Debra Vaughn

Sculpture removed from WhidbeyHealth entrance

An outdoor sculpture that’s greeted visitors to Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville since 1970 was demolished several weeks ago. Officials discovered the sculpture was deteriorating after reviewing a landscaping plan for the front of the hospital, which just changed its name to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center earlier this month, said George Senerth, executive director of Facilities and Plant Engineering.


WhidbeyHealth unveils new signage in Coupeville

With a few pulls on some strings, a purple sign with the new name of the hospital was revealed Monday morning in Coupeville: WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. WhidbeyHealth is now officially the umbrella name for the hospital and its services and clinics. “Health care is changing and so must we,” Chief Executive Officer Geri Forbes told a small crowd gathered for the unveiling.


Emergency personnel train for mega disaster

The Deception Pass Bridge is impassable. Ferries can’t dock. Major roads all across Whidbey Island are blocked.


Relay for Life in Oak Harbor raises more than $100k

Cancer hit Kasi Steimer like a sucker punch. The lump in her breast showed up on a routine mammogram. “I had no clue,” she said.

Disabled Oak Harbor man turns love of walking into a source of income

A day at the office for Russell Carey looks like this: He’s driven to the intersection of Whidbey Avenue and State Highway 20 in Oak Harbor. He straps on a protective helmet, slips into an orange safety vest and grabs his moneymaker, a sturdy white sign that proclaims: “Carey’s Signs. We will carry your sign!!” A caregiver holds his arm and they stroll up and down the highway. This is his Microsoft. He has a business license from the city. He pays taxes. He keeps what he earns.

Navy pilots report extensive air contamination issues

Aviators who fly the F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler are reporting problems with air contamination as well as loss of oxygen and pressurization during flight, and at least one lawmaker wants the Navy to conduct an independent review of the problem.

Jet-noise foes confront the county Board of Health — again

Activists concerned about Navy jet noise decided they weren't done grilling the Island County Board of Health. Members of the Citizens of Ebey's Reserve, or COER, returned in force for the second time Tuesday, bringing a list of actions they think the board should take and some tough words for public officials they say aren't listening to their constituents.

Whidbey General Hospital board leader to resign; commissioners to seek replacement

Anne Tarrant, who has for years sat at the helm of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District board, handed in her letter of resignation Monday citing plans to relocate.

Whidbey General name change to take effect next month

Whidbey General Hospital and its clinics will transition to WhidbeyHealth next month. A new sign will be unveiled June 13 at the hospital, which will be known as WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

Hospital to record, post board meetings online

In an effort to improve transparency and community involvement, the hospital board at Whidbey General Hospital plans to videotape and post its meetings on its website. The board also moved the public comment period toward the beginning of its agenda, so the public can comment without staying the entire meeting.

Homeless youth advocacy group to open new doors

Chris Mangar is just 18 years old, but his youth belies the insight he has gained through firsthand experience, particularly when it comes to the devastating nature of homelessness.

Whidbey General Hospital work progresses upward

The site that will become a new 60,000-square-foot wing at Whidbey General Hospital is starting to take shape.

Health care for the soul: Chaplain lending an ear

It’s Friday at Whidbey General Hospital and Dave Engle is making his rounds.

Name change may cost Whidbey General Hospital $115,000

Whidbey General Hospital spent in the ballpark of $60,000 on consultants to help conceptualize a new name and logo. Officials estimate they may spend between $90,000 to $115,000 more implementing the change, though they say they were going to spend money on signs anyway.

Navy growth to be focus of public meeting in Freeland

Tom Ewell said he wants to de-escalate confrontations and find middle ground, and he thinks he might be able to do some good when it comes to a discussion about Navy growth.

Raises, improved leave included in Whidbey hospital, nurses contract; vote coming

Whidbey General Hospital and the nurses’s union reached a tentative contract agreement this week, potentially ending nearly a year of negotiations.

Nurses’ contract in place with Whidbey hospital district

Whidbey General Hospital and the nurses’s union reached a tentative contract agreement Monday night, potentially ending nearly a year of negotiations.

WhidbeyHealth hospital expansion on time and on budget, officials say

The land south of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center is full of bare soil and busy construction workers.

Whidbey General Hospital no more; board approves new name

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners voted unanimously Monday to move forward with a plan to rebrand the hospital and its clinics under the umbrella name WhidbeyHealth.

Lawmakers speak at League of Women Voters’ annual brunch

State Rep. Dave Hayes would like to see more transparency in campaign finance. Rep. Norma Smith wants more “honest” renewable energy policies that don’t rely on China and leave “a legacy of destruction in someone else’s backyard.”