Tom Neal

May 27, 2021

We Should Hold Nurses in Our Hearts the Whole Year Round, But Especially This May

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA We owe all frontline healthcare workers a huge debt of gratitude for their selfless devotion to their patients, willingness to risk contracting the COVID-19 virus themselves or bringing it home to their families, and amazing ability to adapt expertly to the ever-changing realities that the virus constantly presented. Since […]

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April 23, 2021

The Single Step You Can Take to Reverse the Toll of COVID-19 on the Plateau: Taking the Vaccine

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA From a public health perspective, there is no more important step that the residents of the Highlands and Cashiers Plateau could take now than to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This simple act, along with continuing to practice the “3 Ws” — washing hands frequently, wearing a mask, and waiting […]

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March 26, 2021

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Team Members Work to Build a Culture of Safety through Clinical Protocols and Human Connection

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Patient safety is a term you hear constantly in the healthcare industry, and though the two words are simple and easy to understand, the efforts to ensure that patients are kept safe are complex and all-encompassing. At Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and the Eckerd Living Center (ELC), we look at […]

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February 24, 2021

What We Know about Women and Heart Health

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA As research protocols have shifted, women have been included in heart disease research and important revelations emerged. We now know that women’s heart attack symptoms are often quite different from a man’s, yet heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both genders. In fact, even though men […]

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January 27, 2021

Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Radon’s Risks and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Capability to Provide Advanced Lung Cancer Screening

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Most people think of tobacco use when they think of lung cancer, but did you know that there’s another, lesser known culprit that’s responsible for 22,000 lung cancer deaths across the country each year? It’s the naturally occurring gas radon, which is created when uranium in rocks and soil […]

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December 29, 2020

Could New Year’s Resolutions Be More Important than Ever Before, As We Approach 2021?

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA The end of 2020 — a year none of us are likely to forget any time soon — is fast approaching, and for a while now, we’ve known that the holidays also wouldn’t be like any we’ve enjoyed in the past. We will likely celebrate Christmas creatively, and then […]

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October 21, 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Offers Opportunity to Celebrate Advances in Treatment and Look Ahead to Enhanced Screening Options Coming to Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to focus on prevention and treatment of this disease that, sadly, still affects one in every eight women. The news surrounding breast cancer is promising however, as compared to the grim statistics of decades ago. I will remind everyone that […]

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September 19, 2020

Noteworthy $5 Million Capital Infusion for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Bringing Facility Improvements, New Technology and Enriched Care Offerings

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Some new developments happening at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) are enhancing our imaging capabilities and strengthening the infrastructure of the entire hospital. We are also preparing to welcome another new physician here, who will enable us to offer services that haven’t been available at HCH for years. We recently received […]

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August 31, 2020

The Great Outdoors: A Panacea for Your Mental and Physical Health during COVID-19

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA, CEO and CNO of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital As we learn more about how to live safely during a time of pandemic, I’ve heard some people declare that they’re grateful for the fact that the outbreak didn’t occur in the winter, when it was cold. I understand that, because it would […]

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July 9, 2020

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Community Tele-forum: June 25, 2020 (Audio)

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital CEO, CNO, Tom Neal and Todd Detar, DO, from Mission Community Primary Care – Cashiers, discuss the hospital’s COVID-19 preparations and local primary care.   Click below to listen: Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Community Tele-forum: June 25, 2020 (Download transcript PDF)

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