August 29, 2017

Harmless Vapor? The Truth about E-Cigarettes

By Greg Campbell, MD Many of my patients are turning to e-cigarettes in an attempt to stop smoking. Many cite that they are “better” than traditional cigarettes and are more socially acceptable given the restrictions on smoking in public places. While I always encourage and applaud any attempts to stop smoking and become tobacco free, […]

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August 29, 2017

Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids – 4 Steps to School Success

Dr. Lucia Criveanu, a pediatrician at Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, offers expert advice on making this school year a success for your children, as seen in WNC Parent. School, whether in a public, private or home setting, is a formal education that prepares a child for life. These four steps will help improve […]

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August 29, 2017

What You Need To Know about Blue Cross NC – Emergency Care Is Always In Network

Just last year, nearly 140,000 of our friends and neighbors looked to emergency rooms at six Mission Health hospitals for lifesaving care. Across western North Carolina, Mountain Area Medical Airlift (better known as MAMA) served more than 1,000 of those patients, flying them to Mission Hospital, the only trauma center west of Charlotte. Our patients […]

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August 28, 2017

Mental Health Matters – Separating Fact from Fiction

Dramatic scenes from popular movies may have slanted our views on mental health. Britt Peterson, MD, MPH, DFAPA, a psychiatrist with Mission Psychiatric Services and the Fresh Start Behavioral Health Program of Transylvania Regional Hospital, takes a closer look at the facts. Myth – Mental illness is not a real medical problem; it’s a personal weakness. […]

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August 25, 2017

The Heart Truth about Diabetes – Greater Risk for Heart Problems

“People with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease as a result of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, both of which are damaging to blood vessels,” said Autumn Carroll, clinical pharmacist and diabetes educator at Mission Health. “This damage to blood vessels can happen in any area of the body, but when it […]

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August 25, 2017

Keeping Our Patients Informed on Blue Cross NC – What You Need to Know and Do

Mission Health is committed to keeping you updated on the contract issue with Blue Cross NC. We want to make sure you have the resources and tools you need to understand this complicated issue. Insured by Blue Cross NC? Mission stands with you. We can help. This week, we urged you to know and share […]

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August 24, 2017

Technology in Healthcare – Improving Care and Access for Patients in WNC

In this 21st-century world, we’re accustomed to instant digital access to virtually everything we need. Who doesn’t enjoy watching your favorite show on your phone, viewing a real-time weather radar or tracking the score of your favorite team? Advances in technology have improved our lives in countless ways. When it comes to the health and […]

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August 24, 2017

What You Need to Do about Blue Cross NC – Find Out if You Are Impacted

By backing away from the table and refusing to negotiate, Blue Cross NC is signaling they’re okay with letting our contract end and forcing members like you to pay more out-of-pocket costs for care. We expect better for our patients and feel you should expect more from Blue Cross NC. At Mission Health, our No. […]

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August 24, 2017

Beating Vertigo – How Physical Therapy Gave a Burnsville Woman Her Life Back

By Robert A. Poarch A retired cloth grader, 85-year-old Clara Harris has lived in Burnsville all of her life and suffered from dizziness since she was young. After visiting several doctors and still having dizzy spells, she was diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo after meeting Sarah Osborne, DPT, a physical therapist at the Blue […]

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August 22, 2017

What You Need to Know about Blue Cross NC – Nothing Changes Until At Least October 5

More than 1 million WNC residents are counting on Mission Health to deliver the same high quality and accessible care we’ve delivered for more than 125 years. Our patients are our No. 1 priority, and we’re fighting for our patients to ensure we can continue to deliver on those same expectations. Mission Health stands with […]

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