June 29, 2021

Providing Excellence: Removing a Complex Hernia with Robotic Surgery

Two surgeries in one day. Thanks to Mission Health’s commitment to bring world-class technology to the people of western North Carolina, 74-year-old Alice McLaughlin, a retired blanket mill worker who lives in Swannanoa and is the caregiver to her 47-year-old son who was paralyzed in a car accident, only spent one night recovering in the […]

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June 22, 2021

How to Avoid Burns from Fireworks, the Grill and the Sun

The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with fireworks, food and fun in the sun! Before enjoying your holiday weekend, make sure you are taking the right safety precautions to avoid getting burned this summer. Fireworks burns In 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 10,500 people treated in ERs across the country […]

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June 16, 2021

8 common men’s health issues to watch out for

Some men struggle to look after their mental and physical health, which may cause them to skip checkups and screenings that can ensure they live long, healthy lives. Men who don’t take the health of their mind and body seriously may develop serious health issues. The “medical gender gap” and its consequences are real, according to […]

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June 16, 2021

3D Mammography at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital – Now Available

3D mammography (tomosynthesis), available at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, is a relatively new tool that helps us find more cancers and find those cancers earlier. With traditional mammography, the image is flat. During a 3D mammogram, multiple images are obtained in seconds as the x-ray machine sweeps across the breast. Images are displayed as a series of […]

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June 8, 2021

Fun in the Sun: Summer Weekend Safety Tips

Summer offers many opportunities for weekend fun – especially this long holiday weekend. It’s become tradition to spend this time under the sun and in the water, welcoming the arrival of the warm weather. But with this celebrating comes an increased risk for injuries, so making safety a part of your summer weekend plans is […]

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May 27, 2021

“Heroes Work Here:” Never More True at Angel Medical Center Than During the Pandemic Year

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE It’s May, and as we enjoy a beautiful spring — as well as the chance to get out and about more since we have been fortunate to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine — it promises to be quite different than last year’s. Twelve months ago […]

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May 27, 2021

We Should Hold Nurses in Our Hearts the Whole Year Round, But Especially This May

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA We owe all frontline healthcare workers a huge debt of gratitude for their selfless devotion to their patients, willingness to risk contracting the COVID-19 virus themselves or bringing it home to their families, and amazing ability to adapt expertly to the ever-changing realities that the virus constantly presented. Since […]

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May 27, 2021

Why Honoring Our Healthcare Team is So Important This Year

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Our country is now beginning to emerge from a reality we couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic happened at lightning speed, and there was understandably, confusion and chaos in the early days, and fear and grief as the virus heavily impacted our communities. The […]

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May 27, 2021

Celebrating Our Nurses as Compassionate Caregivers, Innovators, and Inspirations

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN What makes someone decide that they want to take care of strangers for a living? This is what nurses do, and as we celebrate National Nurses Month in May, it is important to ponder this question more carefully than ever, as we reflect on the stress, confusion, […]

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May 19, 2021

HCA Healthcare & Mission Health Fueling Care

(Transcript) [CRAIG MACE Operational Supervisor, Regional Transport] Given the situation with the pipeline. We had a need, a critical need for gasoline and diesel fuel due to the shortage in the gas stations here in western North Carolina to be able to perform our operation of caring for and transporting patients. [BRIAN LEDERBRAND, Bulk Fuel […]

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