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The Medical Facilities Planning Section of the Health and Human Services Department unanimously voted last Friday to approve the recommendation of Macon County’s petition for a Certificate of Need to be issued to allow a dialysis center to be built in the county.

“Friday was a major step for Macon County, and without the approval of the Medical Facilities Planning Section, nothing else could happen,” noted Commissioner Ronnie Beale, “so it was a good day for the citizens of Macon County and their families.”


Patients of Angel Medical Center’s Primary Care in Franklin will now have to get familiar with a new location, new faces, and even a new practice altogether.

In a letter sent from Angel Primary Care's physician, Alexander G. Borun, to current patients, he announced that not only would he be leaving the practice, but that Angel Primary Care would be relocating to the site of the former location for Pediatric Associates of Franklin, and also that the practice would be merging with Riverview Medical Associates expected to be completed by the end of August.

Borun describes the transitional period as “an exciting time for Angel Primary Care.” He also explained that the move is intended to allow the practice to provide patients with better service and more provider options by joining forces with another strong primary care office.


Ward off the annual flu by getting a flu vaccination.

As easy as getting in your car and driving to the back of the hospital, and not having to leave your car, simple, right?

Drive through flu clinics will be on Friday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost will be $25, cash, check, credit or debit card and Medicare Part B Insurance.

Cardiologist Laura Verde, MD, has joined the practice of Cardiologist Earl Haddock, MD, in the Sylva office of Asheville Cardiology Associates, PA. Appointments for Dr. Verde are now being accepted; she will begin seeing patients in mid-September. For more information or to make an appointment, call 828-586-7451. The practice is located at 80 Healthcare Drive in Sylva.

Dr. Verde completed her cardiology fellowship, internal medicine residency and internship at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the medical school Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Santos in Brazil, where she also completed an internal medicine residency, and she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Campbell University, Research Triangle Park.


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