Beginning in late July, Island Primary Care – Orcas’ Susan Sandblom, ARNP, will be providing weekly Gynecology care in the clinic. This increases the access to women’s healthcare on the island from one day per month to one day per week. Susan brings more than 15 years of women’s health practitioner experience from her time at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Susan will consult with our OB/GYN team (Dr. Garde and Dr. Joe Wilson) on any complex patient issues and refer patients to them as needed. The Island Health team all have access to our patients’ medical records, which enhances collaboration and continuity of care.
With this expansion in women’s healthcare at Island Primary Care – Orcas, coupled with the recent baby boom, and retirement and departure of other OB/GYN physicians, Dr. Garde will focus on the Labor & Delivery unit at Island Hospital’s Birth Center. Patients who have their baby at Island Hospital or who require a higher level of OB/GYN care, may schedule with Dr. Garde or Dr. Joe Wilson in Anacortes.