From CPP: Resource guide for preparing, preventing and dealing with COVID-19 in NC

By Imari Scarbrough, originally published by Carolina Public Press. Carolina Public Press is an independent, in-depth and investigative nonprofit news service for North Carolina. COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus, is a highly contagious illness that is spreading around the world in early 2020. While the virus, which first emerged in the Wuhan province of China, causes potentially […]

Health roundup: Film highlights uninsured WNC residents

A new documentary film produced by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Medicaid Covers Us campaign highlights two Western North Carolina residents who lack access to health insurance. Also in this week’s health and wellness roundup: Plenty of news from AdventHealth Hendersonville, Pardee hosts a celebration of life and a new local wellness podcast.

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.