End of Life Washington provides free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death. They encourage advance planning and set a new standard in Washington for advance planning documents with our End of Life Washington Advance Directive. They promote the use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for those with serious illnesses. We provide these and many other documents at no cost.
In 2014 WAHA convened a Task Force composed of experts and community leaders who were asked what it would take to transform Whatcom County into a center of end-of-life excellence. Focusing on advance care planning, palliative care, clinician training, financial sustainability, and community culture, the Task Force drafted a Blueprint to kick-start the vision; moving toward a community-wide system of services designed to be the best in America.
As an association of county governments, the Northwest Regional Council (NWRC) has been serving people of Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties since 1971. NWRC implements state and federal programs for seniors and people who need long-term care. These supportive services are referred to as community-based care. Some of the community-based care programs we fund are Senior Information & Assistance, Congregate Meals, Meals on Wheels, Respite Care, Adult Day Services, Case Management and Family Caregiver Support.
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In Bellingham they operate St. Joseph's Medical Center, as well as several outpatient wellness and surgery centers.
Through their website, patients can find more information on caregivers and locations.
More than 11,000 members strong, the Washington State Medical Association is the largest medical professional association in Washington, representing physicians, residents, medical students and physician assistants from nearly all specialties and practice settings throughout the state. The WSMA is the only professional organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians in the state.
The WSMA is part of a federation of county and state medical societies and the American Medical Association.
Washington Osteopathic Medical Association, has represented Washington State D.O.’s since 1901. It represents and speaks for the osteopathic profession in Washington. The purpose of the Association is to promote the Osteopathic Medical Profession to its members and to the public, and to support access to high quality, cost-effective healthcare for all Washington.
Working together through committees, we form a network of voluntary efforts in all phases of health care. Joining together through committees, we represent an expanse of knowledge and ideas as broad as those of our combined membership and as diversified as the many specialties we represent.
Western Washington University's Career Services Center helps Western students relate their academic decisions to career goals, gain career-related experience, learn effective job search strategies and transition successfully to graduate/professional education or career employment after completing their studies at Western.