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Doctoral and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing and a master’s degree program in technology have been added to the lineup of academic offerings available this fall at Western Carolina University’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors earlier this year gave its approval for WCU to begin offering the doctor of nursing practice degree jointly with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Considered the terminal degree in nursing, the program will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership in health care systems.


At the upcoming Aug. 27 Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Women’s Health and Fitness. Guest speaker will be Patti Abel with Abel Wellness.

Regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer as well as reduces the risk of having a stroke. Studies show that regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your mind and you have a better sense of well-being following a workout. Ladies are invited to come learn how to keep your mind sharp and improve your mood at this month’s Ladies Night Out.


Angel Medical Center (AMC) announces the addition of Anita Renshler, RN, MSN, FNP-C to its Emergency Department and Urgent Care Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Renshler comes to AMC from the Phoenix, Ariz., area where she had worked since the late 1990s as a nurse and has been a nurse practitioner since 2006.

“We’re pleased to welcome Ms. Renshler to the staff in our ER and also at our Urgent Care Center,” said Jim Bross, President and CEO. “Her skills and experience will be a great addition to both departments.”


Acronyms like “ICD-9-CM” and “ICD-10- CM/PCS” may make the average person’s eyes glaze over.

But for Southwestern Community College graduate Deanna Timmons and countless others in the health information technology profession, the mere mention of transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) tends to speed up heart rates and bloodpressure readings.

That’s because every five-numeric-digit medical code Timmons has known since getting her associate’s degree in 2007 will become obsolete next fall. On Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and its sevencharacter, alphanumeric code set will go into effect.


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