Mission Hospital McDowell

February 11, 2020

Striving for the Best: Stroke Survivor Karen Croom

By Jason Schneider When Karen Croom awoke one Thursday morning in January and called her husband, he realized something was wrong. “He said that my speech was slurred, that I couldn’t talk,” Croom said. Croom had planned to take her grandson to some appointments that day, and her husband asked her to wake him up […]

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January 16, 2020

Carol Wolfenbarger: Mission Hospital McDowell’s Surgery Services are Advanced, Expansive, and Right Here in Your Community

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell Our beautiful, technologically advanced Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM) saw its grand opening in 2018, experienced more growth this past year, and as we usher in 2020, we are positioned to continue to grow and serve our community – especially with our extensive and sophisticated array of […]

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December 9, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: We Welcome Three New Caregivers to Mission Hospital McDowell, and Our Community

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell Since we celebrate Christmas this month, it’s an appropriate time for me to share some gifts we’ve gotten here at Mission Hospital McDowell. I’m delighted to announce that we’ve welcomed three talented new providers into our family of caregivers over the past several months. We feel […]

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November 1, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Vaping: Cause for Concern

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell You’ve probably seen folks, especially teenagers, sporting a new look that is definitely not flattering to their health: vaping. This is a popular term for e-cigarette use. An e-cigarette is a battery fueled system that delivers nicotine and other chemicals to the smoker. Vaping product manufacturers […]

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October 1, 2019

Carol Wolfenbarger: Quality and patient care top priority in Emergency Department

By Carol Wolfenbarger Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hospital McDowell At Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM), we’ve made it a top priority to study how patients flow through our Emergency Department’s care process. There are many complex, unpredictable situations that happen simultaneously – and change constantly – there. As we study the experiences of our patients, I […]

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September 26, 2019

Teens and Suicide: Talking (and Listening) to Your Child Can Lead to Prevention

Hearing the words “I don’t care” or “nothing matters” from your teen should be a red flag for parents. “While these comments could be chalked up to teen drama, they could also be a cry for help,” said Ashley Carver, DO, a pediatrician with Mission Pediatrics – McDowell. Teenage years can be tumultuous and fraught […]

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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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