Hospital event

Published July 13, 2006 / by Steve Berentson

Island Hospital CEO Vince Oliver (pictured) presided over a groundbreaking event Thursday morning at the site of a major construction project (artist rendition behind Oliver). The groundbreaking drew a range of guests, from elected officials to hospital staff and administrators. Also present were Tasker Robinette, the first hospital administrator, and Ho Taylor, who was a prime mover in the initial community drive to establish a public hospital. Among politicians were City Councilman Nick Petrish, State Rep. Dave Quall and Skagit County Commissioner Don Munks. Laurie Gere was also on hand, wearing hats as Hospital Board President and City Council member.The renovation centers around a new 31-bed patient-care wing featuring single-patient rooms. Rooms will be flexible and can be used for critical and acute-care patients, eliminating the need to divert patients to other hospitals when the Critical Care Unit is full.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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