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February 11, 2021

3 Reasons to Think about Hospice Early (Rather than Later)

By Aditi Sethi-Brown, MD The decision to choose hospice care is never an easy one. But for those facing a terminal illness — and for their families and loved ones — thinking about hospice earlier can be beneficial. 1. Making Life Meaningful Talking about death in our culture is taboo. The conversation about death and […]

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February 10, 2021

What Is a Hospice Social Worker? Four Ways They Make Things Easier in Difficult Times

By Kristie Reisig A hospice social worker wears many hats. They have a role of far-reaching impact, drastically improving the lives of patients and family members. They also have a role of such diverse responsibility and detail, that many may be unclear as to what exactly a hospice social worker does. Here are just some […]

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February 8, 2021

7 Worst Things for a Woman’s Heart

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States — killing one woman every 76 seconds — yet only one out of five American women actually believe it’s a threat. Heart disease is a catch-all term that includes a variety of conditions and events such as heart attacks, strokes and heart […]

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February 1, 2021

The Depression and Heart Disease Link

Although heart health and mental health are often viewed as distinct, they are very much related. The tight connection between the mind and heart can be good news – if you take steps to protect one, you may be protecting the other as well. A Two-way Relationship People with depression have an increased risk for […]

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January 27, 2021

Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy this Winter

Despite what you’ve heard, chicken soup won’t cure the common cold and a plate of oranges won’t prevent you from getting sick. But an overall healthy diet, along with other good-for-you habits, can help your whole body run the way it should. “There are no studies that show foods with vitamin C will prevent a […]

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January 27, 2021

Transylvania Regional Hospital Expands and Enhances Its Radiology Services to Benefit Patients

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC Our dedicated Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) providers diagnose and treat injury and disease every day, and important leaps are being made regularly in how quickly and efficiently they can provide care. One game-changing innovation in medicine has been the advent of radiology, the medical specialty that utilizes various […]

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January 27, 2021

The Patient Experience at Mission Hospital McDowell: How Listening to Patients Informs the Care We Provide and Guides Us toward Continued Excellence

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE As I say often, our Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) patients are what our work lives revolve around, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Everyone I know who dedicates themselves to working in healthcare does so out of a deep sense of commitment to patients and their families. […]

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January 27, 2021

Ring in 2021 with a “Safety First” Attitude: Remain Vigilant in Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 Using Tried-and-True Strategies

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN As we enthusiastically enter into the New Year 2021, most of us are likely very weary of COVID-19. It has been nearly a year of learning new and sometimes disturbing things about this virus, and altering our lives radically in many ways to stay safe. Back on […]

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January 27, 2021

We Shouldn’t Let Up on Doing All We Can to Stop the Spread of COVID-19, Especially Now

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE North Carolina is now seeing most counties across the state, including western North Carolina’s, in the “red zone,” meaning we’re experiencing extensive viral spread of COVID-19. We also know that “pandemic fatigue” is very real, and that we as human beings have a tendency to shut […]

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January 25, 2021

Behind-the-Scenes Heroes: The MedCom Team

By Robert A. Poarch Though not as visible as ambulance or Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) helicopter crew members, Mission Health’s MedCom communication specialists play just as important a part in saving lives. Working 12-hour shifts, 24/7 every day of the year, MedCom team members are central to all out-of-hospital patient transport to and requests […]

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