Mason General Hospital Visiting Hours

8:00 am to 8:30 pm, daily

Telephone

Mason General Hospital
(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.
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.” 

 

6/02/2015

Hilburn Fund Hosts 2015 'Tour De Mason Lake' Bike Ride in June

The Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund (KHBCCF), a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, presents ‘Tour de Mason Lake,’ a bicycle ride fundraising event in Shelton on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

The scenic 20, 32 or 44-mile circuit with medium and rolling hills begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Olympic Middle School, 800 East K Street, Shelton. Check-in is at 7:45 a.m. for all three courses.  The 20-mile course will go to Mason Lake and return; the 32-mile ride will circle Mason Lake and return, and the 44-mile ride will circle Mason Lake twice before returning.  An entry fee of $40 per person includes a commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last) and entry forms are available at Anytime Fitness on Olympic Highway North, or online at www.active.com. Mail or drop off completed registration forms (one entry per person) plus check made payable to KHBCCF to: Anytime Fitness, 2121 Olympic Hwy N., Ste. 106, Shelton, WA 98584.

All proceeds from the 2015 Tour de Mason Lake benefit the Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund, which helps women who are uninsured or underinsured with the expenses for the treatment and diagnoses of breast and cervical cancers.

Event sponsors include: Anytime Fitness, Black Star, Heritage Bank, Life Fitness, McCarty & Associates “a marketing firm”, and Olympic Mountain Ice Cream.

6/01/2015

A Garden of Benefits

June Topic for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Joining a community garden is a wonderful way to stay fit, and for those managing diabetes, it’s a great way to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle that combines the benefits of great exercise and nutrition.  “A Garden of Benefits” will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Washington Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

Presenting the class will be guest speaker R. Jeanne Rehwaldt, coordinator supervisor for the WSU Extension – Mason County Food Sense Nutrition and Master Gardener Programs.  She will be exploring the physical, emotional, and social benefits of community gardens, and how anyone can benefit from them; even those who can’t join a community garden.  Family members and significant others are also invited to attend for their own interest, and in support of their loved ones with diabetes.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E., at (360) 427-7332.

5/19/2015

Cancer Support Group Gives Hope

Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics understand how hard it is to go through cancer treatment alone.  With that in mind they are now hosting a monthly Cancer Support Group which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday June 15,  2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.

The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.

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.

 

04/28/2015

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 16, 2015 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 refreshments 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.

04/26/2015

MGH&FC's Cancer Support Group May Meeting

Hard times in life are much easier when you have someone to go thru them with you. Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics understand this, and so they host a monthly Cancer Support Group to help patients so they “don’t have go it alone”.  The next monthly Cancer Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday May 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.

The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.

MGH&FC's First Aid/CPR/AED Course In June

With summer just around the corner learning First Aid/CPR/AED is important to summer time safety.  Registration is now open for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics June “First Aid/CPR/AED”. It’s set for Thursday, June 11.  2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.  A non-refundable class registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is payable in advance, and includes books and materials.

Combining First Aid with CPR and AED training, the class includes a “course completion card” that will be made available at the end of the class. It is open to the entire community, and a Spanish interpreter can be made available, if needed. Comfortable clothing is recommended for all attendees. 

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

04/25/2015

"Happy Gut... Happy Life"

MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for May

A healthy gastrointestinal tract can improve your quality of life, prevent disease, and help your immune function – and maximizing GI health should be of particular interest to those managing diabetes. “Happy Gut… Happy Life” will be the topic of discussion at the next Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting, set for Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

Speaking on the subject will be MGH Dietician Sarah Fulkerson, RD, CDE, who will provide tips on some easy lifestyle changes that can improve GI function and make a huge impact on your well-being. Family members/significant others are welcome to participate in this fun-filled discussion in support of their loved ones with diabetes, and also for their own health benefit!

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.

04/17/2015

Deadline is Approaching for Registration Special Rate

Tuesday, May 12 is the deadline to register for the special rate of $20  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 30, and features a 7-mile Run/Walk, a 2-mile Run/Walk, and a ¼-mile Junior Jog.  After the  12th  the rate goes up to $25.  An optional, commemorative t-shirt is available for purchase by that same date - 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. The starting line is at Shelton Valley Christian School with the finish line at the Post Office.   “All participants in the 2-mile and 7-mile events are bussed from the registration area at the Post Office to the starting line at Shelton Valley,” said Sheryal Balding, director of the event. “So being on time is critical.”

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 2015 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 27. For more information on the Goldsborough Creek Run & Walk, visit the Hospital website at www.MasonGeneral.com.

04/12/2015

"Happy Gut... Happy Life"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for May

A healthy gastrointestinal tract can improve your quality of life, prevent disease, and help your immune function – and maximizing GI health should be of particular interest to those managing diabetes. “Happy Gut… Happy Life” will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Washington Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

Speaking on the subject will be MGH Dietician Sarah Fulkerson, RD, CDE, who will provide tips on some easy lifestyle changes that can improve GI function and make a huge impact on your well-being. Family members/significant others are welcome to participate in this fun-filled discussion in support of their loved ones with diabetes, and also for their own health benefit!

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E., at (360) 427-7332.

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.

 

03/30/2015

"Prize Winning Performance Principles"

April Topic for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group Meeting

The secrets to success with diabetes self-management come down to the best principles for healthy living, and anyone with the condition can learn to effectively use them. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will present “Prize-Winning Performance Principles” at the next Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting, set for Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

Come out and learn the performance principles that lead to prize-winning success in the self-management of diabetes! Presenting the class is Gretchen Rice, MSW, ACSW, and popular member of the faculty of MGH’s Diabetes Wellness Center educators. Helping you shape your environment so you can be a winner, she will answer any questions you have, and invite you to share your own success principles. As always, family members/significant others are welcome to attend for the support they provide.

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.

03/20/2015

MGH&FC Cancer Support Group Offers Help at Monthly Meetings

The word “cancer” can come as a shock to a person and their family. Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics understand this, and have a Cancer Support Group that wants patients to know they “don’t have go it alone”. The next monthly Cancer Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday April 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.

The Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is led by Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, a cancer retreat facilitator at Harmony Hill. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC at (360) 432-7706.

MGH&FC's First Aid/CPR/AED Course In May

Summer is just around the corner, which makes this a perfect time to register for the May “First Aid/CPR/AED” class presented by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics. It’s set for Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North. A non-refundable class registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is payable in advance, and includes books and materials.

Combining First Aid with CPR and AED training, the class includes a “course completion card” that will be made available at the end of the class. It is open to the entire community, and a Spanish interpreter can be made available, if needed. Comfortable clothing is recommended for all attendees.

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

03/19/2015

"Prize Winning Performance Principles"

April Topic for MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group

The secrets to success with diabetes self-management come down to the best principles for healthy living, and anyone with the condition can learn to effectively use them. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will present “Prize-Winning Performance Principles” at the next Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting, set for Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Washington Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

Come out and learn the performance principles that lead to prize-winning success in the self-management of diabetes! Presenting the class is Gretchen Rice, MSW, ACSW, and popular member of the faculty of MGH’s Diabetes Wellness Center educators. Helping you shape your environment so you can be a winner, she will answer any questions you have, and invite you to share your own success principles. As always, family members/significant others are welcome to attend for the support they provide.

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E. at (360) 427-7332.

"Living Well With Diabetes" Class set for June

Diabetes doesn’t just affect the person with the condition – it also affects those close to them. With that in mind, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics encourages a family member or friend to also attend its next “Living Well with Diabetes” three-evening class, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 16 through 18, 2015 in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital. Tuesday and Wednesday classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Thursday class is 6 to 8 p.m. The assistance of loved ones is essential in learning to effectively self-manage the condition and keep it under control for normal, healthy living.

MGH&FC’s team of highly-trained health care professionals teaches the class, covering all aspects of diabetes – from its diagnosis, to managing medications, proper meal planning, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living well, and engaging support people and a health care team. By helping people understand their diabetes and giving them the tools for self-management, it can be kept well under control to prevent complications. Family members/significant others are also invited to the classes for the ongoing support they can provide.

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

2/24/2015

"Vision: Our Window to the World"

March Topic for MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Group Meeting

Maximum eye health is very important in diabetes self-management, and maintaining good vision is vital to preventing serious complications that will hinder a healthy, independent lifestyle. “Vision: Our Window to the World” is the topic of the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting, to held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

The guest speaker is Jan Weatherly, R.D., C.D.E., and retired diabetes educator of 27 years with the Washington State Department of Health, and former president of both the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Washington Association of Diabetes Educators. She is currently vice District C governor of the Lions Club, whose signature program is ‘Sight Preservation,’ and she will be discussing the many sight-enhancing programs the Lions Club engages in, globally and locally.

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.

2/23/2015

"You Are Not Alone"

MGH&FC Cancer Support Group Meets Monthly

Harmony Hill and Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics want all cancer patients to know they ‘don’t have go it alone’. A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event, and having a support group to help you understand and cope emotionally makes all the difference in the world. This monthly Support Group invites anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers.

The March Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday March 30, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mason General Hospital’s Pershing Room, through the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance. More information on the Cancer Support Group is available by calling MGH&FC’s Patient Navigator Karry Trout, BA, RT(R)(M) at (360) 432-7706.

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

"Living Well With Diabetes" Class at MGH in April

Diabetes can be effectively self-managed, and anyone with this condition can enjoy a normal, healthy lifestyle by learning how to keep their diabetes under control. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics offers a course in “Living Well With Diabetes”, and the next two-day class is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15, 2015 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing 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.

2/19/2015

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

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will be presenting another FIRST AID/CPR/First Aid class on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North. This certificate class requires a non-refundable registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) payable in advance.

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 the fee includes 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.

2/17/2015

"Vision: Our Window to the World"

March Topic at MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Maximum eye health is very important in diabetes self-management, and maintaining good vision is vital to preventing serious complications that will hinder a healthy, independent lifestyle. “Vision: Our Window to the World” is the topic of the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting, to held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Washington Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital.

The guest speaker is Jan Weatherly, R.D., C.D.E., retired diabetes educator of 27 years with the Washington State Department of Health, and former president of both the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Washington Association of Diabetes Educators. She is currently vice District C governor of the Lions Club, whose signature program is ‘Sight Preservation,’ and she will be discussing the many sight-enhancing programs the Lions Club engages in, globally and locally.

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.

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.

1/28/2015

"Diabetes Self Management: Problem-Solving"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for February

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

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

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E. at (360) 427-7332.

1/22/2015

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).

Cancer Support Group Meets Monthly at MGH

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event, and having a support group to help you understand and cope emotionally makes all the difference in the world. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics and Harmony Hill are co-sponsoring a Cancer Support Group for anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including their caregivers.

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

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

1/20/2015

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.”

1/13/2015

"Diabetes Self Management: Problem-Solving"

MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting Topic for February

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

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

The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E. at (360) 427-7332.

Hospital and Local Area Offer a Wide Range of Community Support Groups

Joining a support or service group can be a very empowering way to deal with a chronic condition, help you through a difficult time, and meet people with similar challenges. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics extends its outreach by offering and endorsing community support groups that meet regularly at the Hospital and in surrounding areas.

Support and Service Groups meeting on a regular basis at Mason General Hospital include: MGHF Auxiliary, which meets the second Monday of each month at 12 p.m. in the Ellinor Room – contact Connie at (360) 426-4070.  MGH&FC Cancer Support Group, open to anyone affected by cancer, including caregivers, meets every third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p. in the Pershing Room – contact Karry at (360) 432-7706. MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group meets the third Thursday of the month (except July and August) from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Room – contact Sue at (360) 427-7332.  Narcotics Anonymous meets every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. – call (360) 754-4433 for more information.  Overeaters Anonymous meets every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at MGH, and every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Saint David’s Church, 324 W. Cedar Street in Shelton – call Lori at (360) 970-8249 for more information.  Prostate Cancer Awareness & Support Group for Men and Significant Others meets the last Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at MGH, and every second Tuesday of the month at Olympic Bakery, Spencer Lake in Shelton from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (except on Holiday weekends) – contact Bill at (360) 426-2486 for further information.

Additional local area Support Groups include:  AARP Driver Safety, with classes meeting at different times and locations in Mason County – visit www.aarpdriversafety.org for current classes.  Alcoholics Anonymousmeetings are held throughout the Mason County area, for a current list of locations and times call Patient Resources at (360) 427-9544, or call (360) 352-7344, or visit http://www.area72aa.org/.  Alzheimer’s Support Group (Shelton) meets the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Alpine Way Continuing Care Community, 900 W. Alpine Way – contact Kathy at (360) 426-2600.  Bereavement Support Group (Providence Sound Home Care) meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center – contact Barb at (360) 493-4667.  Cancer Support Group meets the second Sunday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St. in Shelton – contact Faith Lutheran Church at (360) 426-8611.  MGH&FC Allyn Diabetes Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of the month (except July and August) from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn Building’s downstairs meeting room – contact Sue at (360) 427-7332.  For the Domestic Violence Support Group contact Turning Pointe for a prescreening appointment at (360) 432-1212 or (877) 923-1212.  Grief and Loss meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Alpine Way Continuing Care Community, 900 W. Alpine Way in Shelton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – contact Kathy at (360) 426-2600.  MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) welcomes all mothers and children from birth to age 5 (child care provided) to meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at First Baptist Church, 428 W Cota St. in Shelton from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept through May only – call (360) 426-8461 for further information.  For the National Alliance on Mental Illness call (360) 493-6021, or the 24-hour hotline at (360) 866-0403.  For Parenting and Baby Sitting Classes call the American Red Cross at (360) 352-8575 or visit www.rainier.redcross.org.  Parkinson’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at Alpine Way Continuing Care Community, 900 W. Alpine Way in Shelton from 12:30 to 3 pm. – call Kathy at (360) 426-2600.  For Reach to Recovery call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 for a referral.  Shelton Neuropathy Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Shelton Library – contact Mary Ann at (360) 480-9480.  For the Teen Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group call Margaret at (360) 426-6925 to sign up, or the Shelton High School Counselor’s office at (360) 426-4471 (free and confidential).  TOPS 1402 meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E Harstine Island Road N. in Shelton – contact Marlene at (360) 427-3873.  Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at the Pavilion Senior Center – weigh-in at 11:45 am for Meeting at 12:15 – contact Pat at (360) 229-9439.

* Please note: These Groups are regularly updated on the MGH&FC website at www.masongeneral.com, but meeting dates and times may change, so please contact the  Group directly to verify dates, times, and locations.

The Patient Resources Department at Mason General Hospital has information on many more support and self-help groups in the Mason & Thurston County available by calling (360) 427-9544. The Crisis Clinic also has a comprehensive listing of services available with information at (360) 586-2800. 

1/9/2015

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

Knowing how to help save a life in a medical emergency can make someone a great value to their community or workplace, and endorsing that, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering another First Aid/CPR/AED course on Thursday evening, February 12, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.

Combining First Aid with CPR and AED training, the course includes a “course completion card” that will be made available at the end of the class. It is open to the entire community, and an early, non-refundable registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) includes the cost of books and materials. A Spanish interpreter can be made available if needed, and comfortable clothing is recommended for all attendees.

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

"Living Well with Diabetes" Class at MGH in April

Diabetes can be effectively self-managed, and anyone with this condition can enjoy a normal, healthy lifestyle by learning how to keep their diabetes under control. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics offers a course in “Living Well With Diabetes”, and the next two-day class is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15, 2015 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

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

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

1/6/2015

Hospital has New Year's Baby

Fifty-eight minutes into “New Year 2015” on January 1, Olivia Lee King was born in The Birth Center at Mason General Hospital. The 2015 New Year’s Baby weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz. and was 20-½ inches long. Olivia and her parents, Cyle and Holly King, received a gift bag filled with many items, including toys, diapers, and sparkling apple cider – all made possible by The Birth Center staff, MGH&FC, and MGH Foundation’s Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Gift Shop contributed to the festivities by giving a generous discount on many items for the new baby, such as baby care items and adorable toys and accessories. Helping in the celebration was Birth Center Director Kris Gaa, R.N, shown here (right) with baby Olivia and her proud parents.

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