NOHN News

Protect Yourself from the Flu

Protect Yourself from the Flu

Flu shots are now available at our clinics for patients ages 6 months and older. We also offer the option of high dose flu shots for patients ages 65 and older. Please talk to your care team about getting a flu shot at your or your child's next visit to protect against seasonal influenza. It is especially important for patients at high risk for flu complications including adults with chronic health conditions and pregnant women.

If you don't have an upcoming appointment, please schedule a flu shot at one of our Flu Shot Clinics on Saturdays in October from 8:30am to 12:00pm by calling (360) 452-7891.


NOHN Board Recognizes CEO Michael Maxwell, MD

NOHN Board Recognizes CEO Michael Maxwell, MD

The North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) Board of Directors recognized CEO Michael Maxwell, MD, at a recent meeting, presenting him with an award in appreciation of his 30 years of medical practice in Port Angeles, as well as his leadership at NOHN and in the community. Maxwell recently stepped away from his clinical practice to focus on his responsibilities as CEO.

“The board wanted to recognize Dr. Maxwell’s contributions as he marked the end of his clinical practice. For a dedicated physician like Mike, this step represents an incredible sacrifice on his part on behalf of the patients at NOHN and for our community,” said Board President Catharine Copass. “We hope he continues to get personal satisfaction from the direct and daily improvements in the lives of so many due to his leadership of NOHN, and passion for delivering the highest quality medical care to all who call NOHN their medical home.”

“The currents have certainly taken my medical career in unexpected directions, and I deeply miss the patients that I was honored to serve for so long,” said Maxwell. “However, it has been immensely gratifying to see the greatly improved access to high quality healthcare that I’ve been privileged to facilitate through leadership work at NOHN. I am grateful to the board for their support during this transition.”

Maxwell was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency through the University of Washington in Spokane. He began his career in 1991 as a partner in Family Medicine of Port Angeles (FMPA). Over the 30 years since, he served as the Primary Care Physician for more than 2,500 patients, and included high-risk OB for 25 of those years, delivering nearly 1,000 babies.

Maxwell was instrumental in FMPA’s transformation to a community health center model in 2016 and was selected as Chief Executive Officer for the newly renamed North Olympic Healthcare Network shortly thereafter. Under Maxwell’s leadership, NOHN has opened two additional sites in recent years, allowing it to expand access to primary care, behavioral health services and dental care for more than 9,500 new patients. In response to the continued growth in community needs, the organization will launch a mobile health clinic in the fall of this year and will soon begin renovation work on another clinic site scheduled to open in 2022.


Contacting Us Has Never Been Easier

Contacting Us Has Never Been Easier

In our commitment to improving patient access and convenience, we’ve expanded our contact methods for appointment requests and reminders, scheduling changes and general (non-medical) questions. You may now either call or text our Patient Service Representatives at (360) 452-7891. You may also receive text-based notifications from us regarding your care.

Please note, we are not able to process requests to become a new patient via text. To establish care with a NOHN provider, please complete and submit the Request to Become a New Patient form.


Celebrating National Health Center Week

Celebrating National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week (August 8-14, 2021) is an annual celebration that aims to raise awareness about the missions and achievements of community health centers. This year’s theme is The Chemistry for Strong Communities.

At North Olympic Healthcare Network, our mission is to provide patient-centered, quality-driven, whole-person healthcare services, accessible to everyone in our community. We're proud to be among the 1,400 federally supported health centers nationwide providing high-quality, comprehensive, coordinated care accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

To learn more, please visit our Open House this Friday, August 13! Our Outreach & Navigation team will be at our Expanded Services Building, 933 E. First Street in Port Angeles, to share information on our services and programs.


Grant Partnership with United Health Foundation

Grant Partnership with United Health Foundation

To help create more resources for behavioral health care in our community, the United Health Foundation established a $3.3 million grant partnership with North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN). Over three years, the grant will help deploy school- and community-based interventions to extend care for the health and well-being of children and their families in the Port Angeles area.

“We are excited by this opportunity to leverage community collaborations and innovative mobile delivery models to bring much needed behavioral and primary care services to those in greatest need, wherever they are," said NOHN CEO Michael Maxwell, MD. "This impactful grant funding and partnership with the United Health Foundation will help us address critical behavioral health needs in our students earlier and with fewer barriers, while also supporting community outreach to adults who are struggling with behavioral and chronic medical conditions.”

NOHN will provide behavioral health and primary care services to K-12 students via a mobile medical unit and offer behavioral health education to students and parents. The partnership is expected to drive a tenfold increase in the number of students accessing behavioral health services and reduce the stigma about behavioral health among children and families.

Additionally, NOHN will expand the Port Angeles Community Paramedicine program to support individuals who frequently use the local emergency department (ED) for nonemergency behavioral health or substance misuse issues, and connect them to more personalized resources.


NOHN Welcomes New Resident Physicians

NOHN Welcomes New Resident Physicians

We are pleased to welcome second-year resident physicians Nicole Jeffery, MD (left), and Caroline Jolley, MD (right), to our team of providers. Dr. Jeffery grew up in Utqiagvik, Alaska, and received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Jolley hails from the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, and received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jeffery and Dr. Jolley join NOHN after completing their first year of residency at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle. Rural Training Track (RTT) residents like Jeffery and Jolley receive their first year of training at Swedish Cherry Hill, and their second and third years of training in Port Angeles, continuing inpatient training at Olympic Medical Center, and medical specialty rotations with Olympic Medical Physicians. NOHN provides the resident physicians their home continuity ambulatory care clinic.

Resident physicians provide a full spectrum of care – from childbirth to chronic conditions – and are supervised by board-certified physicians at NOHN. The resident and the supervising physician conduct a thorough review of each patient’s health concerns.

“I chose the Rural Training Track because the medical decision-making that you learn in a rural location is very unique compared to an urban location,” said Jeffery. “My plan has always been to go back to a rural location in the future, and I wanted to be sure and get that training during residency.”

“I knew the Rural Training Track would provide top-notch education along with specialized training for how to practice medicine in a rural area.” said Jolley. “I lived in a rural town in Wyoming for almost five years before my career path led me to medical school, so I know on a personal level how important it is to be able to get excellent medical care locally, even in a small community.”


Protect Your Family and Friends

Protect Your Family and Friends

Fighting the pandemic has been hard, but now we have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19, and all Washington residents ages 12 and older are eligible.

We are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations for our patients during regularly scheduled appointments. Vaccinations are also available at many local pharmacies. Please visit vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov to find a location near you.

Please note, masks are still required at our clinics. NOHN patients and visitors are asked to bring and wear their own face masks. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.


Are You Ready to Quit?

Are You Ready to Quit?

The Well NOHN Tobacco Cessation Program provides the resources and support patients need to reduce their dependence on nicotine, manage withdrawal symptoms, break old habits, and build motivation to live a tobacco-free life.

The program is led by our behavioral health and pharmacy teams using an integrated approach that combines cognitive and behavioral therapy with customized prescription and over-the-counter medication plans. Many insurance companies provide full or partial coverage for tobacco cessation programs.

Click here for details or call (360) 452-7891 x2894.


Sliding Fee Program and Prescription Assistance

Sliding Fee Program and Prescription Assistance

North Olympic Healthcare Network serves all patients regardless of their ability to pay. We offer a Sliding Fee Program with discounts on medical, dental and behavioral health services for uninsured and under-insured patients that meet federal eligibility guidelines based on household income and family size.

Sliding Fee Program participants may also be eligible for prescription discounts at Walgreens, our designated discount pharmacy.

Please click here for more information.


NOHN Welcomes Maria Melvin, ARNP

NOHN Welcomes Maria Melvin, ARNP

We are pleased to welcome Maria Melvin, ARNP, to our primary care provider team. Maria hails from Port Angeles and started her medical career as an EKG Technician at Olympic Medical Center. She went on to earn her degree in nursing from Peninsula College in 2012. Most recently, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Gonzaga University, focusing on Family Medicine.

“I chose to practice primary care here at NOHN because it allows me the opportunity to see patients of all ages and address the whole person,” said Melvin. “My focus is on providing holistic patient care with a focus on the prevention of chronic disease.”

“We’re excited to have Maria join the team officially,” said CEO Mike Maxwell, MD. “During her two clinical rotations with us over the past year, she demonstrated a true commitment to our mission of providing patient-centered, quality-driven, whole-person healthcare services to everyone in our community.”

Those interested in establishing care at NOHN may visit our provider page for a list of providers who are currently accepting new patients. After choosing a provider, patients may call (360) 452-7891 for assistance in beginning the new patient intake process. Due to the unusually high volume of new patient requests, there may be a delay in processing your request.


American Heart Association Recognizes NOHN with Dual Awards

American Heart Association Recognizes NOHN with Dual Awards

For our commitment to improving care and reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association has recognized North Olympic Healthcare Network as a GOLD achievement award recipient in both blood pressure control (www.targetbp.org, in association with the American Medical Association) and diabetes management (www.KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org/quality).

High blood pressure and diabetes are two major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These awards acknowledge our success in inspiring a significant number of NOHN patients to lower their risk of heart disease through blood pressure control and diabetes management.


A Message from CEO Michael Maxwell, MD

Dear NOHN Patients and Community Members,

As you have likely been reading in the media, COVID-19 cases are dramatically rising around the country, in both Eastern and Western Washington, and in our community. We are seeing daily new case counts at their highest rates since the pandemic began with increased infections across all age groups. Hospitalizations across the state for COVID-19 illness are greater than they were with the initial surge. This trend is particularly alarming since we have not yet entered the holiday season when experts predict potentially greater transmission risk if people choose to gather for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. Read more...

 


October 21 is National Medical Assistant Day

October 21 is National Medical Assistant Day

Wednesday, October 21 is National Medical Assistant Day. Medical Assistants (MAs) play an important role in clinic operations and are a vital part of the health care team. Please join us in recognizing our caring, dedicated, hard-working and overall amazing group of MAs and thanking them for all they do!

Pictured from left, front row: Ginny Meyer, MA-C, Kristi Pauly, MA-C, Shaina Gonazales, MA-C, Corenna Klimp, MA-C, Alyssa Hutto, MA-C, and Stephanie Allen, MA-C.
Back row: Tammy Hartley, MA, Josh Dalrymple, MA-C, Daren Strasbaugh, MA-C, Becky Long, MA, Autumn Naber, MA-C, Alicen Egnew, MA-C, and Kimberly Olatawura, MA-C.
Not pictured: Julie Hayduk, MA-C, Ian Nelson, MA-C, Misti Reed, MA-C, and Heather Persong, MA-C.


Same-Day Services

Same-Day Services

Same-day services for our established patients ages 3 months and older are now available at both of our locations!

Downtown Health Clinic
240 W. Front Street

Expanded Services Building
933 E. First Street

No appointment necessary. Click here for more information.


Masking Update

Masking Update

For the health and safety of our patients and staff, North Olympic Healthcare Network is joining businesses statewide in following the face covering mandate recently ordered by Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wieseman. Effective Friday, June 26, NOHN patients are strongly encouraged to bring and wear their own face masks. Wearing a mask is one of the most effective things you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

In addition to masking, we continue to employ other safety measures including universal screening before entering buildings, reconfiguration of waiting and check-in areas to comply with distancing recommendations, and enhanced disinfection protocols.

Please note that there are exceptions to the face covering mandate, including children younger than five years old and people with certain disabilities or health conditions. We will continue to offer additional appointment options such as car and telehealth visits for the convenience of our patients. Please call (360) 452-7891 to make arrangements as appropriate.

Visit Washington State's Coronavirus Response site for more information on masking.


Pt Angeles School District Vaccination Requirements!

Pt Angeles School District Vaccination Requirements!

Beginning this year, Middle School and High School students will need the following vaccinations. The School District is allowing NO exceptions!!

TO AVOID A LAST MINUTE RUSH IN SEPTEMBER, MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW FOR THESE VACCINATIONS:

Students entering the 7th grade this Autumn will need to have had TDAP on or since the age of 10.

Students entering 8th through 12th grades this Autumn will need to have had TDAP on or since the age of 7.


Our Dental Clinic Has Re-Opened!

Published on May 19, 2020 - Updated on November 30, -0001
Our Dental Clinic Has Re-Opened!

We missed you during the COVID-19 closure of dental clinics throughout the State! We are open again as of Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.

Please click here to read all the details about our re-opening, especially the steps we're taking to keep us all safe and healthy.

OUR DENTAL CLINIC HAS A NEW PHONE NUMBER: 360/912-6759. Call us for an appointment; we look forward to seeing you soon!


We're Here for You! Especially Now.

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You may have lost your health insurance due to job loss or financial stress. But we provide care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.  You have options!

We offer a Sliding Fee Program (click here for all the details), Our Navigator can help you determine if you are eligible for free health insurance, and we offer payment plans.

Bottom line, no one needs to go without health care, even now. Welcome:Everyone.


In these challenging times, take good care: if you're feeling overwhelmed by the Coronavirus pandemic, we're here for you.

In these challenging times, take good care: if you

Make an appointment with one of our therapists by calling 360/452-7891.


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