Mission Hospital McDowell

September 13, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: World Sepsis Awareness Day Highlights How to Identify, Prevent and Treat This Serious Condition

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell In this column, I’ve talked about a range of health conditions, from diabetes to mental health, in an effort to raise awareness and explain treatment options and the recovery process. This month, I want to talk about a condition that doesn’t get a lot of attention, […]

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August 22, 2019

Suite Smart: New Mission Hospital McDowell Birthing Suites Give Families Comfort and Security

Bringing a baby into the world is one of life’s most joyful events. In western North Carolina expectant parents are enjoying the amenities and enhanced safety offered by Mission Hospital McDowell’s five new state-of-the-art birthing suites. Margaret Sullivan, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Mission Women’s Care – McDowell and service line leader of Women’s Services […]

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August 7, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Mission Hospital McDowell on the Path to Become Certified as a Baby-Friendly Hospital

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell One of the things I’m most proud about at our new Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) is how we welcome expectant parents and their little ones. Our five state-of-the-art birthing suites were constructed with the goal of providing a family-centric experience while promoting the healthiest of beginnings […]

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July 2, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Not a Shot in the Dark: Why Keeping Up with Vaccines Is Critical to Public Health

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell Before we start school again next month – yes, it’s July already – I want to remind parents that this month is the perfect time to review your child’s immunizations status, see what might be missing and take care of getting any required vaccinations well before […]

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June 4, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Kids Will Have the Best Summer Ever If We Keep Safety in Mind

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell Summer is full of sun and fun, especially for kids. With summer vacation finally here, they can enjoy everything from baseball and trips to the beach to barbeques and bike rides. During this active season, the Mission Hospital McDowell emergency department typically sees an uptick of […]

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May 3, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: So Many Reasons to Celebrate in May at Mission Hospital McDowell

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell You may think that there are no fun holidays in May, but think again. There are actually plenty of reasons to celebrate. National Lost Sock Memorial Day is May 9, National Dance Like a Chicken Day is May 14 and National Macaroon Day is May 31! […]

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April 24, 2019

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic – Two Types of Strokes

By Brooks Stewart, MD Stroke is brain damage resulting from a problem with the brain’s blood supply. Symptoms may be transient or short-lived (called TIA, or transient ischemic attack), or they may become permanent if irreversible damage occurs to brain tissue (called stroke, or cerebrovascular accident). Broadly speaking, there are two types of strokes. Ischemic […]

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April 18, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Mission Hospital McDowell Celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day by Offering No-Cost Education and Materials about Advanced Care Decisions to the Community

Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell When I think of advance healthcare decision making, I remember my mother, who would frequently tell my sisters and me that she never wanted to be on a device to support her breathing. When it came time to make a determination about her survival, all of the […]

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April 8, 2019

I Know I’ve Made a Difference – McDowell Volunteer Tells Her Inspiration

By Nancy Northrop Sluzinski Editor’s Note: Mission Hospital McDowell volunteer and children’s book author Nancy Northrop Sluzinski is the author of Eric’s Trip to the Emergency Department coloring book and ABC’s for the Child Within, both donations to the hospital. The inspiration for creating the coloring book for children entitled Eric’s Trip to the Emergency […]

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March 11, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Celebrating the Physicians and Midlevel Practitioners Who Work Together, Devote Themselves to the Patients of Mission Hospital McDowell

By Carol Wolfenbarger President, Mission Hospital McDowell The practice of medicine is considered both a science and an art. As such, the demands on physicians are many, including: clinical knowledge, curiosity and the ability to use deductive reasoning expertly, collaborative skills for working in concert with a care team, keen interactive skills for communicating with […]

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