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November is Home Health Month, recognized nationally as a month in which to honor Home Health employees and their dedication to providing this much-needed clinical service.

WestCare’s Home Health team has served patients throughout the five westernmost counties in Western North Carolina for 30 years, with staff members traveling daily as far as the North Carolina/Georgia border and into the most rural and mountainous areas of the region. The team, which now consists of 59 employees including registered nurses, physical therapists, certified nursing assistants, social workers, case managers, and home care companions, brings many years of clinical skill into the homes of patients who cannot leave home to receive treatment, may have difficulty doing so, or need to remain in a familiar environment. Home healthcare provides relief to family caregivers and can also eliminate the need for patients to have prolonged stays in hospitals or to become residents of nursing homes or other skilled nursing facilities.


Love Lights a Tree Ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. on Town Square.  Love Lights A Tree personalized ornaments are being sold for $10 each. All proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Franklin.

Snowflake, Christmas tree or stocking ornaments can be personalized with a name and date in honor or memory of your loved one.

Contact Shauna Maxson in Outpatient Medicine at Angel Medical Center or a Relay for Life committee member to purchase an ornament.

At the upcoming Nov. 12, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Lung Cancer. Most people know that smoking causes cancer, but may not realize how many nonsmokers get lung cancer, too. Every year, 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer, even though they have never smoked. In fact, if lung cancer in nonsmokers had its own category, it would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the United States.

This program will be held two times this date in the cafeteria at AMC. One will be at 4 p.m. and one will be at 6:30 p.m. The same presentation will be given at both meetings. All women are invited to attend one of these meetings and are asked to encourage all the women in their life over the age of 13 years, to attend with them.


This November, Mission Adult Medicine will welcome a new physician to its team. Jennifer Dukowicz, MD, is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has more than 10 years of experience as a primary care physician.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Dukowicz join us at Mission Adult Medicine,” said Kristi Sink, MHA, vice president of Ambulatory and Ancillary Services for Mission Health. “She has demonstrated an incredible passion for patient-centered care and is already familiar with the Asheville community. She will be a valuable asset to our team.”

Prior to joining Mission Adult Medicine, Dr. Dukowicz worked as a Clinical Physician for Asheville Internal Medicine. She previously served as a Clinician Educator and Clinical Physician at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Dr. Dukowicz completed her residency and internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


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