Infection Prevention

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

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 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 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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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 27, 2020

Breast MRI during COVID-19

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC When a woman hears “You may have breast cancer,” she may experience every emotion from disbelief to panic. If a mammogram or ultrasound have not given enough detail, fortunately, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive procedure that can be ordered instead of biopsy or surgery. Follow-up Care Mission […]

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August 5, 2020

5 Things You Can Do at Home to Relieve Joint Pain during COVID-19

By Jennifer Bringle Joint pain can be a really annoying affliction, and it can also be a debilitating condition that interferes with a sufferer’s quality of life. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing the difference between something that can be treated at home and something requiring an office visit is more important than ever. Luckily, […]

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August 3, 2020

What to Consider as Kids Return to School (or Not)

By Karen Vernon With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition. Returning to the Classroom Successful return to on-campus settings requires a partnership between schools, local and regional health authorities […]

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