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The Macon County Board of Health recognized the departure of three long-time board members Tuesday, June 25.

Tammy Dills, RN; Roberta Swank; and Ron Winecoff were all thanked by Board Chair Russell Stevenson for their years of dedicated service to Macon County. All three had served on the Board of Health since 2004.


On Thursday, June 27, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHR), Radiation Protection Section, made an unannounced full inspection of the radiation therapy facility of Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina, PA.

The office is located in the Macon Cancer Center at 190 Riverview Street in Franklin and is an affiliate of 21st Century Oncology.

The inspection consisted of a review of the equipment, physician and treatment procedures for patients receiving radiation therapy.


The Community Care Clinic that is located in Franklin is set to receive funding from the Macon County Commissioners during the next fiscal year. About five percent of Macon County residents visit Franklin's free clinic which has been operating for the last four years. In a response to the obvious need, the commissioners chose to grant the clinic $40,000 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.


The Rathbun Center, a temporary home for almost 52,000 members of patients’ families and caregivers during the last 19 years, has transitioned to the Mission Foundation. This will ensure the “House with a Heart” will remain the warm, comfortable and well-maintained environment it is today and will sustain its availability for visitors to all major medical facilities in Asheville.

“Thanks to the Mission Foundation, my dream will live on,” Rathbun Center founder and philanthropist Adelaide Daniels Key, PhD, said, upon receiving approval for the transition of control to the Mission Healthcare Foundation. It was the inspiration of Dr. Key to transform 18 acres of bare land into 36 well-appointed temporary residences in 1994.


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