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By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com The Shelton School District is ac- cepting applications to fill an open position on its School Board of Di- rectors. The board's at-large No. 1 posi- tion has been open since Oct. 28, when the School Board voted to ac- cept Vice President Jim Carnahan's resignation. Carnahan announced his resig- nation at a special meeting Oct. 22. Any resident who lives in the Shelton School District can apply HOW TO APPLY Pick up an application at the district administrative building at 700 $. First St., go to www.sheltonschools.org or call 426-8231. for the position. School Board President Brenda Hirschi said at the board's Nov. 12 meeting that six people had already Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-13 applied to fill the position. The appointee would serve un- til the November 2015 election and would have the opportunity to run for election to retain the seat. Applications are available online at www.sheltonschools.org and at the district's administrative build- ing at 700 S. First St. in Shelton. Applications can also be obtained by calling Alison Nutt at 426-8231. Applications will be accepted un- til Wednesday. Hirschi said the School Board plans to begin interviewing appli- cants in early December. STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Liquor laws for nonprofit organizations and special events are the topic of a Business Builder Workshop the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce will present from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Olympic College Shelton, 937 W. Alpine Way. To attend, RSVP with the chamber at 426- 2021 or info@sheltonchamber.org. By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com Administrators at Mason Gen- eral Hospital & Family of Clinics (MGH&FC) announced last week their intention to form an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). "Fundamentally, an ACO exists to achieve the Three Part Aim of better patient experiences, lower total cost and better quality outcomes," CEO Eric Moll said in a statement. Eligible hospitals must create an ACO to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is designed to im- prove the quality of medical care for Medicare beneficiaries while reduc- ing costs. According to cms.gov, the Shared Savings program will reward ACOs that lower their growth in health care costs while meeting performance stan- dards. The hospital expects to know wheth- er its application was accepted "any day now," said Jennifer Capps, chief development and communication offi- cer. "It is about payment reform," Moll said at a news conference Friday. "(We) have to drive down costs while main- taining quality and patient satisfac- tion." If CMS accepts the hospital's ap- plication to form an ACO, the hospital would likely hire staff, such as regis- tered nurses, to act as care coordina- tors. If a patient has to meet with two or three specialists in addition to his or her primary care physician, the care coordinators could facilitate better communication among the doctors and clinics, Moll said. If accepted by CMS, Mason General would be one of the 40 hospitals in the country and two in Washington to form an ACO. The move could affect as many as 4,000 Mason County Medicare pa- tients, Moll said. Patients do not have to sign up to participate in the program, and can opt out. "By forming a Northwest Rural ACO, we (MGH&FC) have the oppor- tunity to become one of the few rural health care systems in the country to make such an ambitious commitment to the health of our community," said Scott Hilburn, Mason County Hospital District 1 commissioner, in a state- ment. For more information about the Shared Savings program or Account- able Care Organizations, go to cms. gov. "BUTCHER" TRUST IN US All Packages Freezer Ready* No Time Spent Re-Wrapping Locker Packs Available Locally Owne ily-Run Meat Shop 1729 OLYMPIC HWY. N. SHELTON (360) 426-1659 Now Accepting EeT www.michaelsmeats.netOpen P/ion-Sat 9-7, Sun 9-6 PRICES EFFECTIVE 11-19 to 11-26 Salad Shrimp 99 lb. Polish or Kellbasa Sausage lb. King Crab Legs 99 lb. Michael's Homemade Breakfast Sausage lb. 3-4 ounce Lobster Tails Ea. Salad Dressing Ranch or Blue Cheese Ea. Medium Pint Oysters Ea. Large Bone-in Ribeye Roast or Steak 99 lb. New York Style. 16 oz. Cheesecake Ea. 8-inch Pumpkin 99 Boneless Rlbeye Roast or Steak 99 lb.