Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

August 18, 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 Blue Shield (BCBSNC). We want to make sure you have the resources and tools you need to understand this complicated issue. Here are some ways you can educate yourself, stay informed with the latest updates, and help your friends, family […]

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August 9, 2017

Questions about BCBSNC advertising

To Everyone Interested in Mission Health: I’ve been asked by several people about “Mission Health’s plans for advertising to respond to the aggressive (and expensive) campaign launched by Blue Cross. Mission has placed a single advertisement in multiple community newspapers, and we may again advertise in a very targeted way to make sure our community […]

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August 4, 2017

Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids – Immunization Is Recommended for All Ages

By Megan Brooks If you have school-age kids, you’re most likely familiar with vaccinations. But, what about you? As uncommon as it might sound, vaccines are not just for kids. Vaccines are just as important for adults as they are for children. While most vaccines received during childhood are essential to protect against common childhood […]

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June 15, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight – Ginnie Wearn of Spruce Pine Sews Pillows for Cancer Patients

By Phillip Fritts Cut, sew, wash, stuff and sew. Repeat. Ginnie Wearn has perfected that process over the past nine years she has volunteered at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. “I make pillows for patients that are undergoing chemotherapy treatments,” said Wearn. “The pillows help support their necks and arms, making their time […]

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May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months. Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food? A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in […]

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May 23, 2017

Four Tips to Help You Find the Right Doctor for You

By Jennifer Sellers Many people are focused on health goals as the summer approaches, but it’s also a perfect time to schedule checkups and screenings. If you don’t already have a primary care physician, it’s important to locate one and schedule an appointment. But how do you know when a doctor is right for you? Shehla […]

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May 23, 2017

The Top Five Things You Can Expect from a Top 15 Health System

By now you’ve heard that Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics for a remarkable fifth time in the past six years. Great news for Mission Health, right? Right – but also for you. “So what? What does that mean for me?” Well, at […]

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May 19, 2017

Nature Boy – Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s Dr. Cade Discusses His Time on “Survivor”

By Robert A. Poarch In 2002, 21-year-old Gabriel Cade, MD, tested his lifelong love of adventure on the TV reality show “Survivor: Marquesas.” Fifteen years later, his journey brought him back home to pursue his passion for medicine. What motivated you to pursue medicine? I was raised near Celo, a small Quaker community in Yancey County. […]

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May 16, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 10 – Nursing: Where Passion Meets Purpose

In this episode of My Healthy Life, our nurses inspire us through their heartfelt words and stories on becoming a nurse, being a nurse and what it means to them to be a nurse at Mission Health. Last week (May 6-12) was national Nurses Week. We asked our community to help us celebrate our very own […]

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March 24, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What’s the Difference Between a Cold Sore and a Canker Sore?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the spring months. Q: What’s the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore? A: Cold sores generally occur along the curve of the lip and border of […]

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