Primary Care

May 14, 2019

Could Measles Come to Western North Carolina? What to Know about the Contagious and Deadly Virus

By Charles Letizia, Public Health Epidemiologist Measles is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Although western North Carolina hasn’t had any confirmed cases, we remain vulnerable due to below-average immunization rates in the area. Current hot spots are New York, Washington and Michigan. There have been five confirmed cases in eastern Tennessee, which […]

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May 6, 2019

Spring Slump? Don’t Ignore Your Mental Well-being

Just when most people feel energized because it is spring, others want to pull the covers over their heads. Seasonal change can be harder on those with anxiety and depression. Speaking with your primary care physician can be a first step in feeling better. “Often patients dismiss their earliest suspicions of depression or anxiety,” said […]

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November 13, 2018

From a Nurse in the ED to a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care

By Beverly Ramey, Nurse Practitioner I was a registered nurse in the emergency department for several years, and am now trying to transition from taking direction to giving direction as a newly hired nurse practitioner (NP) in the primary care setting. What exactly is a nurse practitioner and what do we do? An NP is […]

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November 5, 2018

What Stigma? Always Tell Your Doctor about Anxiety or Depression

By Jesse Pace, DO Around 40 million adults in the US live with an anxiety disorder, impacting 18 percent of the population and making it the most common mental illness in the US. About 16 million people live with depression every year. While both anxiety and depression can be managed, not even 40 percent of […]

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October 25, 2018

Schedule Your Next Doctor’s Appointment Online – Primary Care

In the digital age that we live in, it can be pleasantly surprising the tasks you can accomplish online – shopping, banking, reading the news and keeping up with friends and family. Scheduling your doctor’s appointment is no exception! Available now, we are pleased to bring you online scheduling for all of Mission Health’s primary […]

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October 23, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get a Colonoscopy

By Martin Palmeri, MD “I wish I had my colonoscopy.” It’s not something you hear every day. Considering only 30 percent of Americans who should have a colonoscopy get one, many people probably regret pushing their colon screening to the side when they find themselves with an ostomy bag or colon cancer later. A colonoscopy […]

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October 5, 2018

Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than […]

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October 3, 2018

Can Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Be Treated?

By Ashley McClary, MD In the past few months, many families have asked about “hand, foot and mouth disease” as they’ve heard of cases at their child’s daycare or school. Given the timeliness of this rising concern, let’s talk about what it is, what to look for, preventing it and relieving its symptoms. Hand, foot […]

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September 27, 2018

Avenu Health Personalizes Your Healthcare Experience – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 15

A human relationship – a connection – is the core of primary care and a key ingredient to health and wellness. That connection can look different for all of us. A new venture, Avenu Health, right here in Asheville is an alternative to the traditional primary care setting. Avenu Health is what’s called a “direct […]

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September 27, 2018

Live Your Best Life Now – Why You Need a Primary Care Provider

Primary care is the foundation of your health so establishing a relationship with a primary care provider, or PCP, is important to a strong foundation. Why does having a primary care doctor matter? Dr. Laila Awny, MD, an internal medicine specialist answers some questions about PCPs and the importance of health screenings. Q: What is […]

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