25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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For the ninth year in a row, Angel Medical Center’s Auxiliary has received the 5-Star Award, which is the highest level of recognition from the North Carolina Hospital Volunteers. At the Annual Conference in Greensboro, Arthur Chika, AMC’s Auxiliary President, received this award on behalf of the entire auxiliary. The 5-Star Award is scored on a variety of activities and programs that are completed over a one-year span. Angel Medical Center was the only hospital in the far west to receive this award.

“We are very proud of the great work and contributions that our volunteers provide to our hospital. They provide many hours and services to our patients,” said Jim Bross, CEO and president of Angel Medical Center.

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Flu season is here, and from now until March, people of all ages, particularly senior citizens, are susceptible to influenza’s debilitating effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone older than six months of age needs to get a flu shot, not just senior adults and other “high risk” groups. This safe and effective vaccine is reformulated each year to provide protection against the virus strains that present the greatest public health threat for that year. This year’s vaccine is designed to protect against the H1N1, influenza B, and the H3N2 strains of seasonal flu.

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As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and MedWest Health System’s annual Fall Fight campaign against breast cancer, the women’s imaging centers of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Haywood are hosting receptions Friday, Oct. 5 to dedicate Trees of Hope to honor and remember breast cancer patients.

MedWest-Haywood’s tree will be located in the women’s center on the second floor of the new Outpatient Care Center at 581 Leroy George Dr. on the MedWest-Haywood campus in Clyde, between the Med- West Health and Fitness Center and the hospital.

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Officials at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, located between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers in Western North Carolina, have decided to pursue an affiliation with Mission Health. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Board of Directors voted to support the pursuit of an agreement with Mission Health as presented at the Hospital Board of Directors retreat on Sept. 27.

“As Highlands-Cashiers Hospital looks toward our future, our plans need to align with the principles of our mission,” said Charles V. Sheehan, chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. “By pursuing an agreement with Mission Health, we seek to continue providing outstanding, compassionate healthcare services to all, but with access to an integrated clinical network and expanded medical resources.”

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