Mission criticized on staff shortages, patient care

Local elected officials, ordinary citizens and even a Mission nurse all blasted the stewardship of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare, which bought the collection of hospitals and other health care institutions for $1.5 billion and began running it in February 2019. The comments came at a Feb. 10 meeting in Asheville to get public input on the performance of the system since it was taken over by the for-profit company.

From CPP: Elected officials blast HCA for first year’s performanc­e at Mission

By Neil Cotiaux, originally published by Carolina Public Press. Carolina Public Press is an independent, in-depth and investigative nonprofit news service for North Carolina. “We are writing with deep concern regarding the state of Mission Hospital Systems since the purchase by Hospital Corporation of America last year.” So began a scorching condemnation of HCA Healthcare’s […]

Sexual health specialist­s discuss the ins and outs of their profession

Far from simply providing instructions on Kegel exercises, sexual health professionals collaborate with patients on a wide range of topics — from the physical to the emotional, the sociocultural to the neurological. And though individual needs and treatments vary, an overarching theme connects many of these health seekers: the fear that their bodies, beliefs or desires are abnormal.

Lily Whitehawk tunes in to the sound of the soul

“In sound therapy, we use sound to elicit a response or a change in someone’s physiology, their mental health or their emotional health. People can use different tools: gongs, singing bowls, tuning forks, percussive instruments such as drums or rattles. I use my voice. These are things that have been used for millennia, as long as there have been humans who have lived in communities. It’s an ancient practice, and it runs through most forms of religion as well,” says sound therapist Lily Whitehawk.

Anna Levesque finds freedom through discipline

“Freedom through discipline: It’s like a river,” muses whitewater kayaking expert Anna Levesque. In addition to coaching women paddlers and leading international adventure trips, Levesque is also a wellness adviser who’s thought a lot about the concept of self-care. She sees discipline as a key element in carving out time and space for making one’s own health a priority.

Mental hygiene: Meditation as self-care

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson’s research on the effects of meditation on brain function made waves when it was released in 2002 — and the work continues to drive growing interest in meditative practices. He’ll deliver talks at UNC Asheville on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14, both free and open to the public. First, though, associate psychology professor Patrick Foo will lay some groundwork on the science with a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 4.