Mason General Hospital Visiting Hours

8:00 am to 8:30 pm, daily

Telephone

Shelton:
(Main Hospital Campus)
(360) 426-1611
Toll-Free (855) 880-3201

Location

Physical Address:
901 Mountain View Dr
Shelton WA 98584

Postal Address:
PO BOX 1668
Shelton WA 98584

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Diabetes Support Groups

Shelton and Allyn Diabetes Support Groups, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meet every third and fourth Thursday of the month from September to June. They are free and open to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E., at (360) 427-7332, (Allyn), (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

Safely Dispose of Medications You No Longer Use

Our County has set up a drop box to help you to “drop off unwanted prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs” no longer being used. The box, provided by Public Hospital District No. 1, is located in front of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office in the County Court House, 322 N. 3rd Street, Shelton. Drop boxes help to ensure that unused drugs can be safely and appropriately disposed of, keeping them out of our waters, and out of the hands of children and others who seek to use them inappropriately and dangerously.

Mason County Prescription Assistance Pilot Project

The Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation, in conjunction with Mason Matters, is sponsoring a prescription-assistance pilot project in Mason County. The mission is to make medications available to low-income residents at no or reduced cost. Through the Mason County pilot, any residents with medication needs can contact Annette Brown, Mason County Prescription Assistance Program Coordinator at (360) 463-2981.
If you or someone you know is struggling to maintain their medications, contact Annette. She will review the medications to see what programs are available. She will then schedule an appointment to help with the application process, as needed. Eligibility and cost varies by medication and program. It is worth a call to see if there is program available to you. She is at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics every Friday to meet with clients one-on-one. Call today to see if she can help - (360) 463-2981.

MGH Guidelines for Mammography Have Not Changed

There has been much media attention recently regarding when and how often women should have mammograms. Women and their providers should understand that very few agencies are altering their screening guidelines based on the most recent U.S. Preventative Services Task Force modeling.
Mammography continues to be an effective screening tool in the detection of small breast cancers that can be treated early and prevent death. The regional Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Washington continues to support annual screening mammography for women beginning at the age of 40. The American Cancer Society, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The American College of Radiology support this as well.
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics continues to support annual screening mammograms starting at age 40. MGH recently acquired state-of-the-art digital mammography which increases sensitivity in detecting small cancers in younger women below the age of 50 as well as women with dense breast tissue. There is less radiation exposure and increased higher imaging. If you have any questions or want to schedule a digital mammography call MGH Diagnostic Imaging at (360) 426-1611.

Congestive Heart Failure Support Group Formed

The CHF Support Group was a result of MGH’s strategic initiatives to ‘develop and offer programs that maximize health and independence for those with chronic healthcare needs’ while ‘transforming care at the bedside for healthcare improvement.’ For more information on the CHF Support Group, call Gayle Ziegler, ICU support staff at (360) 426-1611, extension #3512.
1/28/2014

"Diabetes Self Management: Problem-Solving"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for February

Diabetes self-management can give you a healthy, independent lifestyle that can be free of complications, when you know the secrets of maximizing your health. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ next Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting focuses on diabetes self-management strategies in a group entitled, “Diabetes Self-Management: Problem-Solving”, on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

MGH Diabetes Educator Debbie McGinnis, R.N., BSN, C.D.E., will lead the class, discussing what works and what doesn’t, outlining strategies, and providing tips for improving your day-to-day diabetes self-management. There will be time for questions and answers, and as always, family members/significant others are also invited to attend for the support they provide.

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.

1/22/2014

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).

Cancer Support Group Meets Monthly at MGH

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. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics and Harmony Hill are co-sponsoring a Cancer Support Group for anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including their caregivers.

The February Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday February 23, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance. More information on the Cancer Support Group and who can attend is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M) at (360) 432-7706.

The Support Group normally meets on the third Monday of each month, except for the upcoming February and March sessions, which have been re-scheduled for the last Monday of those months. All meetings are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pershing Room at Mason General Hospital and will be facilitated by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill.

1/20/2014

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, jcapps@masongeneral.com.

Additional information about the Medicare Shared Savings Program is available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/

1/16/2015

Lulu Hernandez

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.”

1/13/2015

"Diabetes Self Management: Problem-Solving"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for February

Diabetes self-management can give you a healthy, independent lifestyle that can be free of complications, when you know the secrets of maximizing your health. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ next Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting focuses on diabetes self-management strategies in a class entitled, “Diabetes Self-Management: Problem-Solving”, on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

MGH Diabetes Educator Debbie McGinnis, R.N., BSN, C.D.E., will lead the group, discussing what works and what doesn’t, outlining strategies, and providing tips for improving your day-to-day diabetes self-management. There will be time for questions and answers, and as always, family members/significant others are also invited to attend for the support they provide.

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.

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. 

1/9/2015

MGH&FC Offers First Aid/CPR/AED Course in February

Knowing how to help save a life in a medical emergency can make someone a great value to their community or workplace, and endorsing that, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering another First Aid/CPR/AED course on Thursday evening, February 12, 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 with CPR and AED training, the course includes a “course completion card” that will be made available at the end of the class. It is open to the entire community, and an early, non-refundable registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) includes the cost of books and materials. A Spanish interpreter can be made available if needed, and comfortable clothing is recommended for all attendees.

Class size is limited to 16 persons, and advanced registration and payment for the class required by February 4, by calling the Learning Center 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 14 and 15, 2015 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms 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.

1/6/2015

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.

12/29/2014

"Staying Active & Independent for Life!"

January Topic for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Start the year with a resolution to get your diabetes under control for a new lease on life! Learning to self-manage your condition can maximize your health, prevent serious complications, and give you a new independence. The January topic for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting is “Staying Active & Independent for Life”, to be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

Guest speaker for the class is ICU Manager Rob Bennington, R.N., BSN, and 15-year staff member at Mason General Hospital. Among the subjects he will discuss are strategies for maintaining strength and ensuring environmental safety to reduce the risk of falls – as part of an independent fitness plan. He will include time for questions and answers, and the class is also open to family members/significant others for the support they provide to their loved ones managing diabetes.

The Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets every fourth 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) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

12/22/2014

Tickets on Sale for Annual "Cooking with Xinh" Event

Sherwood Guild, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, will host the 2015 “Cooking with Xinh” dinner event on two nights – Sunday, March 22 or Monday, March 23, at 6 p.m. Seating is limited, so reservations must be made by Monday, March 17. Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased by calling MGH Foundation office at (360) 427-3623.

The event takes place at Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House, 221 W. Railroad, Shelton. The evening will include a cooking demonstration and recipes from renowned seafood Chef Xinh Dwelley, plus, dinner, dessert, and wine or beer.

12/20/2014

Bob and Melanie Appel Receive Foundation's 2014 Flame Award

Bob and Melanie Appel received the 2014 Flame Award during Mason General Hospital Foundation’s’ Annual Fantasy Forest Gala and Auction in November. Each year, MGH Foundation honors an outstanding individual(s) from the community who demonstrates strong support of the Foundation and of MGH&FC. In 2013, Bob retired from his position as CEO for MGH&FC. He and his wife, Melanie, have been endless supporters of MGH&FC and the community for more than 20 years. Melanie is also retired, but continues to follow her passion in volunteering her time to the importance of literacy and teaching English as a second language.

“We are deeply honored to have been selected to receive the annual Flame Award from the Foundation,” said Bob Appel. “It is a privilege to join the distinguished list of previous recipients. We were certainly surprised and very pleased to receive this award together.”

After receiving the award Bob and Melanie gave thanks to Jennifer Capps, MGHF chief development and communication officer; Adele Leverich, Foundation president; and the Foundation Board for selecting them. Bob also thanked his successor, MGH&FC CEO Eric Moll, and the Hospital commissioners for all their help and support over the years.

After the presentation Bob reminisced about the past history of Fantasy Forest, from its very first event 18 years ago, where he and Melanie washed dishes until 1:30 a.m. following the Saturday night Gala. “Later, when the event moved to the Civic Center, we’d go in on Sundays to do the cleanup with (Chairperson) Sara Watkins, her family, and the Flame Award’s originator, Miriam Hall.” Bob attributed the success of Fantasy Forest and the Foundation to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers over the years.

12/18/2014

MGH&FC Staff Donates Gifts to Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Servcies

This Christmas, Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services was able to fulfill the wish lists of 22 kids, with the generous help of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics staff and the local community. Toys, bikes, art supplies, diapers, and clothing were among the items listed. Pictured (l-r) is Sherry Donley, Turning Point program manager; Meghan Lucas, drive coordinator and MGH&FC development assistant; with Dena Moore and Keri McIntrye, both MGH&FC billing representatives.

MGH&FC Donates Gifts to Foster Children

For the fifth straight year, DSHS Child and Family Services Division has been the recipient of toys and items generously donated by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics staff and the community. Bikes, toys, books, movies, and clothing were among the many items donated to 63 local children and families who provided a detailed Christmas ‘wish list’ to Child and Family Services. Shown here with some of the toys are (l-r) Annette Clevenger, DSHS; Penny Nielsen, MGH&FC volunteer; and MGH&FC staff members: Keri McIntrye, billing rep; Meghan Lucas, drive coordinator and MGH&FC development assistant; Dena Moore, MGH&FC billing rep; and Sherry Curtis, MGH&FC education coordinator.

12/16/2014

Pamela Walker

MGH&FC's December Employee of the Month

“When Pamela is working, we know it will be a good day,” were the words of ICU Clinical Director Rob Bennington, R.N., CCRN, in describing Pamela Walker, certified nursing assistant in Mason General Hospital’s intensive care unit, when she was recognized last spring by Shelton Rotary for her “outstanding professionalism” in serving the patients of this area. This month, she was named MGH&FC’S December Employee of the Month, an honor she is receiving for the second time in her tenure at MGH&FC. The first was in 2008.

Pamela, who has worked at MGH&FC for the past 11 years, readily admits she loves working at MGH&FC, enjoys her colleagues and patients, and boldly admits, “I miss this place when I am not here. There are days I’d rather be at work than at home.” She went on to say how much she enjoys the comfortable atmosphere at the Hospital, adding, “Everyone is so easy to get along with.”

Pamela’s nominators compiled a list of her many wonderful attributes, including – “a strong and fearless patient safety advocate… efficient, self-motivated and reliable… a hard worker and always there to help… always smiling… amazing, she never slows down… keeps us on our toes… (and) the patients lover her.”

Pamela and her husband of 19 years, Rick, have six grown children between them, and 8 grandchildren. When not working they love to hike, hunt, and look after their horse and several cows.

MGH Olympic Physicians Welcomes Two New Providers

MGH Olympic Physicians recently added two new health care providers to its clinical staff, enhancing its mission to provide quality, cost-effective primary health care to the residents of our community.

Jennifer Nelson, A.R.N.P., is a board-certified family nurse practitioner licensed by the state of Washington, and also board-certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She obtained her Master’s degree in nursing from the Seattle University College of Nursing, Seattle, in 2014. With a belief in treating the ‘whole person,’ Jennifer considers both the physical and emotional health of her patients in a preventive approach to health care. She is a strong advocate of people taking an active role in their care, partnering with patients to build healthy lifestyles in order to prevent disease and manage chronic conditions.

KC Graham, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant who obtained his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) from Idaho State University in 2014. Prior to that he worked several years as a phlebotomist, and later as an ER unit secretary/monitor tech. While completing his M.P.A.S. he did rotations across Washington State and western Idaho. KC enjoys administering care to a diverse population of patients, focusing on a comprehensive approach to patient well-being, with an emphasis on disease prevention.

MGH Olympic Physicians is located at 237 Professional Way in Shelton, and can be reached for an appointment by calling (360) 426-2500.

12/11/2014

"Staying Active and Independent for Life!"

January Topic for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Start the year with a resolution to get your diabetes under control for a new lease on life! Learning to self-manage your condition can maximize your health, prevent serious complications, and give you a new independence. The January topic for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting is “Staying Active & Independent for Life”, to be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

Guest speaker for the class is ICU Manager Rob Bennington, R.N., BSN, and 15-year staff member at Mason General Hospital. Among the subjects he will discuss are strategies for maintaining strength and ensuring environmental safety to reduce the risk of falls – as part of an independent fitness plan. He will include time for questions and answers, and the class is also open to family members/significant others for the support they provide to their loved ones managing 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.

12/8/2014

Mountain View Women's Health Welcomes Mercedes Goebel

Mercedes Goebel, M.D., recently joined the women’s health care team at MGH Mountain View Women’s Health and the medical staff at Mason General Hospital. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and highly qualified in all aspects of gynecological care and surgery, as well as contraceptive management, and obstetrics. Dr. Goebel obtained her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York in 2001; and completed her internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System, Jackson, FL. With a special interest in adolescent female care, Dr. Goebel welcomes younger patients who may have a gender preference for their personal health issues.

Mountain View Women’s Health is a full-service medical clinic that provides medical treatment to women of all ages with gynecological and obstetrical needs. The clinic is located at 2300 Kati Court, Suite A, in Shelton, across from Mason General Hospital. To make an appointment with Dr. Goebel, call Mountain View Women’s Health at (360) 426-0955.

Car Club Makes Annual Stuffed Animal Donation to ER

Car Club makes annual stuff animal donation to ER The Yesteryear Car Club recently donated nearly 30 stuffed animals to MGH&FC’s Emergency Department for children being admitted to the ER during the holiday season – a gesture they have been doing annually for many years now. Pictured here are Yesteryear Car Club members displaying their cars and the toys donated (left to right): Carla Dickey; Kathy Drinkwine; Bob Drinkwine, president; Don Corliss; Gene Myers; Vern Honstain; and Dan Dickey. Crouched in the foreground is ER employee Mike Olels. Sabrina Nelson, R.N., director of Emergency Department and Trauma Services, is standing at the very end of the row. The 1955 Pontiac Chieftain (background, right) belongs to Dan Dickey, whose father owned Shelton Motor Company – the local Pontiac dealership where Grove Street Brewery is now located. The 1959 Imperial shown (foreground, left) is owned by Don Corliss.

11/30/2014

Jane Pentz

MGH&FC's November Employee of the Month

Most people would not say that a hospital is the happiest place to be. Jane Pentz, however, a licensed practical nurse in Mason General Hospital’s Birth Center and MGH&FC’s November Employee of the Month claims, “I work in the happiest place around.” Jane has worked at Mason General Hospital for 22 years, and this is the second time she has received this high award from her co-workers. For the last 22 years at MGH, Jane has been caring for babies after delivery. “It’s such a joy to be there for a delivery and see life begin. The reaction of the parents is so rewarding,” said the mother of her own three children. Jane also works in the Hospital’s Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit – as needed. In addition, she serves as Mason County’s Chief Deputy Coroner. “I guess I see the full-circle of life,” she added. Jane readily admits that she loves her job and her co-workers. “I work with the best group of people around. We are a family, in the sense that we are close and ready to help wherever we can,” she claimed. Jane’s main responsibility in The Birth Center is caring for the babies in the nursery. She also helps mothers with breast feeding. Jane and her husband, Virgil, who is a City of Shelton Patrol Sargent, have three adult children and two grandchildren. When not working, the Pentz family enjoys riding quads, going to the beach, and being with their three dogs. Jane also does crocheting when time permits.

11/28/2014

"Have Yourself a Happy, Healthy Holiday"

December Theme for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Managing diabetes for a normal, healthy lifestyle, free of complications requires adopting healthy habits, and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has some new and interesting ideas for healthy living. “Have Yourself a Happy, Healthy Holiday” is the message at the next Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

MGH&FC Dietician Sarah Fulkerson, RD, CDE, will present the class in a theme of festivity, as she discusses the importance of making healthy choices –particularly during the holiday season. Her topics will include choosing anti-inflammatory foods, the benefits of ‘healthy gut bacteria’, and dietary changes that can help alleviate neuropathy symptoms. She will also make time for questions and answers that may assist with individual diet plans.

Family members/significant others are also encouraged to attend the meeting – not only to support their loved ones managing diabetes, but also for their own health benefit!

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

11/24/2014

"Have Yourself a Happy, Healthy Holiday"

December Theme for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Managing diabetes for a normal, healthy lifestyle, free of complications requires adopting healthy habits, and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has some new and interesting ideas for healthy living. “Have Yourself a Happy, Healthy Holiday” is the message at the next Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room. Due to the Christmas holiday, the December meeting will take place on the second Thursday of the month rather than the fourth.

MGH&FC Dietician Sarah Fulkerson, RD, CDE, will present the class in a theme of festivity, as she discusses the importance of making healthy choices –particularly during the holiday season. Her topics will include choosing anti-inflammatory foods, the benefits of ‘healthy gut bacteria’, and dietary changes that can help alleviate neuropathy symptoms. She will also take time for questions and answers that may assist with individual diet plans.

Family members/significant others are also encouraged to attend the meeting – not only to support their loved ones managing diabetes, but also for their own health benefit!

The Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, normally meets every fourth 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) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

Start New Year with First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted by MGH&FC

The New Year is a great time to learn something “new”. This year add a First Aid/CPR/AED class to your New Year’s resolution. The next opportunity to learn the basic skills to assist in a medical emergency will be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ First Aid/CPR/AED course – on Thursday evening, January 15, 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 January 2, by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

"Living Well With Diabetes" Two-Day Class at MGH in February

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be self-managed – but you don’t have to go it alone. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Diabetes Wellness Center is available to help people with diabetes learn how to manage their condition by gaining knowledge and building a support network. MGH&FC’s next two-day course in diabetes self-management entitled “Living Well With Diabetes” is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18, 2015 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at the Hospital.

A team of MGH&FC health professionals guides the class, covering all aspects of diabetes, from medications to proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team. The aim is to promote understanding of diabetes and teach people to self-manage their condition for maximum health and independence. Family members/significant others can also benefit, and are invited and encouraged to attend the class for the support they provide.

Due to limited space, advanced registration and prior diabetes education is required. To pre-register, call Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28941). There is a fee for this class, however, diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.

11/14/2014

MGH&FC Applies to be Accountable Care Organization

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has applied to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Once accepted, the area’s only local hospital and family of clinics will become a part of a national model for high quality, patient-centered health care – continuing to put patients first.

“By forming a Northwest Rural ACO, we (MGH&FC) have the opportunity to become one of the few rural health care systems in the country to make such an ambitious commitment to the health of our community,” said Hospital Commissioner Scott Hilburn. “The Board of Hospital Commissioners is proud to support Eric Moll, our CEO, in his initiative of participating in an ACO, or Accountable Care Organization. We are confident that these efforts will continue to provide our community with the highest quality care for our most vulnerable patients.”

“Fundamentally, an ACO exists to achieve the Three Part Aim of better patient experiences, lower total cost, and better quality outcomes. This change will have a direct impact upon our community’s patients, and especially those who are Medicare Beneficiaries. Working together, doctors can do more to follow a patient’s health and make sure they get the best coordinated care,” explained Moll. “If your doctor chooses to participate in our ACO, patients will be notified either in person or by letter. The patient will still have the right to use any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare at any time, the same way it is done now. We expect to provide more information to our patients by the end of the year. This next transformational step in our District’s history will position us well for the future, and most importantly, improve upon the lives of our patients.”

11/5/2014

Hilburn Fund Thanks Community Supporters

Karen Hilburn and the board members of the Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund (KHB&CCF), a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, are grateful to the community for their valued support in its recent fundraising events for 2014. The funds raised will be used to help diagnose and treat breast and cervical cancers in uninsured or underinsured women at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics.

“This has been a very successful year with fundraisers,” said Founder Karen Hilburn. The events included the 11th Annual Denim & Diamonds Auction at Alderbrook Resort & Spa, the 10th annual Men vs. Women’s Challenge Golf Tournament at the Alderbrook Golf Club, and the recent Ladies’ Challenge at Lakeland Village Golf Club in Allyn.

“We continue to meet the challenge of helping women in need in our community,” added Mrs. Hilburn. “We are able to do this with the community’s continued support, for which we are very grateful.”

KHB&CCF was first established in 2004 and has since provided financial support to many women in Mason County with its community fundraisers and private donations. The Fund is a 501(C)3, under the umbrella of the MGH Foundation, and every penny donated goes to helping Mason County women who have no other financial options with the expenses of breast and cervical cancer treatment.

“Donations are always needed, and not just at this time but all year round, because as we all know cancer strikes at all times of the year,” Hilburn added. Donations can be made by check to KHBCCF, P.O. Box 1462, Shelton, WA 98584.

10/31/2014

Terri Gushee

MGH&FC's October Employee of the Month

Terri Gushee, R.N., BSN, director of Care Coordination Services, came to Mason General Hospital 21 years ago and elected to stay because of her love of the community and hospital. “I am so pro-hospital and community,” said Gushee, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ October Employee of the Month.

During those 21 years, Terri has worked tirelessly to bring new programs to MGH&FC and then has done the same in the community as a volunteer to support the hospital. It is her endless passion that Terri’s nominator chose to highlight. “

Terri is one of the hardest-working nurses we have. She is so willing to help in all departments – and that in itself is wonderful. The amazing thing is, she does it without being asked. With a smile she will say, ‘Oh I can do that’ or ‘Let me do this for you.’ The patients comment frequently on her compassion, courtesy, and dedication to their needs and well-being. The doctors love her and seek out her advice, too. She always presents herself neatly and with a professionalism that is to be admired,” her nominator added.

Terri admits she has had many job titles over the years because she is willing to tackle new responsibilities. Her latest job title is director of Care Coordination Services for MGH&FC. In this role she works with physicians, health care providers, and community resources to help patients manage their health issues. “We strive to work as a team to help patients learn how to manage their own care using all services in and out of the Hospital,’ said Terri.

Terri’s current and past duties require her to work across many departments at MGH&FC. “I love working with everyone here. We work great as a team and strive to put the patient first,” she added. Some of Terri’s past job roles have included trauma coordinator in the Emergency Department, coordinator of the Stroke Prevention Clinic, and house supervisor.

When Terri is not working she loves traveling, gardening, exercising at the gym, snow skiing, and cooking.

"Exercise Coaching in Motion"

November Topic for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Keeping weight under control and staying in shape is the best possible way to manage diabetes, prevent its complications, and live a normal, healthy life. To promote this, the November Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting will present “Exercise Coaching in Action” on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

In his second guest appearance this year, Rick Green, certified health coach (CHC), and executive director of the Take Shape for Life program, will be on hand to demonstrate and guide participants through low-impact movements with a focus on stretching. Educated through the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University School of Nursing, Rick participated in the Take Shape for Life program himself – achieving a total weight loss of 120 pounds since January 2013.

Family members/significant others are also encouraged to attend the class, for their own personal benefit as well as the support the can give to their loved ones managing diabetes. Comfortable clothing is recommended and Rick will be glad to answer any questions.

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.

9/26/2014

Darlene Hersh

MGH&FC's Employee of the Month for September

Thirteen years ago, Darlene Hersh, a clerk in Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Health Information Management department, came to MGH and began working with people who, in her words, were “fun to work with, support each other, and know how to work hard.” Darlene was recently selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’s September Employee of the Month because of her willingness to go the extra mile and her example of what a “team player” should be.

Her nominator added, “Darlene always goes above and beyond to help her co-workers – and she does it with a smile. She will graciously go out of her way – so you don’t have to go out of yours. She is cheerful, helpful, competent, and supportive in all she does.”

Adding to the kudos was her supervisor, Laura Grubb, director of Health Information Management, “I can always count on Darlene to do the job right! She is an excellent employee and always willing to assist me when I have a project to be done!”

As one of her duties, Darlene locates and updates charts for patients who are being pre-admitted for procedures or surgery. An average day has her answering phone calls, helping staff find needed patient information, and scanning patients’ “paper charts” to convert the medical histories of all patients to “electronic” medical records. When Darlene is not working, she and her husband Bill spend their time working at home on their property. “There seems to always be something to do,” Darlene said, with a sigh.

9/22/2014

MGH&FC Hosts Free "Women's Health Event" in October

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics invites all women in the community to a free Women’s Health Event on Saturday, October 18, 2014 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 healthcare 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 offered by volunteers from Kaleidoscope Massage in Shelton.

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 Rosa at (360) 888-0229). Anyone unable to attend but would like help finding a health plan can call Lee Ayers at (360) 432-7766, or email layers@masongeneral.com.

November First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted by MGH&FC

We are never too young or old to learn how to save a life. The next opportunity to learn the basic skills to assist in a medical emergency will be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ First Aid/CPR/AED course on Thursday evening, November 13, 2014 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 November 1 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

"Living Well With Diabetes" 2-Day Class at MGH&FC in November

Staying on top of the management of diabetes can be overwhelming at times. With self-management, education and a support network, diabetes can be kept under control for a healthy, independent lifestyle. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering a two-day course in diabetes self-management entitled “Living Well With Diabetes” on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18 and 19, 2014 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

\A team of MGH&FC health professionals guide the class, covering all aspects of diabetes, from medications to proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team. The aim is to promote understanding of the condition and teach people to self-manage their diabetes for maximum health and independence. Family members/significant others can also benefit, and are invited and encouraged to attend the class for the support they provide.

Due to limited space, advanced registration is required by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28941). There is a fee for this class, however, diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.

9/4/2014

MGH&FC Diabetes Support Groups Present "Sleep Secrets" Skit at Annual Luncheon in October

Sleep can have a profound effect on diabetes, and understanding its impact in order to get it under control should be part of diabetes self-management. A “Sleep Secrets” skit will be presented at the Annual Buffet Luncheon for the combined Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Shelton and Allyn Diabetes Support Groups on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Hospital’s Pershing & Ellinor meeting rooms.

Come prepared to learn and laugh, as MGH&FC’s Diabetes Wellness Center staff perform a “Sleep Secrets” skit, written by Candy Mattson, R.D., certified diabetes educator for MGH&FC. Whether you sleep well or have trouble sleeping, this year’s topic adds an element of fun to make the road to better health a delightful learning experience! The two groups will also enjoy great food prepared by MGH&FC Executive Chef, John Cruse and his staff, as they prepare a delicious buffet lunch of salmon with a citrus glaze (chicken as an alternate), roasted herb potatoes, green beans with slivered almonds, spinach salad, and pumpkin pie.

A payment of $7 per person is required in advance with pre-registration by Monday, October 13, by mail or in person. Checks should be made payable to MGH&FC and mailed to: Mason General Hospital Diabetes Wellness, 901 Mtn. View Dr., P.O. Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584. Payment in person can be made to Volunteer Services at the Hospital’s main entrance, Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the Hospital every third Thursday of the month from September to June; and the Allyn Diabetes Support Group meets every fourth Thursday of the month in the Port of Allyn meeting room, also from September to June. Both meetings are 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 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).

8/24/2014

"Navigating the Diabetes Medication Maze"

MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for September

The range of medications for treating diabetes and its related conditions is complex and extensive, but can be simplified and understood when tailored to an individual’s needs. To help explain the various medications used to manage diabetes, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting is presenting a class entitled, “Navigating the Diabetes Medication Maze” on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

An overview of traditional, new and adjunct medications for diabetes management will be given by guest speaker, Keith G. Fongemie, PharmD, MGH&FC’s pharmacy clinical coordinator. Dr. Fongemie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Pharmacy, and has held pharmacy leadership positions with the Franciscan Health System, Skagit Valley Medical Center, and Comprehensive Pharmacy Services. Since December 2012, Dr. Fongemie has been promoting safe and effective use of medication for patients of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics. With a belief in personal responsibility for knowing your medications, he also encourages family members/significant others to attend for the knowledge they can gain in support of their loved ones managing diabetes.

The Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets every fourth 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) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

8/20/2014

Kris Gaa

MGH&FC's August Employee of the Month

Kris Gaa, RN, clinical coordinator for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Birth Center, was chosen as “Employee of the Month” for August. Kris has worked at MGH&FC for the past 19 years, the last 13 years in the Birth Center at MGH.

“I started in the medical/surgical/pediatrics unit before moving to labor and delivery. I have also had the good fortune to be able to float to intensive care, house supervisor, and emergency,” said Kris. “I love working here because of the comradery of the staff. We are a tight-knit group who take care of each other – just like a family would.” She went on to say she has worked in larger hospitals where employees are not so valued as individuals, and care is not as patient-centric. “There are a lot of jobs out there for experienced nurses, but I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. I choose to stay at MGH because I love working here,” she added.

According to her nominator, “Kris is a loyal and devoted nurse who has been awesome to work with. She is always ready to stop what she is doing to help you in any way needed. Her resources are endless and she is a truly dedicated leader. Always cheerful, a patient advocate, and an excellent teacher!”

Kris and her husband, Paul, traveled the first six years of their marriage with the U.S. Navy. They returned home to Mason County to raise their children near family. Paul retired from the Navy after 23 years of service and now works for the Federal Government. They have two daughters both studying to be nurses, and a 13-year-old son. “We also have a ‘bonus’ daughter, whom we raised during her teen years,” Kris quickly added.

When she’s not working, Kris loves vegetable gardening and landscaping, hiking, and spending time with her immediate and extended families.

8/19/2014

First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted by MGH&FC in October

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, October 9, 2014 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 October 1 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

8/9/2014

"Navigating the Diabetes Maze"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Topic for September

The range of medications for treating diabetes and its related conditions is complex and extensive, but can be simplified and understood when tailored to an individual’s needs. To help explain the various medications used to manage diabetes, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting is presenting a class entitled, “Navigating the Diabetes Medication Maze” on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

An overview of traditional, new and adjunct medications for diabetes management will be given by guest speaker, Keith G. Fongemie, PharmD, MGH&FC’s pharmacy clinical coordinator. Dr. Fongemie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Pharmacy, and has held pharmacy leadership positions with the Franciscan Health System, Skagit Valley Medical Center, and Comprehensive Pharmacy Services. Since December 2012, Dr. Fongemie has been promoting safe and effective use of medication for patients of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics. With a belief in personal responsibility for knowing your medications, he also encourages family members/significant others to attend for the knowledge they can gain in support of their loved ones managing diabetes.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the 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 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).

8/8/2014

Melissa Strong

MGH&FC July Employee of the Month

Melissa D. Strong, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics (MSP), and Director of House Supervisors and Staffing at Mason General Hospital, was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC “Employee of the Month” for July.

Melissa’s nominator had this to say, “I have seen Melissa stand out everywhere in the Hospital. Her hard work and dedication to all her departments shows in her achievement, and the satisfaction it has gained throughout. She has gone to great lengths to improve her departments and help her fellow employees strive to be the best they can be. Melissa is always smiling, pleasant, professional, and a joy to be around. Her kindness and courtesy makes this a positive workplace.”

Melissa began working at MGH right out of nursing school in 2001, where she earned her Associate’s degree and registered nurse credentials. She later went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and then her Master of Science in Nursing. In 2008 she was promoted to Director of House Supervisors and Staffing, and in 2012 she added MSP Director to her list of duties.

“I enjoy how we work as a team here at MGH,” said Melissa, after receiving the prestigious award. “Our focus on patient safety makes us a first-class hospital in a small town.” Melissa went on to say, “I have the best staff in Mason County. We work hard making sure our patients are taken care of in the best possible way.”

A native of the state of Georgia, Melissa’s mother moved the family to Tumwater, when Melissa was a sophomore in high school. She went on to graduate from Tumwater High School. “I love living in this beautiful area,” said Melissa. When she isn’t working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her new husband, John “Little Man.” She has three grown sons and also enjoys being a grandmother. When not working, Melissa’s favorite activities are camping, weekend getaways, and spending time with family.

8/7/2014

MGH&FC Hosts Free "Women's Health Event" in October

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics invites all women in the community to a free Women’s Health Event on Saturday, October 18, 2014 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 healthcare 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 offered by volunteers from Kaleidoscope Massage in Shelton.

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 Rosa at (360) 888-0229). Anyone unable to attend but would like help finding a health plan can call Lee Ayers at (360) 432-7766, or email layers@masongeneral.com.

MGH&FC Receives "Most Wired Hospital" Award for Seventh Year

For the seventh consecutive year, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has received the prestigious, “Most Wired” Hospital award, this year competing with nearly 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 and now 2014 ‒ 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.

“I’d like to acknowledge our Chief Information Officer, Tom Hornburg, for his leadership in ensuring that Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics continues to be at the forefront nationally for information system technology,” said Eric Moll, MGH&FC’s CEO.

7/24/2014

MGH&FC Presents "Living Well With Diabetes" 2-Day Class in September

Diabetes can be effectively self-managed and kept under control for a healthy, independent lifestyle and the prevention of complications. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering a two-day course in diabetes self-management entitled “Living Well With Diabetes” on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16 and 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

A team of MGH&FC health professionals guide the class, covering all aspects of diabetes, from medications to proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team. The aim is to promote understanding of the condition and teach people to self-manage their diabetes for maximum health and independence. Family members/significant others can also benefit, and are invited and encouraged to attend the class for the support they provide.

Due to limited space, advanced registration is required by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28941). There is a fee for this class, however, diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.

7/23/2014

MGH&FC Hosts Free "Stroke Prevention" Seminar in September - Reserve Space Now

Being proactive in preventing a stroke, and the ability to recognize its signs and symptoms is essential to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics invites all members of the community to attend a free Stroke Prevention Seminar on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Pershing meeting room at Mason General Hospital.

Featured speaker Fawn Ross, FNP, stroke/telestroke coordinator for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia will give an informative talk on the signs and symptoms of a stroke and TIA, the risk factors, medication management, diagnostic testing, and lifestyle changes for the prevention of a stroke and its recurrence. She will be joined by St. Peter Hospital Neurologist Youngbin Choi, M.D., tele-robot physician for MGH&FC’s Stroke Prevention Clinic, who will review common stroke testing. There will also be low-sodium, low-fat snacks served during the seminar.

To register for this free seminar call Sabrina Nelson at (360) 432-7725, or email snelson@masongeneral.com.

MGH&FC Presents First Aid/CPR/AED Evening Course in September

Fall classes will soon be in session, and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering another First Aid/CPR/AED course on Thursday evening, September 11, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.

Anyone can be an asset to the community or workplace by learning the basics of first-response in a medical emergency. The four-hour class combines First Aid, CPR, and AED training, and provides a “course completion card” at the end of the class. A non-refundable fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials, and registration must be made by September 1. Comfortable clothing is recommended and a Spanish interpreter can be made available upon request. Class size is limited to 16 persons, with advanced registration and payment made by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

7/12/2014

Hilburn Fund Receives $25,000 for Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment

The Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, was presented – for the fourth year in a row – with a check for $25,000 from the Charitable Trust of Margery Jones, a former Shelton resident and cancer survivor. Miss Jones left her estate to be donated to charitable non-profits. This is the fourth consecutive year the Hilburn Fund has been a major recipient. Over the last four years Miss Jones’ estate has donated a total of $ 95,000. “We are so grateful for their continued support of our Fund,” said Fund Founder Karen Hilburn. “This donation helps Mason County women that are underinsured or uninsured with their diagnoses and treatment of breast and cervical cancer." Pictured here with Mrs. Hilburn is Miss Jones’ niece, (right) Betty Temple, who has made the donation every year in her aunt's memory.

7/9/2014

"Denim & Diamonds" Fundraising Event for Breast/Cervical Cancer in September

The 11th 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, September 28, 2014, at 4 p.m. Normally this is held in October but the event has been moved this year back to September.

In partnership with Alderbrook Resort & Spa, KHB&CCF will host an evening of fun, food, and entertainment that includes a pasta bar dinner, wine, beer, live music, and live and silent 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, September 20 by calling (360) 427-3623 for tickets. For more information on the KHB&CC Fund, go online to www.MasonGeneral.com/hilburn.

6/30/2014

Susan Powell

June Employee of the Month

Susan Powell, RN, clinical informatics, was selected by her peers to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics “Employee of the Month” for June. Susan has worked at MGH&FC for the past 17 years, beginning in the ICU (intensive care unit). While working full-time as a nurse in ICU, her responsibilities increased as she became the ICU’s representative in the Hospital’s move to “electronic” medical records (EMR). In 2006 Susan moved to clinical informatics (CI) full-time, and to keep her nursing skills up-to-date, she works as a nurse one weekend a month. “This also allows me to work as a nurse on the EMR computer system so I can see the problems, firsthand,” she explained. Susan describes her main role in CI as one that “helps nurses and doctors work on the computer system which, in turn, enhances patient care.” Her job in CI centers on solving problems, along with education, training, and one-on-one assistance.

“I really enjoy my job, as I have the opportunity to work with everyone in the Hospital and Clinics to improve patient care,” said Susan. She attributes her love of medicine to her father, who is a retired physician in internal medicine. “I grew up working at his clinic in middle school and high school. It was pretty easy for me to become a nurse.”

Susan’s nominator for this prestigious award stated: “Susan is patient, non-judgmental, always helpful, available, and pleasant – even when we call her at home at night or on a weekend. She is steady, calm, and effective. She acts as a liaison between the CI department and many others, keeping the priorities and needs of each in mind to help work flow. Susan keeps up on clinical care as well. Her sharp memory and great follow-through have made a positive difference in getting so many employees through the implementation of Cerner’s live-online, My Mason Health”.

Susan and her husband moved to Shelton with their very young son in 1997 from Arkansas. “Once we arrived and spent time here, we decided this is where we wanted to make our home.” When Susan isn’t working she enjoys reading, flower gardening, and visiting family in Arkansas.

6/9/2014

"Diabetes' Long Term Mental Health Challenges"

June Topic for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Diabetes is a health condition with not only physical but also mental challenges that need to be managed, particularly over the long term. The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting will address the issues of “Diabetes’ Long Term Mental Health Challenges” in a class on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

Presenting the class will be guest speaker, Lynn Hedlund, MA, LMHC, clinical manager of Mason County Behavior Health Resources. Lynn is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a Master’s degree in counseling and Community Psychology from St. Martin’s University. She will provide valuable information, strategies and guidelines for recognizing and dealing with the long term mental challenges associated with diabetes such as burnout, depression, denial, and eating addictions. As always, there will be time set aside to answer questions.

Family members/significant others are also welcome to attend, for the acknowledgment and support of their loved ones with diabetes who may be dealing with these issues.

The Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets every fourth 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) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

6/4/2014

Shelton Family Medicine Welcomes Douglas Dightman, M.D.

Shelton Family Medicine recently welcomed Douglas Dightman, M.D., to its medical staff and to Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics. Dr. Dightman obtained his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, in 2007, and did his internship at the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program in Olympia. He also completed a Fellowship in Rural Family Medicine - Obstetrics at Tacoma Family Medicine, and is board-certified in Family Practice.

With a special interest in preventive care, diabetes management, and obstetrics, Dr. Dightman enjoys helping his patients achieve and maintain the best health they can.

Shelton Family Medicine is located at 939 Mountain View Drive, suite 130, in Shelton, and Dr. Dightman can be reached for an appointment by calling the Clinic at (360) 426-2653.

6/2/2014

"Diabetes' Long Term Mental Health Challenges"

June Topic for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Diabetes is a health condition with not only physical but also mental challenges that need to be managed, particularly over the long term. The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting will address the issues of “Diabetes’ Long Term Mental Health Challenges” at the next Diabetes Support group set for Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

Presenting the class will be guest speaker, Lynn Hedlund, MA, LMHC, clinical manager of Mason County Behavior Health Resources. Lynn is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a Master’s degree in counseling and Community Psychology from St. Martin’s University. She will provide valuable information, strategies and guidelines for recognizing and dealing with the long term mental challenges associated with diabetes, such as burnout, depression, denial, and eating addictions. As always, there will be time set aside to answer questions.

Family members/significant others are also welcome to attend, for the acknowledgment and support of their loved ones with diabetes who may be dealing with these issues.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the 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 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).

5/20/2014

Rosa Gonzalez-Gonzalez

May Employee of the Month

Rosa Gonzalez-Gonzalez, certified medical assistant and office manager at Mason General Hospital Surgery Clinic, was selected by her peers to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics “Employee of the Month for May”. Rosa has worked at the Clinic for three years; the first year and a half as a medical assistant before being promoted to Office Manager.

“I love working here because of the contact I have with patients. I am able to help them by calming their fears and letting them know they are in good hands and will get the best care possible,” said Rosa. Rosa is originally from Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish. “Since I know the language I am able to help our Spanish community communicate with the doctor, which helps to put them at ease.” Since Rosa is a certified medical assistant and a certified medical interpreter, she wanted to maintain patient contact after she was promoted to Office Manager. “It was important to me to be able to continue with patient care,” she added.

Rosa’s nominator for the prestigious award commented, “She is an amazing manager and fellow employee to work with. She always comes to work with a smile and a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude. She is more than willing to help out, both here in the office and at our other clinics. Whether she is trying to help answer questions or demonstrate how to do something, Rosa is more than eager to help. The doctors and I feel we would be at a loss without Rosa, and appreciate all she does.”

“I am pleased to work with such a great team at the Surgery Clinic,” said Rosa. As Office Manager, one of Rosa’s responsibilities is to be a facilitator between the Hospital and Clinic, to make sure all goes as planned on surgery day. “I work closely with the Hospital staff to ensure all that is needed for pre- and post-surgery.” When Rosa isn’t working she enjoys biking, hiking, and being on her peddle board.

4/29/2014

MGH&FC Presents "Living Well With Diabetes" Evening Class in June

Bringing diabetes under control and learning to self-manage the condition can prevent serious complications and allow for an independent, healthy lifestyle. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering a three-evening course in effective diabetes self-management called “Living Well With Diabetes” on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 17 through 19, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

An expert team of MGH&FC health professionals teaches the class, covering everything from diabetes medications, to proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team. Understanding diabetes and knowing how to self-manage the condition is very empowering to those who want to maximize their health and live longer!

Family members/significant others are also invited and encouraged to attend the class for the support they can provide. Due to limited space, advanced registration for the class is required, so make your reservation early by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 3301 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 3301). There is a fee for this class, however, diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.

4/26/2014

Vicki White

April Employee of the Month

Vicki White, a clerk in Health Information Management (HIM), was selected by her peers for the second time in her career to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Employee of the Month for April. Prior to her recent honor, Vicki first received this prestigious award about 15 years ago.

“I first came to MGH in 1996, worked three and a half years, and then took a year off to live in Hawaii,” explained Vicki. “When I returned to Shelton I was able to come right back to HIM at Mason General.” Vicki has worked at MGH for a total of 17 years. “This award is such an honor to receive,” said Vicki. “I am very thankful to have been chosen.”

“Vicki is always available to lend a helping hand to her co-workers, even when it is out of her scope of responsibilities,” said her nominator. “She gets along with everyone and is always willing to assist when needed. She is a pleasure to work with, has a nice smile, and always has words of encouragement.”

Laura Grubb, director of HIM added, “Vicki is an excellent employee and I was very excited when she returned to MGHFC and the HIM Department. She is very professional and amazing with details. I continue to be pleased every day and count on her to keep us on track when it comes to document imaging!”

“I love working here,” Vicki added, with a smile. “Every day is different; I learn something new daily.” The HIM department manages the health records of MGH&FC patients. Vicki’s role is to create optical images of patients’ “paper” files. Currently, she and others in her department are championed with the role of making the conversions. “We have been doing this for many years, but most recently we have added a system-wide electronic medical record called Cerner. This new system allows doctors in the Hospital and its Clinics to retrieve patient medical histories electronically.”

Vicki was born and raised in Shelton and is a graduate of Shelton High School. She and her husband, Chet Chapman, have, between them, six children and four grandchildren (and one more on the way). “I have two grown children and he has four,” said Vicki. Her daughter is a nurse who works in MGH&FC’s Emergency Department. In her spare time Vicki loves spending time with her kids and grandkids! “They are great,” she added.

4/25/2014

"Register Early and Save" for Annual Goldsborough Creek Run & Walk

Plans are in place for The Mason County Forest Festival “Goldsborough Creek Run & Walk” hosted by Centennial Guild, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation. The Event takes place on Saturday, May 31, and features a 7-mile Run/Walk, a 2-mile Run/Walk, and a ¼-mile Junior Jog. May 15 is the deadline to register for the special rate of $20, after which the rate goes up to $25. An optional, commemorative t-shirt is available for purchase by May 12. Family, group, and team discounts are also available, and all proceeds benefit Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics.

The timed event invites runners and walkers of all ages, competitive and beginners alike. Check-in and registration on the day of the event is at 6 a.m. at the Shelton Post Office for the 7-mile run/walk beginning at 7 a.m. and the 2-mile run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. from Shelton Valley Christian School. The Junior Jog starts at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of 7th Street and Railroad Avenue, and entry fee for the Junior Jog is $12. All three categories finish at the Shelton Post Office, with an awards ceremony to immediately follow at 9:45 a.m. The Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Parade then begins at 11 a.m. on Railroad Avenue.

Regence BlueShield is the title Sponsor for the event, and other sponsors include: AAA Septic; Armstrong & Armstrong Christmas Trees; Gillis Auto Center; Hiawatha Evergreens; Lynch Creek Farm; McCarty & Associates, “a marketing firm”; Peninsula Credit Union; Simpson Lumber Company; South Sound Radiology, and Don Small and Sons, Oil Distributors.

Runners, walkers, and junior joggers are all welcome, and participants who pre-register will receive a 2014 Mason County Forest Festival button. Pre-register online by going to www.Active.com and typing in “Goldsborough Creek.”. To register your group, call (360) 426-5821, or email G_CreekRun@comcast.net. All pre-registration forms and entry fees must be received with their payment by May 28.

4/24/2014

First Aid/CPR/AED Course Presented by Hospital in June

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics would like everyone in the community to know how to be a first-responder in a medical emergency, and is offering its next First Aid/CPR/AED course on Thursday evening, June 12, 2014 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, the four-hour class provides a “course completion card” at the end of the class. A fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required to cover the cost of books and materials, and registration for the June class must be made between May 9 and June 2. Comfortable clothing is recommended for all participants and a Spanish interpreter can be made available as needed. The class size is limited to 16 persons, with advanced registration and payment required by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

4/3/2014

"Take Shape for Life"

MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for April

Being overweight can contribute to diabetes or complicate the disease. Keeping weight under control is very critical for anyone with diabetes who want to live a healthy normal life. In response to the need, “Take Shape for Life” will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting. The class will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

The Take Shape for Life Foundation was established in 2011 to promote, through education and research, the growing need for developing healthy lifestyles and behaviors among Americans. Guest speaker, Rick Green, certified health coach (CHC), and executive director of the Take Shape for Life program will discuss how to balance blood sugars with nutrition, the role of a health coach, and the program curriculum and lifestyle changes. Rick was educated through the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) at Villanova University School of Nursing, and has achieved a personal weight loss of 120 pounds as a participant in Take Shape for Life since January 2013.

Family members/significant others are invited to attend the meeting for their own benefit and to support their loved ones with diabetes, and time will be set aside for questions and answers.

The Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets every fourth 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) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

3/26/2014

Melody Olels

March Employee of the Month

Melody Olels, R.N., intensive care unit, was selected by her peers for the second time in her career to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Employee of the Month. The recent award was bestowed on her for the month of March.

Melody began working for Mason General Hospital 20 years ago. She has worked in medical/surgery/pediatric units at MGH as a registered nurse and currently works in ICU. “I am so fortunate to have chosen the best career in the world. Nursing is about caring. I love meeting patients and their families and connecting with them, learning about their lives, caring for them through their illness, and seeing them improve,” Melody said, after receiving the award.

“She is an absolute joy to work with,” Melody’s nominator stated. “Staff and patients love her, and physicians trust her judgment and abilities. Melody is always upbeat and innovative. She takes the lead, teaches, compliments, suggests, encourages, and is always there providing the best possible patient care and environment for the staff. She is respected and admired.”

“I feel lucky to work with the best people in the world, as we nurses share an invisible bond. The wonderful people I work with are like my sisters and brothers. We support and encourage one another. Nurses are the best people you’ll ever know,” she added. Melody went on to mention, “I appreciate all who work at Mason General Hospital and clinics – staff and administration alike.”

When Melody is not working she enjoys her children and one grandchild ‒ with another one on the way. She also loves being outdoors, traveling, reading, and gardening.

First Aid/CPR/AED Course Presented by Hospital in May

Start spring with a valuable new skill - learn to help save a life in a medical emergency by taking the next First Aid/CPR/AED course offered by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics on Thursday May 8, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.

The 4-hour evening class combines First Aid, CPR and AED training, with a “course completion card” available on completion. It is open to the entire community, and an early, non-refundable registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required to cover the cost of books and materials. Comfortable clothing is recommended for all participants and a Spanish interpreter can be made available on request.

The class size is limited to 16 persons, with advanced registration and payment required by May 1, by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609. Registration will be accepted for the May class beginning April 10, 2014.

3/18/2014

"Take Shape for Life"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for April

Being overweight can contribute to diabetes or complicate the disease. Keeping weight under control is very critical for anyone with diabetes who wants to live a healthy normal life. In response to this need, “Take Shape for Life” will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting. The class will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

The Take Shape for Life Foundation was established in 2011 to promote, through education and research, the growing need for developing healthy lifestyles and behaviors among Americans. Guest speaker, Rick Green, certified health coach (CHC), and executive director of the Take Shape for Life program will discuss how to balance blood sugars with nutrition, the role of a health coach, and the program curriculum and lifestyle changes. Rick was educated through the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) at Villanova University School of Nursing, and has achieved a personal weight loss of 120 pounds as a participant in Take Shape for Life since January 2013.

Family members/significant others are invited to attend the meeting for their own benefit and to support their loved ones with diabetes, and time will be set aside for questions and answers.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the 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 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).

3/13/2014

Free "Women's Health Event" in May Hosted by MGH&FC

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics would like to welcome all women in the community to the next free Women’s Health Event on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Main (south) Entrance of Mason General Hospital.

MGH&FC healthcare professionals will be on hand with valuable health information for women in many areas, including cardiac health, nutrition, and the HPV vaccine that prevents most cases of cervical cancer. They will also offer free blood pressure and diabetes testing, and 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. Anyone who cannot attend the Event but would like help finding a health plan can call Lee Ayers at (360) 432-7766 (toll free 855-880-3201) or email layers@masongeneral.com.

All women are invited to come join the fun! Enjoy healthy a refreshment and a mini massage while learning how to maximize your health and “take control of your life!” For more information on the Women’s Health Event, call Karry at (360) 432-7706. For information in Spanish, please call Rosa at (360) 888-0229.

"Protein: Its Muscle Power is in Your Meal Plan"

March Topic for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

A diet rich in protein builds muscle and strength, and is an essential part of a healthy plan for those managing diabetes. The importance of protein in a healthy diet will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting entitled, “Protein: Its Muscle Power is in Your Meal Plan”. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

MGH&FC’s Candy Mattson, R.D., certified diabetes educator, will present valuable information about what protein can do for you, when and how much you need in your diet, and which foods are the best sources of protein. She will also make time for questions and answers that can assist you in your individual diet plan. Family members/significant others are invited to attend.

The Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets every fourth 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) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

2/28/2014

Mary Robillard

February Employee of the Month

Mary Robillard, an EVS Tech. in Environmental Services at Mason General Hospital, was selected by her peers to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ February Employee of the Month.

Mary began working for MGH&FC in July of 2012, after taking a few years off as an administrative worker for various businesses. “I wanted to come back to work and do something I enjoy that doesn’t cause a lot of stress,” Mary said, after receiving her award. Her work day consists of cleaning patient rooms, ancillary areas and off-site clinics. No two days are alike. “I love working here because everyone helps one another,” Mary added. “We are like a family. Everyone has so much compassion – for our patients and for each other.”

Mary’s nominator explained further, “Mary does detailed, thorough, conscientious work. She does it consistently with a positive attitude and goes beyond what is expected. She takes pride in her work and sees things that can be improved upon that others might miss. She sees places where patient safety could be increased and where the patient experience could be made more pleasant.”

Mary grew up in Yakima and has lived in Shelton for 14 years. She enjoys traveling around the western United States with her husband, Mike, who does road racing. She has two grown sons and often takes her only grandson with her when she and Mike travel. “It’s so wonderful to have a grandchild,” she said. When at home, Mary enjoys her two dogs, working in her flower garden, and baking. “I will bake goodies and take them to staff meetings, or share them with the staff around the Hospital,” she said. Mary owes her love of baking to her grandmother, “She baked all the time.”

"Protein: Its Muscle Power is in Your Meal Plan"

March Topic for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

A diet rich in protein builds muscle and strength, and is an essential part of a healthy plan for those managing diabetes. The importance of protein in a healthy diet will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting entitled, “Protein: Its Muscle Power is in Your Meal Plan”. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

MGH&FC’s Candy Mattson, R.D., certified diabetes educator, will present valuable information about what protein can do for you, when and how much you need in your diet, and which foods are the best sources of protein. She will also make time for questions and answers that can assist you in your individual diet plan. Family members/significant others are invited to attend the meeting.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the 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 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).

2/20/2014

"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 15 and 16, 2014 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms 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.

2/10/2014

"Sign Up Now and Save" for Centennial Guild's Annual Run

This year’s annual Mason County Forest Festival “Goldsborough Creek Run” hosted by Centennial Guild, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, urges participants to sign up before May 14 for the special rate of $20. After May 14 the rate goes up to $25, and after May 12 the optional purchase of a commemorative t-shirt will not be available. Entry fee for the Junior Jog is $12.

The Run takes place on Saturday, May 31, and features a 7-mile Run/Walk, a 2-mile Run/Walk, and a ¼-mile Junior Jog. Registration is at 6 a.m. for the 7-mile run/walk beginning at 7 a.m. and the 2-mile run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. from Shelton Valley Christian School. The Junior Jog starts at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of 7th Street and Railroad Avenue, and all three events will finish at the Shelton Post Office. Title Sponsor for the Run is Regence BlueShield; and other sponsors include: Armstrong & Armstrong Christmas Trees; Gillis Auto Center; Hiawatha Evergreens; Lynch Creek Farm; McCarty & Associates, “a marketing firm”; Simpson Lumber Company; South Sound Radiology, and Don Small and Sons, Oil Distributors.

The Run is for competitive and beginner runners, and walkers. Teams are encouraged (and can receive a team discount by calling (360) 426-5821 or email G_CreekRun@comcast.net prior to May 28) and all participants will receive a 2014 Mason County Forest Festival button. Pre-registration forms and entry fees must be received by May 28, May 14 for the discount. To register on-line, go to www.Active.com and type in “Goldsborough Creek.” All Run proceeds will benefit Mason General Hospital Foundation.

Goldsborough Creek Run Awards will be presented immediately after the event at 9:45 a.m. on the Shelton Post Office grounds, followed by the Mason County Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Parade at 11 a.m. on Railroad Avenue. For more information, please visit www.MasonGeneral.com.

Tickets On Sale for Annual "Cooking with Xinh" Event

Sherwood Guild, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, will once again host “Cooking with Xinh” on two nights – Sunday, March 23 or Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Seating is limited, so reservations must be made by Monday, March 17. Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased by calling MGH Foundation office at (360) 427-3623.

The event takes place at Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House, 221 W. Railroad, Shelton. The evening will include a cooking demonstration and recipes from renowned seafood Chef Xinh Dwelley, plus, dinner, dessert, and wine or beer.

1/29/2014

Mason General Hospital General Surgeon Now Board-Certified

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics recently announced that General Osteopathic Surgeon John E. Clayton, D.O., is now board-certified in General Surgery.

Dr. Clayton joined the medical staff at MGH Surgery Clinic and MGH in the fall of 2011. He received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Kansas City, Missouri, in 2006 and completed his internship and general surgery residency at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan. His specialties include diseases of the breast, hernia, colon, gallbladder and other types of general surgery as well as endoscopy procedures.

1/24/2014

"Getting Affordable Healthcare"

Topic for February MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Adequate, affordable healthcare is of great concern to everyone, and of particular importance to those managing diabetes. The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting will deal with the many questions surrounding the new healthcare options in a class entitled, “Nuts & Bolts: Getting Affordable Healthcare – Now is the Time”. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting room at Mason General Hospital.

There will be three guest speakers in attendance – Lee Ayers, MGH&FC’s In-Person Assister Program Project Manager; Nikki Lundberg, Area Agency on Aging's Senior Information & Assistance Specialist; and Tara Snook, Medical Insurance Specialist. They will address all concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act – including Apple Health, Medicaid, Medicare, and secondary insurances; and clarify the Medicare ‘gap’ and Medicare prescription ‘doughnut hole’. They will also provide information on what Medicaid and Medicare cover, and advice on the best individual plan choices for those with diabetes, reserving time for questions and answers. Family members/significant can also to attend to gain knowledge of the new system and for the help they provide to their loved ones with diabetes.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the Hospital 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 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).

1/14/2014

MGH&FC Offers First Aid/CPR/AED Course in March

Knowing how to help save a life in a medical emergency can make someone a great value to their community or workplace, and endorsing that, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering another First Aid/CPR/AED course on Thursday evening, March 14, 2014 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 with CPR and AED training, the course includes a “course completion card” that will be made available at the end of the class. It is open to the entire community, and an early, non-refundable registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) includes the cost of books and materials. A Spanish interpreter can be made available if needed, and comfortable clothing is recommended for all attendees.

Class size is limited to 16 persons, and advanced registration and payment for the class required by March 4, by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

1/13/2014

2014 Hospital Board of Commissioners Officers Elected

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 2014.

Don Wilson, Potlatch, was elected president of the three-person board; Nancy Trucksess, Shelton, is secretary; and Scott Hilburn, Shelton, 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).

2014 Medical Officers Elected

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 for 2014.

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-eligible in general surgery, and past Chief of Staff, Dean E. Gushee, M.D., board-certified in emergency medicine.

1/2/2014

New Year's Baby Arrives at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics

One hour and eight minutes past midnight, January 1, 2014, Mavis Ixchel-Kaelene Barron was born at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, Shelton. MGH&FC’s 2014 New Year’s Baby joined her mother Desiree Carleton (center holding Mavis) and father Nicolas Barron, weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. “She was four days late,” said her mother Desiree. However, her lateness helped her receive the 2014 New Year’s Baby designation and a gift basket complete with toys, diapers and sparkling apple cider compiled by The Birth Center staff. Helping in the celebration are staff members Hazel Ligman, R.N.,(far left), and Jeannette Webb, certified nursing assistant, (far right).

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