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What is the state of health and healthcare in Macon County? Are things getting better or worse? These are just some of the questions that Healthy Carolinians of Macon County (HCMC) hope to answer in its 2011 Comprehensive Community Health Assessment designed to provide a greater understanding of the health needs of the community.

A telephone survey of more than 400 county residents is one of the tools being used to collect data for the assessment, and over the next couple of months, homes will be called at random to contact participants for the survey. As of a Feb. 23 meeting of the HCMC Community Assessment Steering Committee, 130 telephone surveys had already been completed, according to Bill Stiles of Stiles Healthcare Strategies, Inc., a healthcare consulting organization based in Chattanooga, Tenn., which is helping the committee conduct the assessment.


The employees of Macon County Public Health participated in “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 4. Dress in Blue Day is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.


MedWest Health System donated $1,500 to Smoky Mountain High School to help the school reach a goal of $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Attending the presentation to announce the launch of a new nurse navigator program at MedWest-Harris hospital were Dr. William Sims, a surgeon with Mountain Valley Surgery, and nurse navigator Mary Mahon.

“MedWest provides a team approach to addressing breast cancer,” said Mike Poore, MedWest CEO. “Our radiologists, surgeons, pathologists and oncologists work closely together to examine each case.”


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announces the successful completion of its Recertification Examination by Gustav Crede Wilde, MD. Board certification confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians who not only certify via the examination process, but who also work diligently on the maintenance of these skills during the seven-year cycle between examinations.

To achieve recertification by the ABFM, a family physician must verify the completion of 300 hours of acceptable continuing medical education over the past six years, possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States and successfully complete a one-day, written examination of medical knowledge and problem solving abilities. This examination covers the disciplines of the specialty including, but not limited to adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents; and more.


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