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       Catherine Washburn Medical Association

The Catherine Washburn Medical Association was formed in 1971 in memory of Catherine Washburn, a Lopez resident who was known for her generous community support.

The CWMA began by raising funds for the original clinic building, which was completed in 1974. It has continued to provide the financial support for several expansions and much needed state-of-the-art equipment.

The CWMA owns & maintains the clinic building & the property it sits on and its ownership extends to the helipad and an adjoining lot. The CWMA also owns the majority of medical equipment and willingly purchases new equipment as needed. It truly is the backbone and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ partner for the clinic. Through generous donations and memberships in our organization, the CWMA is strong and will continue to support Lopez medical needs. …

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UW Medicine: Frequently asked Questions

UW Medicine Lopez Island Clinic Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) -- From Jay Priebe, M.B.A., CSSGB, Director of Rural Primary Care Operations, UW Medicine Welcome to UW Medicine. You’re now served by a 30,000-strong healthcare team whose singular mission is to improve the health of the public. UW Medicine provides outstanding care to patients, educates the next generation of physicians and scientists, and supports one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive medical research programs. We...

Lopez physical therapy goes into private practice

Islands’ Weekly: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 1:30am Submitted by Terri Drahn, Kim Foley and Bobbie Holt, Lopez Physical Therapy As many of you are aware, physical therapy was not included in the transition of the Lopez Clinic. The community believes strongly that physical therapy is a critical service for our island, and together we are making every effort to continue to offer PT here on Lopez. In order to make this happen, we are forming Lopez Island Physical Therapy LLC as a private practice. This is...

UW Medicine names chief of Orcas-Lopez island clinics

Islands’ Weekly: Tue Aug 29th, 2017 4:33pmSubmitted by UW Medicine UW Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael D. Alperin has accepted the position of chief of the UW Medicine Orcas Island and Lopez Island Clinics effective Nov. 1. Alperin is currently chief and clinical director of primary care at the Veterans Administration healthcare system in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Alperin’s clinical training and experience include family medicine, emergency...

Update on Emergency Services and The Lopez Clinic

...by Dr. Bob Wilson, Marty Clark, Peggy Means, Christa Campbell, Charlie Janeway As the team that was responsible for finding a new partner for Lopez Clinic, we would like to correct some misperceptions currently in our community. First and foremost: Lopez will not lose emergency services under the new partnership with UW Medicine. Please rest assured that excellent emergency care will continue on Lopez. When you call 911, you will receive help from our highly skilled and well-trained Fire...

Town Hall Meeting, June 25

Town Hall Meeting  Sunday, June 25, 2 pm at Lopez Community Center  CWMA, UW Medicine and PHD co-host this Town Hall. Come hear from our new clinic partner and learn about our future together. Plenty of time for questions and answers. This will also be a time to celebrate the passage of the public hospital district and election of our new PHD commissioners. Here's a recording of the meeting (posted June 28):...

Physical Therapy Update

When Island Hospital announced they were terminating their long-standing lease and operating agreement for the Lopez Island Medical Clinic, there were two separate groups that were affected. The first was the family practice providers and staff. The second was the physical therapy group, which operates as an outpatient satellite of Island Hospital Physical Therapy. When the CWMA initiated discussions to find a new partner, physical therapy was included as a service of key importance to the...

Special Meeting, Thursday May 18

Special Meeting Initial Meeting San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners Meeting Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:30 pm. – Special Meeting, Grace Episcopal Church 70 Sunset Lane, Lopez Island, WA   Agenda   Administration of the Oath of Office  New Business Adopt governing board bylaws Elect initial officers of the board President Secretary Confirm the selection of the San Juan County Treasurer as ex officio treasurer Discuss the process for identifying and appointing the...

GOOD NEWS FOR LOPEZ ISLAND!

UW Medicine and Catherine Washburn Medical Association Announce Partnership for Lopez Island Medical Clinic UW Medicine and Catherine Washburn Medical Association (CWMA) announced today that they reached a partnership agreement in which UW Medicine will assume management of Lopez Island Medical Clinic. This past April, UW Medicine announced a similar agreement with Orcas Medical Center. While UW Medicine will manage both clinics, the two entities will continue to operate independently. UW...

THANK YOU LOPEZ!

The Public Hospital District passed! See the Islands Weekly story about the vote: www.islandsweekly.com/news/lopez-votes-yes-for-hospital-district/

FAQs about the proposed Public Hospital District

Background: In September 2016, after 23 years partnering with Lopez Clinic, Island Hospital gave notice they would terminate their contract in June, 2017, explaining that operating a remote clinic in the current healthcare environment had become too challenging. Immediately, members of the Catherine Washburn Medical Association, the non-profit volunteer board that supports our clinic, began working with Dr. Wilson, clinic staff and community members to find a new model of management that would...

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