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April 8, 2021

Turn Around, Don’t Drown — Plus Other Ways to Stay Safe during a Flood

Water can overflow and flood for a slew of reasons, including excessive rain, ice melting from snowcaps, high sea levels and coastal storms. The water accumulation can be slow moving — or come on quickly — destroying everything in its path. “The vast majority of fatalities that we see during severe weather storms today are […]

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April 7, 2021

Got Groin Pain or Swelling? Don’t Ignore It

Do you notice a bulge or have dull pain below the belt? You may assume that you have a pulled muscle, but your symptoms could signal a more serious problem. Normally, the muscles and tissue of your abdominal wall keep your organs safely tucked inside. But sometimes, a weak spot or tear in the muscle […]

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March 31, 2021

Spring Clean Your Life

“’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,’” proclaims the old Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts.” And who wouldn’t like a little more simplicity? You can have it now by clearing out things that complicate your life. Start with these: Tune Out Media saturates our lives and can over-stimulate or even depress […]

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March 26, 2021

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Risk Factors, Learn How to Lower Them and Partner with Your Doctor to Prevent the Disease

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Most people know that a pink ribbon signifies breast cancer awareness, but do you know what the blue ribbon stands for? Colorectal cancer awareness, and since March is officially designated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a time when we spread the word about how to lower your risk for […]

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March 26, 2021

Transylvania Regional Hospital Rolls Out Innovative “Beyond the Mask” Program to Enhance Caregivers’ Connections with Patients during COVID-19

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC It’s hard to come up with an area of our lives that COVID-19 hasn’t touched. Gathering with friends and family in our homes and in public places became a thing of the past, as did going to the movies, attending sporting events and even browsing around your favorite […]

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March 26, 2021

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Team Members Work to Build a Culture of Safety through Clinical Protocols and Human Connection

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Patient safety is a term you hear constantly in the healthcare industry, and though the two words are simple and easy to understand, the efforts to ensure that patients are kept safe are complex and all-encompassing. At Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and the Eckerd Living Center (ELC), we look at […]

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March 26, 2021

Don’t Postpone Seeking Care at Angel Medical Center during the Pandemic, It Could Mean the Difference between a Manageable and a Serious Condition, and Even Life or Death

By Timothy Layman, DNP As the Administrator of Clinical Operations at Angel Medical Center (AMC), I wanted to create a special message for March. This month we can see the promise of spring just a bit more clearly on the horizon, after enduring the cold and spending months inside. This year, however, our impatience for […]

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March 26, 2021

Raise Your Awareness about Colorectal Cancer, It Could Save Your Life

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN The importance of routine health screenings can’t be overemphasized. Tests like mammograms and PSA exams for prostate cancer have the ability to detect cancers at their earliest stages, when no symptoms are apparent, and as we know, the earlier you can find cancer, the better a patient’s […]

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March 26, 2021

6 Healthy Habits for Spring

If you’re feeling more energetic, happier and a little distracted these days, you’ve probably got spring fever. Romantics may be disappointed to find out that this pulse-quickening condition seems to be less about love and more about biology. Here’s why: Increased daylight tells our bodies to produce less melatonin (a hormone that makes us sleepy). […]

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March 12, 2021

Do I Need This Tool to Track My Asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition that can cause inflammation in your airways, making it difficult to breathe. If you’re having trouble getting — and keeping — your asthma under control, your doctor may recommend measuring your peak flow to help you better manage your condition. What Is a Peak Flow Measurement? “Peak flow is basically […]

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