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The month of January has been dedicated to thank those who make a difference in their community by donating blood. National Blood Donor Month is a time to show appreciation to volunteer blood donors and educate new donors about the importance of blood donation.

Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days and must continually be replenished. Every two seconds, someone in the United States has a need for blood. The American Red Cross relies on volunteer donors to ensure blood is available when patients need it. A single blood donation could help save more than one life.

“National Blood Donor Month is a great opportunity for us to thank donors who help us maintain an adequate blood supply,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “We also want to encourage those who have never donated before to consider giving an hour of their time to help save lives.”

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Angel Medical Center has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its OR (operating room) nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. This is the first year CCI has awarded this elite status to facilities nationwide. At Angel, 78 percent of the RNs in the Surgery Department have received this certification.

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

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Angel Medical Center has announced that Dr. Mahendra N. Patel has successfully completed all of the requirements for certification in Internal Medicine through the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine an AAPS/ABPS affiliated Board of Certification.

In order to attain specialty certification, licensed physicians must meet the rigorous requirements of the appropriate certification board and the AAPS/ABPS. Eligibility requirements include advanced training, significant experience, good moral character and successful completion of a specialty written examination.

Paula Alter, vice president of Physician Services stated, “We are pleased that Dr. Patel achieved his goal of recertification. It illustrates his dedication to continuous learning and improvement which ultimately benefits our hospital and patients.”

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Randall Savell, M.D. has opened a new gastroenterology practice in Sylva and will begin seeing patients Monday, Feb. 4. Dr. Savell's new practice is Mountain GI Associates and is located at 137 Medical Park Loop between the East Gate Plaza and Harris Regional Hospital.

A gastroenterologist serving the community for more than 20 years, Dr. Savell specializes in the full range of gastrointestinal care. He most recently practiced at Western Carolina Digestive Consultants.

Dr. Savell graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed an internship at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center — Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. Dr. Savell completed a residency at Tulane University School of Medicine.

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