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Lawmakers are taking another look at a proposal to loosen the practice restrictions on nurse-midwives.

A bill proposed in committee would allow nurse-midwives to practice without contractual supervisory arrangements with physicians, instead mandating that they “collaborate, consult with or refer to other providers … if indicated by the health status of the patient.”

A similar bill was passed by several committees during the 2013 legislative session after a heavy lobbying effort by nurse-midwives, with doctors lobbying against the measure. An 11th-hour procedural move killed the amended bill on the House floor.

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Patients at Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health’s flagship hospital, Mission Hospital, are dramatically less likely to die and significantly more satisfied with the quality of care they receive today than they were just three years ago (more than 35 percent improvement in each metric, which started above national benchmarks), according to independent research. This vast improvement in patient satisfaction coincides with the work performed over the past three years by a revitalized Mission Health leadership team working together under the direction of Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO.

“At Mission Health, we strive continuously to provide high quality care close to home for all of the people we serve across western North Carolina, and we do so without regard for a patient’s ability to pay,” said William Maples, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Mission Health. “Under Dr. Paulus’ leadership, we consistently focus on improving clinical outcomes, care efficiency and patient experience in every aspect of care. Mission is relentlessly committed to exceptional care and that commitment is paying off for our patients, our community and for Mission Health. As just one example, our mortality rate has declined by more than 35 percent in the past three years even though we began as better than average. That improvement – now among the elite in the nation – translates into more than 500 people per year who go home with their families than would have occurred previously.”

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Dr. Gus Wilde, a physician from Franklin, will be traveling to Haiti for a week to be part of a team to provide medical services.

Smart Pharmacy has donated more than $500 worth of over the counter medications like Tylenol, children's Tylenol, ibuprofen, famotidine, hydrocortisone cream, eye drops, iron tablets and stool softener to take with him to Haiti.

 

 

 

 

 

February is national Children’s Dental Health month and it’s a good time to focus much needed attention on kids’ oral health.

“As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a child’s first birthday,” says Dr. Scott Cashion, a Greensboro, N.C., pediatric dentist.

Even though this first visit is mostly for the dentist to examine a child’s mouth and check for growth and development, it’s also about the child being comfortable in the dentist’s office.

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