MGH&FC August Employee of the Month
Craig Tavis, B.C.P.S., pharmacist, was recently selected by his peers at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics to be “Employee of the Month” for August. He began working at MGH&FC in November of 2011. Upon graduating from Washington State University College of Pharmacy in 1994, he went to work for his family’s pharmacy for 15 years. When it sold, he worked in the private sector as a pharmacist before coming to MGH&FC. “I had interned at Mason General in my second year of pharmacy school,” said Craig. “So when the position opened up here, I was excited to be able to come back.”
Craig’s nominator stated, “Craig stands out as one of the best employees. He is always helpful and willing to engage with staff, and takes the time to understand what patients, staff and providers need in order to work toward a solution for everyone. Craig brings a lot of humor and positive energy, and it is always a pleasure to work with him.”
Recently Craig became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). “It was an intense two-year study,” commented Craig. He went on to explain how pharmacotherapy is that area of pharmacy practice responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. As a pharmacotherapy specialist, he has a responsibility for direct patient care, often functioning as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and is frequently the primary source of drug information for other health care professionals.
“I love working here, as this is a progressive organization that plays an important role in health care,” said Craig. “I work with a great group of people who are very professional and always striving to do a better job.”
Craig and his wife, Jenny, who is also a pharmacist, have two children – a daughter 10 years of age and a 14 year-old son. They are expecting their third child in late August. When not engaged in his work or family activities, Craig loves to go rock climbing, fishing, and boating.
Mason General Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Ou Now Board-Certified
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics recently announced the board certification of Orthopedic Surgeon Stephen Ou, D.O. Board certification in Orthopedic surgery requires that a candidate complete a multi-stage process including an accredited residency, a written examination (Part I), a period of 20 months in practice, a peer review, and an oral examination based on the candidate's own practice (Part II). A surgeon who has passed the Part I written examination and is practicing while awaiting admission to Part II is deemed “Board Eligible”.
Dr. Ou joined the medical staff at MGH Shelton Orthopedics and Mason General Hospital in 2011. He specializes in general community orthopedics, fracture care, and arthroscopic surgeries and joint replacement of the shoulder, hip and knee. An active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr. Ou has a Fellowship in Sports Medicine from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and is now board-certified in orthopedic surgery.
MGH&FC Hosts Free "Women's Health Event" in October
Mammograms help saves lives. And so does early detection of high blood pressure and blood sugars. And since October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is inviting all women in the community to a free Women’s Health Event on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Main (south) Entrance of Mason General Hospital.
Join the fun and “take control of your life” as MGH&FC health care professionals offer valuable health guidelines to all women on good nutrition, heart health, diabetes awareness, and more – plus information on the HPV vaccine that prevents most cases of cervical cancer. There will also be free blood pressure screening and diabetes testing, healthy refreshments served, and mini massages.
In addition, the first 50 women, aged 40 to 65, who are uninsured or underinsured for mammograms will receive a free digital mammogram screening. The free screenings are funded by the Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund; the Washington Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program; and Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Puget Sound.
For more information on the Women’s Health Event, call Karry at (360) 432-7706 (for information in Spanish, call Susana at (360) 432-7766). Anyone unable to attend but would like help finding a health plan can call Susana Lopez at (360) 432-7766, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted by MGH&FC in September
Learn the basic skills to assist in a medical emergency and you could save a life! The next First Aid/CPR/AED course hosted by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will be held on Thursday evening, September 3, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.
Combining First Aid, CPR, and AED training in a four-hour course, the class is open to anyone in the community and provides a “course completion card” at the end. A non-refundable fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials, and a Spanish interpreter can be assigned, if needed. Class size is limited to 16 persons and comfortable clothing is recommended. Early registration must be made by August 25 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.
"Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease" - September Topic for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting
Fatty liver disease has most often been associated with alcohol addiction, but did you know that it also a risk factor for those with diabetes? “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” will be the subject for discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Room at Mason General Hospital.
KC Graham, PA-C, from MGH Olympic Physicians, will present the class, explaining what non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is, how it is treated, and what contributes to the disease – the incidence of which has doubled over the past 20 years! Family members or significant others are also invited to attend, as their understanding is important in helping a loved one manage diabetes.
The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E., at (360) 427-7332.
"Denim & Diamonds" Fundraising Event for Breast/Cervical Cancer in October
The 12th annual “Denim & Diamonds” fundraising event presented by the Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund (KHB&CCF), a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, will be held at the exquisite Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Union, on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 4 p.m.
In partnership with Alderbrook Resort & Spa, KHB&CCF will host an evening of fun, food, and entertainment that includes a dinner by Chef Josh Delgado, wine and beer, and a “Live, Silent and Dessert Auctions” in the prestigious Grand Ballroom at the Alderbrook.
Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds to benefit women in the community needing assistance in paying for their diagnoses and treatment of breast and cervical cancers. Dress is casual, with denim and diamonds optional. Reservations are required by Saturday, October 18 by calling (360) 427-3623 for tickets.
For more information on the KHB&CC Fund, go online to www.MasonGeneral.com/hilburn.
Cancer Support Group to Meet
The third Monday of each month is the date for Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ monthly “Cancer Support Group”. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.
The Cancer Support Group is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.
MGH&FC's Next "Living Well With Diabetes" Class Set for September
Diabetes doesn’t just affect the person with the condition – it also affects those close to them. With that in mind, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics encourages a family member or friend to attend, along with their loved one who has diabetes, the next “Living Well with Diabetes” two- day morning class on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15 and 16, 2015 in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The assistance of loved ones is essential in learning to effectively self-manage the condition and keep it under control for normal, healthy living.
MGH&FC’s team of highly-trained health care 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 health care 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.
Due to limited space, advance registration for the class is required, by calling 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 Receives "Most Wired" Hospital Award for Eighth Year
It is beginning to be a habit. For the eighth consecutive year, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has received the prestigious, “Most Wired” Hospital award, this year competing with more than 2,000 hospitals surveyed across the nation in information systems capability. The Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired Survey identified MGH&FC as one of the top hospitals in the country that were given this designation. The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually and publishes its findings and the names of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems in H&HN magazine, a publication of the Journal of the American Hospital Association.
MGH&FC first received the “Most Wired”- Rural Hospital award in 2008 and 2009, and then in 2010 it was reclassified to be included in not just rural, but all hospitals, nationwide. Every year since then ‒ 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 ‒ MGH&FC has received the Most Wired Hospital award for information technology (IT) that implements systems to ensure quality and improve efficiency in the delivery of patient care.
The Most Wired Hospital award is based on four categories: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. It also focuses on how hospitals use information technologies for quality of care, customer service, public health and safety, business processes, and workforce issues. Most Wired hospitals have better drug formulary checks and drug interaction alerts than hospitals in general, and are better prepared for security breaches, employing more tools to protect patient data. They monitor their IT performance more closely, and monitor their health system’s overall performance more thoroughly, as well as engaging more patients online in social media sites.
“Maintaining a leadership position in health care technology is not easy. We are fortunate to have a culture of resiliency and adaptability to change allowing us to leverage technology to evolve our workflows. This award in technology is really an acknowledgement to our exceptional people,” said Eric Moll, MGH&FC’s CEO.
Cancer Support Group to Meet in August
Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics host a monthly Cancer Support Group on the 3rd Monday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance. “We know how lonely it can be to go through the treatment of cancer and we want to be there for people at this time,” said Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC, MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator.
The Cancer Support Group is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling Karry at (360) 432-7706.
MGH&FC July Employee of the Month
Karen Day, pharmacy technician, was recently selected by her peers at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics to be “Employee of the Month” for July. This is the second time Karen has received this prestigious award; the last time was in 1998.
Karen has worked in MGH&FC’s Pharmacy department since 1996. “I enjoy how engaging everyone is. We all work so well together – putting the patient first,” said Karen after receiving her award. She admits that there have been a lot of changes in her department over the years, many due to the advancing technologies in patient care. “Everything is so computerized,” she said. Because of MGH&FC’s forward thinking and implementation of new technology, it has earned a national recognition as a “Most Wired Hospital” for the past eight years.
Karen was nominated by four fellow employees who jointly commented, “Karen comes to work with a positive attitude every day. She will try her best to answer any questions, and she always puts the patients first. She juggles many responsibilities and is a great leader who takes the initiative to help her co-workers succeed. Karen is an inspiring and kind-hearted human being.”
When not working, Karen enjoys camping, reading, being with friends, and spending time with her black Labrador Retriever. She also makes it a point to take a trip somewhere different every year.
MGH&FC June Employee of the Month
JoVanna Eisenbarth, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), was selected by her peers to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinic’s June “Employee of the Month.” JoVanna has been with MGH&FC for the past two years after working all over the country – Los Angeles, Miami, and parts of the Midwest – before coming to Shelton. “We were traveling everywhere looking for a place to call home and we found it here,” JoVanna said. After growing up in Alaska, JoVanna received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii, Hilo, and her Master of Science in Anesthesiology from Barry University, Florida. She and her husband, Carsten, and two young sons were looking for a friendly community and a place where they could enjoy the outdoors. “We love it here, as there are so many things to do,” said the kayaker and golfer. “There’s never a shortage of outdoor activities.”
JoVanna described how friendly and cooperative she found the staff at MGH&FC on her interview. “I could tell they love their jobs,” she said. “I have worked in many major medical facilities and I just love how team-oriented the people are here and how well they work together. I have never had this experience before.”
JoVanna’s nominator went on to say, “She is very motivated, has a great work ethic and is quick to develop trusting relationships with her patients. JoVanna is highly regarded by our surgical teams and has shown to be prompt and effective when critical situations arise. In addition, she has a wonderful sense of humor and positive attitude.”
Cancer Support Group Gives Hope
Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics understand how hard it is to go through cancer treatment alone. With that in mind they are now hosting a monthly Cancer Support Group which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday June 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.
The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.
MGH&FC's Walk-In Clinic Now Open
When you need prompt medical attention for a non-life-threatening medical condition, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics now has a team of health care providers available at its newly-opened “Walk-in Clinic”.
The Clinic, which opened in early May, is staffed by a team of qualified health care providers and welcomes both current and new patients on a drop-in basis. Located next door to Shelton Family Medicine at 939 Mountain View Drive, the Clinic is open six days a week – Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on Sundays). For more information on this new service, contact the Walk-In Clinic at (360) 432-3298.
In order to provide you with medical treatment in the most appropriate care setting, it is important to follow these guidelines:
Non-Emergency Medical Conditions
For a non-emergency medical condition, start by contacting your primary care physician’s office for an appointment. If your regular physician or health care provider is not available when you need to be seen, MGH&FC’s Walk-In Clinic can provide care for a non-life-threatening illness or minor injury. Types of non-emergency services provided may include treatment for common illnesses such as colds, flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever and rashes. The Clinic will also treat minor injuries such as sprains, strains, minor cuts and other minor injuries.
Emergent or Life-Threatening Conditions
In the case of a serious or life-threatening illness or injury that requires immediate attention, go directly to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.
MGH&FC May Employee of the Month
When Mozell Snider, mammographer and CT/x-ray technologist, was recently named MGH&FC “Employee of the Month” for the second time in her career, it was unknown to many that she comes from a family of radiology technologists. “My mom (Barb Putvin), now retired from MGH&FC, had this same job,” said Mozell. “And my brother is an x-ray technologist, too.” Mozell has worked at MGH&FC for the past 25 years and loves what she does. “I enjoy taking care of my community and helping people get through their situations. The older I get, the more I value helping people in the community.”
Mozell’s nominator summed her up by saying, “She continues to go above and beyond expectation to help improve patient care. Mozell is always quick to step in and help wherever needed. She offers ideas for improvement, is committed to our community, and strives to make MGH&FC a better place for patient care.”
The mother of two very active and accomplished college-age daughters, Mozell stays busy with their activities. Her older daughter, Paige has cheerleading duties at the University of Washington, Seattle; and her younger daughter; Beth is an equestrian and will be pursuing the title of Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo this September at the Rodeo Finals to be held in Prineville, Oregon. “They really keep me involved in their activities,” said Mozell. Between helping Beth out at their mini-farm and attending UW sporting events to watch Paige in action, Mozell and her husband, Steve, are very busy parents. In addition to this, Mozell is very active in her local church, Mt Olive Lutheran.
Recently, Mozell had major back surgery, putting ‘on hold’ her personal activities of working out at the gym and being a class instructor until she makes a full recovery. “I am hoping to get back to the gym very soon,” she declared.
MGH&FC April Employee of the Month
Jessica Olivas, a Patient Accounts representative at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’s “Employee of the Month” for April. Jessica joined the Patient Accounts staff at the beginning of March, coming from MGH Olympic Physicians where she worked as a receptionist.
“Jessica sets the standard as an amazing role model. She is hard-working, but makes the office a fun place to be. She is dedicated to her position and loyal to her co-workers,” said her nominator. Jessica began working for Olympic Physicians in 2013, before the clinic joined the MGH&FC health system. In March 2015 she moved to the Patient Accounts department at MGH.
“I love my job because I get to help people,” said Jessica. “I especially like helping the Hispanic community as I am bi-lingual and able to answer their questions and help them understand their invoices.” Jessica is working on becoming a certified medical Spanish interpreter. “I have passed the written exam and am now getting ready for the oral,” she added.
Jessica and her husband, Michael, have one daughter, Violet. They moved to the Shelton area five years ago. “And I love it here,” she said. When she isn’t working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family.
MGH&FC Cancer Support Group Offers Help at Monthly Meetings
The word “cancer” can come as a shock to a person and their family. Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics understand this, and have a Cancer Support Group that wants patients to know they “don’t have go it alone”. The next monthly Cancer Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday April 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.
The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.
"You Are Not Alone"
MGH&FC Cancer Support Group Meets Monthly
Harmony Hill and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics want all cancer patients to know they ‘don’t have go it alone’. A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event, and having a support group to help you understand and cope emotionally makes all the difference in the world. This monthly Support Group invites anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers.
The March Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday March 30, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M) at (360) 432-7706.
The Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month, except for the upcoming March and February sessions, which have been re-scheduled to the last Monday of those months. All meetings are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pershing Room and will be facilitated by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill.
MGH&FC February Employee of the Month
Jennifer L. Anderson, R.N., manager of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Ambulatory Care, was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’s “Employee of the Month” for February.
“Jennifer has a challenging job that pulls her in many directions throughout the day,” said Jennifer’s nominator. “She not only juggles many tasks, but she does so efficiently, effectively and with a smile. Never appearing overwhelmed, Jennifer always has time for people and is a good listener who makes you feel that your input is valuable. She is always striving for teamwork and excellence in patient care.”
Jennifer has been at MGH&FC for four years and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Her husband Robert also works for MGH&FC as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. They have an adult son.
Jennifer oversees 21 staff members as manager of Ambulatory Care. Her scope of work includes supervising the staff that prepares patients for surgery with pre-admit and preoperative care. After surgery, her team handles recovery and post-operative care. In addition to this, Jennifer oversees wound care and out-patient procedures such as colonoscopies.
“I love my job,” Jennifer said, after receiving her award. “I enjoy the many patients, visitors and staff I come into contact with. Our hospital is a very good place to work with a strong ‘community feel’ and a collaborative work environment. With a great sense of comradery among the staff, we can always rely on one another to help when needed. I have worked in many larger hospitals, but none have the same ‘team’ feeling.”
When not working, Jennifer enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, sailing, scuba diving and gardening.
2015 Medical Officers Elected - Chiefs of Service Appointed
The staff of more than 100 physicians – active, courtesy, and consulting – with privileges at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics recently elected its medical officers and appointed its Chiefs of Service for 2015.
The officers include : Chief of Staff, Michael Keep, M.D., board-certified in Family Practice; Assistant Chief of Staff, John E. Clayton, D.O., board-certified in General Surgery, and past Chief of Staff, Dean E. Gushee, M.D., board-certified in Emergency Medicine.
The 2015 Clinical Chiefs of Service unit heads are: Anesthesia – Deborah A. Hartley, CRNA; Medicine – Mark L. Schlauderaff, M.D.; Emergency Services – Joseph R. Hoffman, M.D.; Infant and Children’s Services – Rose Ann Rayos, M.D.; Laboratory Services – J. Michael Odell, M.D.; Nutritional Services – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Obstetrics – Alford N. Vassall, M.D.; Respiratory Therapy – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Surgery – Stephen Ou, D.O.; and Radiology – Kevin J. Roscoe, M.D.
MGH&FC Elects Officers for 2015 Hospital Board of Commissioners
Public Hospital District No.1, the governing body of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics – MGH Ankle & Foot, MGH Eye Clinic, MGH Family Health, MGH Hoodsport Family Clinic, MGH Mountain View Women’s Health, MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics, MGH Olympic Physicians, MGH Shelton Family Medicine, MGH Shelton Orthopedics, and MGH Surgery Clinic recently announced its officers on the Board of Commissioners for 2015.
Nancy Trucksess, Shelton, was elected president of the three-person board; Scott Hilburn, Shelton, is secretary; and Don Wilson, Potlatch, is a trustee. The Board of Commissioners meets at 8 a.m. in the Ellinor Room at Mason General Hospital every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except holidays).
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Joins Innovative Patient Care Consortium
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has announced that it has joined an innovative program intended to help members of our community stay well, and navigate the complexity of our healthcare system when services are needed. The new program is called the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium that, as the name states, is tailored especially for rural areas like Mason County.
Eric Moll, states “We are very excited to work with our medical community to assist our most vulnerable senior citizens seek care when they need it as well as maintain them in their homes whenever possible. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will be hiring a Care Coordinator to work closely with doctors and community resources to assist these citizens to stay healthy, secure care when needed, and avoid repetitive tests. In general, we will help them navigate the complex healthcare system.”
The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium creates “collaborative” ACOs in rural areas. This permits several healthcare organizations to combine to satisfy the minimum 5000 beneficiary requirement for an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The innovative model permits small rural facilities a cost-effective and practical way to participate in the ACO model, which will position the healthcare system for sustainability into the future. The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium’s participants include a diverse cross-section of healthcare providers across the country. These include Rural and Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and independent physician practices.
The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium has grown from nine communities in three states in 2014, to 30+ communities in nine states in 2015, including Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, a participant in the Northwest Rural ACO.
"Eric Moll, the CEO of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics," said Lynn Barr, National Rural Accountable Care Consortium founder, “has demonstrated true community leadership in embracing this new approach to healthcare delivery.”
Program activities include training Care Coordinators to provide additional services to the most vulnerable patients, promotion of population health and wellness, and improving quality, customer service, and patient satisfaction.
If you are a Medicare patient, you may hear from your primary care provider, in order to schedule a free Annual Wellness Visit (no copay), or you may receive a notice in the mail. For more information please contact Jennifer Capps, (360) 427-3622, email@example.com.
Additional information about the Medicare Shared Savings Program is available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/
January Employee of the Month
Lulu Hernandez, a registration specialist at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’S “Employee of the Month” for January. This is the second time Lulu has received the prestigious honor, the first time being in 2003.
“I love what I do,” she said, after receiving the award. “My main priorities and focus have been to make a difference in our community by going the extra mile in serving our patients, visitors, and my fellow co-workers in giving them the best service our top-rated hospital has to offer.”
Lulu, a native of Texas, has worked at MGH&FC for the past 15 years in the Hospital’s Registration Department. “The staff I work with is wonderful; we are like a close family. I am so grateful to them for this honor,” she added.
Lulu’s nominator stated, “Many of Lulu’s patients and co-workers have made it a point to tell me that Lulu goes out of her way to assist them. I have received several comment cards from patients indicating that Lulu is extremely pleasant and helpful. One gentleman who was having a very stressful day took the time to tell me how calm and professional Lulu was while registering him and how she took the time to help him to better understand all of his options. Lulu is always going the extra mile, providing her customers service at a level we want all of our patients to experience here.”
Lulu and her husband of 27 years, Javier, have three adult children and one fifteen year-old. “My husband is so wonderful and supportive of me,” Lulu said. “I couldn’t ask for anyone better.”
Hospital and Local Area Offer a Wide Range of Community Support Groups
Joining a support or service group can be a very empowering way to deal with a chronic condition, help you through a difficult time, and meet people with similar challenges. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics extends its outreach by offering and endorsing community support groups that meet regularly at the Hospital and in surrounding areas.
Support and Service Groups meeting on a regular basis at Mason General Hospital include: MGHF Auxiliary, which meets the second Monday of each month at 12 p.m. in the Ellinor Room – contact Connie at (360) 426-4070. MGH&FC Cancer Support Group, open to anyone affected by cancer, including caregivers, meets every third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p. in the Pershing Room – contact Karry at (360) 432-7706. MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group meets the third Thursday of the month (except July and August) from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Room – contact Sue at (360) 427-7332. Narcotics Anonymous meets every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. – call (360) 754-4433 for more information. Overeaters Anonymous meets every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at MGH, and every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Saint David’s Church, 324 W. Cedar Street in Shelton – call Lori at (360) 970-8249 for more information. Prostate Cancer Awareness & Support Group for Men and Significant Others meets the last Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at MGH, and every second Tuesday of the month at Olympic Bakery, Spencer Lake in Shelton from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (except on Holiday weekends) – contact Bill at (360) 426-2486 for further information.
Additional local area Support Groups include: AARP Driver Safety, with classes meeting at different times and locations in Mason County – visit www.aarpdriversafety.org for current classes. Alcoholics Anonymousmeetings are held throughout the Mason County area, for a current list of locations and times call Patient Resources at (360) 427-9544, or call (360) 352-7344, or visit http://www.area72aa.org/. Alzheimer’s Support Group (Shelton) meets the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Alpine Way Continuing Care Community, 900 W. Alpine Way – contact Kathy at (360) 426-2600. Bereavement Support Group (Providence Sound Home Care) meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center – contact Barb at (360) 493-4667. Cancer Support Group meets the second Sunday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St. in Shelton – contact Faith Lutheran Church at (360) 426-8611. MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of the month (except July and August) from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn Building’s downstairs meeting room – contact Sue at (360) 427-7332. For the Domestic Violence Support Group contact Turning Pointe for a prescreening appointment at (360) 432-1212 or (877) 923-1212. Grief and Loss meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Alpine Way Continuing Care Community, 900 W. Alpine Way in Shelton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – contact Kathy at (360) 426-2600. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) welcomes all mothers and children from birth to age 5 (child care provided) to meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at First Baptist Church, 428 W Cota St. in Shelton from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept through May only – call (360) 426-8461 for further information. For the National Alliance on Mental Illness call (360) 493-6021, or the 24-hour hotline at (360) 866-0403. For Parenting and Baby Sitting Classes call the American Red Cross at (360) 352-8575 or visit www.rainier.redcross.org. Parkinson’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at Alpine Way Continuing Care Community, 900 W. Alpine Way in Shelton from 12:30 to 3 pm. – call Kathy at (360) 426-2600. For Reach to Recovery call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 for a referral. Shelton Neuropathy Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Shelton Library – contact Mary Ann at (360) 480-9480. For the Teen Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group call Margaret at (360) 426-6925 to sign up, or the Shelton High School Counselor’s office at (360) 426-4471 (free and confidential). TOPS 1402 meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E Harstine Island Road N. in Shelton – contact Marlene at (360) 427-3873. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at the Pavilion Senior Center – weigh-in at 11:45 am for Meeting at 12:15 – contact Pat at (360) 229-9439.
* Please note: These Groups are regularly updated on the MGH&FC website at www.masongeneral.com, but meeting dates and times may change, so please contact the Group directly to verify dates, times, and locations.
The Patient Resources Department at Mason General Hospital has information on many more support and self-help groups in the Mason & Thurston County available by calling (360) 427-9544. The Crisis Clinic also has a comprehensive listing of services available with information at (360) 586-2800.
Hospital has New Year's Baby
Fifty-eight minutes into “New Year 2015” on January 1, Olivia Lee King was born in The Birth Center at Mason General Hospital. The 2015 New Year’s Baby weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz. and was 20-½ inches long. Olivia and her parents, Cyle and Holly King, received a gift bag filled with many items, including toys, diapers, and sparkling apple cider – all made possible by The Birth Center staff, MGH&FC, and MGH Foundation’s Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Gift Shop contributed to the festivities by giving a generous discount on many items for the new baby, such as baby care items and adorable toys and accessories. Helping in the celebration was Birth Center Director Kris Gaa, R.N, shown here (right) with baby Olivia and her proud parents.