Health Care Provider Impact Statement for Mason County
Number of docs in 2009: 35. That’s 6.0 physicians per 10,000 population1, the third-lowest rate in western Washington. Washington’s rate is 21.2 physicians per 10,000; the national average is about 20.2 per 10,000.2 Washington imports about 85% of its physicians from other states or nations.3
Health professional breakout:
---Mason General Hospital employs 15 MDs, four DOs, one optometrist, one physician assistant and two nurse practitioners at the hospital and its eight clinics.
---Harrison Medical Center, based in Bremerton, also employs 10 MDs, two DOs, one physician assistant and six nurse practitioners at its urgent care clinic in Belfair.4
Number of current WWAMI Spokane and Pullman medical students from Mason County: one
Number of current WSU pharmacy students from Mason County: one
Number of current WSU nursing students from Mason County: three
Number of current WSU speech and hearing sciences students from Mason County: three
UW School of Medicine clinical faculty in Mason County: two MDs5
Health professionals in Mason County who graduated from Washington colleges:
---Mason General Hospital employs one UW School of Medicine graduate and four doctors who completed their residencies in Washington.
---Harrison Medical Center’s Belfair clinic has two UW medical graduates.6
Shelton serves as a site for medical students looking to practice their skills in a rural setting between their first and second years (Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program). The county does not yet have a residency site.7
Mason County unemployment rate (Nov. 2012): 9.1% (state average 7.8% seasonally adjusted, 7.3% not seasonally adjusted) 8
Health care/social assistance employment in Mason County 9: 992 (out of 13,400 jobs). It’s the county’s fifth-largest employer, providing about $6.0 million in payroll, about 5.3% of the county’s total payroll.
1According to the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
2UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
3Association of American Medical Colleges
4Numbers gleaned from hospital and clinic websites
5UW Clinical faculty listing: http://depts.washington.edu/fammed/clinical_faculty/listings
6Numbers calculated from hospital and clinic websites
8Washington Department of Employment Security
9Washington Department of Employment Security (third quarter, 2010)