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Flu season is in full swing around the country, and residents in Macon County are certainly not exempt. According to Dianne Lakey, with Angel Medical Center's Infection Prevention, from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, Angel Medical Center received a number of positive lab confirmations of the flu.

“There have been a total of 76 positive lab confirmed cases seen in our ER,” said Lakey. “This number does not reflect the cases being seen in MD office practices, Angel Urgent Care or patients with symptoms who may not have been tested.”


Angel Medical Center announces the appointment of Bob Bednarek to its board. Bednarek has more than 35 years of hospital administration experience and is the President/CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, N.C.

Bednarek continues to serve as President/CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital, a position he has held since 1997. Prior to joining Transylvania Regional, Bednarek was vice president of Operations at Port Huron Hospital in Michigan. He has also served as vice president at Catholic Health Corporation in Nebraska and vice president at St. Benedict’s Health System in Utah.

“Bob’s commitment to communitybased healthcare is well known in our region. He will be a great supporter of Angel’s mission of dedicated professionals providing compassionate and superior healthcare to all,” said Jim Bross, CEO Angel Medical Center. “We are fortunate and truly excited to have Bob become part of our board.”


Debra L. P. Cowan, Pharm. D., BS. Pharm, D, FASHP, of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and Angel Medical Center, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Inpatient Care Practitioners.

In part, because of her contributions to ASHP on behalf of small and rural hospitals, the Small and Rural Hospital Section was formed. She has served on and chaired many ASHP committees and has promoted ASHP's PPMI (Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative) in North Carolina via its state professional society.

“On behalf of her leadership team, I want to thank Debby for serving Angel Medical Center and her profession with distinction. She is certainly deserving of this honor, and we are proud to have her on our team of caregivers,” said Angel CEO, Jim Bross.


Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is the recipient of nearly $700,000 in federal grant funding to help address a shortage of primary health care providers in Western North Carolina.

The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $349,877 annually over a two-year period to increase student enrollment in WCU’s specialized master’s degree program for family nurse practitioners.

The funding will be used to support second- and third-year graduate students in the university’s FNP program by providing up to $11,000 annually to each student to help defray the cost of education, including assistance with the cost of tuition, fees, books and reasonable living expenses.


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