Hospital History Book

Renowned, local author Carolyn Maddux will make an appearance during the National Hospital Week celebration at Mason General Hospital on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Ellinor Room.  Mrs. Maddux will be there to talk about her latest book, Care: A Hospital for Mason County, a 230-page soft-cover book based on the history of local healthcare from the early 1900’s, including many antidotal events.  This will be followed by her book signing on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hospital’s new Auxiliary Gift Shop, located off the Main (south) Entrance.

carebook.jpgThe inspiration for this book came from recently retired Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Chief Executive Officer Bob Appel, whose mother-in-law showed him a small book from the hospital where she grew up in Desmet, South Dakota.  Bob brought the book to his Board of Commissioners and asked if they thought a similar publication to capture the rich history of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, and healthcare in general, had merit.  The Board readily agreed.  As MGH&FC neared completion of its Campus Renewal Construction Project, it seemed a fitting tribute to the many people who have contributed so much over the years to the success of our community’s healthcare.        

The main intent for the book was to write a story of healthcare in Mason County that would be a story about people: the patients who are served, and the teams of healthcare professionals who, through their patience, perseverance, and compassion, have laid the foundation for a sound and thriving healthcare network that serves the entire community. In addition, the Commissioners wanted the story of the people told in its context of time ‒ encapsulating the history and evolution of healthcare, its development in Mason County, and in the context of the larger community served. “The desire was to capture the fabric of the community, of the Hospital District, and of the integral part that healthcare plays in the community,” said Mrs. Maddux.  Her book will be made available for purchase at the presentation and Gift Shop signing event.  The cost is $19.95 plus tax.      

Other FREE events during Hospital Week include:

  • Saturday, May 11 - Women’s Health Event - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hospital’s Main (south) Entrance.
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Wednesday, May 15, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Emergency (north) Entrance to MGH&FC.  The public is invited.  Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is the Hospital’s Auxiliary Gift Shop Grand Opening with book signing at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17 - Chief of Medical Staff Dean Gushee, M.D.,will host a Polar Bear Presentation each nightat 6 p.m. in the Hospital’s Ellinor Room.  Both presentations are free and open to the public.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentations start at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please RSVP before May 13 by calling (360) 427-3623.


Mason General Hospital is approved by The Joint Commission, 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.  For more information go to

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maddux.jpg Carolyn Maddux is a writer, teacher, and journalist. Virtually a lifelong county resident, she spent 25 years with the Shelton-Mason County Journal as a reporter and editor covering local government, health, and the courts-and-cops beat, before her stint as managing editor.  She teaches creative writing at Olympic College in Shelton, writes poetry, and co-wrote Nita's Cooking with Nita Bariekman.  She and her husband, a semi-retired Episcopal priest, have operated Very, Ltd. Antiques in Shelton for eight years. They enjoy travel, cooking, and gardening ‒ and she blogs about evergreens and dahlias for Lynch Creek Farm.  Mrs. Maddux also serves on the Board of Hypatia-in-the-Woods, a small foundation supporting women in the arts, academia, and small business.  From 1999 to 2007, she was co-convener of Write in the Woods, the Olympic College Shelton Writers’ Conference.  Earlier, she spent eight years on the Shelton School District Board of Directors.