November 22, 2017

About Us

Caring Connection is the online news source for stories about the more than 2,500 nurses of Mission Health and the collaborating staff who work as a team to provide high quality care to our patients and their families. Our efforts are centered on meeting our BIG(GER) Aim: to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each person, family and team member.

The work and projects of the nurses of all seven member healthcare facilities along with the nurses’ achievements in professional development are highlighted here. Areas of focus are Leadership; Empowerment; Professional Practice; Research and Innovation; and Outcomes.

Mission Health Members are:

  • Angel Medical Center, Franklin, NC
  • Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Spruce Pine, NC
  • CarePartners, Asheville, NC
  • Highlands-Cashiers Hospital,
  • McDowell Hospital, Marion, NC
  • Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC
  • Transylvania Regional Hospital, Brevard, NC.

What’s in a Name?

The name, Caring Connection, was selected in a contest of  staff member suggestions. Staff names were removed from the suggestions to provide a blind list to the selection committee.

Our Team

Executive Editor
Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President, Regional Member Hospitals
Mission Health

Nursing Editor/Writer/Photographer
Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC
Nursing Communication Specialist
Nursing Practice, Education, and Research, Mission Health

Executive Advisor
Laurie Zone-Smith, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Executive Director, Nursing Practice, Education & Research
Mission Health

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