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Page A-14 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:28 a.m. Respiratory therapist Frank Acosta (left), nurse Staci Lorton, nurse Jane Pentz, and nurse Sylvia Swanson transport a seriously inju 2-month-old baby for a C lized at Mason General and then flown by Airlift Northwest to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Court records later revealed the infant, alleged victim of abuse, suf bone fractures. Days later, the child was reported in stable condition. i I "WE'RE CONSIDERABLY BUSIER THAN YOU'D EXPECT. OUR WAIT T ABOVE: Dr. Joseph Hoffman confers with nurse Staci Lorton. In the Emergency Department, doctors and staff address each other by first names. The department operates as a team with the nurses' station surrounding the glass-walled doctors' station. RIGHT: Certified nursing assistant and monitor tech Mike Olels takes a call from a triage nurse in the waiting room while simultaneously making other ar- rangements on an outside line. Sitting just feet from the central doctors' station, he spends his 12-hour shifts juggling phones, monitoring patient information on several screens and acting as a central hub of communication. continued from previou "We're considerably bt Our wait times are lov Western Washington.': Critical Access Hos nation -- are small, ru: than 25 inpatient beds a-week emergency care Department of Health (HHS). Most, includin tal, are operated by pu] The Critical Access also allows Mason Ge based reimbursement of standard fixed reim reimbursement has be financial performance that were losing mone pital closures," accordi According to the ste Health, these hospital health care in their co: "The group that we physicians is absolute] them up against any F Moll said. "I'd take the Heavy traffic into t] ment necessitated dou remodeling project, M, "When the ED was ber was around 11,00( year,)" he said. The hospital was bt renovated in 1992. page sier than you'd expect. ,er than anywhere in itals - a federal desig- al facilities with no more and 24-hour, seven-day- , according to the U.S. md Human Services Mason General Hospi- flic hospital districts. Hospital designation Leral to "receive cost- from Medicare, instead )ursement rates. The en shown to enhance the of small rural hospitals ... and thus reduce hos- ng to HHS. te Department of are often the hub of amunities. have there of staff and y phenomenal - I'd put D crew in the state," se guys hands-down." Le Emergency Depart- bling its size during the ,ll said. Lnitially built, the num- or 12,000 (visits per Lilt in 1968 and last "It literally takes the entire facility" While movies and t, "ER" have popularizec room, doctors prefer t( .levision shows such as the term emergency call it an emergency department, said Dr. (ushee. "ER doctors, ER physicians have historically rebelled at the idea ofian emergency room be- ]