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Fort Worden is temporarily reducing its staff and services in response to the coronavirus, but officials want prospective guests and visitors to know that it’s not discontinuing its operations … more
While Goddard College’s other local programs have been canceled or postponed, disability culture activist and community performance artist Petra Kuppers will still bring her “Gut … more
With concerns about COVID-19, a.k.a. the coronavirus, spreading perhaps faster than the infection itself, there have been some impacts to the arts, entertainment and adult education scenes in East … more
The Port Townsend School of Massage heads into nearly a quarter-century of continuous operation with a new director and owner, but Elizabeth Piglowski has a history with the establishment that dates … more
The annual Jumping Mouse Turkey Trot 5k kicked off Nov. 23 at the Larry Scott trailhead in 40 degree weather. Kids were doing jumping jacks to stay warm waiting for the one mile kids fun run to … more
The Jefferson County Public Hospital District quietly marked a milestone over the summer, as it became home to the first rural dental health clinic in Washington state. more
The therapists focus on gait and balance training, strength training, and helping people recover from injuries and surgeries. Theirs is the only physical therapy center on the Olympic Peninsula with a videonystagmography system, also known as VNG, Martinez said. “The VNG system allows us to accurately diagnose dizziness issues,” Martinez said. A VNG system is an infrared camera linked to a wireless computer suite. The camera goes over the eyes of a patient who is experiencing dizziness or vertigo issues like a mask and takes video of the patient’s eye movements. “The camera will record a nystagmus, which is a rapid eye movement,” Arrowsmith said. “What’ll happen is your eye will appear normal, but the pupil will jerk to one side or the other, and it looks like it’s vibrating.” By slowing down the recording of the patient’s eye movement and studying its direction and speed, the VNG system can help find the cause of the patient’s dizziness, whether it is vertigo, or if it is something more serious such as a central nervous system issue or a stroke, Martinez said. Martinez and Arrowsmith give free 15-minute consultations to anyone who is experiencing dizziness, or any symptoms that might require physical therapy. “We start off with our evaluation,” Martinez said. “We do a battery of neurological tests, and we then put them under the frenzel goggles and record them and see what we get. We do bow tests, lean tests, left and right tests, roll tests as well as other tests, and we see how those pieces fit together with what they are feeling, what they’re reporting.” The frenzel goggles go over the patient’s eyes and record their eye movements. Then, once the goggles have recorded any eye movements, the therapists can look at the images on their computer to determine the cause. “It takes all of the guesswork out,” Martinez said. “It allows us to rewind it, go back to the exact point it happens and look at what’s happening.” While the technology helps them make diagnoses, Martinez and Arrowsmith rely on hands-on work with their patients for treatment. Not only do they provide free consultations for clients, they also hold free community “fit and fall-proof” exercises classes from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. more
Adele Lafever of Port Townsend yearns to help others heal through massage, and she’s seeking to earn her certification to pursue a career in the field. “I absolutely love the connectivity of touching people’s bodies and lives,” said Lafever, a student at Port Townsend School of Massage, 1071 Landes Court in Port Townsend. more
After a slow start this season, influenza cases in Jefferson County are now increasing. “What we know is from the lab tests. The hospital lab does have an influenza test that they do, and there have been 26 positive tests so far this (season),” said Lisa McKenzie, Jefferson County Public Health Communicable Disease Program coordinator. “The first positive test they had was Dec. 16. It is definitely in our community.” Low flu activity resulted in fewer patients staying at Jefferson Healthcare in December, Hilary Whittington, the chief financial and administrative officer, said during the regular session of the Hospital Commission meeting Jan 23. more
Patients at Jefferson Healthcare could see small changes to the amount they pay on their medical bills this year due to a recent overhaul of the hospital’s pricing system. “We did a calibration across every line of our chargemaster,” said Hilary Whittington, the chief financial and administrative officer at Jefferson Healthcare. “Every line item did not increase, but rather, if you take all of the prices changed and the projected volumes, the net effect of all was an increase of 2.1 percent.” That increase includes all hospital services, pharmaceuticals and supplies, and it’s below the average cost increase hospitals face every year.   more
As Fariborz Youssefirad faced the final days of his life in December 2014, he asked his wife to do anything she could to help others avoid his fate by preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. The disease is a chronic condition that affects the way the human body metabolizes sugar, can cause severe complications such as kidney failure and lead to death, according to the Mayo Clinic website.   more
Registered Nurse Jennifer Newell has joined the Jefferson Healthcare diabetes services team and will be on hand to greet the public during the Quilcene Wellness Fair, slated to run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101 in Quilcene. The event is free to attend. more
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