Island Hospital
The Heather Zeilstra Story - Island Surgeons

The Heather Zeilstra StoryFaced with Stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, Heather Zeilstra was petrified. Her nerves were quickly settled when Dr. Oman explained the plan and shared her own personal journey with cancer. Read more.
The Bob Maxson Story - Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation - Bob MaxsonBob Maxson learned to play the bagpipes while in college and enjoyed it immensely. Yet once he went off to grad school, he didn’t pick up the bagpipes again – though they remained on his bucket list.

Bob retired in 1999 and moved to Lopez Island after 20 years of ministry with the Presbyterian Church followed by 20 years as a counselor with juvenile court. He soon learned that someone on Lopez taught bagpipes, so he eagerly signed up for lessons... Read more.
The Joy and Gary Walter Story - Health Screenings

Joy and Gary WalterI am fortunate to have picked up a stool-sampling kit and submitted it in the spring of 2016. Feeling healthy, I had no reason to see my beloved primary-care physician. It has been my habit to always look into the toilet bowl after a bowel movement for signs of blood or blackened stools. I've always thought that it's smart to go to health fairs and participate in local screenings to monitor one's health.

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The Ron and Sherry Oberst Story - Patient Portal (myIslandHealth)

Ron & Sherry OberstAnacortes residents, Ron and Sherry Oberst, visit the Island Hospital patient portal frequently, especially to maintain vigilance over Sherry’s multiple medical conditions. Below is Ron Oberst’s response when asked about his use of the portal.

Information available to us through the portal is an important contribution to our healthcare management. The visit history is helpful when completing new patient forms and keeping our own health history journal. Having this accurate information helps us answer questions during office visits... Read more.

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 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.