The American Red Cross in Western North Carolina received a $10,000 grant from Nantahala Health Foundation for COVID-19 antibody testing for blood and platelet donations.
The FDA announced it has granted its first emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine. Ingles Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMKTA) is enthusiastic about this landmark announcement and continues to work with the federal, state and local governments in preparation to provide COVID vaccine, firs…
Help others this holiday season by donating blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drives being held at Asheville Outlets this December. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with The American Red Cross and encourage Asheville Outlets visitors to sign up for these vital blood drives whi…
It’s time to reframe how you think about your annual trip to the gynecologist. While many women do not look forward to their yearly pelvic exam, this appointment is much more than that — it’s a time dedicated to you and your wellness.
The WNCAP Mini Docs will premiere on World AIDS Day – Tuesday, Dec.1, 2020. These seven short documentaries will tell the inspirational stories of several extraordinary individuals, from all walks of life in our WNC community, that have been affected by HIV and substance use.
Mission Hospital achieved Magnet recognition in November as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
With open enrollment having begun Nov. 1, Mission Health has entered into agreements with Oscar Health, Bright Health, UnitedHealthcare Exchange Plans and Cigna Connect North Carolina, four additional insurance companies offering individual/family plan options for those seeking coverage thro…
Donating Blood Makes a Difference. Schedule an appointment to donate blood at Asheville Outlets (ShopAshevilleOutlets.com) on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, to benefit the American Red Cross. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.
For both men and women, if you have pain or burning when you urinate, it may be a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up into your bladder. Most UTIs can be easily taken care of. Because this tends to be an awkward subject to talk about,…
The holidays can be a stressful time for many; It’s been shown that stress and anxiety in all areas of life including family, finance, and health and wellness seem to increase during this time of year. And, if 2020 continues to “perform” as it has been, we can only imagine what the cumulatio…
Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our day-to-day lives has changed significantly. And the same goes for clinical environments. While it may be tempting to skip routine screenings to avoid COVID exposure, forgoing preventative care like annual mammograms can be far more detri…
When actor Chadwick Boseman passed away after a private years-long battle with colon cancer, people were understandably shocked. The “Black Panther” star was only 43 years old, well under the typical age that patients develop the disease.
Lori Smith never thought she’d be the one receiving bad news after a mammogram. After years of helping area women get screening mammograms through her job as regional radiology manager for Angel Medical Center and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, she knew there was always a chance an exam might …
I would like for you to join me in creating a mindset shift around what the process of weight loss truly is. Weight loss for most people is an addiction recovery process. A process that isn’t going to be perfect and one that is going to be met with a lifetime awareness of how your unique emo…
The COVID-19 Pandemic has significantly impacted how we interact with the world. Many of us are staying home more and moving less and this shift in physical activity is negatively affecting the health and wellness of our community.
The State of North Carolina has transitioned to Phase 3 of reopening and Buncombe County will align with Executive Order 169 with no additional local requirements.
Grecia Baxter has been at Mission Health for almost five years. Thanks to some financial assistance from Mission Health and HCA Healthcare, she is on her way to making her dreams of becoming a nurse a reality.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic drop in immunization rates because parents fear exposure, according to a recent article in North Carolina Health News. This may result in skipping well-child visits and necessary vaccinations.
After working as a healthcare consultant for years, Patty McBride said she is not an easy patient. Coming into a facility, she said, “My eyes are checking everything — the building, how staff interacts.” So, after making the decision to have surgery at Mission Hospital during the COVID-19 pa…
Help save lives by giving blood! Asheville Outlets (ShopAshevilleOutlets.com) will host two blood donation drives in partnership with the American Red Cross on Fridays, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
As we age, we tend to see dips in testosterone. This isn’t ideal as testosterone is a key hormone in keeping both men AND women at optimal health with high energy, supple skin, good muscle mass and the ability to build it, strong sex drive, and the ability to cope with stress (a big one for …
Men, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time to learn some important health facts and answer some common questions about prostate cancer.
For those who have trouble sleeping — or whose sleep patterns have been upended by worry during the season of COVID-19 — author Matthew Walker has plenty of solutions in his book Why We Sleep.
With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition.
Buncombe County is providing COVID-19 testing for anyone that lives, works, or learns in Buncombe County and is experiencing symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19.
A-B Tech is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by offering a class taught by our own local experts about pandemics and their causes. “Pandemics: Issues and Answers” will address multiple perspectives surrounding COVID-19 and its impacts.
“The sole purpose of red blood cells,” explained Albert Quiery, MD, hematologist and Medical Director at Mission Medical Oncology, “is to carry oxygen from the lungs to your body’s tissues. If you don’t have enough of them, your ability to deliver oxygen to where it’s needed is impaired, res…
For many weeks now, Buncombe County and clinical partner, Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) have tested over 850 people per week at the COVID-19 community testing sites.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper put a stay-at-home order into effect in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. It was lifted on May 22 — to many outdoor enthusiasts’ and athletes’ reliefs.
Lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County continued to rise dramatically over the last week. Based on the data on the state’s COVID dashboard, there have been 992 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents as of noon July 16.
This July, Vaya Health is encouraging conversations on the impact of racism on mental health and spreading the word about local treatment resources in recognition of Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health Awareness Month.
Throwing Bones, an Asheville-based national nonprofit focused on supporting individuals living with blood cancer through programming, education, and advocacy, will host a free webinar on Exercise as part of Cancer Therapy, Monday, Aug. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
With the hot summer days and barbecues ramping up, along with an underlying anxiety with the uncertainty of the world, many of us are finding good reason to have a cool “adult” beverage in our hand. I often get asked if alcohol can be incorporated into a healthy diet. The answer is — it depends.
Jerene Broadway, a Staff Chaplain in Mission Health’s Department of Spiritual Care, has been at the hospital for almost 18 years, starting at the behavioral health facility Copestone. Here, Jerene shares what it’s like as a spiritual guide at a hospital before, during and after COVID-19.
Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of Western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department.
Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) is pleased to announce that Stacie Saunders has been selected to serve as the Buncombe County Public Health Director.
As of Monday, June 22, Buncombe County officials confirmed 504 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. Out of those confirmed cases, 105 of these individuals are currently in isolation, and the remaining cases have been recovered.
"Helping Children Cope” is the second Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19.
From Mission Health Caring for Children” is the first Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19.
The majority of us are struggling to attain our optimal weight. We try our very best to follow the conventional guidelines with which we are inundated. We are told to move more, eat less, that we should have greater willpower, and that we should simply “eat everything in moderation.”
Since COVID-19 is dynamic and ever-changing, the protocols in place for patients who visit Mission Health primary care and specialty care clinics are routinely updated, as more patients are accessing care via in-person visits and scheduling non-emergency surgery. The health system’s new mask…
With older people accounting for nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 related deaths in North Carolina, and thousands of individuals over the age of 65 socially isolated for almost two months due to the State’s stay-at-home order, a team of Buncombe-area community organizers, agencies, and provider…
Mercy Urgent Care is now offering two types of COVID-19 testing, viral testing and antibody testing, at all eight of its urgent care facilities across Western North Carolina. By offering both tests, Mercy hopes to improve tracking of the virus and slow its spread throughout the region.
Asheville Outlets will host a blood donation drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blood drive will be held indoors in the storefront between Famous Footwear and VF Factory Outlet.
Take this truth and embrace it: Weight gain isn’t your fault. It actually has nothing to do with you or your personality. We are often told that we need to execute more discipline or willpower, but it really doesn’t have much to do with that. Listen here: you can only starve yourself for so …
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