Features

November 8, 2017

What Makes Asheville a “Top 15” City? The Answers Are Seemingly Endless

By Jenee’ G. Davis Talent Acquisition Consultant, Mission Health Our hometown of Asheville was recently ranked among “The Top 15 Cities in the United States” by Travel + Leisure, which got me thinking again about just how fortunate we are to live here in western North Carolina. It’s no surprise to those of us who […]

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November 8, 2017

Partnering to Empower Patients – Mission Health Partners’ Unique Care Coordination Approach

By Calvin Tomkins, MD, MHA Assistant Medical Director, Mission Health Partners Obstacles. We all face them en route to achieving our goals. But for those with obstacles standing in the way of their most basic needs, it’s important to know that help is available. One particularly tough obstacle to overcome is food insecurity. Food insecurity […]

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November 6, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – Addressing the Controversy

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA We all learned as children that “a stich in time saves nine” and that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, does the same thing always apply to healthcare? The answer is yes… for the most part. Early detection of disease is the rationale behind […]

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November 3, 2017

For Seniors, Falls Can Have Major Consequences – Know the Risks and Solutions

By Dylan Babb Community Outreach Manager, CarePartners According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of adults 65 and older fall each year; in the US nearly 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. According to the NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNCA, falls are one of the leading […]

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November 3, 2017

Expert Q&A – Personalized Medicine

Lynn Dressler, DrPH, Director of Mission Health’s Personalized Medicine Program, answers some common questions. What is personalized medicine and how does it work? The goal of personalized medicine at Mission Health is to predict your response to medications, including whether the medications will work for you or produce a bad side effect. By testing genes […]

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October 30, 2017

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Is Here – Know Your Options

The annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare Advantage is upon us, running October 15 through December 7, and it’s important to know your options. Coverage has changed for patients in western North Carolina with a Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plan. While Mission Health hospitals and physicians are no longer in the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage […]

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October 30, 2017

Your First Mammogram – What to Expect

By Janet Magruder, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN Mission Breast Program A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment. Over the years, there has been much debate over breast cancer screening and there are conflicting recommendations from various organizations. […]

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October 27, 2017

Should You Be Eating a Plant-Based Diet? Benefits and Considerations

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutrition Educator Vegan. Vegetarian. Meat-free. Plant-based. No matter what you call it, there are many things to take into consideration when deciding whether you should change your diet to eliminate meat and other animal byproducts. Here, we take look at how a plant-based diet impacts your health and wellness. What the […]

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October 26, 2017

Talking to Children about Tragedies in the News – Expert Advice for Parents

By Jai Robert Kumar, MD When tragedies like the shooting in Las Vegas or natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Maria appear in the news, parents struggle with what they should or should not share and discuss with their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers and childcare providers to filter information about […]

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October 25, 2017

Standing with Ben – How Mission Helped an Asheville Family Keep the Care They Need

When Jan King and her family learned that Mission would no longer be in network for their Blue Cross Blue Shield benefits, their reaction was understandable. “Our first thought was, ‘oh no, what now?’” King reported. “Our adult son, Ben, has tuberous sclerosis and has been a patient of Dr. William Huffstutter since he was three […]

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