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October 23, 2020

5 Benefits of Doctor Visit Curbside Check-in

By Robert A. Poarch Masks. Social distancing. Elbow bumps. Hand sanitizer. This is our new normal. So, when it comes to seeing your doctor, you should know that there are precautions in place to make sure you’re coming into a safe environment for your care and our staff. And, that starts even before you enter […]

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October 21, 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Offers Opportunity to Celebrate Advances in Treatment and Look Ahead to Enhanced Screening Options Coming to Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to focus on prevention and treatment of this disease that, sadly, still affects one in every eight women. The news surrounding breast cancer is promising however, as compared to the grim statistics of decades ago. I will remind everyone that […]

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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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October 20, 2020

Should Your Mammogram Be 2D or 3D?

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC “We found 1,241 breast cancers across the Mission Health system in 2019. That is a lot of lives and families touched.” Annual screening mammograms remain a woman’s first defense in early recognition of breast cancer. Advances in detection of breast cancer now provide women with options that tailor screenings adapted […]

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September 19, 2020

Noteworthy $5 Million Capital Infusion for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Bringing Facility Improvements, New Technology and Enriched Care Offerings

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Some new developments happening at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) are enhancing our imaging capabilities and strengthening the infrastructure of the entire hospital. We are also preparing to welcome another new physician here, who will enable us to offer services that haven’t been available at HCH for years. We recently received […]

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September 8, 2020

Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19: Here’s How We’re Keeping You Safe

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Who would have thought that a trip to the doctor’s office would require safety precautions? Mission Health primary care providers across western North Carolina now offer several options to meet your healthcare needs and support your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. See You on the Computer Virtual, or telehealth, visits […]

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August 27, 2020

Breast MRI during COVID-19

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC When a woman hears “You may have breast cancer,” she may experience every emotion from disbelief to panic. If a mammogram or ultrasound have not given enough detail, fortunately, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive procedure that can be ordered instead of biopsy or surgery. Follow-up Care Mission […]

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April 14, 2020

Telehealth Available at Many Mission Health Providers

By Robert A. Poarch In an effort to meet your healthcare needs during this period of social distancing, telehealth visits with many of Mission Health’s providers are now available! To help you learn what to expect on your visit, Alan Feiler, MD, a physician with Asheville Family Medicine, answers some key questions. What is a […]

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April 9, 2020

New Online COVID-19 Screening Tool Available for Western North Carolinians

By Robert A. Poarch COVID-19 is an ever-evolving issue. There’s a lot of information available about COVID-19 symptoms and whether you should call your physician or visit the emergency department, which should remain a resource for only those who are critically ill or injured. In an effort to help you make that decision, the Mission […]

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March 17, 2020

Ask the Doctor: Medical Genetics

By Robert A. Poarch Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, a clinical geneticist with Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center, answers some questions about the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders with genetics. What training and education do you have? I completed medical school, a residency in internal medicine-pediatrics, then a fellowship in clinical genetics. I also spent time […]

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