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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

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Pisgah receives ‘Safe Sports School’ award

Pisgah High School, which receives athletic trainer coverage from Pardee Sports Medicine, received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award. 

The award recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student-athletes and reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. Emmylou Wilson, ATC, provides athletic training services at Pisgah High School. 


Macon Health holds ‘Ladies Night Out’

The next Ladies Night Out Program will be held at 4 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

Guest speaker Jennifer Turner will talk about domestic violence and sexual assault. REACH’s shelter needs include: detergent pods, dish soap, wipes and diapers, all- purpose cleaner, trash bags, feminine products, pillows, towels, and reading materials. Monetary donations are also welcomed.

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings.


Free ‘Healthy YOU’ classes offered

Starting in April, a new health initiative is starting in Haywood County. Healthy YOU Series is series of classes designed for getting  the individual in better financial, physical, mental and dietary health. Through a targeted class series on one topic once per week, participants will be lead and introduced to new and existing concepts and principles that are designed and proven to aid in specific areas of growth and health.

All classes are free and were designed for the whole family health in mind. 

Visit, call 828.283.0719 or email Corey Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Mission launches walk-in care in Franklin

Mission Health recently launched a new initiative called Mission My Care Now, ensuring patients can access primary care services when they need it most — outside of normal business hours and on the weekends — and with no appointment necessary. 

With four locations across Western North Carolina, patients can be seen for symptoms spanning colds and flu to minor injuries. 

Locations and hours of operation:

Mission My Care Now Biltmore Park, 310 Long Shoals Road, Suite 110, Arden

Mission My Care Now McDowell, 472 Rankin Drive, Marion

Mission My Care Now Blue Ridge, 189 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine 

Mission My Care Now Angel, 195 Franklin Plaza Drive, Franklin

828.213.4444 or visit


Preventing Diabetes

The Haywood County Health Department is offering a Diabetes Prevention Program where participants learn about dietary changes and physical activity. 

Instructor Megan Hauser is a trained lifestyle coach through the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program’s goals for each participant are 150 minutes of weekly physical activity and a 7 percent weight loss, which is enough to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes.  

The next class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Canton Library. The program has a $50 fee, refundable if participants complete the program. Scholarships are available for those with demonstrated financial need.    


Harris Orthopaedics offers Lunch & Learn 

Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will offer a free educational event on hip replacement and the new surgical, less invasive, anterior approach at noon Tuesday, April 25, in the Harris Regional Hospital boardroom on the first floor of the hospital. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Anthony McPherron will present the session. Lunch will be served. Call 828.631.8894 to register.


Red Cross to hold blood drives

Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. The following blood drives are scheduled in April:

Canton — 1 to 5:30 p.m. April 28 at North Canton Elementary School, 60 Thompson St.

Waynesville — 4 to 8 p.m. April 20 at American Legion Post #47, 171 Legion Drive

Cashiers — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 20 at Cashiers Baptist Church, 213 U.S. Hwy 64 E.

Cullowhee — Noon to 6 p.m. April 19 at Western Carolina University Hinds University Center, Highway 107

Cherokee — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at Cherokee Indian Hospital, Hospital Road.


Harris launches pet therapy program

Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva is now offering pet therapy for patients and families in partnership with certified dog trainer Jane Finneran and her 4-year-old Sheltie named Kahlua. 

Finneran and Kahlua, who are registered volunteers with the hospital, provide pet therapy 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays on the pediatrics, main nursing unit, and Intensive Care Unit floors. Finneran has been a physical therapist for 35 years and a certified dog trainer for 20 years. Pet therapy at Harris Regional Hospital involves patients and family members simply petting Kahlua. 

Contact Krysta Cooper at 828.631.8893.


Harris staff receives top satisfaction scores

Staff caring for patients on Harris Regional Hospital’s third floor won the Blue Ribbon Award presented to departments receiving the highest scores on patient satisfaction surveys. 

The staff of 3 East, caring for pediatric patients and patients recovering from surgery, accomplished a perfect score on the survey question related to overall rating. All of the patients who responded provided the unit with the highest scores possible, resulting in a 100 percent positive ranking.


Bill to expand health care options

A bill that will help to assure the safe, effective practice of Naturopathic Medicine in North Carolina has been introduced by the North Carolina General Assembly. 

SB 258, the Enact Naturopathic Doctors Certification Act, would increase citizens’ access to safe and effective alternatives in health care, improve public safety in seeking out these alternatives, and decrease health care costs through a strong focus on preventative medicine and the utilization of natural, low-cost therapies. Specifically, the bill establishes educational, board certification, and continuing education standards, which are consistent with established national standards for Naturopathic Doctors. 


Blue Ridge Health opens new Sylva site

Blue Ridge Health recently opened its newest site in Sylva.

The new clinic is a result of a collaborative effort by BRH, Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County and Harris Regional Hospital to strengthen and expand access to comprehensive, affordable health care for low-income and uninsured residents in the region. 

The new clinic provides primary care services under a patient-centered model of care for all residents of Jackson County and neighboring communities. Patients will ultimately have access to family medicine, psychiatry, counseling, pharmacy, nutrition and educational outreach. The clinic accepts all types of insurance plans, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare. 

To schedule an appointment, call 828.477.4334.



• Harris Palliative Care will provide free living will assistance 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 19, in Harris Regional Hospital’s private dining room on the first floor of the hospital. This event will allow people to come in and complete their advanced directives specific to care in the case of a life-altering situation.

• Dr. David Kirk and Jody Schmit, Certified Nurse Midwife of Haywood Women’s Medical Center will be presenting the Talk with a Doc dinner seminar “Latest Advances in Women’s Health” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Café. To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, call 800.424.DOCS (3627) to register.  

• Harris Regional Hospital earned North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly 4-Star Designation. This designation is supported and promoted on a national level and an honor that the staff and providers at Harris Regional Hospital are proud to offer the families in western North Carolina.

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