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901 Mountain View Dr
Shelton WA 98584

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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.
01/27/2016

MGH&FC Elects Officers For 2016 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, MGH Surgery Clinic and the Walk-In Clinic recently announced its officers on the Board of Commissioners for 2016.

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

01/25/2016

Cancer Support Group to Meet in February

In preparation for spring and summer, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will be offering a basic lifesaving course Thursday evening March 10, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.

Open to all members of the community, the four-hour class combines First Aid, CPR and AED training, and offers a course completion card at the end. A fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials. The class size is limited to 16 persons, and comfortable clothing is recommended. A Spanish interpreter can be made available on request, and early registration must be made by March 5 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.

"Blood Sugar Testing Potpourri" Presented at February Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Maintaining normal blood glucose levels is the goal of diabetes self-management, and essential for a normal, healthy lifestyle, without the risk of secondary health complications. The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting will cover this subject in a “Blood Sugar Testing Potpourri” to take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

Presenting the class will be MGH&FC’s Diabetes Wellness Center Director Sue Barwick, BSN, R.N., C.D.E., who will cover all aspects of blood sugar testing. She will discuss why and when blood sugar testing should be done, what to do if your blood sugar levels are too high or too low, and how to set appropriate goals for yourself.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their glucose meters and have their questions ready, and family members/significant others are also invited to attend for the support they can give 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 at (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.

01/22/2016

Cancer Support Group to Meet in February

A cancer diagnosis can be a scary thing. But you don’t have to go it alone. If you are needing support to move through cancer treatment with yourself or a loved one, plan to attend Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Cancer Support Group on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.  

The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month, offering information and support. The class is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill, and is open to anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers.  More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.

01/21/2016

Sherry Curtis

MGH&FC January Employee of the Month

Sherry Curtis, health educator at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, was selected by her peers to be Employee of the Month for January. Sherry has worked at MGH&FC since 1994, starting as a certified nursing assistant and then as a monitor technician in the ICU/ER departments. In 2001 she moved to the Education Department, where she has been ever since. “I love my job,” said Sherry, after receiving the award. “The staff are always positive and everyone loves what they do – so it makes my work easy!”

Sherry assists in the coordination of health education classes for the staff and community. “I help with the continuing education for staff – clinical and non-clinical – as well as the health fairs and community classes, such as the First Aid/CPR/AED class. The staff is always so willing to learn and be the best they can be.” Sherry works with a team of instructors who do a lot of the hands-on training. “Their support is wonderful and I appreciate them all so much,” she added.

Sherry was nominated for this prestigious award after she had worked with the Laboratory to prepare its staff for The Joint Commission survey. “Sherry took the initiative and implemented training and competency evaluations of staff members who ran certain tests,” said her nominator. “In doing so she met The Joint Commission’s requirements, and prepared the staff by making exceptionally valuable suggestions on procedures. Sherry used her interpersonal skills to keep us on track, made decisions and updated forms and procedures. With her pleasant smile, carefully placed words and timely reminders, she was able to accomplish this major task in a relatively short time.”

Sherry was recently able to complete her Master’s Degree in Teaching while working full-time. When not at work, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren. “They bring me the greatest joy,” she exclaimed. Sherry also loves to travel and enjoys exploring in depth the places she travels to.

"Living Well With Diabetes" Class at MGH in April

Diabetes can be effectively self-managed, and anyone with this condition can enjoy a normal, healthy lifestyle by learning how to keep their diabetes under control.  Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics offers a course in “Living Well With Diabetes”, and the next two-day class is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, 2016 from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital..  

MGH&FC’s team of highly-trained healthcare professionals teaches the class, covering all aspects of diabetes – from its diagnosis, to managing medications, proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team.  By helping people understand their diabetes and giving them the tools for self-management, it can be kept well under control to prevent complications and promote healthy living.

Family members/significant others are also invited to the classes for the ongoing support they can provide.  Due to limited space, advanced registration for the class is required by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28941).  Diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans. 

"Blood Sugar Testing Potpourri" Presented at February Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Maintaining normal blood glucose levels is the goal of diabetes self-management, and essential for a normal, healthy lifestyle, without the risk of secondary health complications. The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting will cover this subject in a “Blood Sugar Testing Potpourri” to take place on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.  

Presenting the class will be MGH&FC’s Diabetes Wellness Center Director Sue Barwick, BSN, R.N., C.D.E., who will cover all aspects of blood sugar testing.  She will discuss why and when blood sugar testing should be done, what to do if your blood sugar levels are too high or too low, and how to set appropriate goals for yourself.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their glucose meters and have their questions ready, and family members/significant others are also invited to attend for the support they can give 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 at (360) 427-7332.

01/15/2016

Health Insurance Sign-Up Now Available on Two Saturdays at MGH&FC - Act Now

If you don’t have health  insurance you need to act now to enroll before the Monday, January 31, 2016 cut off or face a penalty. With open enrollment in Washington Healthplanfinder coming to an end January 31, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering two enrollment workshops to help uninsured people register for a health plan before the deadline. The workshops are free and open to anyone in the community who is still without health care coverage. The Saturday dates are January 23 and January 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ellinor Meeting Room at MGH. 

Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for all Washington State residents where individuals and families can view and compare the various health plans available and get registered.  For those who qualify, Washington Healthplanfinder offers financial help such as premium tax credits, reduced cost sharing, and Medicaid.  MGH&FC wants to ensure that everyone in the community is well covered, and that no one will be subject to a fine on their taxes for being without a medical plan. Under the Affordable Care Act everyone is required to have health care insurance. MGH&FC is making these workshops available to help people get coverage.

MGH&FC health plan enrollment workshops are a community outreach set up to answer questions about Washington Healthplanfinder and to assist people in getting signed up for an insurance plan before the deadline. For more information on the workshops, Healthplanfinder or to sign-up Monday thru Friday, call MGH&FC Project Supervisor Susana Lopez at (360) 432-7766.

01/11/2016

2016 Medical Officers Elected - Cheifs of Service Appointed

The staff of more than 100 physicians – active, courtesy, and consulting – with privileges at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, recently elected its medical officers and appointed its Chiefs of Service for 2016.

The officers include: Chief of Staff, John E. Clayton, D.O., board-certified in general surgery; Assistant Chief of Staff, Douglas Dightman, M.D., board-certified in family medicine; and past Chief of Staff, Michael Keep, M.D., board-certified in family medicine.

The 2016 Clinical Chief of Service department heads are: Anesthesia – Deborah A. Hartley, CRNA; Medicine – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Emergency Services – Joseph Hoffman, M.D.; Infant and Children’s Services – Binod Tuladhar, M.D.; Laboratory Services – Nisreen Fidda, M.D.; Nutritional Services – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Obstetrics/Gynecology – Alford Vassall Jr., M.D.; Physical Therapy – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Respiratory Therapy – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Surgery – Stephen Ou, D.O., and Radiology – Kevin J. Roscoe, M.D.

01/05/2016

Cancer Support Group to Meet in January

The beginning of a new year can mean setting New Year’s resolutions. If you are needing support to move through cancer treatment with yourself or a loved one, resolve to attend Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Cancer Support Group on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital. 

The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month, offering information and support. The class is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill, and is open to anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers.  More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.

 

1/04/2016

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

Jaydon Lee King, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ New Year’s baby, was born Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 9:42 a.m.  Jaydon weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. and was 19 inches long, and now joins four siblings. Holding Jaydon is his  mother, Crystal Reid with Mercedes Goebel, M.D., board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist from Mountain View Women’s Health, who was the attending physician in his delivery. Great grandmother, Mary Olson (far left) looks on.  Jaydon and his mother received a gift basket filled with many items, including toys, diapers, and blankets – all made possible by MGH&FC's Birth Center staff and MGH Foundation’s Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Gift Shop also offered generous discounts on many items for the new baby, such as baby care items, toys and accessories. 

01/01/2016

"Living Well With Diabetes" Class at MGH in April

Diabetes can be effectively self-managed, and anyone with this condition can enjoy a normal, healthy lifestyle by learning how to keep their diabetes under control. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics offers a course in “Living Well With Diabetes”, and the next two-day class is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

MGH&FC’s team of highly-trained healthcare professionals teaches the class, covering all aspects of diabetes – from its diagnosis, to managing medications, proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a healthcare team. By helping people understand their diabetes and giving them the tools for self-management, it can be kept well under control to prevent complications and promote healthy living.

Family members/significant others are also invited to the classes for the ongoing support they can provide. Due to limited space, advanced registration for the class is required by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28941). Diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.

12/30/2015

First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted By MGH&FC In February

If you have considered the value in learning some basic lifesaving skills, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering another First Aid/CPR/AED course the evening of Thursday, February 11, 2016  from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North. 

Open to all members of the community, the four-hour class combines First Aid, CPR and AED training, and offers a course completion card at the end.  A fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials.  The class size is limited to 16 persons, and comfortable clothing is recommended.  A Spanish interpreter can be made available on request, and early registration must be made by February 5 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609. 

12/21/2015

Karen Hilburn Receives Foundation's 2015 Flame Award

Karen Hilburn, founder of the Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund, was recently presented with the 2015 Flame Award at Mason General Hospital Foundation’s Annual Fantasy Forest Gala and Live Auction in November. Each year, MGH Foundation awards an outstanding individual from the community who demonstrates strong support of the Foundation and of MGH&FC.

An active member of the Foundation for the last 17 years, including her role as chairperson of Fantasy Forest, Karen has held a seat on the Foundation’s Membership Committee, Treasurers Committee, and Community Relations Committee.  Her most important work, however, was founding the Karen Hilburn Breast & Cancer Fund in 2003, a chapter of MGH Foundation that helps uninsured or underinsured women in our community with the costs of their diagnoses and treatment for breast cancer.  Her Fund soon expanded to include cervical cancer treatment, and to-date the Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund has helped an average of 15 women per year.  She has also been a member of Shel-Toa Orthopedic Guild, and a local Chapter PEO. 

“I am honored to receive this award, and thankful for the many donations and successful fundraising events that have helped more than 180 women over the past 12 years,” said Karen Hilburn. “It is a privilege to do this kind of work for the Hospital and community we love.”

Karen’s husband, Scott Hilburn, is a Hospital Board of Commissioner, a retired local businessman and a former mayor of Shelton. They have five sons and eight grandchildren, whom Karen lovingly refers to as “the light of my life”. Her memberships and volunteer work also include being a Cub Scout leader for her sons, and a Deacon and Elder at her church.

12/18/2015

"Mind Over Food - Transforming Your Food Relationship!" - Shelton And Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meetings Topic In January

Getting proper nutrition and maintaining a good body weight is something many people strive for, but have difficulty giving up old eating habits. For those managing diabetes, a proper diet is essential for a normal, healthy lifestyle, free of complications. “Mind Over Food – Transforming Your Food Relationship!” will be the topic for the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics (MGH&FC) Shelton and Allyn Diabetes Support Group meetings. Meetings will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Room at Mason General Hospital and Thursday January 28, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

Joyce Horton, registered dietitian at MGH&FC, will speak on how anyone can learn mindful eating principles and at the same time discover freedom and fun in a new relationship with food!  Family members/significant others are strongly encouraged to attend – as the best support for those managing diabetes is when everyone gets on board for a healthier lifestyle.  As always, there will be time for questions and answers.

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.

12/11/2015

MGH&FC's MRI Program Meets The Gold Standard ACR Accreditation

MGH&FC’s Diagnostic Imaging Department has once again been recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for attaining their “gold standard” in safety and quality, nation-wide. This time, the Hospital’s MRI program and staff have been granted the accreditation, raising the bar in MGH&FC’s pursuit of excellence in patient-centered care.

ACR accreditation is given to health care facilities nationwide who score high in their CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Mammography programs. The MRI certification process involves a comprehensive review of the MRI system, including its staff, policies, procedures and scanning protocols, in addition to the quality of images produced. “This is great news – not just for our dedicated staff whose hard work and diligence made it possible, but for our entire community, who continue to benefit from excellence in care,” said Michael Gray, MGH&FC director of Diagnostic Imaging. “I am proud of the recognition our department continues to receive, showing how a hospital system like ours can rate among the best in the country.”

11/13/2015

Lisa Hagmann

MGH&FC November Employee of the Month

A common thread amongst Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Employees of the Month has been a love of their job, dedication to teamwork, and ‘family-like’ regards for their fellow employees.  Lisa Hagmann, a receptionist at MGH Shelton Family Medicine (SFM) is no exception. “Our Clinic is like a family,” she said, after receiving the MGH&FC Employee of the Month award for November. “We work hard, support each other, and truly enjoy being together.”  She added, “The patients are wonderful, too. They trust us to look after them and know we will do all we can to make a difference in their care.”  

Lisa grew up in Bremerton and later moved to Shelton to be with her mother and sister.  She began working at SFM 17 years ago. Her nominator for the award summed up Lisa by saying, “On the many occasions I have had to call SFM, Lisa has always been polite, friendly and helpful.  Her response is always so refreshing and I truly appreciate all her help.”

Lisa’s husband, Barry, is a police officer for the Squaxin Police Department. They have two children, Bella, 11, and Adrian, 3. When not working, Lisa enjoys being with family and going to Cannon Beach, Oregon.  She also likes hiking, working out and running, and has participated in half-marathons and in the annual Goldsborough Creek Run fundraiser for MGH&FC.

9/30/2015

Paula Wood

MGH&FC October Employee of the Month

Paula Wood, monitor technician/certified nursing assistant in Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ intensive care unit (ICU), was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’s Employee of the Month for October.  This is the second time in her twenty years at the Hospital that she has received this honor. 

“Paula always puts the patient first”, said her nominator.  “She is hardworking, trustworthy, reliable and timely.  She listens well and will laugh or cry with the patients, giving words of encouragement freely.  She is truly a wonderful person to work with.”

“My co-workers are important to me,” said Paula, after receiving the award.  “They are amazing people.  We are close like family, and always learning from the ICU nurses so we can increase our knowledge.”

Paula recently retired as an EMT volunteer after 22 years.  She is a Shelton High School graduate from the class of 1979, and worked at Holiday Park Retirement Center and Fir Lane Health and Rehab Center before coming to work for Mason General Hospital.  Paula and her husband of 38 years, Rick, have two adult children.  When she’s not working, Paula and Rick enjoy being with their seven grandchildren and watching them play sports.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking, canning, camping, hunting, fishing, rock collecting and ‘star gazing’. In addition, Paula appreciates her two siblings - Sharon and Don. “They mean the world to me,” she added.

10/15/2015

MGH&FC's February "Living Well With Diabetes Class

Understanding diabetes and learning to self-manage this health condition is key to enjoying a healthy, normal lifestyle, free of complications. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will present a two-day class in diabetes self-management entitled “Living Well with Diabetes” on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2 and 3, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing Room at Mason General Hospital.

Highly trained health care professionals from MGH&FC’s Diabetes Wellness program teach the class, covering everything about diabetes – from diagnosis to medications, meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a health care team. Keeping diabetes well-managed and under control is possible with the information and tools provided by these experts.

Due to limited space, advance registration for the class is required. To pre-register, call Sue Barwick, R.N., certified diabetes educator, at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28940 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, ext. 28940). Diabetes education is a covered service under most insurance plans.

9/30/2015

Tenielle Masteller

MGH&FC September Employee of the Month

Tenielle Masteller, a volunteer coordinator and Human Resource assistant, was named Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ September Employee of the Month by her peers.  Having worked in this capacity at MGH&FC since July 2011, she was nominated by an unprecedented number of ‘four’ co-workers.

“Her very presence creates a calm and positive atmosphere,” said one nominator. “No matter which ‘hat’ she wears in her various roles, Tenielle is unfailingly helpful.  She shares information, advice and resources readily and follows up on her commitments.”  Another colleague stated, “She is able to see the ‘big picture’ and often offers clever suggestions to improve processes. We have seen her department grow significantly in its functions and availability. Tenielle is one of the ‘shining stars’ of the Hospital District, and is very deserving of this recognition.”

“I love working here,” Tenielle said, after receiving her award. “I have met a lot of wonderful people -- from our volunteers to students to co-workers… and I’m extremely grateful for all these people. This is the best place to work in our community,” she added, saying, “I was born and raised in Shelton and I love living in the South Puget Sound area.” 

As part of her many assigned duties as a HR assistant, Tenielle reviews and prepares the Employee of the Month nomination forms for submitting to the Selection Committee. “Well, this time the committee went around me and made the selection without my knowledge,” she explained. “When they presented the award to the September recipient, the joke was on me!”

Tenielle was one of the volunteer organizers of MGH&FC’s participation in “The Big Climb” – a fundraiser that takes place at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. It is sponsored annually by the Washington/Alaska chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   Nearly 6,000 people take the challenge of climbing 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s highest skyscraper. MGH&FC has participated in the Climb for the past three years.

Tenielle is a 1998 Shelton High School graduate. She and her husband Todd, who works locally in concrete construction, have been married for 12 years. “I have two awesome step sons, Taylor and Ty, whom I enjoy tremendously,” Tenielle said, with a smile. This past summer the Masteller’s enjoyed spending their time on the Wynochee River with friends and family on pontoon boats. “And now I am preparing for and looking forward to the renovation of our home in the next year,” she said.

09/28/2015

Donation From Our Community Credit Union Supports SPLASH and Helps Meet Funding Need for Immediate Community Pool Repairs!

Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) has helped SPLASH (Support & Preserve Lifelong Aquatic Safety & Health) to meet its funding goal with a contribution of $10,000 to go toward the immediate repairs required to keep the Shelton community pool open.  

Bert Fisher, OCCU CEO, stated, “The Shelton community is surrounded by some of the most spectacular water access in the Pacific Northwest.   As stewards of the community, OCCU has an obligation and responsibility to the members of our community, especially our children, and the generations to follow thereafter.”   Mr. Fisher added that “OCCU is committed to supporting a safe environment where everyone in Mason County, and the surrounding areas, can learn to swim and be comfortable in and around the water.  We would be irresponsible if we did not support SPLASH’s efforts to ensure that everyone has access to this important community resource.  The Shelton community pool project and the outstanding efforts of SPLASH provide this opportunity.  We are thrilled to be a part of the great work being done for the overall health and safety of our community. ”

Working on a tight deadline to assure the completion of the repairs needed to maximize utilization of the pool by community members, students and local swim teams, SPLASH feverishly raised money to fund the construction work needed to keep the pool in operation.  The immediate repairs cost a total of $177,000.  Working with the community, SPLASH has directly raised over $100,000.  Additional grants and support from local and regional partners has contributed to raising the total amount needed to complete the current pool repairs.  This generous and timely donation of $10,000 from Our Community Credit Union made it possible for SPLASH to meet the funding needs for the pool and making it possible for the repairs to be completed by the September 25, 2015, deadline.

“Kudos goes to the members of the SPLASH board and to the numerous community members, businesses and organizations who have stepped forward to raise the funds needed for the necessary immediate repairs to keep the pool open. The SPLASH Board members have done an amazing job in garnering community support and raising funds in a very short period of time and is an awesome example of our community working together and accomplishing great things,” said Eric Moll, MGH&FC CEO. Joining Moll in acknowledgement of this wonderful community effort was Bob Appel, MGH&FC liaison to SPLASH, “A cooperative and dynamic partnership has been forged between Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, the Shelton School District and SPLASH to raise the funds necessary for the immediately needed repairs to the pool thus allowing it to stay open.”

09/02/2015

Hospital's CT Program Receives Prestigious ACR Accreditation

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics was recently notified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) that its CT program passed the ACR’s highest standard of accreditation in quality and safety, identifying MGH&FC’s CT program among the best in the country.

ACR accreditation is the “gold” standard in the industry. It grants accreditation to facilities nationwide in ten modalities, including CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Mammography capabilities. The CT certification process involves a comprehensive review of the entire CT system, which includes staff, policies, procedures and scanning protocols, in addition to the quality of the images produced. 

“I want to acknowledge the entire CT staff for their dedication and support, on a daily basis, that made this achievement possible,” said Michael Gray, R.T., director of MGH&FC’s Diagnostic Imaging. “I would also like to congratulate and recognize CT Lead Technologist Shane Faford for his hard work in preparing all of the images and the pages of documentation that were submitted along with our application for this prestigious award.”

8/24/2015

Craig Tavis

MGH&FC August Employee of the Month

Craig Tavis, B.C.P.S., pharmacist, was recently selected by his peers at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics to be “Employee of the Month” for August. He began working at MGH&FC in November of 2011. Upon graduating from Washington State University College of Pharmacy in 1994, he went to work for his family’s pharmacy for 15 years. When it sold, he worked in the private sector as a pharmacist before coming to MGH&FC. “I had interned at Mason General in my second year of pharmacy school,” said Craig. “So when the position opened up here, I was excited to be able to come back.”

Craig’s nominator stated, “Craig stands out as one of the best employees. He is always helpful and willing to engage with staff, and takes the time to understand what patients, staff and providers need in order to work toward a solution for everyone. Craig brings a lot of humor and positive energy, and it is always a pleasure to work with him.”

Recently Craig became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). “It was an intense two-year study,” commented Craig. He went on to explain how pharmacotherapy is that area of pharmacy practice responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. As a pharmacotherapy specialist, he has a responsibility for direct patient care, often functioning as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and is frequently the primary source of drug information for other health care professionals.

“I love working here, as this is a progressive organization that plays an important role in health care,” said Craig. “I work with a great group of people who are very professional and always striving to do a better job.”

Craig and his wife, Jenny, who is also a pharmacist, have two children – a daughter 10 years of age and a 14 year-old son. They are expecting their third child in late August. When not engaged in his work or family activities, Craig loves to go rock climbing, fishing, and boating.

08/22/2015

Mason General Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Ou Now Board-Certified

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics recently announced the board certification of Orthopedic Surgeon Stephen Ou, D.O.  Board certification in Orthopedic surgery requires that a candidate complete a multi-stage process including an accredited residency, a written examination (Part I), a period of 20 months in practice, a peer review, and an oral examination based on the candidate's own practice (Part II).  A surgeon who has passed the Part I written examination and is practicing while awaiting admission to Part II is deemed “Board Eligible”.

Dr. Ou joined the medical staff at MGH Shelton Orthopedics and Mason General Hospital in 2011. He specializes in general community orthopedics, fracture care, and arthroscopic surgeries and joint replacement of the shoulder, hip and knee.  An active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr. Ou has a Fellowship in Sports Medicine from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and is now board-certified in orthopedic surgery.

07/27/2015

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

It is beginning to be a habit. For the eighth consecutive year, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has received the prestigious, “Most Wired” Hospital award, this year competing with more than 2,000 hospitals surveyed across the nation in information systems capability.  The Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired Survey identified MGH&FC as one of the top hospitals in the country that were given this designation. The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually and publishes its findings and the names of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems in H&HN magazine, a publication of the Journal of the American Hospital Association. 

MGH&FC first received the “Most Wired”- Rural Hospital award in 2008 and 2009, and then in 2010 it was reclassified to be included in not just rural, but all hospitals, nationwide.  Every year since then ‒ 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014  and now 2015 ‒ MGH&FC has received the Most Wired Hospital award for information technology (IT) that implements systems to ensure quality and improve efficiency in the delivery of patient care.

The Most Wired Hospital award is based on four categories: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. It also focuses on how hospitals use information technologies for quality of care, customer service, public health and safety, business processes, and workforce issues. Most Wired hospitals have better drug formulary checks and drug interaction alerts than hospitals in general, and are better prepared for security breaches, employing more tools to protect patient data. They monitor their IT performance more closely, and monitor their health system’s overall performance more thoroughly, as well as engaging more patients online in social media sites.

“Maintaining a leadership position in health care technology is not easy. We are fortunate to have a culture of resiliency and adaptability to change allowing us to leverage technology to evolve our workflows. This award in technology is really an acknowledgement to our exceptional people,” said Eric Moll, MGH&FC’s CEO.

7/17/2015

Karen Day

MGH&FC July Employee of the Month

Karen Day, pharmacy technician, was recently selected by her peers at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics to be “Employee of the Month” for July. This is the second time Karen has received this prestigious award; the last time was in 1998. 

Karen has worked in MGH&FC’s Pharmacy department since 1996. “I enjoy how engaging everyone is. We all work so well together – putting the patient first,” said Karen after receiving her award. She admits that there have been a lot of changes in her department over the years, many due to the advancing technologies in patient care. “Everything is so computerized,” she said.  Because of MGH&FC’s forward thinking and implementation of new technology, it has earned a national recognition as a “Most Wired Hospital” for the past eight years.

Karen was nominated by four fellow employees who jointly commented, “Karen comes to work with a positive attitude every day. She will try her best to answer any questions, and she always puts the patients first. She juggles many responsibilities and is a great leader who takes the initiative to help her co-workers succeed. Karen is an inspiring and kind-hearted human being.”

When not working, Karen enjoys camping, reading, being with friends, and spending time with her black Labrador Retriever. She also makes it a point to take a trip somewhere different every year.

 

6/05/2015

JoVanna Eisenbarth

MGH&FC June Employee of the Month

JoVanna Eisenbarth, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), was selected by her peers to be Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinic’s  June “Employee of the Month.”  JoVanna has been with MGH&FC for the past two years after working all over the country – Los Angeles, Miami, and parts of the Midwest – before coming to Shelton. “We were traveling everywhere looking for a place to call home and we found it here,” JoVanna said.  After growing up in Alaska, JoVanna received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii, Hilo,  and her Master of Science in Anesthesiology from Barry University, Florida. She and her husband, Carsten, and two young sons were looking for a friendly community and a place where they could enjoy the outdoors. “We love it here, as there are so many things to do,” said the kayaker and golfer. “There’s never a shortage of outdoor activities.”

JoVanna described how friendly and cooperative she found the staff at MGH&FC on her interview. “I could tell they love their jobs,” she said. “I have worked in many major medical facilities and I just love how team-oriented the people are here and how well they work together. I have never had this experience before.”

JoVanna’s nominator went on to say, “She is very motivated, has a great work ethic and is quick to develop trusting relationships with her patients. JoVanna is highly regarded by our surgical teams and has shown to be prompt and effective when critical situations arise. In addition, she has a wonderful sense of humor and positive attitude.” 

 

5/14/2015

MGH&FC's Walk-In Clinic Now Open

When you need prompt medical attention for a non-life-threatening medical condition, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics now has a team of health care providers available at its newly-opened “Walk-in Clinic”.

The Clinic, which opened in early May, is staffed by a team of qualified health care providers and welcomes both current and new patients on a drop-in basis. Located next door to Shelton Family Medicine at 939 Mountain View Drive, the Clinic is open six days a week – Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on Sundays). For more information on this new service, contact the Walk-In Clinic at (360) 432-3298.

In order to provide you with medical treatment in the most appropriate care setting, it is important to follow these guidelines:

Non-Emergency Medical Conditions
For a non-emergency medical condition, start by contacting your primary care physician’s office for an appointment. If your regular physician or health care provider is not available when you need to be seen, MGH&FC’s Walk-In Clinic can provide care for a non-life-threatening illness or minor injury. Types of non-emergency services provided may include treatment for common illnesses such as colds, flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever and rashes. The Clinic will also treat minor injuries such as sprains, strains, minor cuts and other minor injuries.

Emergent or Life-Threatening Conditions
In the case of a serious or life-threatening illness or injury that requires immediate attention, go directly to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.

 

5/06/2015

Mozell Snider

MGH&FC May Employee of the Month

When Mozell Snider, mammographer and CT/x-ray technologist, was recently named MGH&FC “Employee of the Month” for the second time in her career, it was unknown to many that she comes from a family of radiology technologists. “My mom (Barb Putvin), now retired from MGH&FC, had this same job,” said Mozell. “And my brother is an x-ray technologist, too.” Mozell has worked at MGH&FC for the past 25 years and loves what she does. “I enjoy taking care of my community and helping people get through their situations. The older I get, the more I value helping people in the community.”

Mozell’s nominator summed her up by saying, “She continues to go above and beyond expectation to help improve patient care. Mozell is always quick to step in and help wherever needed. She offers ideas for improvement, is committed to our community, and strives to make MGH&FC a better place for patient care.”

The mother of two very active and accomplished college-age daughters, Mozell stays busy with their activities. Her older daughter, Paige has cheerleading duties at the University of Washington, Seattle; and her younger daughter; Beth is an equestrian and will be pursuing the title of Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo this September at the Rodeo Finals to be held in Prineville, Oregon. “They really keep me involved in their activities,” said Mozell. Between helping Beth out at their mini-farm and attending UW sporting events to watch Paige in action, Mozell and her husband, Steve, are very busy parents. In addition to this, Mozell is very active in her local church, Mt Olive Lutheran.

Recently, Mozell had major back surgery, putting ‘on hold’ her personal activities of working out at the gym and being a class instructor until she makes a full recovery. “I am hoping to get back to the gym very soon,” she declared.

 

4/10/2015

Jessica Olivas

MGH&FC April Employee of the Month

Jessica Olivas, a Patient Accounts representative at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’s “Employee of the Month” for April. Jessica joined the Patient Accounts staff at the beginning of March, coming from MGH Olympic Physicians where she worked as a receptionist. 

“Jessica sets the standard as an amazing role model. She is hard-working, but makes the office a fun place to be. She is dedicated to her position and loyal to her co-workers,” said her nominator. Jessica began working for Olympic Physicians in 2013, before the clinic joined  the MGH&FC health system. In March 2015 she moved to the Patient Accounts department at MGH.

“I love my job because I get to help people,” said Jessica. “I especially like helping the Hispanic community as I am bi-lingual and able to answer their questions and help them understand their invoices.” Jessica is working on becoming a certified medical Spanish interpreter. “I have passed the written exam and am now getting ready for the oral,” she added.

Jessica and her husband, Michael, have one daughter, Violet. They moved to the Shelton area five years ago. “And I love it here,” she said. When she isn’t working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family.

 

2/13/2015

Jennifer Anderson

MGH&FC February Employee of the Month

Jennifer L. Anderson, R.N., manager of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Ambulatory Care, was selected by her peers to be MGH&FC’s “Employee of the Month” for February.

“Jennifer has a challenging job that pulls her in many directions throughout the day,” said Jennifer’s nominator. “She not only juggles many tasks, but she does so efficiently, effectively and with a smile. Never appearing overwhelmed, Jennifer always has time for people and is a good listener who makes you feel that your input is valuable. She is always striving for teamwork and excellence in patient care.”

Jennifer has been at MGH&FC for four years and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Her husband Robert also works for MGH&FC as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. They have an adult son.

Jennifer oversees 21 staff members as manager of Ambulatory Care. Her scope of work includes supervising the staff that prepares patients for surgery with pre-admit and preoperative care. After surgery, her team handles recovery and post-operative care. In addition to this, Jennifer oversees wound care and out-patient procedures such as colonoscopies.

“I love my job,” Jennifer said, after receiving her award. “I enjoy the many patients, visitors and staff I come into contact with. Our hospital is a very good place to work with a strong ‘community feel’ and a collaborative work environment. With a great sense of comradery among the staff, we can always rely on one another to help when needed. I have worked in many larger hospitals, but none have the same ‘team’ feeling.”

When not working, Jennifer enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, sailing, scuba diving and gardening.

2/2/2015

2015 Medical Officers Elected - Chiefs of Service Appointed

The staff of more than 100 physicians – active, courtesy, and consulting – with privileges at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics recently elected its medical officers and appointed its Chiefs of Service for 2015.

The officers include : Chief of Staff, Michael Keep, M.D., board-certified in Family Practice; Assistant Chief of Staff, John E. Clayton, D.O., board-certified in General Surgery, and past Chief of Staff, Dean E. Gushee, M.D., board-certified in Emergency Medicine.

The 2015 Clinical Chiefs of Service unit heads are: Anesthesia – Deborah A. Hartley, CRNA; Medicine – Mark L. Schlauderaff, M.D.; Emergency Services – Joseph R. Hoffman, M.D.; Infant and Children’s Services – Rose Ann Rayos, M.D.; Laboratory Services – J. Michael Odell, M.D.; Nutritional Services – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Obstetrics – Alford N. Vassall, M.D.; Respiratory Therapy – Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.; Surgery – Stephen Ou, D.O.; and Radiology – Kevin J. Roscoe, M.D.

1/22/2015

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).

1/20/2015

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.”

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. 

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