WNC Wellness review: Mission Hospitals and VA hospital try new tools and programs

• Mission Hospital to be the first trained by Mayo Clinic on social-media strategy:

Mayo Clinic has created a social media center that will train other hospitals in the use of social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.” – [medcitynews.com] 

• Vid: Pardee Hospital on WLOS ABC 13 Spotlight Carolina:

Pardee CEO & President Kris Hoce speaks to Tiffany Ervin on News 13. Spotlight Carolina highlights good local businesses in our community so that you know where to turn when in need of a specific product or service.” – [YouTube] 

• Asheville Veterans Affairs center to start medical foster program:

The Asheville VA program is one of 67 in 21 states, and one of three programs starting in North Carolina. The project, which started in Little Rock, Ark., in 2000, saves the VA money by keeping veterans out of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• More get AIDS drugs but funding crunch remains in Western North Carolina:

Funding in this year’s state budget will help more people pay for their AIDS medications, but it’s still not enough to keep up with increasing demand. An additional $14 million added to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program this fiscal year enabled the state to enroll 627 people who were on a waiting list, which had 808 people and was the longest in the country before funding was added to the program earlier this month.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Pardee physical therapist to present shoulder-pain seminar:

Jason Morgan, a licensed physical therapist at Pardee Hospital, will host a presentation about shoulder pain on Thur., Aug. 12 from 3 until 4:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center. ” – [Pardee blog]

• Nonprofit Eliada earns elite state recognition:

Eliada, the nonprofit that provides child and family services, has been deemed a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency by the state of North Carolina.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• ‘Mission Possible’ internship available for students in Asheville:

Ask to join FB group & chat w participants” – [Mission Hospital Twitter account]

• NC’s Mental Health Association’s woes finally force it to close down:

Raleigh based MHA-NC (Mental Health Association of North Carolina) is closing its doors after many decades of advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness. On Friday Interim Director, Christie Foppiano, said in interviews that the MHA-NC was unable to meet its financial obligations..” – [Examiner.com]

• Pardee: “There’s nothing wrong with being selective when choosing a doctor” :

Pardee Hospital chief medical officer, Dr. Robert Kiskaddon, explains the helpfulness that Pardee’s wellness phone line 1-866-790-WELL (9355) offers its patients in selecting a doctor.” – [Pardee blog]

• Panel: “Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing” (August 27-29):

“‘Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing’ is a panel which explores fascinating spiritual perspectives on health and healing through the viewpoint of those who have benefited from spiritual principles applied to health and healing and those who are professionals in this field.” – [onlineprnews.com]

• When unemployed means unhealthy too:

A study in the journal Demography last year documented what physicians continue to observe and what everyone seems to know in their gut: that losing a job is bad for our health. People who were laid off suffered more adverse health events, many of which persisted even after they were rehired, if they were lucky enough to get another job.” – [NYTimes]

• Calcium supplements may up heart attack risk:

The millions of people who take calcium supplements to strengthen aging bones and ward off osteoporosis may be putting themselves at increased risk of a heart attack, a new study has found.” – [Health.com]

• What do you lack? Probably Vitamin D:

Vitamin D promises to be the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade. While studies continue to refine optimal blood levels and recommended dietary amounts, the fact remains that a huge part of the population — from robust newborns to the frail elderly, and many others in between — are deficient in this essential nutrient.” – [NYTimes]

• Can foods trigger migraines?:

Can allergies to certain foods trigger migraines? What about food additives like MSG? Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic responds to readers’ questions about migraines.” – [NYTimes]

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