San Juan Island: PeaceHealth board approves letter of intent

The PeaceHealth Board of Directors has approved the signing of a non-binding letter of intent enabling the not-for-profit healthcare system and the San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners to continue exploring the development of a new medical center on San Juan Island.

Hospital commissioners unanimously approved the same letter of intent at their public meeting June 25.

The letter of intent follows a four-month assessment that evaluated the feasibility of building a new $29.8 million integrated medical center that would include an expanded community clinic, additional outpatient and diagnostic services, as well as limited inpatient services. A full report was presented to hospital commissioners in late May. The feasibility assessment process was jointly led by the San Juan Community Hospital Committee, members of the Inter Island Medical Center, the hospital commission, and representatives from PeaceHealth. The group was also supported by independent consultants and industry experts.

The San Juan Community Hospital Committee is a group of islanders working with consultants, residents and potential partners in an advisory capacity to the hospital commission to determine the sustainability of expanded medical services on the island. Visit

PeaceHealth is a Bellevue-based not-for-profit healthcare system serving communities in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, PeaceHealth has provided medicine and compassionate care to Northwest communities for more than a century. It owns St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. Visit

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