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Support group for those affected by Essential Tremor will meet in Sylva. James M. Patton, MD Board Certified Neurologist will speak at the IETF Support Group Meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Alliance Bible Church, 501 North River Rd., Sylva. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Ted Kubit at (828)631-5543 or tkubit@ frontier.com. All interested in movement disorders are welcome.

A respected hospice care provider in North Carolina for almost a decade, Four Seasons Compassion for Life leads the western region of the state for its significant percentage of patients served.

Over the last five years, Four Seasons has maintained the highest death service ratio in western N.C., according to figures in an annual statewide Death Service Ratio (DSR) report released last month.

A simple, practical measure for monitoring hospice use by patients and families, the Death Service Ratio is an annual record of how many individuals at end of life received hospice care. Four Seasons serves an average of 1,000 persons daily, providing care to a significant percentage of regional patients at their end of life through its hospice and palliative care programs.

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The WestCare Board of Trustees has decided to pursue a relationship with a healthcare partner that will provide significant clinical, quality, operational, and financial resources and expertise to position Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital to “realize their full potential, meeting and exceeding community expectations for high quality, local healthcare.”

After a thoughtful and deliberate process that began in the summer of 2012, the WestCare Board has chosen to partner with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals. Among the significant benefits offered by the relationship with Duke LifePoint, WestCare would have access to needed capital to fund strategic projects developed in collaboration with hospital leadership and physicians in Sylva and Bryson City. This process was initiated by the MedWest Health System board with the support of both the WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center boards.

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Runs in support of athletic training program and promoting fitness for general health

Dr. Randall Provost of Sylva Medical Center, who supervises Western Carolina University athletic training students as they complete clinical education requirements, recently participated in the “Mountain Jug Run for Research,” a 175-mile relay from Cullowhee to Boone to raise money for athletic training research and scholarships.

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