Trauma & Emergency Care

September 7, 2018

What Keeps Us from Getting the Care We Need? Social Determinants of Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD If I see you in the emergency department and end up sending you home it means that I think you’re going to live through your recent illness or injury. But that might not mean that you’re all of a sudden completely “healthy,” right? You’ve still got to take care of yourself. […]

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September 6, 2018

“Don’t Wait. Communicate.” How to Plan Before Emergency Strikes

Are you prepared when the unexpected happens? Part of our personal wellness includes being prepared in the event of an emergency. As summer comes to a close and the kids are back in school, now is an ideal time to revisit or create your personal and/or family emergency plans. The best time to put together […]

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August 17, 2018

32 Years and 3,000 Flights – Recognizing Barbara Sawyer

By Krista Gregg Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) has been providing critical care transport since 1986. Behind the scenes, MAMA flight nurse Barbara Sawyer has witnessed it all. “In 1986 when this program (MAMA) started, there were very few flight nurses in the entire world. And even fewer in North Carolina,” said Johnny Grindstaff, Mission […]

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July 2, 2018

Waterfall Safety – Beware of the Dangers while Enjoying their Beauty

By Jonas Karlsson, MD Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls. Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls in the region, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor and magnificence every year. Unfortunately, waterfalls bring danger along with their beauty, and each year […]

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April 23, 2018

One Year after a Serious Bike Crash, a Thank You to My Caregivers

By Brad Campbell Last July I was involved in a serious bicycle crash in Transylvania County. The last two things I remember were my rear wheel fishtailing and then a hard hit to the head. The excellent team from Transylvania County EMS arrived almost immediately, put my neck in a trauma brace and transported me […]

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April 19, 2018

The Physics of Texting and Driving … and Crashing

By Gabriel Cade, MD, FACEP, FAWM Isn’t driving fantastic? The wind, the efficiency, the music and/or the silence. I mean, yes, it can get boring, and the discomfort increases exponentially with every additional child thrown into the back, but overall, it is one of the extraordinary things we get to do as humans. Aren’t brains […]

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February 6, 2018

Flu Can Lead to Life-Threatening Complications – A True Cautionary Tale

By Karen Vernon “I didn’t see this coming,” Sharon Maxwell says of the virus that changed her life. “I expected to live a full, healthy, long life, and figured if the end came early, it would be from a riding accident or paddling on a rough river. So mine is a cautionary tale about the […]

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June 2, 2017

Mission’s MAMA Team Christens New Helicopter, Honors Late Team Member

By Nancy Lindell It is said that a group doesn’t necessarily constitute a team. At Mission Health, there are more than 12,000 of us who are far more than just a group of employees, we are a team, a family. We are people who strive together in various capacities in the common purpose of caring […]

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June 1, 2017

From the ER – Dr. Cade on Treating Pain and the Dangers of Drug Addiction

By Gabriel Cade, MD Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Pain is part of the human condition. We all experience pain, and we all have different relationships with pain. Part of my job in the ED is to ease your suffering, to address your pain. The beds aren’t bad. You might get a pillow. The blanket warmer […]

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May 19, 2017

Nature Boy – Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s Dr. Cade Discusses His Time on “Survivor”

By Robert A. Poarch In 2002, 21-year-old Gabriel Cade, MD, tested his lifelong love of adventure on the TV reality show “Survivor: Marquesas.” Fifteen years later, his journey brought him back home to pursue his passion for medicine. What motivated you to pursue medicine? I was raised near Celo, a small Quaker community in Yancey County. […]

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