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September 11, 2018

When a Hurricane Hits the Mountains – Hurricane Safety and Preparedness Tips

By Samantha Kappalman Hurricane Florence is expected to affect the western North Carolina area into the weekend, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared! Go to NCReady.org and download the NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips. Though we don’t have to evacuate here in the […]

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September 7, 2018

What Keeps Us from Getting the Care We Need? Social Determinants of Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD If I see you in the emergency department and end up sending you home it means that I think you’re going to live through your recent illness or injury. But that might not mean that you’re all of a sudden completely “healthy,” right? You’ve still got to take care of yourself. […]

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August 31, 2018

The Pain of Opioids: Be Aware of the Epidemic in Your Backyard

“An American dies every 19 minutes from opioid or heroin overdose” – U.S. surgeon general. It can happen to anyone – your grandparents, neighbors and children. While not all overdoses are the result of substance abuse, the vast majority are, and addiction doesn’t discriminate. Western North Carolina is in the midst of the opioid epidemic […]

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August 24, 2018

Mission Accepted: Students Discover Meaningful Careers in Healthcare with Mission Possible

By Rebecca Alexander You’ve heard of Mission: Impossible, but have you heard of Mission Possible? Mission Possible is a program for rising high school juniors and seniors to discover what it is like to be a healthcare professional. Mission Possible: a world of opportunity Mission Possible is a collaboration between Mission Hospital, Asheville City schools, […]

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August 20, 2018

Rural Communities to Receive Proceeds from Mission Health Sale When Closed

Each Member Entity will receive $15 million to improve the health and wellbeing of their community Mission Health’s Board of Directors today announced that if and when the Mission Health and HCA Healthcare (HCA) transaction is closed, each Entity Legacy Foundation* will receive a distribution of $15 million dollars to improve the health and wellbeing […]

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August 17, 2018

32 Years and 3,000 Flights – Recognizing Barbara Sawyer

By Krista Gregg Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) has been providing critical care transport since 1986. Behind the scenes, MAMA flight nurse Barbara Sawyer has witnessed it all. “In 1986 when this program (MAMA) started, there were very few flight nurses in the entire world. And even fewer in North Carolina,” said Johnny Grindstaff, Mission […]

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August 15, 2018

Meet Your Neighbors, the Construction Workers Building the New Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine

By Samantha Kappalman Imagine building your community’s new hospital – the same place where your whole life began. The Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine is a promise for a brighter future and a better experience for patients, families, team members and the community. Since a new hospital for our community was only an idea, more […]

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August 10, 2018

Norovirus: What It Is and How to Prevent Giving and Getting It

By David Buhner, MD, Public Epidemiologist You may have heard recently about an outbreak of norovirus in Brevard, North Carolina impacting more than 200 people. It appears that the outbreak is now over with no new cases diagnosed within 48 hours since it ended; however, hand hygiene and protecting ourselves is still more important than ever. We […]

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August 9, 2018

Farm to Table at Home – 6 Tips to Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

By Mary Lindsey Jackson, Clinical Nutritionist Educator Summer is a favorite season for farmers markets, and there are plenty around town here in western North Carolina. These markets provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with and support the local economy, as well as fill up on fresh, seasonal food items. Offerings at farmers markets can […]

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July 31, 2018

Topping Out Ceremony Honors Tradition for the Next Generation of Healthcare in WNC

By Samantha Kappalman A Milestone On June 28, Mission Health celebrated a significant milestone on the progress of the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine. The Topping Out Ceremony commemorated the structural completion of the facility. The final two steel beams, signed with love by our team members and community, rose high in the sky […]

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