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"
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).
"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.
"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.
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.
"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).
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.
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.
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).