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October 21, 2020

New Methods of Breast Tumor Investigation Make the Patient Experience Easier

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE We see the well-recognized pink ribbon a lot in Breast Cancer Awareness Month — October. It symbolizes many things: the fight for a cure, the work that researchers continue to put into developing better testing and treatments, and for virtually everyone, it may remind them of a friend or […]

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October 21, 2020

Angel Medical Center’s Breast Services Combine the Latest Technology with Superior Patient Care

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will receive this diagnosis at some point during their lives, but fortunately, deaths due to breast cancer are going down. The decrease is in large part due to constantly evolving advanced imaging technology. When you come […]

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October 20, 2020

Should Your Mammogram Be 2D or 3D?

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC “We found 1,241 breast cancers across the Mission Health system in 2019. That is a lot of lives and families touched.” Annual screening mammograms remain a woman’s first defense in early recognition of breast cancer. Advances in detection of breast cancer now provide women with options that tailor screenings adapted […]

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October 15, 2020

The Importance of Mammograms: One Woman’s Story

By Jennifer Bringle Lori Smith never thought she’d be the one receiving bad news after a mammogram. After years of helping area women get screening mammograms through her job as regional radiology manager for Angel Medical Center and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, she knew there was always a chance an exam might reveal an abnormality. But Smith […]

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October 5, 2020

Delivery and COVID-19: Answers to Common Questions

Every birth is unique. This momentous time in a family’s life remains as special and unique to us as it is to those we care for. While it’s true that moms can expect some extra precautions in light of COVID-19, you can count on us to create a safe, compassionate delivery experience. Our facility and […]

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September 28, 2020

Happy Anniversary MAMA!: Looking Back and Looking Forward

By Erin Young and Robert A. Poarch This September 29 marks another year closer to three decades for Mission Health’s helicopter emergency transportation program we affectionately refer to as MAMA. This July, the Mountain Area Medical Airlift team transported their 25,000th patient. And, the team is looking forward to the arrival of a new, modern […]

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September 25, 2020

Ask the Doctor: D. Todd Detar, DO, Answers Questions about Osteopathic Medicine and His Role in the Community

Q. What attracted you to medicine? A. While studying health education at the University of Delaware, a college sports injury ended my life’s dream of becoming an NFL player. One of my coaches saw an opportunity for me to work as a trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies, and over time, I decided to become a […]

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September 21, 2020

Mission Children’s Hospital Partnership with Mountain Child Advocacy Center Enhances Care for Babies and Children Who Are Victims of Neglect and Abuse

By Carolyn Comeau The safety and quality of life of Buncombe County’s babies and children are dependent on the adults around them. But sadly, over 4,000 children in Buncombe County alone experience neglect and physical or sexual abuse annually. – 1 in 5 children will experience abuse or neglect. – 50 percent of abuse victims […]

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September 19, 2020

Mission Hospital McDowell Prioritizes Patient Safety at All Times, Lowers Risk with Proactive, Facility-Wide Approach

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Patient safety is at the core of everything we do at Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM). In recognition of World Patient Safety Day (September 17), this month we’re highlighting the many layers of safety-oriented protocol and systems in place that exist here at MHM to create a safety and solution-focused […]

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September 19, 2020

Symptoms, Identification and Treatment of Sepsis

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC Many people are aware of how important knowing their numbers is for their health — things like blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, but do you know what TIME stands for in relation to your health? TIME is the acronym for the warning signs of a serious and insidious […]

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