Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

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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September 13, 2019

Becky Carter: It’s a Numbers Game: How Knowledge of Four Key Health Readings Impacts Your Disease Risk and Overall Health

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital If you don’t know where you stand, you don’t know where you’re going. This phrase holds especially true in healthcare, particularly as it pertains to each individual’s overall health. Clinicians tell their patients routinely to “know their numbers,” but what does this actually […]

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August 7, 2019

Becky Carter: Start the School Year with Healthy Habits and Safety in Mind

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital We’ve focused on summer safety as well as being smart as we enjoy the outdoors in past columns, but this month I’d like to look at how students, from kindergarten through high school, can start their school year off in the best way. […]

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July 2, 2019

Becky Carter: Beyond Sunscreen: How to Avoid Recreation-Related Injury during the Summer

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital As we get into summer, there is plenty of advice out there about overall seasonal wellness, such as sun protection and swimming safety. A less talked about but critical issue to be aware of is avoiding traumatic, or severe injury. We live in […]

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June 25, 2019

Don’t Touch That! And Other Tips for Safe and Rewarding Experiences in Nature this Summer

By Gabriel Cade, MD Summer. Crocuses popping up optimistically in the yard. Kids yelling at each other outside instead of inside. Looking through half-full bottles of sunscreen and bug repellent, and wondering how on earth we already have poison ivy. Start getting ready for those glorious outdoor days ahead. Sun Protection It’s great to be […]

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June 11, 2019

Does SPF 100 Actually Work? Sunscreen Is Cool! And Other Sun Safety Tips

By Ferriss Roberts and Sam LaRose Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun” reminds us that summer or vacation is near. A summer classic since 2002, Crow sings about some of life’s “downs” – a crummy job and tight budget – but she always manages to “look up” by having a good attitude and soaking up […]

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June 4, 2019

Becky Carter: Men’s Participation in Their Own Care Is Important throughout Their Lifetime

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital After speaking about women’s health throughout their lifetime last month, I thought a piece that focused on men’s health would be the ideal follow up. We live in an age where patients no longer passively receive “doctor’s orders,” and that’s a good thing. […]

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May 3, 2019

Becky Carter: Outlining What Well-Woman Care Looks Like throughout the Lifespan

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital On May 14, we will appreciate the mothers in our lives – whether they’re our biological moms or simply women who are like mothers to us. May is also, quite fittingly, National Women’s Health Month, which makes me reflect on the fact that […]

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April 18, 2019

Becky Carter: Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day, Provides Education to Community on the Power of Advanced Medical Directives

By Becky Carter Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital As we welcome the beauty and warmer temps of spring, it’s also an ideal time to do a little spring cleaning, and our file cabinets are a great place to start. Papers seem to multiply so quickly in our homes and offices, but […]

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April 12, 2019

Alcohol and Its Impact on Your Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is, of course, one of the most visible and accessible drugs in our society. Despite a growing understanding of the health risks and dangers of alcohol abuse, more Americans than ever before consume alcohol on […]

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