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  • Road to recovery on drug treatment truck

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 1, 2024

    The day after Christmas, a large white truck bearing the initials ETS pulled up next to the Community Lifeline homeless shelter in downtown Shelton. Ever since, residents with homes or without have been treated for opioid use disorders inside the truck six mornings a week. The nonprofit Evergreen Treatment Services, funded by a grant from the Health Care Authority, states that it "aims to minimize barriers to accessing substance use treatment by meeting patients where they are." Established in...

  • Community resource

    June Williams|Dec 14, 2023

    North Mason residents have a new resource for mental health needs. Psychiatric ARNP Kristi Eilers, working through North Mason Regional Fire Authority, offers personalized health plans that address anxiety, depression, addiction and other challenges, and can make home visits. Eilers and NMRFA began offering the services in October under the Mobile Integrated Health Program the fire department already operates. It was started to prevent people from having to go to the emergency room and is run...

  • Mason Health kicks off SafetyZones campaign

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 14, 2023

    Mason Health and eight other regional hospital systems took steps this summer to meet new statewide goals aimed at creating safer workplaces. Participating hospitals are working to reduce injuries and create safer work environments by launching safety campaigns for employees. Those hoping to receive top performer status this year are required to inaugurate and complete safety campaigns, running from Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, that focus their employees’ attention on how to conduct themselves m...

  • Rough flu season, new strategy

    Matt Baide|Feb 2, 2023

    The Mason County Board of Health met Jan. 24 and talked about the rough flu season and a new strategic health plan for the county. Public Health Officer Dr. Keri Gardner said it has been a rough season for the “tripledemic,” which includes influenza, COVID-19 and RSV. Gardner said this year’s influenza was mostly influenza A, and it is an H1N1 virus, similar to what caused the swine flu in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The flu vaccine does help, and she recommends people get their flu shot....

  • Health Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Mar 17, 2022

    Mason Health reveals new patient access center A patient access center officially opened at Mason Clinic with a ribbon-cutting event for staff March 8. According to a news release, plans to remodel the former clinic and office space was delayed in 2020 due to COVID-19. Construction began in August 2021 and was completed in February. Public Hospital District No. 1 commissioners Darrin Moody and Gayle Weston, patient access center staff and Mason Health Senior leadership attended the ribbon cutting. “The outstanding work of leaders and f...