In picturesque and evergreen Western Washington State, a 25-bed critical access hospital is setting a new standard for being tech savvy and independent, characteristics that form the basis of a multiyear strategy for improved population health. Mason Health is located in Shelton, a rural community founded on the logging, fishing and oyster trade about 20 miles west of Olympia, launched its health information technology strategy 17 years ago. Today, Mason Health is a Most Wired designated hospital for the tenth consecutive year, has a robust, cloud-based electronic health record system; clinical decision support; telemedicine; virtual visits; and soon will launch disease registries and a data warehouse.
Telemedicine is also a staple at Mason General, with access to specialists for telestroke, telepharmacy, telesepsis management and telepsychiatry. And an online patient portal allows for physician emailing, viewing health records and accessing test results. “An active community board and a CEO who support technology innovation have been important factors in Mason General's success, says Tom Hornburg, CIO. “It seems we are nimble on getting things done,“ he adds. “We push for change and we don't accept 'no' for an answer."
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Employees and Providers enjoy excellent benefits, including generous retirement contributions. We thought you might be interested in the indirect compensation the hospital provides for employees in addition to competitive pay:
Details on each program may be obtained from Human Resources.
United Community, Empowered People, Exceptional Health
"I am so pro-hospital and community. We strive to work as a team to help patients learn how to manage their own care using all services in and out of the Hospital. During those 21 years, I have worked tirelessly to bring new programs to Mason Health and then did the same in the community as a volunteer to support the hospital."
"I began my career at Mason Health right out of nursing school. I worked in the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric (MSP) department on evening shift where I learned how to prioritize. I then worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on nightshift for several years before taking a job in management. Although I never imagined being in management, my supervisor at the time saw something in me that I did not. 10 years later and I am beyond lucky to be part of an amazing leadership team here at Mason Health."
"I love the sense of community we have here. I see a lot of people that I know, be it from high school, church or wherever. It’s comforting for patients to know who is taking care of them. My family is all here, and Shelton is home. At work, policies may change, but I feel like our community-centered care has always remained the same. I feel very close to my community.