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September 16, 2020

Patty McBride’s Surgery during COVID-19 Beat All Her Expectations

By Deanna Thompson After working as a healthcare consultant for years, Patty McBride said she is not an easy patient. Coming into a facility, she said, “My eyes are checking everything — the building, how staff interacts.” So, after making the decision to have surgery at Mission Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, she was on […]

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September 11, 2020

From Deferred to Dreamer: Tuition Reimbursement Program Helps CNA Reach Her Goal

By Robert A. Poarch Grecia Baxter has been at Mission Health for almost five years. Thanks to some financial assistance from Mission Health and HCA Healthcare, she is on her way to making her dreams of becoming a nurse a reality. A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, Baxter is a first-generation immigrant from […]

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September 8, 2020

Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19: Here’s How We’re Keeping You Safe

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Who would have thought that a trip to the doctor’s office would require safety precautions? Mission Health primary care providers across western North Carolina now offer several options to meet your healthcare needs and support your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. See You on the Computer Virtual, or telehealth, visits […]

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September 4, 2020

Athletic Trainer Services for Student Athletes Remain Robust, Despite COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau COVID-19 has brought an inestimable number of uncertainties to daily life, but it’s school systems that may have to make the hardest calls about the future, and what learning will look like. Accordingly, student athletes involved in school sports programs are in a similar state of limbo. “At this point,” said Shelli […]

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September 3, 2020

The Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings for Younger People

By Jennifer Bringle When actor Chadwick Boseman passed away after a private years-long battle with colon cancer, people were understandably shocked. The “Black Panther” star was only 43 years old, well under the typical age that patients develop the disease. But according to Melissa Zoumberos, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Mission Surgery, more […]

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September 1, 2020

Prostate Cancer: Your Questions Answered

By Quinton V. Cancel, MD Men, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time to learn some important health facts and answer some common questions about prostate cancer. Did you know that, after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men? According to the American Cancer Society, […]

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August 31, 2020

Mission Hospital McDowell’s Women’s Services Offer Advanced Labor and Delivery Care, Surgical Options and Mammography Services to the Community

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE, CEO of Mission Hospital McDowell Mission Hospital McDowell’s Women’s Services are my focus this month, and we’ve got lots of good news to share. We’re proud, and it should make our community feel confident in the care women receive here, no matter what their age or stage of life. […]

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August 31, 2020

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: What You Can Do to Build Resilience, with Suggestions from Transylvania Regional Hospital Staffers

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CEO and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital Self-care is a term we hear often, and it encompasses not only how you care for your body, but your emotional health as well. COVID-19 has challenged us in ways we never could have foreseen just six months ago. Our worlds […]

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August 31, 2020

The Great Outdoors: A Panacea for Your Mental and Physical Health during COVID-19

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA, CEO and CNO of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital As we learn more about how to live safely during a time of pandemic, I’ve heard some people declare that they’re grateful for the fact that the outbreak didn’t occur in the winter, when it was cold. I understand that, because it would […]

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August 31, 2020

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Welcomes New General Surgeon, Adding to a Robust Surgical Services Menu

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN, CEO and CNO of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital This month, I am very pleased to welcome our newest physician to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH), family, board-certified general surgeon Ashley Badger, MD. She comes to us from her six-year General Surgery residency at Wake Forest University […]

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