Mission Hospital McDowell

June 22, 2022

Reversing the roles and becoming the patient at Mission Hospital McDowell

By Phillip Fritts Valorie Frye, Administrative Supervisor for Mission Hospital McDowell, woke up early one morning with pain between her shoulder blades. Thinking that she had just slept wrong, she rolled over and went back to sleep. She later woke up, realizing that the pain was still present and had now extended down into her […]

read more

May 23, 2022

Mission Hospital McDowell Salutes Extraordinary Nursing Team

I am happy to have the opportunity to talk to our community this month about the essential role of the Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) nursing team. It’s the appropriate time to do so since May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, where we reflect on and appreciate all that our nurses to do provide the very […]

read more

May 27, 2021

Why Honoring Our Healthcare Team is So Important This Year

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Our country is now beginning to emerge from a reality we couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic happened at lightning speed, and there was understandably, confusion and chaos in the early days, and fear and grief as the virus heavily impacted our communities. The […]

read more

April 23, 2021

Don’t Delay Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine — It’s Tested, Safe, and Available

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Our community has learned much about COVID-19 in the last year, and we’ve pivoted continuously as we acquired knowledge about how the virus spreads, its long-term effects for some, and the implications of contracting it if you live with a certain health condition, are 65 or older, or are […]

read more

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 […]

read more

February 24, 2021

The Three-Legged Stool of Heart Health: Lifestyle Practices, Getting Care When You Need It (Even in a Pandemic) and the Role of Cardiac Rehabilitation

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE There is no better time than February, which happens to be American Heart Month, to highlight the advanced cardiology services that we offer here at Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM). Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States, and in addition to heart […]

read more

January 27, 2021

The Patient Experience at Mission Hospital McDowell: How Listening to Patients Informs the Care We Provide and Guides Us toward Continued Excellence

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE As I say often, our Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) patients are what our work lives revolve around, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Everyone I know who dedicates themselves to working in healthcare does so out of a deep sense of commitment to patients and their families. […]

read more

December 29, 2020

Advanced Providers are Crucial Team Members at Mission Hospital McDowell

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE The accomplished and committed professionals who form our care team here at Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) include a diverse array of caregivers, from nurses and physicians to pharmacists and social workers. Each member of the care team provides a specific type and scope of care, and all are essential. […]

read more

November 20, 2020

5 Benefits of Choosing a Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital

By Carolyn Comeau Countless studies underscore breastfeeding’s powerful benefits, including reducing a baby’s risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory tract and ear infections, a wide range of allergies and even diabetes. That’s why Mission Hospital McDowell’s new Baby-Friendly® hospital accreditation from Baby-Friendly USA, the organization that recognizes facilities that commit to enacting a […]

read more

October 21, 2020

New Methods of Breast Tumor Investigation Make the Patient Experience Easier

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE We see the well-recognized pink ribbon a lot in Breast Cancer Awareness Month — October. It symbolizes many things: the fight for a cure, the work that researchers continue to put into developing better testing and treatments, and for virtually everyone, it may remind them of a friend or […]

read more