Year in Review 2015: PR Hospital District

By Renee Coe

The Point Roberts Public Hospital District would like to thank both the clinic staff for seeing a record number of patients this year, and the community for their continued support of the Point Roberts Clinic. We are proud to have so many residents choosing the clinic and Family Nurse Practitioner Natalié Davidson as their primary care provider.

Many of the clinic patients received a flyer in the mail recently that Interfaith Community Health Center changed its name to Unity Care NW. New name, same mission, same services.

In August, a dozen members of Unity Care’s Bellingham facility drove to the Point to participate in the joint fire department and clinic open house. The Unity Care team brought up a mobile dental van and provided 10 of our patients with a free dental exam. This state of the art van came complete with enough space for two dental chairs and an X-ray machine. We also gave 10 diabetic patients free retinal eye exams and the clinic staff performed free blood screenings. Both the clinic staff and fire department continue to work together collaboratively in addressing the needs of the community.

We are delighted to welcome back Natalié Davidson to the clinic after an extended illness.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Unity Care for providing the clinic with excellent providers who filled in during Natalié’s absence. Thank you to Dr. Chi-Na Kim and Dr. Rachel Wagner, as well as advanced registered nurse practitioners Muriel Handschey, Laura Richel and Anne Slater. Their dedication to serving our patients went beyond the call of duty especially when asked to travel to and from Bellingham to Point Roberts (including getting caught in a five-hour traffic accident backup on Highway 99!). The hospital district, along with the clinic staff and our patients sincerely thank each of you for your unwavering support.

In July, the hospital district said goodbye to commissioner Barb Wayland who resigned and welcomed Kandace Harper, who was officially elected to fill Barb’s position in November. We wish Barb all the best and thank her for the many years of service to the hospital district.

Both the hospital district and the clinic continue to work for the community of Point Roberts who have been so supportive of our services. Happy New Year to all!

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