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A Cornered Gurl

How My Boss Made Space for Me When I Needed It Most

I had an emotional breakdown at work. To be frank, I have been met with more responsibilities, lack of support from my direct higher-up, and an indescribable amount of tension within our walls due to America’s current state of affairs. My role has shifted. Not only do I register patients for imaging scans and invasive procedures, I also screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering our waiting areas. My hours, on some days, are longer than others and my shifts have been inconsistent. I have been exposed to positive COVID-19 patients as well as patients who presented with symptoms or who have been around someone diagnosed with Coronavirus, COVID-19 in the last fourteen days.

I am currently on my ninth day of self-monitoring as our Employee Occupational Health team believes I have not been in contact…

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7 Ways to Make Your Voice Heard from Asheville Citizen Times

There has been a lot of reporting about the public's concerns over the current state of Mission Health System, which includes the hospital locations in Asheville as well as the 6 other regional hospitals.One very valuable resource is the on-line article published by the Citizen Times on Feb. 20. It lists seven different organizations to …

Roles and Relationships of the Independent Monitor… and Who Pays them?

There has been a lot of discussion and even more questions about the Independent Monitor(IM), the role it plays, and most importantly, how it is paid and who it reports to. The Dogwood Health Trust website has a very informative page devoted to Frequently Asked Questions about the IM. Here is a link to that …

Residents of Mitchell and Yancey County express their concerns to the Independent Monitor

When members of SEARCH attended the Burnsville session of the Independent Monitor’s meeting to hear public comments about how things are going with our local hospital, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH), as well as Mission Hospital in Asheville and other Mission facilities in the region, we expected to hear concerns about access to the charity …

One Year After HCA Purchased Mission Health System, Where are We?

A year ago when HCA bought the Mission Health System, including Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, the final agreement specified that an Independent Monitor be named to make sure HCA complied with the agreement. Gibbins Advisors is the monitor and the company has been conducting informational meetings with the public in the seven areas …