Volume 01 | February 18, 2021
Introducing: Health Connection
Welcome to Health Connection—Island Hospital’s first email newsletter! Our goal with Health Connection is truly what the name implies. We hope to bring our patients timely information on our services, classes and events. We still plan to publish Heartbeats, our printed magazine, a few times each year, but in today’s fast-paced world, it’s important that we find more ways to connect. This is a vehicle to keep you more informed (and quickly). If ever there was a time to increase communication and connection, it’s during the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination roll-out. We’d love to hear from you on what you found helpful in this newsletter and what you’d like to see more of moving forward. You can reach us at marketing@islandhospital.org. We hope you find this first installment of Health Connection informative, and we look forward to connecting with you again soon!
COVID-19 Vaccines: A behind the scenes look into the vaccination effort
Before COVID-19 vaccine information hit the news cycle late last year, our team was already getting up to speed on the State of Washington’s distribution plans. This work included applying for approval to become a vaccination distributor, collaborating with other Washington State hospitals to share insights, reviewing state requirements, developing strategies and forming teams to stand up a clinic. This has been an all-hands-on-deck effort; a lesson in flexibility, adaptability and resilience. We pulled staff from nearly every department in the hospital and reached out to our amazing volunteer network, both new and old. We’ve had a great response from community members who want to help with the effort and we are developing plans and processes to on-board new volunteers specifically for the vaccination clinic.
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Intervention that promotes quality of life with Parkinson's Disease
The effects of Parkinson’s disease can be numerous and interfere with communication, swallowing, mobility, and performance of activities of daily living. Island Hospital’s Speech and Physical Therapists are certified in evidence-based treatment to address these changes.

SOS Approach to Feeding
Is mealtime the most stressful time in your home?
Using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, pediatric therapists can target the development of skills that allow children to explore and engage with new foods. The program uses child-led systematic desensitization and extensive parent education to help families re-structure mealtime, creating positive experiences for the whole family.

Tips to help you cope with MRI anxiety
As with any medical procedure, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can cause stress and anxiety. While an MRI is safe and painless, some patients fear they will become claustrophobic in the machine, leaving them a bundle of nerves on the days leading up to the scan. If you find that you are experiencing discomfort and anxiety before undergoing an MRI, you are not alone–these feelings are common.

Providing valuable services to our community
Did you know that Island Hospital has a Foundation that raises funds to keep quality healthcare close to home for you and your loved ones? Since 1978, the Island Hospital Foundation has fostered community support to enable the delivery of award-winning, leading-edge healthcare at Island Hospital. Together with the community, the Foundation has also served as the financial resource for ongoing community programs, including free or low-cost health screenings, behavioral and mental health programs, assistance for cancer patients, and early literacy programs to name a few. To learn how you can get involved with the Foundation, visit us online or call (360) 299-4201. 
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