June 15, 2022

6 skin conditions caused by sun damage

How does the sun damage skin? Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays that can pass through the outer layers of the skin and cause damage. Two types of UV rays affect skin health: UVA and UVB. Of the two, UVA is the more dangerous one. UV light is not all bad. The body uses it to […]

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June 13, 2022

Healthy grilling recipes to try this summer

Why is it important to eat food that’s in season? The seasonality of food refers to the time of year when certain foods are at their peak in terms of harvest and flavor. Seasonal foods tend to be fresher and more nutritious. Foods that are out of season are usually less flavorful because they start […]

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June 8, 2022

Understanding vaccine immunity and antibodies

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine? Designed to prevent people from getting seriously ill and keep them out of the hospital, the COVID-19 vaccine is very effective against the virus, says Dr. Kenneth Sands, chief epidemiologist at HCA Healthcare. Still, the goal of getting vaccinated isn’t to prevent infection altogether — it’s to reduce the […]

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June 8, 2022

Are there different types of PTSD?

PTSD affects about 6% of people in the U.S. Symptoms associated with PTSD include: Reexperiencing the traumatic event through dreams and nightmares, vivid or recurring memories, or actual flashbacks that feel like reliving the event. Flashbacks are especially common among combat veterans, who may feel like they are physically and emotionally still in a war […]

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June 6, 2022

What are the early signs of osteoporosis?

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when bone mineral density and mass decrease, making it easier for bones to fracture or break. The word means “porous bone” and is often characterized by bones that look “holey” under a microscope. Since we can’t see our bones, people who are affected by osteoporosis are […]

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June 2, 2022

Mission Health Impact Report Video 2021

Video Transcript: HCA Healthcare, Named a World’s Most Ethical Company 12 years. 186 Hospitals. 2,000+ Sites of Care. 20 States and United Kingdom. #3.4 Billion Charity and Uncompensated Care. $45 Million Charitable Community Contributions. 10,500+ Colleagues. Mission Hospital Recognitions America’s 50 Best Hospitals – Healthgrades Nationally Recognized – Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – Spring 2022 […]

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June 1, 2022

Sustained Low Efficiency Dialysis (SLED) treatment

“Let’s go sledding!” Mission Hospital Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Jackie Gosnell said with excitement as she and her colleagues walked toward the Medical Surgical ICU. In the spring of 2022, Medical Surgical ICU RN Erin Smart treated her patient with the hospital’s very first Sustained Low Efficiency Dialysis (SLED) treatment. “I’m excited to see how […]

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May 27, 2022

Is arthritis preventable? Tips for keeping your joints healthy

Is arthritis preventable? It depends. While some wear and tear on your joints is an inevitable part of life, you can take steps to maintain joint health and help reduce the symptoms of arthritis as you age. What is arthritis? Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, which can cause pain, stiffness and difficulty moving. There […]

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May 25, 2022

Transylvania Regional Hospital’s Medical Detox Program Helps Community Members Begin Their Journey Toward Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us in many ways, and one worrisome result has been that people dealt with the often overwhelming stresses of the past two years by adopting some unhealthy coping mechanisms, especially with regard to the use of alcohol and drugs. According to USA Today, nearly one fifth of adult respondents who participated […]

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May 25, 2022

The Gift of Extraordinary Nurses: The Care at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and Eckerd Living Center is Driven by Their Dedication and Compassion

During May, we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and the extraordinary nurses serving at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and Eckerd Living Center (ELC). Our nursing team is second to none, as our patients and team members will tell you. To be a successful and impactful nurse today, you must be able to keep up with […]

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