November 14, 2018

PSA: How to Prevent Prostate Cancer and the Importance of Catching it Early

By John Burns, MD November, also known as MOvember, is the month we recognize men’s health. Does that explain the more than usual amount of “Mos,” or mustaches? Movember started in 2003 as a challenge for a few men to grow out their mustaches in an attempt to bring back a style pioneered by the […]

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November 14, 2018

Making Good: Discover Untold Stories in Our Annual Report

In 1885 a group of Asheville women formed “the Little Flower Mission” and opened a small hospital in a rented five-room house to help meet the healthcare needs of their local mountain community. Mission Health’s founders could little imagine the ways their Mission would grow and evolve over the next 133 years. Our mission – […]

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November 13, 2018

From a Nurse in the ED to a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care

By Beverly Ramey, Nurse Practitioner I was a registered nurse in the emergency department for several years, and am now trying to transition from taking direction to giving direction as a newly hired nurse practitioner (NP) in the primary care setting. What exactly is a nurse practitioner and what do we do? An NP is […]

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November 13, 2018

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: When Babies Experience Withdrawal

By Meg C. Coleman, FNP, PNP Neonatal abstinence syndrome (also called NAS) refers to symptoms of withdrawal that babies may sometimes develop after birth if their mothers have taken medications or drugs that can be addictive during their pregnancy. What causes neonatal abstinence syndrome? Many drugs used by mothers can reach the baby while they […]

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November 12, 2018

Honoring the Call of Duty: Scott Higgins Protects and Serves Mission Health and the Nation

By Rebecca Alexander Jim Kelly II, Executive Director of Information Security at Mission Health, was sure he found the perfect candidate when he was looking to fill the manager role of cybersecurity in his department – it isn’t every day that you come across an Army veteran, Navy Reservist and a cybersecurity expert. When a […]

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November 9, 2018

Download Our Free Thanksgiving Recipe e-Book When You Subscribe

Are you subscribed to Mission Health’s blog? (It’s what you’re reading right now.) If you want more special offers like our free Thanksgiving recipe e-book, stories like this, trending health news like this or wellness and lifestyle tips like this – then our weekly email is the perfect dose of health, wellness and inspiration for […]

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November 9, 2018

Coming to Mission Hospital for a Procedure? Pre-Register and Know Where to Go

Guest services for surgery, including patient check-in, registration and the patient/visitor lobby, as well as valet parking services at Mission Hospital Memorial Campus will move to the Main Visitor Entrance on November 15, 2018. Mission Health has been transforming since our first hospital opened in a five-bedroom house in Asheville 133 years ago. The latest […]

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November 8, 2018

Get in Control of Your Life When You Take Control of Type 2 Diabetes

By Kimberly Freeman, RN, Diabetes Program, and Michael Hanlon, Diabetes Intervention “Let’s get this done. I don’t want diabetes to win.” A powerful quote by Ann, a resident in McDowell County who’s taking control of her diabetes with the Taking Control of Type 2 (TCT2) Diabetes program. Her words symbolize the beginning of a journey […]

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November 8, 2018

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What to Know about the Rare Condition

By Chelsea Ragland, MD News headlines of a “polio-like illness” affecting children across the United States have many parents in western North Carolina worried. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition that results in weakness or paralysis in children, usually following a respiratory virus. While the particular virus in the current outbreak has not […]

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November 8, 2018

Knowing Your Genetics Can Help You Understand Your Health

By Suzanna Schott, Genetic Counselor Genetic information can have a powerful influence on your healthcare decisions. There are many new genetic health tools being offered to the public, but not all genetic tests are created equal – and every test has its own limitations. It can be an overwhelming task for patients and their families […]

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