Trauma & Emergency Care

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 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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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 15, 2018

Need a Doctor during the Thanksgiving Holiday? 3 Options for Care

We hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday with good food and good company. Whether you’re spending the holiday waiting for family to arrive, in the kitchen preparing for a feast or cozying up by a fire, the holiday brings friends and family together – and also brings the challenge of finding the […]

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October 25, 2018

Why FAST When You Can BEFAST? Spot a Stroke and Save a Life

By Robin Jones – Manager, Mission Stroke Program Strokes cause about 1 in 19 deaths in the US each year, making it the third leading cause of death for women and the fourth leading cause of death for men. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term health conditions and disability in America. Catching […]

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October 9, 2018

Enough Is Enough – Preventing Domestic Violence in Buncombe County with Helpmate (Video)

By Samantha Kappalman Our home is meant to be our sanctuary – the one place where we can always find peace, comfort and security. But for many, this is unfortunately not the case. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every […]

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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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September 6, 2018

“Don’t Wait. Communicate.” How to Plan Before Emergency Strikes

Are you prepared when the unexpected happens? Part of our personal wellness includes being prepared in the event of an emergency. As summer comes to a close and the kids are back in school, now is an ideal time to revisit or create your personal and/or family emergency plans. The best time to put together […]

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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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