Haywood Regional Medical Center announced today its plans to acquire the former Evergreen Family Medical Center primary care practice located in downtown Canton.
Previously, the practice was managed by Take Care Health Systems (now Premise Health Care), a subsidiary of Walgreens. Haywood Regional Medical Center will assume the lease effective May 1 and offer employment to all staff and healthcare providers. The practice will become part of the physician network affiliated with Haywood Regional and will reopen under a new name on May 5.
The old Drexel furniture factory in Whittier isn’t producing much these days, unless you count bird nests and ivy vines as products. Tall grasses wave across the 21-acre property, obscuring the wood pallets strewn across the yard and reaching into a crumbling woodshed offset from the main building. Vines spider across the building’s brick exterior, and swallows dart and dive in the grasses.
The furniture manufacturer remembered as Carolina Wood Turning Company has been closed for more than 30 years, yet the smell of freshly cut wood and the sound of the steam whistle are still fresh in the minds of those who earned a living there.
The Bryson City business had many names throughout the years and made a number of different products, but its lifeblood was making furniture from Western North Carolina lumber. The company made wood pump tubing, tanners’ liquor logs and miscellaneous wood trimmings and solid bored colonial porch columns that can still be seen on older homes in Swain County.