Mission Children’s Hospital

April 9, 2019

Sewing Day! A Big Impact for Our Smallest Patients

Have you ever wondered how you can help our smallest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)? Mission Health’s Volunteer Engagement team recently began a monthly tradition with their Sewing Day! On the first Friday of every other month, the public and team members are encouraged to come make a big difference in our […]

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April 4, 2019

Pregnancy, Stress and Drinking – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

By Cheri Hinshelwood We’re all influenced by what we see, even expectant moms. Memes and fun videos on social media make it hard to discern fact from fiction about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Misinformation mixed with humor about alcoholic drinks for moms called “mommy juice” create a recipe that can affect the health of mom […]

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March 28, 2019

A Day in the (Child) Life

By Kelly Lyons, Child Life supervisor You’ve probably seen them around. They’re usually wearing something purple and helping kids or providing support for families. They are our Child Life staff. It may appear as if they are just playing with kids up on the 3rd floor of Mission Hospital, but there’s a lot more going […]

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March 21, 2019

What Women (Don’t) Want: Abnormal Pap Smears

By Ellen Hearty, MD The most common screening for cervical cancer is the Pap smear. The Pap smear uses a brush to lift cells from the outside of the cervix to identify early, precancerous cells in the cervix. Early intervention is the key to preventing cervical cancer from developing. The incidence and death rates of […]

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March 21, 2019

Children Struggling with Asthma or Allergy Symptoms? Spring for Spirometry

By Amy Trees Spring has sprung, which means warmer weather, cherry blossoms and green grass between your toes… oh, and achoo. Welcome to allergy season. Pollens, such as tree, grass and ragweed, are on the rise in our neighborhood, potentially leading to an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms for you and your family. If […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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February 4, 2019

Brushing Up – Special Dental Services for Children in WNC

With Children’s Dental Health Month in February, there’s no better time to take a closer look at your kids’ smiles. Paige Nance, DDS, a dentist with Mission Children’s Hospital, emphasizes the importance of parents checking in their children’s mouths between those 6-month checkups. “If they see any dark spots, holes or swollen gums, that would […]

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January 24, 2019

5 Reasons to Lose Weight before Becoming Pregnant – Your Weight can Affect You and Your Baby

Before getting pregnant is a great time to think about losing weight. A healthy weight during pregnancy can reduce the chance of fertility issues, pregnancy complications and even birth defects. 1. Fertility issues. Overweight women can have a tougher time getting pregnant. Irregular ovulation can result in more difficulty conceiving, and unpredictable periods mean some […]

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January 18, 2019

Carrying on the Spirit of Dr. King: Mission Health Team Members Awarded for Diversity and Inclusion

By Ferriss Roberts It was an inspiring afternoon on Thursday, January 17, when Mission Health held its annual celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and members of our community who keep his light shining bright here in western North Carolina. Lakesha McDay, director of diversity, inclusion and healthy equity at Mission Health, carried […]

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