October 10, 2019

Not Sure about the Flu Shot? Get the Facts on Common Flu Vaccine Myths

Just when flu season is starting again, it feels like it just ended. And every year, we know plenty of people tip toe around getting the annual flu vaccine. Does it actually work? Is it even effective? Before you decide to skip out on this year’s flu vaccine, get the facts on these common myths […]

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October 9, 2019

Dense Breast Ultrasound – Helen Sandven, MD, on ABUS Breast Tissue Screening

Dense breast tissue puts women at greater risk for having undiagnosed breast cancer. 3D whole breast ultrasound, also known as ABUS, is recommended annually for women with dense breasts. Because younger women more often have dense breasts, younger women benefit from this screening tool. Here’s what else to know about ABUS and how it works […]

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October 8, 2019

St. Joseph’s Facility: A Continuation of Our History, A Blessing for Our Future

Years ago, we announced plans to build an expanded facility on the Memorial Campus of our system’s flagship hospital in Asheville. With that comes the end of one era and the start of a new. The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Asheville to found a hospital in 1900 – just 15 years after Mission Hospital […]

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October 7, 2019

In the Red Zone: Swelling and Heat Are the First Signs of Overuse Injuries

“No pain, no gain” is a common mantra among dedicated athletes. Sometimes it’s best to give it a rest. Building muscles or bones starts by stressing these tissues first. “With time to heal, muscles and bones rebuild themselves stronger and better than before. That’s how the body works,” said Elise Hiza, MD, orthopedic surgeon at […]

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October 4, 2019

Celebrating 134 Years of Caring with Something Special for the Next Generation (Video)

By Robert A Poarch The story goes that Mission Hospital’s first patient, a woman in labor, was carried on a stretcher from her house by two men, and walking beside her was a woman reading bible verses, a woman holding a parasol and another woman fanning flies away. This was just ten days after Mission […]

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October 3, 2019

Call the Midwives: 5 Myths Debunked by Our Expert

Grace Rice, CNM (certified nurse midwife), at Mission Women’s Care, sheds light on common midwife misconceptions. Rice emphasizes that whether you choose a doctor or midwife, your comfort level comes first: “The best caregiving relationships happen when communication is open, decisions are shared and mutual trust has been established.” MYTH 1: Doctors are safer than […]

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October 1, 2019

Michele Pilon: Fresh Start Program Offers Vital Services and Connection for Transylvania County Residents Dealing With Mental Health Conditions

By Michele Pilon Chief Executive Officer, Transylvania Regional Hospital   We’re amazed by so many aspects of 21st century medical care – from technology to life-changing medications and revolutionary discoveries – but our attitudes about mental health need to catch up. Mental health services, or behavioral healthcare, is a critical part of the work every […]

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October 1, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Quality and patient care top priority in Emergency Department

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell At Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM), we’ve made it a top priority to study how patients flow through our Emergency Department’s care process. There are many complex, unpredictable situations that happen simultaneously – and change constantly – there. As we study the experiences of our patients, I […]

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October 1, 2019

Tim Layman: Beyond the Pink Ribbon: Women’s Self-Care is a Non-negotiable

By Timothy Layman Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital I’m a husband, son, father, and grandfather, and I know from experience that it’s easy for the women in my life to take care of others – their partners, kids, grandchildren, friends, and coworkers – before they prioritize their self-care. This comes at a […]

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October 1, 2019

Becky Carter: Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Our Role as Protector of Community Members From Abuse and Neglect

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital When you think of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) – or any hospital for that matter – you might think we spend most of our time caring for people who are ill or recovering from surgery, or helping patients who need emergency care. […]

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