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ON a special MAIL-IN only ballot set for May 17th – Whidbey General Hospital will be asking property owners of Whidbey Island to OK a 50million dollar bond to increase and improve the hospital’s health care services to the community.
The next scheduled public forums for this bond are as follows.
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

 

KWPA radio – Whidbey Island’s public and community radio station – is happy to provide Whidbey Island property owners with information on the special MAIL IN only ballot – set for MAY 17, 2011 – in which Whidbey General Hospital will be asking Whidbey property owners for a 50 million dollar bond for the hospital’s upgrade and expansion.

Listen to Harry Anderson’s March 7, 2011 – interview with hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and CFO Joe Vessey for more information about this special ballot measure – by clicking on the linked title below

Click here: KWPA WHIDBEY HOSPITAL BOND INTERVIEW

KWPA hopes this special interview will help Whidbey Island Property Owners understand more about this special election BOND.

Gwen would like to thank KWPA’s What’s Up Whidbey host – Harry Anderson for taking the time to host this special interview.

Thank you for listening to KWPA

WHIDBEY GENERAL HOSPITAL SEEKS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM PROPERTY OWNERS

KWPA had Whidbey General Hospital CEO, Tom Tomasino and CFO, Joe Vessey in the studio on March 7th for an interview about the up coming – MAIL IN ONLY – special ballot for the 50 million dollar bond the hospital is seeking from the property owners of Whidbey.

The interview will re-air on KWPA on Thursday – March 11th at 4pm – from 96.9fm around Penn Cove and streamed from the KWPA “listen” page.

IN and effort to help the citizen’s of Whidbey get as much information as possible about this bond, KWPA will be airing this interview with Tom Tomasino and Joe Vessey repeatedly over the weeks leading up to the May 17th vote.  Gwen will inform you of the days and times – on Monday – March 14th.

Below – you can find times and locations of upcoming public forums pertaining to educating the public about the hospital’s need, and newspaper articles related to the bond.

KWPA would like to thank Whidbey General Hospital, Tom Tomasino, Joe Vessey and Trish Rose for making this interview possible.

GWEN – would like to thank Harry Anderson for taking the chair as host for this interview.

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WHIDBEY HOSPITAL SPECIAL ELECTION BOND PUBLIC FORUMS

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

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Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html

 

Whidbey General Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and his CFO Joe Vessey joined Harry Anderson and Gwen in the KWPA studio for an interview about the upcoming 50 Bond Whidbey General is seeking from voters.

The special ballot (MAIL IN ONLY) will take place on May 17, and looks to be very important to the future of health care on Whidbey Island, so says CEO Tomasino and those who are in favor of the bond.  The bond will add pennies to your property tax – but none the less some voters are asking a lot of questions.

Harry Anderson took the roll of host for this interview, which aired lived today at 11am.  The interview will rebroadcast on 96.9 FM around Penn Cove or streamed over your computer from the KWPA website – on Thursday – March 10 at 9am and Friday March 11 at 4pm.  After that the interview will appear on the KWPA schedule weekly and be available as a podcast on the KWPA site.  KWPA hopes this interview will help the property owners of Whidbey Island be sufficiently informed prior to the special election on May 17th

Several community meetings have been planned in the coming weeks to help inform citizens of the bond.  WGH’s strategic plan calls for replacing the hospital’s 40 year old inpatient wing. YOU can hear hospital CEO, Mr. Tom Tomasino, talk about the hospital district’s near and long term goals to continue to provide quality healthcare on Whidbey Island

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

In an effort to provide KWPA listeners with as much information as possible about this bond we have loaded up links to several of the newspaper articles that have been published explaining the bond to property owners.

Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html

 

Gwen was pleased that Carla Jolley could join us on Whidbey Chat today.

With the intent on providing a valuable experience for the KWPA listening audience, and the many people on our island facing tough health care realities, Gwen invited Carla into the KWPA studio to enlighten us about her important work in palliative care.  Palliative care is specialized care focused on the pain, symptoms and stress of very serious illness.

The way Carla approaches her work, how she helps her patient’s, and their families, face necessary and difficult health care decisions, is based in her genuine concern for people and her sincere commitment to proper and ethical palliative care. Carla is easy going, deeply devoted, funny (in the most respectful ways), and not afraid to broach the most difficult topics many of us are unable face, let along navigate.

For those caring for a sick loved one, friend, or client, Carla also had a lot to say about care giving, caregivers and the personal needs people face while caring for someone.

All told, this interview contains important information and resources from a woman who is truly interested in people, good at listening and easy to listen to.  THANK YOU Carla!

This interview will re-broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 24th at 9am & Friday, Feb 25th at 4pm from KWPA’s 96.9fm around central Whidbey and streamed over KWPA’s website.

A podcast of this interview will be available on the KWPA website in 3 weeks.

Carla Jolley’s Bio

Education: University of Washington, Post Masters Adult Practitioner Certificate, 1994; University of Washington, MN/Oncology Program, 1990; Oregon Health Sciences University, BSN, 1984; Oregon State University, Pre-nursing, 1982

ONS Participation (national and local):

2010–present: Team Leader: Institute for Evidenced Based Practice/Oral Chemotherapy Project

2010–present: Team Leader: ONS Foundation Pat McCue Chapter End of Life Care Nursing Career Development Award

2008–2009: Committee member: Role Delineation Study for Advanced Practice Nurse, ONCC

2005–2007: Committee member: Membership/Leadership Panel Advisory Board

2003–2004:  Participant: Leadership Development Institute

2001–2002: Committee Member: APN Retreat/Online & Educ Committee

1991–1995: Chair: Education and Program Committee for Puget Sound Oncology Society

Work-Related Skills and Leadership:

2005–present: Co-Chair: Practice Council of Nursing for Whidbey General Hospital/Using Evidence Based Practice Concepts, implement policies/procedures/education initiatives/set competencies

2002–present: Chair: Interdisciplinary Pain Committee for Whidbey General Hospital/provide leadership for infrastructure needs, organize Pain Awareness Month/address community and institutional needs

2002–present: Chair: Palliative Care Education/Training for Whidbey General Hospital/plan and oversee program/present content and mentor/support others to build internal experts

1989–present: Committee member: Cancer Committee, Whidbey General Hospital/assist with ACOS accreditation needs/participate in program planning and implementation/provide ongoing community education program

Healthcare/Cancer Organizations Experience, Other Professional Nursing Organizations/Additional experience (community, political etc.):

2007–2010: Treasurer/Central Whidbey Investment Club: Financial records and monthly reports, buying and selling stocks, filing taxes

1997–1998: Committee member/ American Nurses Credentialing Center: Role-Delineation Committee for Clinical Nurse Specialists ANCC

1995–2002: Committee member/American Nurses Credentialing Center: Test Development Committee for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Home Health Nursing

1990–2008: Relay for Life/American Cancer Society: Almost annually, participated in team and fund-raising in particular played the role of Madame Zorba

ONS member: 24 years; Special Interest Group member: 5+ years; Chapter member: 23 years

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