Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

August 17, 2022

The Ongoing Opioid Crisis: Resources, Events, and the Role of BRRH

The devastation of the opioid crisis has not spared our community, sadly. The statewide statistics are sobering. Opioid overdose deaths outstrip those from auto accidents, and in the 18-year span between 1999 and 2017, 13,169 state residents have died from unintentional overdoses, with a 32% increase in deaths just between 2016 and 2017. This is […]

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June 22, 2022

Men’s Health Month: What Men of All Ages Should Do to Best Support Their Health

The model of how we access healthcare has changed a great deal in the last several decades, and one of the most significant shifts has been from a model of physicians directing their patients’ care. They still do that of course, but now the care relationships between patients and their physicians is more of a […]

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May 23, 2022

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Shows Its Deep Appreciation for Our Nurses As We Celebrate National Nurses Week

Everyone at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) is rallying around our nurses this month, acknowledging their critical role in the life of the hospital and the lives of our patients and their families. May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, a time when we focus on these true superheroes of healthcare. Anyone who has been a […]

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May 27, 2021

Celebrating Our Nurses as Compassionate Caregivers, Innovators, and Inspirations

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN What makes someone decide that they want to take care of strangers for a living? This is what nurses do, and as we celebrate National Nurses Month in May, it is important to ponder this question more carefully than ever, as we reflect on the stress, confusion, […]

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April 23, 2021

Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Takes Just Seconds, but the Effects Are Both Far Reaching and Profound

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN I don’t often give out advice to thousands of people at a time, but since I care deeply about our community and the wellness of its residents, my message this month is simple: If you haven’t already taken the COVID-19 vaccine, do it as soon as you […]

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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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February 24, 2021

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Boasts Excellent Preventive, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Treatment for Cardiac Patients, and Welcomes Dr. R. Croft Thomas to Team

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Since February is American Heart Month, it is the ideal time to talk about heart health, heart disease prevention and how patients can partner with their doctors to take great care of themselves. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) offers advanced cardiology services to our community members, and […]

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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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December 29, 2020

What Is Resilience and How Do We Strengthen It?

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Resilience is discussed often now, especially as we reflect on enduring the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented over the last nine months. Our ability to creatively cope with challenges and even crises that emerge with little to no warning in our lives — like […]

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October 21, 2020

1 in 8: What You Need to Know and Do to Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) is especially focused on breast health and raising awareness about breast cancer and prevention. I also urge community members to take advantage of the advanced screening technology we have here at BRRH, and […]

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