March 26, 2021

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Risk Factors, Learn How to Lower Them and Partner with Your Doctor to Prevent the Disease

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Most people know that a pink ribbon signifies breast cancer awareness, but do you know what the blue ribbon stands for? Colorectal cancer awareness, and since March is officially designated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a time when we spread the word about how to lower your risk for […]

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March 26, 2021

Transylvania Regional Hospital Rolls Out Innovative “Beyond the Mask” Program to Enhance Caregivers’ Connections with Patients during COVID-19

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC It’s hard to come up with an area of our lives that COVID-19 hasn’t touched. Gathering with friends and family in our homes and in public places became a thing of the past, as did going to the movies, attending sporting events and even browsing around your favorite […]

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March 26, 2021

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Team Members Work to Build a Culture of Safety through Clinical Protocols and Human Connection

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Patient safety is a term you hear constantly in the healthcare industry, and though the two words are simple and easy to understand, the efforts to ensure that patients are kept safe are complex and all-encompassing. At Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and the Eckerd Living Center (ELC), we look at […]

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March 26, 2021

Don’t Postpone Seeking Care at Angel Medical Center during the Pandemic, It Could Mean the Difference between a Manageable and a Serious Condition, and Even Life or Death

By Timothy Layman, DNP As the Administrator of Clinical Operations at Angel Medical Center (AMC), I wanted to create a special message for March. This month we can see the promise of spring just a bit more clearly on the horizon, after enduring the cold and spending months inside. This year, however, our impatience for […]

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March 26, 2021

Raise Your Awareness about Colorectal Cancer, It Could Save Your Life

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN The importance of routine health screenings can’t be overemphasized. Tests like mammograms and PSA exams for prostate cancer have the ability to detect cancers at their earliest stages, when no symptoms are apparent, and as we know, the earlier you can find cancer, the better a patient’s […]

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March 26, 2021

6 Healthy Habits for Spring

If you’re feeling more energetic, happier and a little distracted these days, you’ve probably got spring fever. Romantics may be disappointed to find out that this pulse-quickening condition seems to be less about love and more about biology. Here’s why: Increased daylight tells our bodies to produce less melatonin (a hormone that makes us sleepy). […]

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March 12, 2021

Do I Need This Tool to Track My Asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition that can cause inflammation in your airways, making it difficult to breathe. If you’re having trouble getting — and keeping — your asthma under control, your doctor may recommend measuring your peak flow to help you better manage your condition. What Is a Peak Flow Measurement? “Peak flow is basically […]

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March 10, 2021

Preventing Colon Cancer: Making Cancer Screenings Easier for Patients

Preventing Colon Cancer Together Colorectal cancer screenings are an important step toward early diagnosis, but many people avoid colonoscopies because of fear of discomfort. With the increase in incidence of colorectal cancer in younger age groups, Sarah Cannon and other organizations, including the American Cancer Society, are recommending screening start as early as 45 years […]

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March 3, 2021

How to Spot Early Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Now is the time to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, not including skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, on average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer […]

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March 1, 2021

On the Path of Recovery from COVID-19 and Other Illnesses

Did you know that COVID-19 symptoms can sometimes persist for months? “The virus can affect the function of the lungs, heart and brain, which increases risk of long-term health problems,” said Mike Heilig, Physical Therapist and Program Director of CarePartners Outpatient Services. “Muscle weakness and fatigue are among the most common long-term symptoms. Swallowing or […]

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