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The Barbara Anderson Story - Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Barbara Anderson, Pulmonary RehabWhen daughter-in-law Tina arrived to get Barbara Anderson, she noticed that Anderson had no eye contact and was looking “half out of it”. To this, Anderson replied, “I feel so tired, like I could sleep forever.”

Tina said, “Not today, Mom,” and called 9-1-1. Read more.

The Wallie Funk Story - Home Health & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

Wallie Funk, Island Hospital Home HealthWallie Funk, retired journalist and chronicler of Anacortes history in word and picture, was on his way to an event in town earlier this summer when he fell and injured his head. Protesting that he was "fine" all the way, the Anacortes native was taken to the Emergency Department at Island Hospital for observation and treatment. He was later released to his home. Read more.

The Suzanne Martin-Gowen Story - Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

Suzanne Martin-Gowen, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Island HospitalIn fall 2012, Anacortes resident Suzanne Martin-Gowen was facing oral surgery, but her surgeon said she needed hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) before he could perform the operation. She thought she was going to be traveling out of town to access this service, but was delighted to learn that HBOT was available at Island Hospital.

"I had radiation therapy for cancer in my jaw in the 90s and the oral surgeon told me that there was a very high risk of my bone breaking in surgery if I didn't strengthen them with hyperbaric treatments," said Martin-Gowen. "The surgeon told me that if I got the hyperbaric treatments...
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The Tim Wittman Story - Sleep Wellness Center

Tim Wittman, Sleep Wellness Center TestimonialBy day, Guemes Island resident Tim Wittman is a psychologist with the Burlington-Edison School District. But often by night and weekends, he's part of Cannery Underground, a popular local folk duo that sets some of this region's maritime folklore and yarns to music. 

Wittman's life was full with his day job, writing and performing his music and distance running, but a good night's sleep was getting rarer and his energy levels were dropping.

“I hadn't been sleeping well for several years, but when it began to affect my work, music, running and, according to my wife, my disposition... Read more.

The Adrean Harris Story - Sleep Wellness Center

Adrean Harris, Sleep Wellness Center TestimonialAdrean Harris didn't think she had a sleep problem. The 74-year-old La Connor resident wasn't overweight and suffered from few of the underlying health problems usually associated with sleep disorders. But when her husband, George, reminded her that she snored and felt tired most of the time – even to the point of nodding off while driving – Harris asked her primary-care doctor to arrange an evaluation at the Island Hospital Sleep Wellness Center.

“I was skeptical at first,” says Harris. “The staff hooks you up to all these sensors and then they assure you they'll be watching you all night.” Harris didn't think she'd drop off during the session, but she did, and was surprised to learn... Read more.

The Sharon Maya Story - Merle Cancer Care Center

Sharon Maya, Merle Cancer Care Center TestimonialAt 67, Friday Harbor resident Sharon Maya had never experienced a major illness. Then she was diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and was facing her first massive chemotherapy infusion at Island Hospital's Merle Cancer Care Center (MCCC).

“I was in shock and I was scared,” said  Maya. “Then one of the Oncology nurses held my hand and spoke quietly to me. I can't remember what she said, but it made me feel a little better and a little more ready to face... Read more.

The Reese Perkins Story - Cardiac Rehabilitation

Reese Perkins, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Testimonial“I didn’t retire to sit home in a rocking chair.”

The sun is barely up, but in the Cardiopulmonary Care Center at Island Hospital workout room 79-year-old Reese Perkins is already working up a sweat on the rowing machine. Around him are others who regularly exercise in an ongoing program for individuals recovering from heart-related illnesses or procedures. 

“On workout days I get up real early,” says Reese. “It’s good to have a place to go and something to do that not only makes me. . . Read more.