Mission Hospital McDowell

May 10, 2019

A Note to Moms from a Mother-Baby Nurse – Mother’s Day Tribute

By Taylor Alef, RN To be a mother-baby nurse is to feel like a witness to the art of womanhood. We are with you in the first few days of your baby’s life, supporting you and your family through the most intense physical and emotional experiences of your lives. We see the pain that comes […]

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May 3, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: So Many Reasons to Celebrate in May at Mission Hospital McDowell

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell You may think that there are no fun holidays in May, but think again. There are actually plenty of reasons to celebrate. National Lost Sock Memorial Day is May 9, National Dance Like a Chicken Day is May 14 and National Macaroon Day is May 31! […]

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May 1, 2019

Tough Conversations – Teens Opening Up About Their Health

Memes. Texts. Gifs. While teens keep things light with friends, studies show they want to know more about important topics that can affect their overall adult health but are reluctant to talk with parents present. Just when teens are exploring their interests and boundaries, an open relationship with their physician could be a roadmap to […]

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April 24, 2019

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic – Two Types of Strokes

By Brooks Stewart, MD Stroke is brain damage resulting from a problem with the brain’s blood supply. Symptoms may be transient or short-lived (called TIA, or transient ischemic attack), or they may become permanent if irreversible damage occurs to brain tissue (called stroke, or cerebrovascular accident). Broadly speaking, there are two types of strokes. Ischemic […]

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April 18, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Mission Hospital McDowell Celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day by Offering No-Cost Education and Materials about Advanced Care Decisions to the Community

Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell When I think of advance healthcare decision making, I remember my mother, who would frequently tell my sisters and me that she never wanted to be on a device to support her breathing. When it came time to make a determination about her survival, all of the […]

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April 17, 2019

Kidney Stone Treatment, Causes and Prevention

By Linda Gale, PA Studies show that approximately 1 in 11 people in the US will have a kidney stone at some point in their life, and residents in western North Carolina have a higher rate of needing kidney stone treatment than the rest of the country. These rates continue to increase and may be […]

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April 8, 2019

I Know I’ve Made a Difference – McDowell Volunteer Tells Her Inspiration

By Nancy Northrop Sluzinski Editor’s Note: Mission Hospital McDowell volunteer and children’s book author Nancy Northrop Sluzinski is the author of Eric’s Trip to the Emergency Department coloring book and ABC’s for the Child Within, both donations to the hospital. The inspiration for creating the coloring book for children entitled Eric’s Trip to the Emergency […]

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March 27, 2019

Don’t Assume: The ABCs of Colonoscopies

By Robert Roddenberry, MD Don’t Assume is the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s 2019 campaign, and their goal is to challenge assumptions and misconceptions about colorectal cancer by dispelling myths and raising awareness. Inspired by the campaign, we asked Robert Roddenberry, MD, to discuss common assumptions about colonoscopies and answer what exactly happens before, during and after a […]

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March 11, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Celebrating the Physicians and Midlevel Practitioners Who Work Together, Devote Themselves to the Patients of Mission Hospital McDowell

By Carol Wolfenbarger President, Mission Hospital McDowell The practice of medicine is considered both a science and an art. As such, the demands on physicians are many, including: clinical knowledge, curiosity and the ability to use deductive reasoning expertly, collaborative skills for working in concert with a care team, keen interactive skills for communicating with […]

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March 6, 2019

How Better Tasting Prep Makes for Easier Colonoscopies

In order for a colonoscopy to be complete and accurate, the patient’s colon must be completely cleaned. While this part of the test has been met with apprehension by patients over the years, it is now easier than ever. At Mission Hospital McDowell, the preferred test prep drink is a combination of Gatorade and Miralax. […]

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