January 27, 2021

The Patient Experience at Mission Hospital McDowell: How Listening to Patients Informs the Care We Provide and Guides Us toward Continued Excellence

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE As I say often, our Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) patients are what our work lives revolve around, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Everyone I know who dedicates themselves to working in healthcare does so out of a deep sense of commitment to patients and their families. […]

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January 27, 2021

Ring in 2021 with a “Safety First” Attitude: Remain Vigilant in Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 Using Tried-and-True Strategies

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN As we enthusiastically enter into the New Year 2021, most of us are likely very weary of COVID-19. It has been nearly a year of learning new and sometimes disturbing things about this virus, and altering our lives radically in many ways to stay safe. Back on […]

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January 27, 2021

We Shouldn’t Let Up on Doing All We Can to Stop the Spread of COVID-19, Especially Now

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE North Carolina is now seeing most counties across the state, including western North Carolina’s, in the “red zone,” meaning we’re experiencing extensive viral spread of COVID-19. We also know that “pandemic fatigue” is very real, and that we as human beings have a tendency to shut […]

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January 27, 2021

Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Radon’s Risks and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Capability to Provide Advanced Lung Cancer Screening

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Most people think of tobacco use when they think of lung cancer, but did you know that there’s another, lesser known culprit that’s responsible for 22,000 lung cancer deaths across the country each year? It’s the naturally occurring gas radon, which is created when uranium in rocks and soil […]

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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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January 23, 2021

Questions about COVID-19? — 1-23-2021 (video)

Watch the latest community update on COVID-19 and Mission Health, including information on the COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers of local cases at Mission Health and more from William Hathaway, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Mission Health. (Video transcript) [Nancy] Hi, I’m Nancy Lindell, public relations for Mission Health, and I’m here today with Dr. William […]

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January 22, 2021

What You Need to Know about Your Family Health History

Think back to the countless times when you’ve sat in a doctor’s waiting room, filling out a family health history questionnaire before an appointment. Many times, this is done in a rush with little thought to the importance or accuracy of the knowledge we have. Do we really have the answer to every question about […]

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January 19, 2021

6 Hospice Myths Debunked – Hospice Specialist Explains the Facts

By Aditi Sethi-Brown, MD Hospice providers specialize in caring for individuals with a life-limiting illness and supporting them to receive the best possible end-of-life care. There can be a lot of fear and uncertainty around receiving hospice care. Here are six hospice myths dispelled. Myth 1: When someone starts hospice they are going to die […]

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January 15, 2021

The Highlands Cashiers Plateau Vaccination Initiative

In support of the Macon and Jackson County Health Departments in administering the COVID-19 vaccine to the Highlands and Cashiers plateau communities, a vaccine clinic will be offered at the Highlands Recreation Center on Wednesday, January 20, from 1 to 6 pm. A schedule of additional vaccine sites and times will be available soon. In […]

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January 14, 2021

How to Avoid the Highly Contagious Stomach Flu

It’s important to note that stomach flu, which seemingly spreads like wildfire, has nothing to do with the flu — the respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Kids or adults with stomach flu most likely have gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the lining of the intestine. It can be caused by a variety of microscopic bugs, […]

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