Continuing Education Offerings
Continuing Education classes offered for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics employees, medical staff, and the community through August 2015.
For more information, contact Tom DiDonna, R.N., MSN, D.H.Sc., and MGH&FC Director of Education, at (360) 427-3609.
"Living Well With Diabetes" Class at MGH in April
Diabetes can be effectively self-managed, and anyone with this condition can enjoy a normal, healthy lifestyle by learning how to keep their diabetes under control. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics offers a course in “Living Well With Diabetes”, and the next two-day class is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.
MGH&FC’s team of highly-trained healthcare professionals teaches the class, covering all aspects of diabetes – from its diagnosis, to managing medications, proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team. By helping people understand their diabetes and giving them the tools for self-management, it can be kept well under control to prevent complications and promote healthy living.
Family members/significant others are also invited to the classes for the ongoing support they can provide. Due to limited space, advanced registration for the class is required by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28941). Diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.
First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted By MGH&FC In February
If you have considered the value in learning some basic lifesaving skills, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering another First Aid/CPR/AED course the evening of Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.
Open to all members of the community, the four-hour class combines First Aid, CPR and AED training, and offers a course completion card at the end. A fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials. The class size is limited to 16 persons, and comfortable clothing is recommended. A Spanish interpreter can be made available on request, and early registration must be made by February 5 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.
MGH&FC's February "Living Well With Diabetes Class
Understanding diabetes and learning to self-manage this health condition is key to enjoying a healthy, normal lifestyle, free of complications. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will present a two-day class in diabetes self-management entitled “Living Well with Diabetes” on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2 and 3, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing Room at Mason General Hospital.
Highly trained health care professionals from MGH&FC’s Diabetes Wellness program teach the class, covering everything about diabetes – from diagnosis to medications, meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a health care team. Keeping diabetes well-managed and under control is possible with the information and tools provided by these experts.
Due to limited space, advance registration for the class is required. To pre-register, call Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28940 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28940). Diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.
MGH&FC Pre-Diabetes One-Year Program Begins in September
MGH&FC’s Department of Diabetes Wellness is working to reduce cases of Type II Diabetes in Mason County. As part of this effort, a new, year-long program for pre-diabetic patients is being offered, with the first class scheduled on Thursday September 10, 2015, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Pershing Room at MGH.
The program runs for a full year, meeting weekly for the first four months, then monthly for the remaining eight months. It focuses on diabetes prevention by encouraging pre-diabetic patients to be active daily, eat a healthy diet, and lose weight.
Mason County has an estimated 16,500 people with pre-diabetes, of which approximately 10,000 are 20 years of age or older and 6,500 are 65 or older. The pre-diabetes program is a proven program and in the early years after completion can lower the risk of progression to diabetes by 58 percent, and by 34 percent ten years after completion. The cost for patients is only $50 includes annual monitoring of their A1C (glucose) levels. For a referral to the class, pre-diabetic patients should contact their primary care physician.
Pre-registration for the program is required by Wednesday, September 9, by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., CDE, at (360) 427-7332.