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.
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 a heart-healthy meal demonstration by MGH&FC House Supervisor/Chronic Care Case Manager Terri Gushee, RN, BSN, and 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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