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May 14, 2019

Could Measles Come to Western North Carolina? What to Know about the Contagious and Deadly Virus

By Charles Letizia, Public Health Epidemiologist Measles is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Although western North Carolina hasn’t had any confirmed cases, we remain vulnerable due to below-average immunization rates in the area. Current hot spots are New York, Washington and Michigan. There have been five confirmed cases in eastern Tennessee, which […]

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May 9, 2019

Longtime Nursing Tradition Keeps Human Touch Alive in Healthcare

It’s a career often referred to as a calling. Nurses dedicate their lives to caring for those in need of comfort and healing every day, so every year the second week in May is dedicated to recognizing this chosen path. The annual observance of Nurses Week brings traditions to hospitals and health systems everywhere that […]

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April 23, 2019

Old Prescriptions In Your Medicine Cabinet? Drop Them Off On Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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December 6, 2018

Snow Problem – Winter Weather Safety, How and Where to Get Care in WNC

Winter weather with a chance of snow or freezing rain is in the forecast. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to being prepared and being well during colder and wintry weather, including when and where to seek care if you find yourself caught in a snowstorm. 1. Have an emergency […]

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November 14, 2018

PSA: How to Prevent Prostate Cancer and the Importance of Catching it Early

By John Burns, MD November, also known as MOvember, is the month we recognize men’s health. Does that explain the more than usual amount of “Mos,” or mustaches? Movember started in 2003 as a challenge for a few men to grow out their mustaches in an attempt to bring back a style pioneered by the […]

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November 14, 2018

Making Good: Discover Untold Stories in Our Annual Report

In 1885 a group of Asheville women formed “the Little Flower Mission” and opened a small hospital in a rented five-room house to help meet the healthcare needs of their local mountain community. Mission Health’s founders could little imagine the ways their Mission would grow and evolve over the next 133 years. Our mission – […]

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November 12, 2018

Honoring the Call of Duty: Scott Higgins Protects and Serves Mission Health and the Nation

By Rebecca Alexander Jim Kelly II, Executive Director of Information Security at Mission Health, was sure he found the perfect candidate when he was looking to fill the manager role of cybersecurity in his department – it isn’t every day that you come across an Army veteran, Navy Reservist and a cybersecurity expert. When a […]

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October 23, 2018

Four Mission Health Nurses Named 2018 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina

Mission Health nurses returned to Asheville this weekend from a celebration where four were honored as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses at the annual Great 100, Inc. Gala. Since 1989, the Great 100, Inc. has recognized admired and influential nurses across North Carolina. Each year, this organization recognizes the top 100 nurses from North Carolina […]

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October 19, 2018

Stay in the Game: Smart Habits for Injury Prevention and Lifelong Health

By Thomas Starnes, MD A broken bone or an injured joint while doing something you love can be painful and set you back for a while. Though not always preventable, there are things you can do that will not only reduce your risk for such injuries, but actually enhance your overall health and well-being. With […]

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October 19, 2018

Fall Recipe – Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

We’re starting to feel those fall temperatures here in the mountains! The crisp air is fresh and chilly enough, but not too chilly, to put chili back on the table. Enjoy this fall-inspired sweet potato and black bean chili recipe that has as much nutritional value as it does flavor. ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil […]

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