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Mission Health announces the addition of Betty Anne Mincey, MD to Angel Primary Care. Dr. Mincey joins Angel Primary Care from IPC – The Hospitalist Company where she served as a hospitalist for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida’s inpatient facilities in Jacksonville, Fla.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Mincey join the team of exceptional providers at Angel Primary Care,” said Jim Bross, president, Angel Medical Center. “Communities such as Franklin are in need of more primary care physicians. Dr. Mincey will be a valuable asset to the community and will help fill that need.”

Dr. Mincey is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Mincey has accrued many years of volunteer physician work and has been published numerous times in journals and abstracts.


Union Academy Principal Diane Cotton and Macon County Public Health are serious about helping Union students not use tobacco products.

On Jan. 27, Union Academy partnered with Macon County Public Health and hosted a student assembly at which Paul Turner, Director of NC Spit Tobacco Education Program was invited to speak. Turner is a former director of Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program and has worked with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Professional Baseball Trainers Association, the dental community and the tobacco control community to educate youth, parents, athletes and coaches that spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. He retired as Deputy Director of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to the use of spit tobacco, Turner discussed the dangers of using all tobacco products, including smoking and ENDS products (electronic nicotine delivery systems), such as e-cigarettes. He explained the dangers of all tobacco products and dispelled some myths about the use of ENDS safety. ENDS still contain nicotine and, since manufacturers are not required to publish what chemicals are also contained in them, it is unknown what toxins are being inhaled. Nicotine in itself is addictive.


The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University has launched a pro bono clinic to provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina.

The clinic, operated by students in WCU’s doctoral program in physical therapy under the supervision of faculty members, is open from 6 until 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. It is located in Carolina West Sports Medicine clinic space on the first floor of the Health and Human Sciences Building on Little Savannah Road on WCU’s West Campus.


Public health holding weekly heart healthy events.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Everyone has been affected by this disease or knows someone who has been affected. Macon County Public Health is taking this opportunity to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease in February, American Heart Month by hosting a heart healthy event every Thursday evening during February starting at 5:30 p.m. for the community. Show yourself some love and come out and participate in heart healthy activities and education free of charge.



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