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National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week began in 1975 as a way to emphasize the importance of the person whose expertise is needed in performing laboratory testing.

The last week of April is a time of recognition for the nation’s medical laboratory professionals who play a crucial role in delivering health care. Clinical laboratory testing plays a critical role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

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'Red Apple' status received as part of a statewide Healthy Food in Hospitals initiative

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) has taken important steps to improve nutritional health making it easier for patients, residents, visitors and staff to make better food choices.

As a part of North Carolina’s Prevention Partner’s (NCPP), a statewide Healthy Food in Hospitals initiative, HCH has achieved “Red Apple” hospital status by the NCPP, meeting five food guidelines designed to develop, promote and sustain a healthy food environment.

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Healthcare in the United States has been a problem for decades, and George Six knows it.

A retired Episcopal priest and volunteer with the advocacy group, Healthcare For All North Carolina (HFANC), Six says that what started out as a good idea, even a noble idea – nonprofit, collective protection for consumers and providers – was quickly overrun with a focus on profit. According to Six, who was employed by MetLife Insurance for a time after graduating from college in the 1950s, the failure to control healthcare is due to the “cost plus” foundation that private health insurance companies established in those early days.

 

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MedWest Health System will be a sponsor for the Senior Expo & Health Fair April 28 in Franklin. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.

The Senior Expo & Health Fair will provide seminars, health screenings, entertainment and refreshments. Physical and occupational therapists from MedWest- Franklin will provide information on rehabilitation services available locally. MedWest will also offer information about hospice services for patients across the region.

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