What’s Happening... 2014 November

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n Washington Healthplanfinder – Open Enrollment Begins in November
The annual open enrollment period for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Program
(Healthplanfinder) runs November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 for health plan coverage beginning January 1, 2015. Those who are eligible for Apple Health/Medicaid can enroll year-round.
If you have questions about enrollment please contact Lee Ayers, project supervisor, Mason
General Hospital & Family of Clinics at (360) 432-7766.
Congratulations to Terri Gushee, R.N.,
director of Care Coordination Services, and
house supervisor, for being selected by her
peers as MGH&FC’s October “Employee of the
November 19-22, 2014
n MGH&FC is once again joining in the “Big Climb” at the Columbia Center in downtown
Seattle, on Sunday, March 20, 2015. This will be the Hospital and Clinics’ third year participating in this event that raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The hospital’s team
filled up fast on Oct. 30, but they are encouraging members of the community to put together
a team to race to the top of the Columbia Center – the
second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes
69 flights of stairs, or 1,311 steps, to reach the highly
acclaimed observation deck, with breathtaking views of
the entire Puget Sound region. The “Big Climb” supports
the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising money through sponsorships, individual and team
fundraising, and entry fees. In 2014, the event sold out in
13 hours and raised a record-breaking $2.42 million for
blood cancer research and patient services.
Registration for the 2015 Big Climb opened October
30, and is expected to sell out fast! Registration is $42.50
per person, and each team is asked to raise a minimum of $100 for the cause – to find a cure for
blood cancer! For more information go to www.llswa.org.
Continuing Education Classes
offered for Mason General Hospital & Family
of Clinics employees, medical staff and the
community during the month of November:
• Orientation for New Employees
• Strong Perifax for Obstetrical Staff
• Mock Adult Code Blue Skills for Clinical Staff
• Online Hospital-Wide Yearly Safety Program
• IHI Quality Improvement Virtual Learning
• Online Cognitive Competency Development and Evaluation
• New RN and Current Nurse Skills Orientation
• Annual Certified Nurse Skills Competency
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support Renewal
• Pediatric Advanced Life Support Renewal Course
• Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)
• Charge Nurse Course
• Community First Aid/CPR/AED Course
For more information, contact
Tom DiDonna, R.N., MSN, D.H.Sc.,
MGH&FC director of education, at
(360) 427-3609.
The Mason Vision
We put patients first.
We provide quality medical
care to assist the individuals
of our community to restore
and preserve their health.
We conserve patient and
community resources
through a sustainable,
financially viable,
coordinated system of
health care delivery.
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n “Exercise Coaching In Action” – November topic for Diabetes Support Groups
Keeping weight under control and staying in shape is the best possible way to manage diabetes,
prevent its complications, and live a normal, healthy life. To promote this, the next Mason
General Hospital & Family of Clinics Diabetes Support Groups will present “Exercise Coaching
in Action” at their November meetings.
The Allyn Group will meet on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn
building’s downstairs meeting room, and the Shelton Group will meet on Thursday, November 20,
2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.
In his second guest appearance this year, Rick Green, certified health coach (CHC), and
executive director of the Take Shape for Life program, will be on hand to demonstrate and guide
participants through low-impact movements with a focus on stretching. Educated through
the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University School of
Nursing, Rick participated in the Take Shape for Life program himself – achieving a total weight
loss of 120 pounds since January 2013.
Family members/significant others are also encouraged to attend the class, for their own
personal benefit as well as the support they can give to their loved ones managing diabetes.
Comfortable clothing is recommended and Rick will be glad to answer any questions.
The MGH&FC Diabetes Support Groups are affiliated with the American Diabetes Association,
and meet every month from September to June. They are free and open to people with type 1
and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information, call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E. at
(360) 426-1611 (from Allyn, (360) 275-8614), and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center.
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or call the MGH Foundation office at (360) 427-3623
Community Classes
“Living Well With Diabetes”
class in November
A two-day class in diabetes self-management.
When: Tuesday and Wednesday, November
18 & 19, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms
at Mason General Hospital
Registration: Advanced registration is
required by calling Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E.,
at (360) 426-1611, ext. 28941 (from Allyn (360)
275-8614, ext. 28941).
Note: There is a fee for this class, however,
diabetes education is a covered service under
most insurance plans.
First Aid/CPR/AED course
in November
The First Aid/CPR/AED course size is limited
to 16 per class, and an early, non-refundable
registration fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is
required to cover the cost of books and
materials. It is open to the entire community
and a Spanish interpreter can be made available upon request. Comfortable clothing is
When: Thursday evening, November 13,
from 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: MGH&FC Learning Center, next to
McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North.
Registration: Advanced registration is
required by November 3 by calling the
Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.
Thank you, Fantasy Forest Sponsors, for your support!
Gala & Live Auction
• Hiawatha Corporation
• Heritage Bank
Volunteer Village
Gastroenterology Associates
Taylor Shellfish
• Christmas Village
Celebration of Life Tree
• John L. Scott Foundation
Fashion Show
Co- Sponsor
• Finninsula Foundation
Father-Daughter Dance
• EI. Kristyn & Son Construction, Inc.
• Eric & Paula Moll
Wine Tasting – A Toast to
Fantasy Forest
• Dynamic Collectors, Inc.
Site Decorations
• Columbia Bank
Candy Cane Carnival
• South Sound
• Masco Petroleum
• Mary Anne Munson
• Peninsula Credit Union
• Skookum Rotary Foundation Oysterfest Dollars at Work
Forest Star
• Bob & Melanie Appel
• Bowers Dental Group
• Fir Lane Health &
Rehabilitation Center
• Denis & Adele Leverich
• Providence St. Peter Hospital
• Robert W. Johnson, PLLC
• Shelton Health &
Rehabilitation Center
• McComb & Wagner
Family Funeral Home
and Crematory
• Wittenberg CPA, PS
Sponsors as of 10/18/14
Mason General Hospital
901 Mountain View Drive, PO Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584
(360) 426-1611, from Allyn (360) 275-8614
Toll free (855) 880-3201
Equal Opportunity Provider • Translation Services Provided
Se habla español • Approved by the Joint Commission
Healthcare’s Most Wired Hospital for seven consecutive years!