PT Leader highlights CEO Glenn in special section

In a unique new section in the Port Townsend Leader, reporter Allison Arthur interviewed the CEO of Jefferson Health Care, Mike Glenn. Mr. Glenn answered questions about changes over the years to JHC, the addition of much needed physicians to the mix, employee new hires, the creation of the women’s clinic, and financial viability of the hospital district among other topics.

Missing from the interview was any mention of the community actions behind JHC successes. Glenn states, “Our Women’s Clinic was the result of Jane Albee and several primary care providers who identified the need.” While I’m sure that Ms. Albee (ARNP) helped identify the need, there has been an active group of mainly women in this community that has had to push JHC to make this clinic a reality. The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and Community Health Assessment (CHA) that was done in the last 10 years, included over 100 community members (including Mr. Glenn and many employees of JHC). The CHA identified women’s health needs in their assessment, as Mr. Glenn knows. Also, the latest sliding scale pricing that the hospital put into practice, which is very commendable, came about from a committee composed of both hospital staff and community members and was formed in reaction to outside public pressure on JHC to change their charity care process.

Speaking of the CHIP and the CHA, Mr. Glenn did not mention that there is a newly hired person to run the next CHA and update the CHIP. Ms. Ewers-Garcia, who was hired jointly by the city, public health and JHC is just now starting up another community health assessment. Mr. Glenn might have mentioned that in the article as it was an opportunity to get the community involved again.

Mr. Glenn mentioned that since 2015 they have added 29 providers, yet failed to mention that in public meetings this reporter has attended, Mr. Glenn identified turnover as the biggest single problem in the hospital.  It’s hard to understand whether this number  was actually net new hires, or simply replacing outgoing staff. Certainly we are seeing a few new providers in the new walk in clinic, and that’s commendable.

This hospital district is somewhat unique, in that it’s a public hospital, owned by the community. The community is very much involved in guiding (and sometimes pushing) the hospital district and it’s commissioners in a direction that answers needs. It’s worth remembering that Mr. Glenn’s salary is about $60,000 more than the governor of the state, and while we are happy overall with his performance, seeing improvements to the hospital facility, a dedication to opening new clinics and the like, it’s important to note that JHC is often pricing these services at much higher rates than competing facilities in Silverdale and Seattle, and as such, if you need services, have a high deductible and are not in an emergency situation, you should shop around.




‘Dirty meat’: Shocking hygiene failings discovered in US pig and chicken plants – Guardian UK

More good reasons to buy your meat from a local trusted source, and butcher who knows the folks sending them the meat.

Previously unseen government records detail ‘deeply worrying’ incidents in pork and poultry plants, raising fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering the UK under a post-Brexit trade deal

Dirty Meat story

The PA/RN/MD/DO will see you now. Consumer Reports

Good article demystifying the medical provider landscape. While I have some small issues with it, it is a good layman overview.  What they say about a seeing a P.A. “avoid relying on them for complicated procedures.” is quite off base. Many P.A.s work right alongside M.D.s in offices, doing all the same procedures that M.D.s do. It is more a matter of how long a P.A. has been working, and the background they came out of, just like any other professional, that determines there effectiveness on more complicated procedures. Some P.A.s came out of EMT work, and they are highly trained in some fields, some have spent extra years of education as orthopedic P.A.s. Some P.A.s have worked in the operating rooms for years, doing surgeries alongside the attending M.D. And the M.D. that they are assigned to is often relying on them to stand on their own and only bring them the more difficult issues. I’m sure there are many younger M.D.s who are still learning their craft and I wouldn’t want to take my complicated procedures to them either! I’d rather see an experienced P.A. than a brand new M.D. any day of the week!

It’s getting harder to see a doctor, but you can still get quality care from a host of other professionals if you know who’s who




Bad bedside manner: Bank loans signed in the hospital leave patients vulnerable – Seattle Times/Kaiser Health News

Just when we think the American healthcare system can’t get any worse, hospitals and banks figure out a way to take us further into debt. Just what a person who is brought into the ER wants to see, a banker show up. It’s like a sick joke.

Here’s a very telling stat from this article: In 2016, the federal government estimates, consumers spent $352.5 billion out-of-pocket on health care.

We *think* we have it good. We could have paid for universal healthcare with that amount.  You are essentially being taxed on that money, but it accrues to the sickest of us and the bulk of that money is spent in the last 6 months of life. To put it in perspective the US spent $584 B on defense, $588B on Medicare and $368B on Medicaid.

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 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.




Bill would help hospital with its financial woes – The Daily World

Insufficient Medicaid reimbursals are helping sink rural hospitals. One of the hospitals this is meant to help is in Grays Harbor, another in Port Angeles.  Senator Van de Wege put it forward with hours just hours before the cutoff. It’s Senate Bill 6601.

OLYMPIA — A bill that would provide temporary funding to ease a financial crisis at Grays Harbor Community Hospital and two other financially struggling hospitals in the state was introduced Tuesday, just hours ahead of the bill cutoff for financial measures.

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.