March 11, 2019

Jackie Medland: Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Takes Inclusive Approach to Improving Efficiency

By Jackie Medland President/Chief Nursing Officer, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital At Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH), we are engaged in a constant quest for quality. In fact, our clinical care team plays a critical role in guiding us to solutions for overall improvement in the patient care experience. To that end, 10 of our clinical leaders, including nursing, lab, […]

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March 11, 2019

Becky Carter: How Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Helps You Fall Asleep, Stay Asleep and Address Sleep Problems

By Becky Carter President/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Shuteye. ZZZZZs. Slumber. Whatever you call it, sleep is an often overlooked but significant pillar of health. High quality, uninterrupted sleep is key to keeping our bodies healthy and promoting the healing process. Our modern world, however, throws obstacles in front of us at nearly […]

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March 11, 2019

Karen Gorby: The Team Approach to Care at Angel Medical Center: Safe, Efficient, Complete

By Karen Gorby President/Chief Nursing Officer, Angel Medical Center This month I’d like to talk about the fundamental role that teamwork plays in providing care to this community at Angel Medical Center (AMC). This is because we use a collaborative model of care for patients: the care team. The care team concept and its increasing […]

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March 8, 2019

Finding Strength in Living with Multiple Sclerosis – A Physical and Emotional Journey

By Sam LaRose In an Instagram post in October 2018, actress Selma Blair courageously went public with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). In the post, which has received more than 115,000 likes, she wrote “I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my […]

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March 6, 2019

How Better Tasting Prep Makes for Easier Colonoscopies

In order for a colonoscopy to be complete and accurate, the patient’s colon must be completely cleaned. While this part of the test has been met with apprehension by patients over the years, it is now easier than ever. At Mission Hospital McDowell, the preferred test prep drink is a combination of Gatorade and Miralax. […]

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March 4, 2019

Healthy Recipe – 20-minute Chicken Creole

This nutritious dish is quick, simple and packed full of flavor and nutrients. Warm up with our 20-minute chicken creole recipe – created and nutritionist-approved by Mary Lindsey Jackson, a clinical nutritionist educator with Mission Weight Management. ingredients 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips 1 cup canned whole peeled tomatoes, chopped 1 […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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February 28, 2019

Why Maintaining a Healthy Heart is Key to a Long and Active Life

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that pumps blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It actually has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of the pumping chambers to contract to push blood through the arteries of the body. The heart […]

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February 26, 2019

What Happens When There’s an Electrical Storm in Your Heart? – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 18

By Ferriss Roberts Our heart beat can give a lot of insight to our heart health. This is especially true when it comes to atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, impacts approximately five million Americans with 200,000 new cases each year. Our featured guest in this episode of […]

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February 25, 2019

Learning to Love Your Body: How Body Dysmorphia Can Lead to Eating Disorders

By Kelly Montague, Athletic Trainer Athletics and physical activity is a great outlet for individuals to challenge their bodies and improve their health. Being fit comes with the common misconception that as a result of this lifestyle you will be slim with toned muscle definition. A healthy body comes in all shapes and sizes, and […]

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