SHELTON, WA – Mason Clinic will open in February 2020, and the District’s new Mason Clinic Concierge Volunteers will be ready to greet patients and visitors at the door with a smile.
These volunteers will be tasked with guiding patients, visitors and staff throughout the new two-story 60,000-square-foot building, providing general information and answering questions, keeping lobby areas tidy and assisting in any special events and projects as needed. The District is looking for more volunteers to fill these long-term volunteer positions.
Gene Bush has helped spearhead the Teddy Bear Campaign for our young patients at the Hospital as a member of the Yesteryear Car Club. He has a varied background that includes 20-plus years in electronics inventory management, 20-plus years as a postal worker and a stint as a massage therapist. He is an avid backpacker and loves to interact with people.
“Volunteering at Mason Clinic, it really appeals to me,” he said. “It's time to do something different.”
Ann Williams volunteers regularly at Mason General Hospital Foundation and leads the volunteers at Fantasy Forest and the Golf Tournament each year. She worked close to two decades in the corporate world of information system support for the federal government and has lived abroad and traveled the world with her husband, Bob, who is retired from the U.S. Navy. She also loves to garden.
“My husband and I were very fortunate in our lives, so I said when we retired, I'd volunteer,” she said.
Sharon “Sherry” Myers has been a longtime member of the Yesteryear Car Club. She worked in the legal field for 15 years, most recently for Mason County Superior Court as a court reporter for Judge Toni Sheldon and Judge James Sawyer. She has deep ties to Shelton (her grandparents pioneered the area) and is a secretary for the Mason County Historical Society.
“I feel a connection to the Hospital because my husband was here when he passed away,” she said. “I was one of the volunteers for the Hospital Foundation’s very first Father Daughter Night Out.”
Lee Hanna has lived off and on in Shelton since 1970 and loves the family oriented feel of the town. She worked in the corrections field and later at Neil’s Pharmacy before taking time to care for her children and volunteer in the schools. She ended up working as a secretary for Shelton Middle School and also spent 20 years running her family’s farm in California. Volunteering at a hospital was always something she thought she would like to do.
“I like that I’ll get to meet all kinds of fascinating people and help some of them,” she said. “There’s a need and I think bringing all of the clinics into one building is fantastic.”
Cindi McReynolds has worked for 30 years as a registered nurse at Providence, but she wants to give back to her community close to home. She has volunteered at Community Lifeline for years and is deeply involved in the Yesteryear Car Club.
“It’s an important part of belonging to a community to do some volunteer service,” she said. “At Mason Clinic, it’s a great idea to centralize health care and not have people trek all over town to get their health care. The time has come.”
MGH&FC is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. MGH&FC now offers 3D Mammography Services and Virtual Care 24/7. For more information on 3D mammograms, Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.