May 11, 2022

Benefits of daily meditation for depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety are increasingly common in our society, and many of us are trying to find ways to cope. For some, self-care habits are tremendously helpful. According to Dr. Frank Drummond, HCA Healthcare’s national medical director for behavioral health, meditation is one of the most impactful self-care habits for managing depression and anxiety. Although […]

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May 11, 2022

May is a Time to Reflect On the Work of Our Dedicated Nurses, Other Healthcare Professionals, and Public Service Workers, and How They Enrich Our Community’s Wellbeing

May is full of appreciation days for groups of professionals who truly deserve our thanks for all they do in our community. For example, as a dad to a wonderful young man who is getting so excited about the end of May coming—and summer vacation—makes me remember the dedicated teachers in our community. My heart […]

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April 26, 2022

Why you should consider becoming a national organ donor

Take out your driver’s license and look it over. Do you see a little heart or any other indication that you’ve signed up to be an organ donor? If so, kudos! You’ve taken a big step toward helping some of the roughly 123,000 Americans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Every 10 minutes, someone new […]

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April 25, 2022

Understanding the world of Medical Laboratory Professionals

This year marks the 47th annual Laboratory Professionals Week. Lab week was founded in 1975 by the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). Celebration of National Medical Laboratory Week throughout the United States increases public awareness of the profession. A variety of professions work together in […]

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April 20, 2022

A Volunteer Legacy Spanning Generations

Jim Rider, a volunteer Discharge Suite Guide, cheerfully pushes a wheelchair down the Mission halls to Entrance 5 for a happy patient’s release to family, telling a joke or a story about his time as a veteran. This is just another Tuesday morning at the hospital for this 94-year-old volunteer who makes sure each patient […]

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April 18, 2022

Patient Safety at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Part II: The Importance of Stroke Care

Last month we talked about Patient Safety in the context of the many factors that impact keeping our patients safe while they are hospitalized and after they return home. We learned that every department of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) impacts patient safety somehow, from preventive practices, like incorporating safety features into the design of […]

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April 18, 2022

Stress is Real: Why We Must Be Able to Identify It to Manage It Effectively

I sometimes wonder if there is anyone who dwells in our community, state, country, or even on the globe whose doesn’t experience some level of stress. If any of you readers count yourselves among this perpetually relaxed group, I want to know your secret. Stress is an unfortunate visitor to most all of us inhabiting […]

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April 15, 2022

Types of pregnancy complications at different life stages

There’s no biological flip of the switch when you turn 35, but it can sometimes feel that way for people who want to have a baby in their late 30s or beyond. Being at “advanced maternal age,” patients 35 and older are usually cautioned about all types of pregnancy complications that can interfere with family […]

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April 13, 2022

Forever Young in Labor & Delivery/Mom and Baby: A Mission Treasure

Doug Young, a volunteer in the Mom and Baby department at Mission Hospital, is aptly named at 92 years old and counting as a volunteer–faithfully continuing his service preparing new mom packets for the last four years–even from home during the COVID pandemic. Doug helped hundreds of women navigate new motherhood through his efforts and […]

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