Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

May 27, 2021

Celebrating Our Nurses as Compassionate Caregivers, Innovators, and Inspirations

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN What makes someone decide that they want to take care of strangers for a living? This is what nurses do, and as we celebrate National Nurses Month in May, it is important to ponder this question more carefully than ever, as we reflect on the stress, confusion, […]

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April 23, 2021

Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Takes Just Seconds, but the Effects Are Both Far Reaching and Profound

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN I don’t often give out advice to thousands of people at a time, but since I care deeply about our community and the wellness of its residents, my message this month is simple: If you haven’t already taken the COVID-19 vaccine, do it as soon as you […]

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March 26, 2021

Raise Your Awareness about Colorectal Cancer, It Could Save Your Life

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN The importance of routine health screenings can’t be overemphasized. Tests like mammograms and PSA exams for prostate cancer have the ability to detect cancers at their earliest stages, when no symptoms are apparent, and as we know, the earlier you can find cancer, the better a patient’s […]

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February 24, 2021

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Boasts Excellent Preventive, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Treatment for Cardiac Patients, and Welcomes Dr. R. Croft Thomas to Team

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Since February is American Heart Month, it is the ideal time to talk about heart health, heart disease prevention and how patients can partner with their doctors to take great care of themselves. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) offers advanced cardiology services to our community members, and […]

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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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December 29, 2020

What Is Resilience and How Do We Strengthen It?

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Resilience is discussed often now, especially as we reflect on enduring the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented over the last nine months. Our ability to creatively cope with challenges and even crises that emerge with little to no warning in our lives — like […]

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October 21, 2020

1 in 8: What You Need to Know and Do to Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) is especially focused on breast health and raising awareness about breast cancer and prevention. I also urge community members to take advantage of the advanced screening technology we have here at BRRH, and […]

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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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August 31, 2020

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Welcomes New General Surgeon, Adding to a Robust Surgical Services Menu

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN, CEO and CNO of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital This month, I am very pleased to welcome our newest physician to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH), family, board-certified general surgeon Ashley Badger, MD. She comes to us from her six-year General Surgery residency at Wake Forest University […]

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May 12, 2020

The Heroes and Heroines at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Deserve Encouragement, Support and Gratitude

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN, CEO/CNO for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Never has it been so important to recognize our nurses for their intellectually complex and emotionally demanding work, and to enthusiastically applaud them as they perform their sacred duties in the era of COVID-19. We face new uncertainties each day, but […]

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