September 1, 2022

Types of suicide prevention: What they are and how to get help

What are the warning signs of suicidal behavior? There are several warning signs that someone may be considering suicide. “The first two are helplessness and hopelessness, as if their life doesn’t have meaning, or what they do doesn’t make a difference,” says Dr. Frank Drummond, national medical director for Behavioral Health at HCA Healthcare. “You […]

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September 1, 2022

How to prevent sepsis: 5 actions you can take to reduce your risk

What is sepsis? Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening and life-altering system response to infection, Dr. Guy explains. “It causes an exaggerated immune response that can end up damaging key organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys, and potentially lead to death.” He compares sepsis to an ember that sparks from a small campfire, suddenly threatening […]

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August 24, 2022

The Great 100 Nurses 2022

A special congratulations to the following Mission Health nurses, for being recognized as part of the 2022 Great 100 nurses for North Carolina. The award exists to recognize and honor Registered Nurses in North Carolina for their commitment to excellence and to promote a positive image of the nursing profession. Teressa Neill, MSN, RN Mission […]

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August 17, 2022

The Ongoing Opioid Crisis: Resources, Events, and the Role of BRRH

The devastation of the opioid crisis has not spared our community, sadly. The statewide statistics are sobering. Opioid overdose deaths outstrip those from auto accidents, and in the 18-year span between 1999 and 2017, 13,169 state residents have died from unintentional overdoses, with a 32% increase in deaths just between 2016 and 2017. This is […]

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August 17, 2022

Transylvania Regional Hospital Welcomes New Physicians; Refreshes and Renames Two Facilities

In an effort to provide even better care to our community members, two facilities affiliated with Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) have recently undergone improvements and renovation in preparation for serving new purposes. We look at our role as one that must continually change, as our patients’ need for services does. Medical Associates of Transylvania has […]

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August 17, 2022

Angel Medical Center Focuses on Overdose Awareness, Exceptional Team Members, and New Facility for August

Hello summer! It’s hard not to love this season of flowers growing, warm days, afternoon showers, and beautiful, cooler nights that only those of us lucky enough to live in the mountains get to enjoy. Summer also finds me restless for the weekend at times and anticipating fun activities — and I know I’m not […]

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August 17, 2022

Not Just for Babies: The Critical Role Vaccines Play in Community Health

Life was turned upside down when COVID-19 arrived more than two years ago. There were a multitude of changes we had to make in terms of how we lived and moved around in our worlds, from work meetings transitioning from in-person to video calls, to masking up whenever we left the house. The single most […]

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July 27, 2022

When to go to the ER for stomach pain

What are the common types of stomach pain? Stomach or abdominal pain occurs from below the ribs to the pelvis. Although this pain is commonly referred to as stomach pain, the abdomen houses many different vessels and organs, so it’s important to determine the type of pain you’re experiencing and where it’s coming from. Identifying […]

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July 27, 2022

Heat-related illnesses explained: Symptoms and prevention

What is a heat-related illness? Heat-related illnesses are caused by high temperatures and humidity. They can occur when someone is exposed to heat for a prolonged period without adequate fluid intake or relief, such as standing in the shade or going into a building. There are several types of heat illnesses, some more serious than […]

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