Trauma & Emergency Care

January 25, 2021

Behind-the-Scenes Heroes: The MedCom Team

By Robert A. Poarch Though not as visible as ambulance or Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) helicopter crew members, Mission Health’s MedCom communication specialists play just as important a part in saving lives. Working 12-hour shifts, 24/7 every day of the year, MedCom team members are central to all out-of-hospital patient transport to and requests […]

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November 18, 2020

MAMA Helicopter Flight Paramedic Embodies Personal and Community Pride

By Erin Young and Robert A. Poarch “One of the fascinating parts of the job is that we never know what we’re going to come across on any given day, but we’re prepared for facing the gamut.” – John Carrico John Carrico has been a flight paramedic on Mission Hospital’s MAMA (Mountain Area Medical Airlift) […]

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July 2, 2020

Waterfall Safety—7 Things You Should Know

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department. Waterfall Safety Tips “Perhaps people will heed warnings and follow safety guidelines, which may result in their enjoying the outdoors without suffering injuries,” said Dr. […]

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June 9, 2020

Healing through Supporting: Words of Inspiration from a Hospital Chaplain

By Robert A. Poarch “Gratitude is enormously important. It helps us pause and think about what we have, rather than what we don’t have.” — Jerene Broadway Jerene Broadway, a Staff Chaplain in Mission Health’s Department of Spiritual Care, has been at the hospital for almost 18 years, starting at the behavioral health facility Copestone. […]

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April 27, 2020

Heart Attacks during COVID-19 – Advanced Protocols Keep You Safe

By Robert A. Poarch “The message has to be out there. Don’t be afraid. Listen to your symptoms. Call 911,” warned Angela Solesbee, RN, CCCC, Code STEMI Coordinator with Mission Heart Services at Mission Health. Solesbee has been with Mission Health’s Code STEMI team for twenty years, and she said, “In my career here, this […]

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April 21, 2020

Having a Stroke? Emergency Departments Remain Open during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau Multiple news outlets have reported recently that hospital emergency departments across the country are experiencing noticeable drops in patients coming in who suspect they may be having a stroke, due to trying to heed widespread messaging about COVID-19. “This past month we’ve also seen an increase in stroke patients waiting too long […]

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April 10, 2020

Orthopedic Trauma Services Use Telehealth to Deliver Care during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau Social distancing, as this community grapples with COVID-19, means that homes have morphed into offices, classrooms and gyms. Healthcare delivery has had to follow suit — even within the typically “hands-on” realm of orthopedic services. “We often see an uptick in orthopedic injuries like fractures as the weather becomes milder,” said Michael […]

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December 19, 2019

How, When and Where to Get Care during the Holidays

Spread cheer this holiday season – not germs! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday – but if you find yourself in need of medical care this Christmas, New Year or any day in between, don’t think twice! With Mission Health, you can get care online or in-person – even during the holidays. […]

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July 3, 2019

Rattled: One Man’s Unbelievable Snakebite Survival Story

“Surreal. Unimaginable,” said Scott Vuncannon, attempting to describe the ordeal he went through last summer. A former Boy Scout, 58-year-old Scott was more than prepared when he and his dog, Boone, set out on the Ellicott Rock Trail in the Nantahala National Forest on a sunny day last August. But even the most experienced hiker […]

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May 23, 2019

Don’t Rush Recovery – Why It’s Important to Take Concussions and Head Injuries Seriously

By Sam LaRose People usually associate concussions or head injuries with sports, like soccer, football or basketball, but concussions can happen during recreational activities for fun too. It’s that time of year here in the mountains for western North Carolinians’ favorite outdoor activities – hiking, canoeing or rafting down the river, biking and more. Whether […]

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