April 10, 2019

Find Your “Cup of Hot Chocolate” – Volunteering at Mission Hospital

From reduced risk of depression and stress to new friendships, it’s no wonder one in four Americans volunteer their time in some capacity. “I volunteer for the hot chocolate,” joked Doug Young, Guest Services volunteer for Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. “Seriously though, I enjoy the satisfaction of helping people. That is why I […]

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April 9, 2019

Sewing Day! A Big Impact for Our Smallest Patients

Have you ever wondered how you can help our smallest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)? Mission Health’s Volunteer Engagement team recently began a monthly tradition with their Sewing Day! On the first Friday of every other month, the public and team members are encouraged to come make a big difference in our […]

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April 8, 2019

I Know I’ve Made a Difference – McDowell Volunteer Tells Her Inspiration

By Nancy Northrop Sluzinski Editor’s Note: Mission Hospital McDowell volunteer and children’s book author Nancy Northrop Sluzinski is the author of Eric’s Trip to the Emergency Department coloring book and ABC’s for the Child Within, both donations to the hospital. The inspiration for creating the coloring book for children entitled Eric’s Trip to the Emergency […]

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April 5, 2019

Donation Saves Lives – Choosing to Become an Organ Donor

What if a single, simple decision you made could dramatically alter the path of someone else’s life for the better? Choosing to become an organ donor has exactly that impact. One organ donor can save as many as eight lives, and one tissue donor can improve up to 50 lives. More than 110 people are […]

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April 4, 2019

A Pump and Electrical Wiring – Preserving Heart Health

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that propels blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of the pumping chambers to contract to push blood through the arteries of the […]

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April 4, 2019

Pregnancy, Stress and Drinking – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

By Cheri Hinshelwood We’re all influenced by what we see, even expectant moms. Memes and fun videos on social media make it hard to discern fact from fiction about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Misinformation mixed with humor about alcoholic drinks for moms called “mommy juice” create a recipe that can affect the health of mom […]

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April 4, 2019

Hormonal Imbalances and the Impact of PCOS on Women’s Health and Quality of Life

By Jamie L. Ramsey, MD It’s been said that if your hormones are out of balance, your life can feel out of balance. This may especially feel true when it comes to a women’s health condition on the rise that is caused by hormonal imbalances. Obstetrician gynecologist, Jamie Ramsey, MD, tells us what she knows […]

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April 2, 2019

Beyond Disability – Building a career with Project SEARCH

By Shelley Pereda My daughter, Zoe, faced significant challenges at a very young age. She was nonverbal and mostly catatonic at 18 months, and her neurologist at the time predicted that she might need to be institutionalized. Needless to say, the idea of her one day having a job seemed completely unattainable. It was Dr. […]

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March 29, 2019

More Than A Physician – Q&A with Dr. Frisch for Doctors’ Day

By Ferriss Roberts and Krista Gregg Army veteran. Orthopedic trauma physician. Asheville Men’s Lacrosse player. Michael Frisch, MD, Chief of Staff at Mission Hospital has weaved his way into the Asheville community as a friendly face since joining Mission Health almost 12 years ago. This Doctors’ Day, we wanted to learn more about his aspirations […]

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March 28, 2019

A Day in the (Child) Life

By Kelly Lyons, Child Life supervisor You’ve probably seen them around. They’re usually wearing something purple and helping kids or providing support for families. They are our Child Life staff. It may appear as if they are just playing with kids up on the 3rd floor of Mission Hospital, but there’s a lot more going […]

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