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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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September 19, 2020

Noteworthy $5 Million Capital Infusion for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Bringing Facility Improvements, New Technology and Enriched Care Offerings

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Some new developments happening at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) are enhancing our imaging capabilities and strengthening the infrastructure of the entire hospital. We are also preparing to welcome another new physician here, who will enable us to offer services that haven’t been available at HCH for years. We recently received […]

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September 19, 2020

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Provides Needed Diagnosis, Treatment and Support to Vertigo Sufferers

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN This month, I would like to highlight Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s (BRRH) innovative Vertigo Rehabilitation Program at our BRRH Fitness and Rehab Center. Millions of Americans suffer with vertigo at some point, and it can be challenging to pinpoint the cause in order to determine the most […]

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September 19, 2020

Sepsis Awareness Month Offers Opportunity to Learn about Sepsis Symptoms, Why Infection Prevention Is Critical and That Prompt Treatment Is Critical

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE The human body is amazingly designed — when working well, its many systems and the organs they serve work in exquisite concert with each other. They help us do everything from processing outside stimuli to digesting food, from facilitating growth to delivering nutrient-rich blood to and […]

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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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