Debra Vaughn

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.


State stings Whidbey General Hospital for nurse law violation

The state Department of Health cited Whidbey General Hospital for violating a state law designed to ensure nurses and hospitals work together to create nurse staffing plans that keep patients safe.


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.


Arsonist strikes Navy homes again; $2,000 award offered for credible tips

Someone is targeting Navy sailors and their families. An arsonist set a military apartment building ablaze Sunday less than a mile from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, damaging four apartments and leaving five families without homes.

Fireworks displays will go on in Island County, resolution urges limiting personal use to prevent fires

It’s hot and dry on Whidbey Island, so unseasonably Hades-like that the Island County fire marshal issued a countywide burn ban. But there’s one thing he can’t place an emergency ban on, no matter how extreme the weather: fireworks.

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.

Fireworks will go on as Island County leaders urge restraint, caution

It’s hot and dry on Whidbey Island, so unseasonably Hades-like that the Island County fire marshal issued a countywide burn ban.

Emergency personnel train for mega disaster

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

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.

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.

Whidbey General Hospital board candidates make one last push for votes

The race for hospital board between incumbent Georgia Gardner and hospital critic Rob Born has led to a sea of campaign signs, lively public debate and heated newspaper letters-to-the-editor.

NAS Whidbey best naval base in the world, Navy says

It’s official: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is the number one naval base in the world. The Navy recognizes the top bases in its annual Installation Excellence Awards, which compares how well each are operated and maintained. Bases compete based on factors such as unit morale, quality of life for junior enlisted sailors, property management, health, safety, and environmental conservation.

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.

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.

Washington State Patrol car collides with pickup at Oak Harbor intersection

Melissa Alexander and her 2-year-old son were doing of one his favorite activities Wednesday night — watching the traffic zoom by Highway 20 from his bedroom window. That’s when the Oak Harbor woman saw a state trooper heading north in an SUV flip on his lights and attempt to make a U-turn at the intersection of Highway 20 and Whidbey Avenue.

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.

Hospital leaders ponder steady ER visit rise

Emergency room visits are at an all-time high at Whidbey General Hospital, and officials are beginning to talk about how to handle that growth in the future.

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.

Semi-truck slides off Highway 20, driver OK

The driver of a semi-truck is OK after his rig left State Highway 20 at Dugualla Bay Farms Thursday morning.