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New changes and new providers on horizon General Hospital & Family of Clinics has changed “At one point I thought I’d go into obstetrics, but I missed seeing kids Mason significantly over the last half a century. Mason Clinic, the and men, and at another point I was interested in pediatrics, but I Hospital District’s new medical office building will advance the organization’s ability to serve patients by consolidating services into one building (see sidebar). MGH Hoodsport Family Clinic will remain at its current location. The completion of Mason Clinic in early 2020 is making it possible for the District to be successful in other ways as well – MGH&FC has recruited several new physicians to our team of health care providers, all of whom bring their own unique backgrounds and perspectives to the community. Join us in welcoming these new providers to the District. Dr. Michelle Hamilton joined the health care team at MGH Shelton Family Medicine and Orthopedics as a family medicine doctor in September. She was drawn to Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics because she wanted to practice the full spectrum of family medicine and not get lost in a bigger system.
missed seeing adults,” she said. “That’s why I really like family medicine.” Her additional training in addiction medicine and geriatrics gives her a keen insight into those patients.
“With addiction medicine, you can have a really big impact and change people’s lives in a dramatic way,” she said. “It’s very rewarding. And with geriatric patients, funnily enough, they’re usually healthier than my younger patients. They’ve lived that long for a reason.” Dr. Hamilton lives in Olympia and has no regrets about choosing Washington and MGH&FC. “I really missed the trees and the water,” she said. “It’s pretty here, and everyone is friendly. The staff seems very stable. I thought it was a good sign that many in the support staff have been here a while.” Dr. Hamilton is accepting new patients at MGH Shelton Family Medicine and Orthopedics. Call 360-426-2653. Dr. Iris Malit began work at MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics in August.
Michelle Hamilton, D.O.
“I was interested in coming to Washington, so I looked for critical access hospitals within an hour from Olympia or Bellingham, because those are medium-sized cities with access to bigger cities,” she said. “I want to actually practice medicine and not spend my time referring people to see specialists because I think that results in poor care.” Dr. Hamilton has always been interested in medicine, science and biology. A jack of all trades, she has worked dozens of jobs, starting with babysitting and yard work at the age of 10. “Both my parents had minimum-wage jobs their whole lives,” she said. “At 16, I working 40 hours a week at the grocery store and library, piecing together jobs so I could contribute to the family. I wanted to be a vet until I was 7, when I learned about euthanizing animals. I figured being a human doctor was the second best thing.” Dr. Hamilton moved around in her childhood, spending formative years in Northern California, but her family moved to Ohio when she was 13. She attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and studied psychology and environmental studies. During and after her undergraduate career, Dr. Hamilton spent a decade in the psychology field in clinical research. One large research study, on the quality of life among cancer patients, brought her in close contact with oncology doctors.
“I really enjoyed talking with those patients and with the doctors, though many of them convinced me that oncology wasn’t a field I should go into,” she said. “I eventually found family medicine and I really enjoyed that.” Dr. Hamilton went to medical school at A.T. Sill University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and Phoenix, Ariz., graduating in 2015. She did her family medicine residency at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, where she received additional training in integrative medicine and office-based treatment for opioid use disorders in 2018. Dr. Hamilton later completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz.
September 2019, Vol. 35, No. 4 On the cover: New providers in front of the future Mason Clinic, standing l-r: Amie Mower, D.O.; Iris Malit, M.D.; Matt Woods, D.P.M.; Ali Rhodes, M.D.; and Michelle Hamilton, D.O. Opposite page: Construction at Mason Clinic. Cover and inside photos by Cooper Studios, Shelton. 2 SCOPE
She is a board-certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Malit earned her medical degree from Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Manila, Philippines, in 2009. Iris Malit, M.D.
Dr. Malit then completed her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Ill., in 2016.
She came to Mason General Hospital out of a desire to forge her own path, and she loved how much MGH&FC prioritizes its patients, encouraging doctors to spend time building relationships and getting to know the patients. “Mason General has good policies around patient scheduling,” she said.
“I could tell Mason General Hospital cared about giving adequate time to each patient for an appointment. That’s something that is lacking in other places.” Both of Malit’s parents are doctors in Manila – her father is a surgeon and her mother is an obstetrician – and Malit always assumed she would become a doctor practicing in the Philippines as well. “When I was younger, I would come to their clinic after school,” she said. “I would peek into their procedures and even the deliveries. In my mind, I was playing whatever the doctor did.” Malit attended the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, studying biology and pre-medicine, and then enrolled into medical school. It was on a trip to New Jersey to visit a cousin during medical school that sparked the idea to practice in the United States. “My cousin’s son was sick, so I went along to the hospital,” she said. “My cousin asked me, ‘Why don’t you become a doctor here?’ I always assumed I would take over my parents’ practice.” Malit talked over her decision with friends in the Philippines and with her parents. She decided to study for the three-part United States Medical Licensing Examination, and during the three years that she studied, she worked at her parents’ clinic. “I wanted my own path,” she said of her choice to leave her home. “I’ve seen how doctors are treated in the Philippines. I wondered what it would be like here. In the United States, it’s easier to build your
practice. You’re encouraged to be a critical thinker. In the Philippines, you need to promote yourself on your own and people don’t take chances on new doctors.”
After her three-year residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, where Malit worked in trauma care, she knew she wanted a chance to work more closely with families.
“Pediatrics is challenging, but it’s not just the patients you are dealing with,” she said. “It’s the patients and their parents and their grandparents who are involved.” Malit spent three years working at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services in Yakima, Wash. As a condition of her work visa, Malit needed to work in an underserved rural area. “I saw much different cases than the gunshot victims from the Southside,” she said. “It’s not just medical needs that need to be met. It’s social issues, school issues. The majority of my patients were Hispanic and many were migrant workers.” Malit wanted to find a hospital where she could devote more time to her patients and do both inpatient and outpatient care. “Everyone has been welcoming,” she said. “I hope I stay here a long time.” Dr. Malit is taking new patients at MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics. Call 360-426-3102. Dr. Amie Mower joined the medical staff at MGH Olympic Physicians in July. She found Mason General through a Google search and was immediately attracted to the organization’s mission of putting Patients First. “I absolutely love it here and I love everything about this area,” she said. Amie Mower, D.O.
Dr. Mower graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2012, joined the U.S. Army that same year and completed her residency at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga., in 2015. As a young girl growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Dr. Mower has always been interested in math and science, but was also a social butterfly. “Health care found me,” she said. “I didn’t come from a family of doctors, and my parents didn’t get their college degrees until later in life. My teachers told me, ‘I think you have a gift for the sciences, but you also like people.” Dr. Mower volunteered at a local hospital in high school, participated in the Science Olympiads and attended Albion College in Michigan, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry.
“Medicine is where my love of people and science collide. It gives me an opportunity to work with people to help them identify and overcome health challenges, and it still fascinates me every day.” In medical school, she and her first husband decided to join the U.S. Army, though Dr. Mower didn’t become active duty until her residency. “The decision was strictly emotional,” she said of enlisting. “My first semester in medical school, my cousin was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the Canadian Armed Forces. At his funeral, a friend spoke of the lack of skilled physicians they had. The U.S. military paid for my medical school and residency.” After residency, Dr. Mower practiced for three years at Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic in Fort Drum, a small rural medical facility in upstate New York. She was then re-assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
New year, new clinic
Along with the many new providers who have joined or will soon join our health care team, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is excited at the promise of Mason Clinic’s opening next year. Mason Clinic will bring all of our clinics and providers under one roof, with the exception of the MGH Hoodsport Family Clinic. The two-story, 60,000-square-foot building will improve patient access to services and increase room capacity from 71 to 110 rooms. Construction is set to finish in February. “Things are moving fast on the project, and we are on schedule,” said project manager Brent Wilcox. “Crews put in irrigation and landscaping. By September, all the walls will be framed and dry-wall will start going in. The roofing has been completed and we will be working on the exterior of the building.” Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is dedicated to providing exemplary patient-centered and team-based care, and these new changes reflect our continued growth and commitment to the Mason County community. For Mason Clinic construction updates go to www.masongeneral.com or visit MGH&FC on Facebook! She decided to leave the military this year. Her current husband, Kendall, is still in the service, and they have 18-month-old twin boys and three children from his previous marriage who live with them full-time. “There’s no stability when both people are serving,” Dr. Mower said. “It’s bittersweet. I appreciate a lot of what I’ve learned in the military, but this brings better stability and peace to my own life.” Osteopathic doctors are trained with the same medical sciences as an MD, but they also learn holistic tools, such as chiropractic medicine. Dr. Mower, however, does not practice manipulation or adjustments. She has a special place in her heart for complicated cases and the struggles military families and blended families face. “I want people to know I get it,” she said. “I understand the stress of divorce and how having a loved one in a uniformed service can impact your health.” Dr. Mower has been accepting new patients since July at MGH Olympic Physicians. Continued on page 4 SCOPE
Alexandra Rhodes, M.D.
Dr. Alexandra ‘Ali’ Rhodes came onboard the medical team at MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics on Sept. 16.
They married on Mt. Rainier in February and have spent the summer traveling, following the Women’s World Cup in France, before settling into their lives in Olympia with their black lab, Moana.
She obtained her medical training and degree at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., in 2016 and completed her residency in general pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in 2019.
“I want people to know that yes, this is my first job out of residency,” Dr. Rhodes said. “It’s going to be scary and exciting and a very good experience. I love it here already. It’s beautiful and there’s great hiking. And the people are so welcoming and friendly.”
Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Rhodes chose Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics because she and her husband were attracted to the outdoors and natural environment in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Rhodes is accepting new patients at MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics. Call 360-426-3102. Dr. Philip Matthew ‘Matt’ Woods started as a podiatrist at MGH Family Health, Ankle and Foot Clinic in July. He graduated from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami in 2016 and finished his residency at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver in 2019.
She also wanted the opportunity to practice general pediatrics in a workplace where she could really make a name for herself. “For newer doctors, jobs are usually at bigger hospitals with other experienced doctors overseeing them,” she said.
“I was excited for what I could do at Mason General Hospital and that they wanted me.” Dr. Rhodes was inspired by her father, the only heart surgeon working for miles in rural southern Missouri, and how he was there for people at any time of day or night when they needed him.
Dr. Woods’ mentor in medical school, Dr. Alan Ng, was good friends with Dr. James Wright at MGH Ankle and Foot Clinic. Working in a hospital system was appealing because it offers Dr. Woods more resources and support than he might have in private practice. Matt Woods, D.P.M.
“It was intimidating, but also kind of inspiring,” she said. “It’s hard to watch someone work 365 days a year, but if you didn’t live near a big city, it was hard to get health care. He was there for people.”
“I got the 411 on the opportunity. I love the mix of patients we see in podiatry. We see pediatric cases, like flat foot problems, sports injuries and elderly patients,” he said. “It’s a bit more relaxed than other specialties and I’m able to maintain a good quality of life.”
Dr. Rhodes was fascinated by people, but didn’t think she would become a doctor. Instead, she became an anthropology major at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Woods, who grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio, always thought he’d become a doctor.
However, Dr. Rhodes changed her mind when she volunteered to cuddle babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at a local hospital. Volunteering with long-term care infants motivated her to study neonatal medicine. “My whole career I thought I’d be a neonatologist,” she said. “I loved my time in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. During residency at Stanford, I was exposed to all different specialties, from pediatric cardiology to the neonatal ICU. I also spent one afternoon a week in the clinic.” At the end of her three-year residency, Dr. Rhodes didn’t feel ready to give up caring for children of all ages, so she decided she’d look for jobs in general pediatrics. Her husband, Alan, a NASA researcher who works from home, is from Poulsbo, Wash., and they decided to move to the Pacific Northwest. “Only four or five of my co-residents, out of about 30, decided to leave Stanford,” she said. “It’s much easier to find a job if you want to stay close to your residency. I had the opportunity to live anywhere and I decided I wanted to live the kind of life that I want.”
“I’ve always been the type of person to help my friends and family any way I can,” he said. “It gives me purpose. The type of community I grew up in is very similar to Shelton – tight-knit, where everyone knows each other.”
“I want to help people have a better quality of life. I am excited to grow my practice and be one of the best podiatrists in Washington.” In high school, he spent a summer living with his grandparents in Columbia, S.C. They worked at what is now Palmetto One Hospital, and he job shadowed multiple doctors in various specialties, including radiology and the operating room. That was where Dr. Woods became interested in podiatry and orthopedic surgery. “I liked that podiatry was a mix of different types of specialties,” he said. “It’s dermatology, it’s orthopedics, it’s surgery, and a bit of plastics. It keeps me busy.” At The Ohio State University in Columbus, Dr. Woods was pre-med and then chose to go to podiatry school in Miami so he could work hard in the sunshine. His last two years of his residency in Denver, Dr. Woods specialized in foot and ankle work and in his last year was specifically dedicated to reconstructive surgery. He has special training in ankle cartilage regeneration, where juvenile cartilage is placed in a lesion to allow it to regrow and heal with less pain. “I like to be able to take something that is broken or that is defective and make it so that it is functional again,” Dr. Woods said.
New providers peruse plans for future Mason Clinic, standing l-r: Ali Rhodes, M.D.; Matt Woods, D.P.M.; Michelle Hamilton, D.O.; Amie Mower, D.O.; and Iris Malit, M.D. SCOPE
Dr. Woods began accepting new patients at MGH Family Health, Ankle and Foot Clinic in July. Call 360-426-3862
united community Grateful patients are talking about us Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics strives to put patients first by offering quality health care and support when patients need it the most, sometimes when they’re at their most vulnerable. The experiences of two recent patients underscores this commitment.
Ardean Anvik with Jennifer J. Capps Chief Development and Communication Officer of Mason General Hospital
Ardean Anvik came into the MGH Walk-In Clinic on May 24, at the urging of his home nurse. He had recently undergone surgery for bladder cancer and still hadn’t regained his appetite. At the Walk-In Clinic,
Anthony Gordon, PA, immediately sent him over to the Mason General Hospital Emergency Department, where Dr. John Hautala, M.D., advocated for Anvik to get fast, efficient care at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Anvik ended up having a urinary tract infection, an atrial fibrillation and sepsis.
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“This all began with someone in the Walk-In Clinic and continued with a doctor in emergency care who would not back down from insurance,” said Anvik, who has named Mason General Hospital Foundation in his will (see sidebar). “Mason County, you have a great resource in Mason General Hospital, especially the people. Please honor them, respect them and support them.” Last fall, Dee Forbes made an appointment with Dr. Andrew Kwon, M.D., at MGH Shelton Family Medicine due to fatigue and a growth she could feel in her abdomen. Kwon quickly diagnosed her with ovarian cancer and connected her with an OBGYN oncology specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center. Dee Forbes
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“I was impressed I was getting that quality care so quickly,” she said.
Forbes underwent three rounds of chemotherapy and surgery in February; in April, she discovered the cancer support groups offered through Mason General Hospital and Harmony Hill Retreat Center. “I knew immediately this was a group that would be very helpful for me and my after care,” she said. “What stood out was the warmth and the acceptance. I felt comfortable my very first night.”
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Look for Ardean and Dee’s full story and a closer look at Mason General Hospital and Harmony Hill’s cancer support programs in the next issue of SCOPE.
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News Briefs/Classes/Workshops MGH&FC CEO Eric Moll honored as Health Care Champion The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and ThurstonMason County Medical Society presented Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll with the Innovation in Rural Medicine Award at the chamber’s 13th annual Health CEO Eric Moll with Commissioner Scott Care Champions ceremony June Hilburn, retired Commissioner Nancy 25 at the Olympia Country & Trucksess, Commissioner Don Wilson and former MGH&FC CEO Bob Appel Golf Club. “Even though this is an individual award, I want to honor the special people and team that make this recognition possible through the amazing care and work being done every day,” Moll said. The Health Care Champion awards were established to recognize heroic acts, steadfast dedication, extraordinary service and professionalism seen in our health care community.
Preventive Care Matters
From inquiring whether patients would like a flu vaccine to encouraging women to have regular mammogram screenings if they’re at risk, Mason General health care providers are committed to promoting preventive care. Health care maintenance is just as important as treating a health care crisis. Most health insurance plans cover preventive services, such as immunizations and annual physicals. Be prepared for your health care provider to ask whether you’ve had your annual flu shot or if you’ve been screened for breast cancer as we approach flu season and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your health is important to us.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
At Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, we want to be proactive about your health. For women, this includes understanding your risk factors and actively lowering your risk for breast cancer. Having regular mammogram screenings if you’re over 45 or have a risk factor for breast cancer, such as family history, is vital to fighting the disease. Mason General Hospital is offering free digital mammograms to the first 50 women over 40 who qualify as uninsured or underinsured at the upcoming Women’s Health Event, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mason General Hospital. The Women’s Health Event will also feature other complimentary health services, such as diabetes and blood pressure screenings, information on the HPV vaccine, nutritional health services and mini massages. For more information, call Kelly Mattheis, patient navigator, at (360) 432-7706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Classes & Workshops
First Aid/CPR/AED: Learn the basics of first response When: 5 to 9 p.m., the second Thursday of every month: Oct. 10 or Nov. 14 Where: MGH&FC’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North Cost: A fee of $40 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials, and an eCard can be made available upon successful completion of the course. Comfortable clothing is recommended for all participants, and a Spanish interpreter can be provided on request. Register: Call the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609.
Matter of Balance: Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. When: 10 a.m. to noon, starting Oct. 2 for eight weeks Where: Mason County Senior Activities Center, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton Cost: Suggested $10 donation Register: Call Mason County Senior Activities Center at (360) 426-7374
General Diabetes Support Groups: MGH&FC Diabetes Support Groups, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, generally meet every third Thursday of the month in Shelton and every fourth Thursday of the month in Allyn from September to June. The October meeting is a joint meeting at the Transit Community Center in Shelton. These free meetings are designed to support, encourage and inform everyone in the community about how to manage diabetes. Call Debbie McGinnis, RN, CDE at (360) 427-7332 for more information. Cooking With a Dietitian When: 1 to 2 p.m., Oct. 17, at Mason Transit-Community Center in Shelton Exercise is Fun and Beneficial When: 1 to 2 p.m., Nov. 14, in MGH Pershing Room and 1 to 2 p.m., Nov. 21, at Port of Allyn Blood Sugar Management During the Holidays When: 1 to 2 p.m., Dec. 12, in MGH Pershing Room and 1 to 2 p.m., Dec. 19, at Port of Allyn
MGH launches Type 1 Diabetes Support Group: In September, the Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Diabetes Wellness Center began to offer a monthly Type 1 Diabetes Support Group. The class will be from 1 to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month in the Ellinor Room of Mason General Hospital. The first class was Sept. 11. “Type 1 diabetes affects many people,” said Diabetes Program Coordinator Debbie McGinnis. “Our goal is to provide support in a group setting to help participants make changes in lifestyle, find new support systems, learn about new technology and research and learn from the experience of others.” When: 1 to 2 p.m., Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 Where: MGH Ellinor Room Register: Call Debbie McGinnis, RN, CDE at (360) 427-7332 for more information.
Cancer Wellness Workshops: Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics partners with the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund and Harmony Hill Retreat Center to offer a free support program to those affected by cancer, including caregivers. The Cancer Wellness Program is a series of workshops held every second Wednesday of the month until January 2020. Harmony Hill faculty member, Melissa Layer, MA, LMHC-A, guides the class, which includes supportive discussion, gentle movement and the arts to promote self-care. When: 4 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 Where: MGH Pershing Room Register: Space is limited, so early registration is advised. For more information and to register, call Kelly Mattheis, patient navigator, at (360) 432-7706 or email email@example.com.
hola Nuevos proveedores y cambios en el horizonte La finalización de Mason Clinic a comienzos de 2020 está haciendo posible que Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics contrate con éxito a nuevos proveedores. Únase a nosotros para dar la bienvenida a estos nuevos proveedores.
Michelle Hamilton, D.O. La doctora Hamilton se incorporó a MGH Shelton Family Medicine and Orthopedics como médico de familia en el mes de septiembre. Lo que le atrajo a Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics fue que quería ejercer el espectro completo de la medicina familiar. La doctora Hamilton asistió a la escuela de medicina de A.T. Sill University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine y se graduó en 2015. Hizo la residencia en medicina familiar en Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, donde recibió formación adicional en medicina integral y para el tratamiento en el consultorio de trastornos por uso de opioides en 2018. Más tarde, la doctora Hamilton concluyó su beca de investigación en medicina geriátrica en Banner Boswell Medical Center en Sun City, Arizona. “Esto es precioso y todo el mundo es amable”, indicó. “Pensé que era una buena señal que muchos miembros del personal de apoyo llevasen un tiempo aquí.” La doctora Hamilton acepta a pacientes nuevos en este momento y espera poder formar parte del equipo en MGH&FC. Iris Malit, M.D. La doctora Malit empezó a trabajar en MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics en el mes de agosto. Obtuvo su grado en medicina en Far Eastern University en Manila (Filipinas) en 2009 y completó su residencia en pediatría en Mount Sinai Hospital en Chicago en 2016. Vino a Mason General Hospital para forjarse su propio camino y le gusta como MGH&FC prioriza a sus pacientes. Después de estar en Chicago, donde trabajó en la unidad de traumas, la doctora Malit sabía que quería tener la oportunidad de trabajar más estrechamente con familias. La doctora Malit estuvo durante 3 años trabajando en Yakima Neighborhood Health Services en Yakima, donde atendió a muchas familias hispanas. Quería encontrar un hospital en el que pudiera dedicar más tiempo a sus pacientes. “Todo el mundo ha sido acogedor”, indicó. “Espero quedarme aquí por mucho tiempo”. La doctora Malit está atendiendo a pacientes nuevos y está feliz de formar parte de la comunidad. Amie Mower, D.O. La doctora Mower se incorporó al personal de MGH Olympic Physicians en el mes de julio. Le gusta la misión del hospital de poner a los pacientes primero. La doctora Mower se graduó del College of Osteopathic Medicine en Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences en 2012, se alistó en el ejército de los EE. UU. y completó su residencia en Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center en Fort Gordon en 2015. Dejó el ejército este año. Su marido continúa en el ejército y juntos tienen dos niños gemelos de 18 meses y tres niños de su anterior matrimonio que viven con ellos a tiempo completo. “Quiero que la gente sepa que lo entiendo”, indicó. “Entiendo el estrés del divorcio y como el hecho de tener un ser querido en un servicio de uniforme puede afectar a su salud”. La doctora Mower está disfrutando de su tiempo en Shelton y de formar parte de nuestra comunidad mientras desarrolla su profesión. Alexandra Rhodes, M.D. La doctora Rhodes vino a MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics el 16 de septiembre. Recibió formación médica y se graduó del The Johns
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics ha dado la bienvenida a cinco nuevos proveedores al Distrito. Mason Clinic abre en febrero de 2020. Ali Rhodes, M.D.; Matt Woods, D.P.M.; Michelle Hamilton, D.O.; Amie Mower, D.O.; and Iris Malit, M.D.
Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, en 2016 y completó su residencia en pediatría general en Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital en Stanford University en 2019. La doctora Rhodes procede de una familia de doctores, incluido su padre. Su marido, Alan, es un investigador de la NASA que trabaja desde casa y es de Poulsbo, Washington y juntos decidieron mudarse a la región Noroeste del Pacífico. Contrajeron matrimonio en Mt. Rainier en febrero y ahora viven en Olympia con Moana, su perra labradora negra. “Ya estoy encantada de estar aquí”, indicó. “Es precioso y hay grandes rutas de senderismo. Además, la gente es muy acogedora y amable”. La doctora Rhodes acepta a pacientes nuevos en este momento y espera poder conocer mejor nuestra comunidad. Matt Woods, D.P.M. El doctor Woods empezó como podólogo en MGH Family Health, Ankle and Foot Clinic en el mes de julio. Se graduó del Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine en Miami en 2016 y finalizó su residencia en Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center en Denver en 2019. Durante sus dos últimos años de residencia, el doctor Woods se especializó en casos de pie y tobillo y en su último año se dedicó a la cirugía reconstructiva. Tiene una formación especial en regeneración del Ahora Disponible cartílago del tobillo. Accede a sus historiales por internet “Me gusta ser capaz de coger algo que está roto o que tiene un defecto y hacer que vuelva a ser funcional de nuevo”, indicó el doctor Woods. “Quiero ayudar a las personas a tener una mejor calidad de vida. Estoy entusiasmado con desarrollar mi profesión y ser uno de los mejores podólogos del estado de Washington”. El doctor Woods ha disfrutado ser miembro del equipo de atención de MGH&FC y tiene ganas de ver más pacientes nuevos. Llame al 360-427-1611 o utilice el buscador de proveedores en www. masongeneral.com para obtener más información sobre estos médicos.
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coordinated system of health care delivery. Published by: Mason General Hospital & Familiy of Clinics. Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer Capps, Chief Development & Cover story & Editing: Arla Shephard Bull. Design: The Shopper Free translation services • Located at Gateway Center, 2505 Olympic Hwy N., Suite 460, 360-427-9547. Mason General Hospital: Located at: 901 Mountain View Drive, PO Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584-5001 • 360-4261611, from Allyn 360-275-8614, Toll free 855-880-3201, TTY/TDD 360-427-9593 • Serving the medical needs of Mason County CMYK since 1968 • Accredited by DNV-GL • Free Translation Services Provided/Se habla español • Equal Opportunity Provider • MGH&FC complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation. Visiting hours: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily • Intensive Care Unit: (ICU) visiting hours: special hours on a patient-by-patient basis, call for Unit hours • The Birth Center Quiet Hours: 1 - 3 p.m. daily. Please, no visitors at this time. • MGH Laboratory: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., closes at 2:45 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. No appointment necessary. • Main (South) Entrance open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Weekends and holidays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • Emergency Department (North) Entrance and ED lobby open 24/7. Administration: Eric Moll, chief executive officer; Gayle Weston, commissioner/president; Don Wilson and Scott Hilburn, commissioners.
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Research & compare plans for yourself and your family. MGH&FC wants you to be well-covered. Before registering for a health plan, please contact Alex Schiffman at (360) 432-7790 or Susana Lopez at (360) 432-7766 For more information go to: www.MasonGeneral.com
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Three ways to pay your bills at MGH&FC 1. Online bill pay service Make an online payment at www.MasonGeneral.com. Click on the “Pay Your Bill” link at the top of the web page. 2. In person Phone or walk-in hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., (360) 427-3601. At Gateway Center 2505 Olympic Hwy N., Ste. 460, Shelton
www.MasonGeneral.com • 901 Mountain View Drive, Shelton, WA 98584 • (360) 426-1611, from Allyn (360) 275-8614, Toll free (855) 880-3201, TTY/TDD (360) 427-9593. Equal Opportunity Provider • Free Translation Services Provided/Se habla español • MGH&FC complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation.
3. By mail MGH&FC Business Office, POB 94782, Seattle, WA 98124-7082