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December 18, 2018

17 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself during the Holidays

Dr. Robyn Restrepo, Family Medicine Physician at Mission Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, loves to see and treat her patients, but what thrills her most is their attentive self-care for optimum health. “The season is upon us,” she says, “And while there’s no evidence the holidays cause more illness, people are more susceptible to health problems, particularly after […]

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December 13, 2018

I Did it My Way – Bariatric Surgery Helped Kendra Hamm Achieve Health and Weight-loss Success

It was never about the weight. That’s what Kendra Hamm, a paralegal who lives in Sylva, had to say about her decision to undergo bariatric surgery. “My motivation throughout this whole process has always been about my health,” said Hamm. “I was never motivated by losing weight, per se, or being thin or wearing a […]

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December 13, 2018

A Guide to Eating Healthy This Holiday Season – How to Handle 4 Common Challenges and Stay on Track

Is your calendar filling up with holiday socials and events? It can be easy to get out of your daily routine for food, exercise and even personal time this time of year. We may find ourselves more stressed than usual trying to spread cheer to others, get the kids to their holiday events – with […]

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December 11, 2018

Surviving Sepsis: Patient Returns to Say Thank You to Care Team One Year after Severe Sepsis

A little more than a year ago, Jana Watts, MD, found herself a patient in critical condition in her place of work. Jana walked into the Mission Hospital emergency room and was on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) less than twenty-four hours later suffering from sepsis. As her condition deteriorated, every tool […]

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December 11, 2018

Jackie Medland: Yes, Highlands-Cashiers Community, There Is a Santa Claus

By Jackie Medland President/CNO, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Most of us are familiar with the line “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” It’s the memorable statement in the New York Sun’s thoughtful reply to a little girl having peer-induced doubts about whether Kris Kringle was real, way back in 1897. But “real” isn’t always people and […]

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December 6, 2018

Snow Problem – Winter Weather Safety, How and Where to Get Care in WNC

Winter weather with a chance of snow or freezing rain is in the forecast. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to being prepared and being well during colder and wintry weather, including when and where to seek care if you find yourself caught in a snowstorm. 1. Have an emergency […]

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December 6, 2018

Give the Gift of Good Health This Holiday Season – Healthy Gift Ideas

Wondering what to gift your loved ones this holiday season? Look no further than giving the gift of health! Sometimes the things that we need the most are the things we keep putting off buying for ourselves. Who doesn’t love a gift that’s something they’ll actually use? Indulge in the practicality, simplicity and thoughtfulness of […]

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November 29, 2018

All Hands on Deck – Mission Health’s Emergency Services during Hurricane Florence

By Samantha Kappalman It took two years of planning to host the FEI World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring, North Carolina, earlier this year, and only a matter of minutes for plans to change course when Hurricane Florence made landfall. Mission Health and the Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (MAHPC) participated in planning for the […]

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November 29, 2018

Embrace the Cold – 7 Tips to Keep Up Your Fitness Regimen this Winter

Why is it that settling into the winter season comes so easy? Whether you’ve spent the last six months training or you’re just getting started after a long hiatus, as soon as the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, excuses surface. When this happens, that little voice tends to talk you “out of” […]

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November 29, 2018

More than Sex – Sexual Health Is an Important Part of Our Well-being

By Aleece Fosnight, Urogynecology When you hear or see the word “sex,” what comes to your mind? Do you cringe because it reminds you of all the negative things your parents or other adults said about it? Does it bring you curiosity because you are looking into ways to spice up your relationship? Or, are […]

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