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Features Health & Wellness MedWest sponsors Senior Expo & Health Fair

MedWest Health System will be a sponsor for the Senior Expo & Health Fair April 28 in Franklin. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.

The Senior Expo & Health Fair will provide seminars, health screenings, entertainment and refreshments. Physical and occupational therapists from MedWest- Franklin will provide information on rehabilitation services available locally. MedWest will also offer information about hospice services for patients across the region.

Construction is under way for a new six-bed inpatient facility, to be called The Homestead, which will be located adjacent to MedWest-Haywood hospital. The center will serve patients enrolled in the hospice program whose families request a short break from caregiving, and patients and families who decide care is more feasibly provided in an inpatient setting, said Jenny Williams, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care services for MedWest Health System.

Hospice & Palliative Care services of MedWest serves the residents of Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. A referral from the patient’s physician is required. Under hospice, Medicare or Medicaid benefits and some commercial insurance carriers covers all services, hospitalizations, doctor’s visits, medication and treatments, supplies and equipment related to the life-threatening illness at no cost to the patient or family.

For more information about hospice services, call Barbara McLaughlin, manager of Support Services for MedWest’s Hospice & Palliative Care at MedWest-Haywood, at 452-8696.

MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest- Swain have joined together to provide healthcare for the people of Western North Carolina. MedWest is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System (, one of the leading healthcare providers in the Southeast, with 33 hospitals in North and South Carolina.

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