Mason Health has embarked on an exciting new chapter in the Hospital District’s more than 50-year-long history. Mason Health hosted a Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the site of the new Clinic, which is adjacent to Mason General Hospital. Mason Clinic is a new 60,000-square-foot medical office building physically connected to Mason General Hospital.
More than 300 people attended the celebration.
SKANSKA, the District’s building contractor, began the construction of Mason Clinic in October 2018. The $43.5 million project did not require new tax revenues and was financed through revenue bonds issued by the Hospital District. The two-story building consolidates local practices and increases exam rooms from 71 to 110, providing easier access to health care services for patients and their families. Mason Clinic allows for a smoother, more integrated experience for the District’s patients, while enhancing collaboration among Mason Health’s team of health care providers.
The grand opening of Mason Clinic marshals in and solidifies the District’s new name, mission, vision and values. The District’s leadership team and Board of Hospital Commissioners unanimously agreed that the new name, Mason Health, encompasses the many changes within the District. The new name also keeps us in touch with our history, linked to Mason General Hospital, and our future, signified by Mason Clinic.
“We are now a much different organization than the small rural hospital that emerged in 1968,” said CEO Eric Moll. “It truly is a new day for our patients and community. We could not be more excited about this new chapter in our history and look forward to another 50-plus years of serving you.”
Much of the District’s growth and change is evidenced by recent prestigious awards from Washington State Hospital Association and the Thurston-Mason Medical Society.
- CEO Eric Moll received the 2019 Innovation in Rural Medicine Award as a Health Care Champion honoree by the Thurston-Mason Medical Society
- The District received the 2019 Top Performer Award from Washington Hospital Services
- Scott Hilburn, one of the Hospital Board of Commissioners, received the Washington State Hospital Association’s inaugural Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award. This award was created last year to recognize a hospital board member or commissioner who has displayed exemplary leadership and strong dedication to community service.
“This is an exhilarating time for our hospital and community,” Hilburn said. “The District is celebrating its more than 50 years of caring for our community. There have been a great many changes and growth in over half a century and many in just the past decade. We are not the same old rural community hospital. We are growing and we have become a leader in health care in our region.”
As an organization, Mason Health will continue to focus on bringing the community together by empowering our patients to achieve their best health. Therefore, the former vision statement is now the District’s mission statement: United Community, Empowered People, Exceptional Health. The District’s new vision statement is to provide the best patient-centered care in the Pacific Northwest, and the new values are Service and Relationships.
“Within the District, we all strive to serve our patients and make their experience the best it can be every time,” Moll said. “Our new vision statement and values reflect this philosophy and culture. We are breathing life into our new mission, vision and values each day. More great things are on the horizon for our community and patients.”
Mason Clinic also showcases a custom art piece designed by Cooper Studios, with contributions from the employees of Mason Health. Additionally, Cooper Studios designed the portals that welcome patients down each service line corridor. The portals are named after communities in Mason County, such as Grapeview, Union and Agate. The Skokomish and Squaxin Island tribal nations also generously donated art pieces for the portals and for Mason Clinic, which will be unveiled throughout the year.
“We wanted to make every effort to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible at the Mason Clinic,” said Jennifer Capps, Chief Development & Communications Officer for Mason Health. “This is an exciting time for our District and community.”
The first services in operation at Mason Clinic are Primary Care, Orthopedics, Laboratory and Walk-In, starting Feb. 24. Providers from MGH Shelton Family Medicine and Orthopedics, as well as the Walk-In Clinic and the Lab Draw Station on Professional Way have already migrated to Mason Clinic. Mason Clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Laboratory services at Mason Clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday (the Lab at Mason General Hospital will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week). The Walk-In Clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Mason Health, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County, is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. Mason Health now offers 3D Mammography Services. For more information on 3D mammograms or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.