is independently produced on behalf of Planned Parenthood and is not a Planned Parenthood hosted event.

More information at:
https://thunderbullproductions.com/plannedparenthoodcentennial.html

For inquires contact:
Daniel Milholland
360-385-0519
daniel@thunderbullproductions.com

Important Jefferson County Healthcare Commissioners Meeting – Wednesday 10/4 at 9 AM to 4PM

EDITORS NOTE: Though this meeting is a public meeting for a public hospital, it was not advertised in the Port Townsend Leader, nor has been yet in the Peninsula Daily News. It is on the Hospital Commissioners web site. The meeting is about conducting a board assessment that is going to  focus to some degree on the conflict and tension in the board itself. The top question in the information below is, “What do we expect from each other and how will we work together?” This is the unspoken crux of the meeting. Board tension has been high over the last year. There is a rift between what can be construed to be a group supporting a very narrow definition of the role of Hospital District Commissioner and those supporting a more widely defined one. Between a more status quo approach and a more expanded, outwardly facing approach. People actively engaged in the current commissioner campaign might find this a very enlightening meeting to come witness.

September 28, 2017
TO: Jefferson Healthcare Commissioners
FROM: Jill Buhler, Board Chair
SUBJECT: October 4, 2017 Board Retreat
Thank you for your support of and participation in our Jefferson Healthcare District (Jefferson) Board Retreat scheduled for October 4, 2017. The retreat will be held in the Jefferson Healthcare, Victor J.Dirksen Conference Room from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Thank you, too, for participating in the Board Self-Assessment process as your input has helped to formulate the work session agenda and objectives.

To ensure we maximize our time together please carefully review the pre-reading retreat packet. The enclosed materials will help prepare us for our discussions at the retreat and hopefully generate thoughts on how we as a board can improve our effectiveness. I am excited to share these ideas with you and hear your thoughts on how we can make positive changes that will help us better serve the people we represent.
Many thanks, again, for your time, commitment and support of Jefferson’s important mission.

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Mark McDermott to Speak on Social Security and Medicare – 1/24 – 7PM

McDermott to Speak on Social Security and Medicare
 Mark McDermott will speak on “Security in Retirement, Keeping the Promise of Social Security and Medicare,” on Tuesday, January 24, at 7 p.m. 

An advocate for workers, retirees, and families; McDermott is a noted speaker on social justice. He serves on the board of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA).

 The meeting will be held at at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street, Port Townsend. 
Retired union electrician Diane Jones is organizing the event and working with other local PSARA members who want to bring the group’s advocacy activities to the North Olympic Peninsula.
“Our region seems like a good fit for PSARA,” said Jones. “There are a lot of seniors, and many are just getting by. They count on programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
PSARA encourages civic engagement and advocacy for these social programs. “Americans pay into these programs while they’re working. They should be able to count on them when they retire,” Jones added.