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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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?|A VNg pun ONYS A NURSE AT Mason General Hospital watches the new equipment which monitors the condition of patients in the hospital's new coronary care unit. 1:7: A NEWLY arrived baby girl is examined by doctor and nurse in the obstetrical wing of Mason General Hospital while the baby's mother and older sister get acquainted. TWO SURGEONS perform an operation in one of Mason General Hospital's two modern operating rooms. Page S-4 ' - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 This mares it ossible the hos tal to pro iae constant observation an6 complete ca e for patients critically ill with heart conditions. The unit also provides intensive treatment for patients with other illnesses such as respiratory. and urological problems. The self-contained unit has four hospital beds with all supplies and materials immediately available. Nursing personnel are on duty 24 hours a day. Electronic recording units can continuously monitor the heart functions of patients. These are mounted on the wall by each bed, with an auxiliary scope at the nurses' console stations. Each bed is provided with all necessary life support equipment. A complete communications system has a special alarm in case the nurse on duty requires help. Staff nurses have taken an approved course in coronary care nursing at Centralia Community College. A staff physician also gives weekly lectures to the nurses. Visiting is limited to the patient's family. Flowers and smoking are prohibited in the unit. Neither incoming nor outgoing telephone calls are permitted except with a doctor's approval. The unit is designed, equipped, and staffed to provide constant observation of the patient during his acute and critical stage of illness. By using skilled personnel and the most modern equipment available, a higher quality of care can be offered to patients. After a critical stage when the patient no longer requires close observation, his doctor may arrange for a transfer to one of the other in-patient general hospital beds. In establishing this unit for residents of Mason County the hospital commissioners, medical staff, and employes have made available a unique service heretofore not provided. Since its opening Mason General Hospital has cared for a constantly increasing number of patients so that it now serves close to its initial design capacity of 56 beds. Patient capacity can be expanded to 70 without structural changes and all technical facilities are capable of serving such expansion. If necessary, moreover, six of 11 beds in the obstetrical wing can be used for adult, non-surgical patients when not in use by expectant mothers. Mason General supplanted the old Shelton General Hospital which had functioned for two generations or more. The new hospital is located on Shelton's north side between Island Lake Road and Sherwood Lane. The fireproof, air-conditioned, functionally efficient, and aesthetically pleasing building has 55,000 square feet of floor space. There are two surgeries, two x-ray rooms, two emergency rooms, an obstetrical Wing with two labor rooms, one delivery room, and two nurseries, and a large laboratory. A four-bed recovery room is provided for surgical patients. The active, consulting, and courtesy staffs of the hospital now comprise 22 doctors, serving all of Mason County with a comprehensive program of highly competent professional care. The active staff is composed of five doctors practicing general medicine and surgery, one practicing surgery exclusively, one pathologist, and one internist. All except the pathologist, who comes from Olympia, live in Shelton. Five of the general practitioners are quartered in a modern new professional center adjacent to the hospital. On the consulting staff are a neurosurgeon, a pediatrician, a gynecologist and obstetrician, a surgeon, a urologist, a pathologist, and a radiologist, all of whom practice in the nearby cities of Olympia and Bremerton. On the courtesy staff five naval physicians from Bremerton give weekend emergency coverage in cooperation with doctors on the active staff. Also on the courtesy staff are a surgeon and a radiologist. The staff has been recruited through a nation-wide effort carried on by the Shelton General Hospital Foundation, which hopes to bring two more general practictioners and a tull-time petiatrician to Shelton. The Foundations's funds which finance the campaign come from the Grace Govey Estate. They are to be used to provide medical services, facilities, and equipment for the community. Radiology and physio-therapy programs are on full schedule. A registered therapist from O!ympia now handles patients five mornings weekly. Mammograph equipment for detecting early symptoms of breast cancer has been added to the radiology laboratory. During 1970 the emergency room had 6.125 patients, in-patients totalled 2,296, surgery was performed on 543 patients, and 214 expectant mothers were cared for. Twenty-five years of home ownership has established a reputation of reliability of Eells and Valley Appliance Center. You can shop with confidence for TV, major and small appliances and furniture, knowing that you can count on satisfaction and complete service. Stop in and see our large stock of RCA, Hotpoint, Maytag, and other nationally acclaimed brands. Home Furnishing-Appliance-Stereo.iV 2nd and Cota Sts. Shelton Owner: George Valley Pictured top row: Marlene Watt, Kathy Gask~ill, Arline Fullerton; Bottom row: Alyce Caldwell, Stella Winter and Chris Buckley. Complete Beauty Service The latest in Sasoon and Italian Cuts. We feature a full line of Wigs and Wiglets Real Hair and Synthetic Complete service for all wigs. We now have a tint and bleach machine for expert and fast work for your convenience. Distributor for Shaklee's Products, "Lov-Ue" Cosmetics and Biodegradable Organic Cleaning Agents. BEAUTY SALON Air-Conditioned All Work Guaranteed Open Any Evening By Appointment 1428 Olympic Highway South 426-6659 R ne- the complete banking account. 1. COMBINED STATEMENT 2. CHECKING ACCOUNT No service charge with $200 rain. monthly balance 3. CHARGE CARD 4. Extra Balance 5, CHECK GUARANTEE 6. CASH ADVANCE 7, STATEMENT SAVINGS 8. AUTOMATIC SAVINGS 9. FREE BANK BY MAIL SEA TTLE.FIRST NATIONAL BANI SHELTON BRANCH 5th and Franklin Sts. Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-51