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Dr. Sullivan to speak at OMF

April 17, 2013 · 1:22 PM

The guest speaker is Michael Sullivan, MD. / Contributed photo

Orcas Medical Foundation invites “anyone interested in health care on Orcas Island” to its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Madrona Room at Orcas Center.

“Members and non-members alike are welcome,” said OMF Board President Norm Zimlich.

OMF is the non-profit organization that owns the Orcas Medical Center building. The OMF organization was founded 57 years ago. Tony Giefer, MD, Master of Public Health is medical director of the OMC practice, which is managed by Island Hospital of Anacortes.

On April 23, a brief business meeting and announcement of new board members will be followed by a guest speaker, discussion and light refreshments.

This year’s guest speaker is Michael Sullivan, MD, Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Sullivan is the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Medical Director and San Juan County Medical Program Director. His topic will be “A View from Inside EMS on Orcas Island.”

According to protocol, when paramedics or emergency medical technicians from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue respond to a 911 call and need to transfer a patient for medical treatment, they contact Sullivan, their medical director.

Sullivan is also San Juan County Medical Program Director and Medical Director for San Juan Island EMS/Island Air Ambulance. An emergency physician, lecturer and mentor, he is emergency medicine department chair of the new Peace Island Medical Center and makes his home on San Juan Island with his wife Ashley.

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