Infection Prevention

July 2, 2020

Waterfall Safety—7 Things You Should Know

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department. Waterfall Safety Tips “Perhaps people will heed warnings and follow safety guidelines, which may result in their enjoying the outdoors without suffering injuries,” said Dr. […]

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June 26, 2020

Do You Know the Signs Someone May Need Help with Mental Health?

By Cheri Hinshelwood 5 Ways to Show Support in Stressful Times 1. Communicate. Stop by, call or stay in touch. 2. Connect. Share time or an activity. 3. Don’t try to fix it. The best thing you can do is listen. 4. Encourage physical activity. 5. Ask how you can help. And then follow up. […]

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June 25, 2020

Moving Healthcare Forward with Confidence

We have been diligent in keeping our patients safe throughout the fight against COVID-19, and our thoughtful and deliberate protection measures have been key to quickly resuming many healthcare services. It is encouraging to see many of our patients proceeding with confidence in rescheduling important appointments and procedures that were temporarily postponed. But there is […]

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June 15, 2020

Empowering Healing for Behavioral Health Patients: The Group Approach

By Robert A. Poarch Treating people with behavioral health issues is one of the most sensitive areas of healthcare. It doesn’t help that there are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions. That’s probably why the thought of a behavioral health group therapy program might seem awkward. The actual results from group therapy, however, are quite […]

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June 12, 2020

Appendicitis: Providing Safe Care for Kids during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau A common pediatric condition that Michelle Kiser, MD, a pediatric surgeon at Mission Children’s Specialists, saw plummet recently is pediatric appendicitis. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. According to Dr. Kiser, appendicitis is the most common disease that requires surgical treatment in children and adolescents, affecting up to 8 percent of […]

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June 9, 2020

Healing through Supporting: Words of Inspiration from a Hospital Chaplain

By Robert A. Poarch “Gratitude is enormously important. It helps us pause and think about what we have, rather than what we don’t have.” — Jerene Broadway Jerene Broadway, a Staff Chaplain in Mission Health’s Department of Spiritual Care, has been at the hospital for almost 18 years, starting at the behavioral health facility Copestone. […]

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June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Screener Talks about Being on the Front Lines

By Byron Hudson Testing for COVID-19 is going to play a major role in saving lives during this pandemic. On the front lines as a screener, Sharon Rohrer, a Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Certified Asthma Educator with Mission Health, answers questions about the process and why it’s so important to […]

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May 27, 2020

Children and COVID-19 Series: “Talking to Children about COVID-19”

“Talking to Children about COVID-19” is the third Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19. Q: How should I answer these commonly asked questions? What is COVID-19? • COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus. Doctors […]

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May 22, 2020

Children and COVID-19 Series: “Helping Children Cope”

“Helping Children Cope” is the second Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19. Q: How can I comfort my child in these unprecedented times? A: Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and children and teens are likely to respond more strongly. As public […]

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May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Masking Protocol Updated as Mission Health Reopens Facilities

By Carolyn Comeau Since COVID-19 is dynamic and ever-changing, the protocols in place for patients who visit Mission Health primary care and specialty care clinics are routinely updated, as more patients are accessing care via in-person visits and scheduling non-emergency surgery. The health system’s new masking policy reflects the recommendations of the Centers for Disease […]

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