Business notesWritten by Admin
• Limited resources and duplicate services elsewhere have forced Mountain BizWorks to cut staff and refocus its purpose in order to better serve its clients and stay viable. The non-profit community development financial institution has reduced its staff to seven employees, and the CEO has stepped down from a fulltime role and will now serve as a consultant. It is also phasing out programs and instead focusing its limited resources on its capital lending services.
• WNC Communities awarded more than $33,000 to community groups with innovative approaches to addressing community needs. Bethel Rural Community and Fine’s Creek Community Association, both in Haywood County, garnered the program’s highest honor, Communities of Distinction, which came with a cash award of $2,000.
• Southwestern Community College has inducted 46 seventh-graders into its New Century Scholars program. The students are from throughout SCC’s service area and will receive last dollar tuition assistance at SCC as long as they fulfill program obligations throughout middle and high school.
• The SafeKids USA/Blue Dragon Taekwondo School has opened in Clyde with a mission to provide students from preschoolers to adults with educational safety programs and basic self-defense training through the use of Takewondo, the ancient Korean fighting art. 828.627.3949 or bluedragontkd.net.
• Angel Medical Center’s Lori Smith, Director of Radiology, was awarded $250 by Mission Health System for her idea of system-wide automated temperature monitoring for all refrigerated supplies. Mission issued a challenge to its employees to submit ideas that would create a better and safer environment for patients. Angel, in Franklin, is part of Mission’s hospital system.
• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort donated $3,000 to Hope for Families, a non-profit in Robbinsville that provides services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel provided the key sponsorship of $1,500 for The Arc of Haywood County’s “Arc”toberfest. Other sponsors were the Town of Waynesville, Gary Small Sr., Carolina West Dental; Rowan, Small and Associates; Senn Dunn Insurance; the Evergreen Foundation; the Architectural Studio; Webbco; Haywood Vocational Opportunities; United Community Bank; Claire and Jesse Patmore; Richard and Meg Reeves; Phyllis Prevost; and Jim and Karen McGovern.
• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort donated $10,000 to the Western Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter for the organization’s programs and services, including the MDA summer camp.
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness has started a new club at Haywood Community College in Clyde. The group is open to any student with a mental illness and advocates for access to services, treatment, support, and research for people with mental illness.
• Judy Michaud, owner of Meadows Mountain Realty in Highlands, will serve as a panelist for the business plan competition presented by Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community Leadership Team and Southwestern Community College.
• Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has received a $184,046 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand dental services in Western North Carolina. The funds will be directed for use by the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic to benefit Macon, Jackson and Transylvania counties.
• Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva has installed two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers in its Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, which will be used to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a specialized treatment for wounds that are difficult to heal.
• Angel Medical Center volunteer Susan Huggart made and donated 40 purple baby caps to all babies born at AMC last month in support of the hospital’s Period of Purple Crying campaign. Period of Purple Crying focuses on teaching parents to recognize normal crying habits of infants in an effort to reduce the chance of infant abuse, primarily shaken baby. www.angelmed.org.
• Sunburst Market on Main Street in Waynesville now carries Bellanina Skin Care and offers monthly educational events with Nina Howard, artist, licensed esthetician, massage therapist, polarity therapist, national skin care educator and creator of Bellanina Skin Care. www.sunburstmarket.com.
• Mission Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals, according to Truven Health Analytics.
• The Franklin Chamber of Commerce and local Democratic Party officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the permanent office of the Macon County Democratic Party at 251 Sloan Road, Franklin. The office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 828.634.7737.
Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus and Macon Early College together raised $352 to fight cancer by selling Halloween “Boo” Grams as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.
Therapists Kim Clayton and Thomas Burns with Harris Regional Hospital recently obtained the Doctorate of Physical Therapy, which is the highest level of degree available in the physical therapy and rehab field.
The USDA is providing funds to help the United South and Eastern Tribes to upgrade Indian healthcare facilities and medical providers with cost- and time-saving electronic record management systems to improve patient care for 77,000 people who live on tribal lands in 28 states.
Meredith Curcio Whitfield, former special assistant for federal relations and research at Appalachian State University, has been named director of external relations at Western Carolina University.
Western Carolina University student teams from a course taught by Jim Manning, associate professor of communication, gave presentations on the basics of email, social media, online shopping and mobile phone apps to the Jackson County Senior Center and Cullowhee Valley School. A second presentation centered on how parents can monitor and control a child’s web and mobile device use.
About 25 members of Western Carolina University’s Nutrition Club spent time cleaning and organizing the Community Table in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Club members work with the nonprofit organization throughout the year, from providing direct service at the Community Table to hosting canned food drives.
Western Carolina University student Aaron Marshall is among the statewide recipients of the 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Marshall, a senior from Gastonia majoring in sociology with a minor in emergency and disaster management, was recognized for making a difference in his community.
Members of Western Carolina University’s Campus Mediation Society collected three top trophies at the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament in Iowa Iowa.
WestCare Health System recently gave its Above and Beyond the Call of Duty with Excellence awards to Kathy Wyder, R.N., at Harris Regional Hospital and Jon Brown, physical therapist for WestCare Home Health. The Physician Recognition award was given to Dr. Charles Toledo with WNC Pediatric and Adolescent Care.
Carolina West Sports Medicine, the official medical provider for Western Carolina University athletics, has relocated its physical therapy and sports medicine clinic at the university from the Ramsey Center to the new state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building.
WestCare has recognized three staff members with the 212° Award for consistently outstanding job performance. Winners of the award are Becky Wilkes with Human Resources, Mike Gibson with Food and Nutrition Services, and Sarah Rish, R.N. with Harris Radiology.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has a series of promotional videos featuring Big John and his favorite spots to relax and have fun. The videos are at www.visitncsmokies.com/galleries/.
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