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

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MedWest-Harris in Sylva has been recognized by the Premier healthcare performance improvement alliance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

MedWest Health System Vice President of Quality/Regulatory Luanna Easton said Med-West-Harris received two awards for its Surgical Care Improvement Project from the Premier/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project. The awards are in the attainment and improvement categories, for meeting or exceeding quality scores from the prior two years, and for ranking in the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage of quality improvements.

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Experts share advice on how to stay healthy at every stage of life

Men who maintain a healthy body throughout life are often better able to fight off diseases like cancer. That’s why experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a guide with cancer prevention tips to help men at every stage of life.

“Practicing the healthy behaviors in our guide is important for all men, regardless of age,” said Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward men older or younger than you.”

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Local Boy Scout Troop 999 sponsored by Sylva First Methodist Church is focusing this year on what to do when a person suffers a heart attack. This vital training program was greatly enhanced this week when the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation in partnership with the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. presented a “Resusi Anne” training unit to the scout troop.

In presenting the CPR unit, Larry Hinton, General Manager of Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. said, “If the right kind of treatment can be given to a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that their life can be saved. CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating until professional help arrives,” he added.

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Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center (SMPCC) held its fifth annual banquet recently at Franklin Covenant Church. The speaker chosen for this year’s banquet was Shawn Carney. Carney is the executive director for Coalition for Life and the co-founder for 40 Days for Life. He is also the executive producer and host of “Being Human” on EWTN. Carney updated attendees on the positive strides that have been made for life across the country. SMPCC would like to thank the underwriters for the event and table sponsors, as well as all who attended.

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