Mission President and CEO Dr. Ron Paulus announces the new partnership with GE Healthcare. Photo by Leslie Boyd

Mission, GE Healthcare partnershi­p aims to reduce medical test costs

  A new partnership between Mission Health and GE Healthcare, announced at a press conference Friday morning, could save the health care system and consumers more than $40 million in unnecessary health care costs over the decadelong course of the project.The partnership calls for optimization of imaging experience and use, as well as easing patient-care […]

ON THE LOOKOUT: Noelle West, a certified nursing assistant at Mission, keeps watch over patients at risk of falling at the monitoring station. Photo by Clarke Morrison

Mission pilots patient-observer system to reduce fall injuries

With technology developed for the video gaming industry, Mission Health is piloting a groundbreaking observation system designed to prevent costly patient falls. The Cerner Patient Observer allows technicians to watch vulnerable patients remotely, talk to them and call for help when they attempt to get out of bed and risk hurting themselves in a fall. “It’s […]

BENEVOLENT BICEPS: Ladies Workout Asheville  owner Kim Hreha, front, will donate proceeds from her upcoming outdoor anniversary event to five area nonprofits. Photo by Jessie Fultz Photography

Conscious party: Ladies Workout Asheville celebrates 20 years in business with a fitness fundraiser

For movers, Ladies Workout Asheville’s anniversary fundraiser offers an obstacle course and walk-a-thon. Casual attendees are welcome to browse vendors to a DJ set, enter a raffle, participate in work-out demos and take the little ones inside a bouncy house. Festivities take place in the gym’s parking lot on Friday, May 20.

WALKING THE WALK: Ellen Stallings, left, community wellness educator at Park Ridge Health, and
Katherine Schuen, wellness manager, walk a trail together  during a 15-minute wellness break at work. Photo courtesy of Hal Alexander of Park Ridge Health

WNC employers create healthy workplace options

Workplace health initiatives are cropping up in Western North Carolina. Large hospital systems such as Mission Health and Park Ridge, as well as business owners and organizations like the Western North Carolina Medical Society, are starting to think “inside” the box: They’re creating in-house wellness programs that help employees lose weight, lower stress, get more exercise […]

BREAKING BARRIERS: Managed care organization Smoky Mountain LME/MCO and several regional health care providers are working to bring an integrated care model to WNC, beginning with a comprehensive care center at 356 Biltmore Avenue. Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain LME/CMO.

No wrong doors: Integrated health care program offers one-stop solutions

Unless you’ve just emerged from the wilderness after several decades, chances are you’ve heard some of the roiling discussions going on across the country concerning the current state of the health care system. Whether it’s presidential candidates working on a policy speech or an individual making home budgeting decisions, implementing a comprehensive health care reform […]

LIFELINES: A standard Naloxone kit (pictured here) can mean the difference between life and death during an overdose. The drug has had great success in preventing overdose fatalities in North Carolina. Photo courtesy Hadley Gustafson.

Update: To the brink and back: Opioid abuse and treatment in WNC

Amid escalating use and abuse of opioids nationwide, the number of local narcotics-related overdoses has increased rapidly in recent years. The drug naloxone can temporarily suspend those drugs’ effects, and the Asheville metropolitan area leads the state in confirmed cases of opioid overdose reversal, according to the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition.

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Nearly $500,000 raised to expand MAMA services

In emergency situations where every second counts, the discovery made thousands of years ago by the Greek mathematician Archimedes still holds true: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. However, that can be difficult to find in the winding mountain roads of Western North Carolina — well, unless you’re airborne. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Area Medical Airlift)

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Vital signs: Taking Buncombe County’s pulse

In less than 10 minutes, a doctor or nurse can get a read on a patient’s overall health and well-being just by checking a few key indicators: pulse, blood pressure, temperature and respiration rate. But how do you assess an entire community’s vital signs? And if you don’t, how will you know what the biggest problems are and how best to allocate scarce resources? (cover design by Emily Busey)