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After the first of the year, the Macon County Department of Public Health and Healthy Carolinians of Macon County issued the State of the County’s Health Report for 2010. The annual report provides the most current data on a number of leading health indicators, including county demographics, leading causes of death, chronic disease mortality rates, injury prevention efforts, access to care, maternal and child health indicators and health promotion efforts in the county. The report helps inform community leaders, support organizations and others about the county’s progress on various health issues.

“We use the reports ... to help develop policy and plan programs so that we can use our resources efficiently and put them where we need them the most,” explained Becky Barr of the Macon County Department of Public Health.

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Clinical and administrative staff at Highlands- Cashiers Hospital camped out overnight Sunday, Jan. 9, through Wednesday, Jan. 12, to assure they will be on the job during the winter conditions. Bunked in vacant patient rooms and doubled up with other staffers, employees went the extra mile to meet the needs of patients.

“I am continually impressed with the commitment and professionalism of our staff, especially during the recent weather conditions,” said Eileen Lipham, interim Chief Nursing Officer. “Sunday, before the storm hit, nursing, radiology, laboratory, respiratory therapy and environmental services staff began showing up with overnight bags packed and toothbrush in hand, prepared to stay as long as they needed to care for our patients. Their “do whatever it takes attitude” is a statement, showing the true commitment of each employee.

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The American Red Cross reports that inclement weather recently has resulted in more than 2,700 units of blood that could not be collected due to blood donation center closures, cancelled blood drives and the inability of donors to attend blood drives.

Donors are encouraged to donate as soon as weather and travel conditions permit. There is a special need for type O and type B blood donors.

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“Vision Health” will be the topic for the upcoming Ladies Night Out program Tuesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. According to the National Eye Institute, millions of people have problems with their vision every year. The most common vision problems are refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Some steps to maintain healthy vision include: eating fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight, avoiding cigarette smoking, and having eye exams. The Ladies Night Out speakers will be Tony Angel with the Franklin Lions Club and Dr. Frank Killian with Asheville Eye Associates. In addition to the health education program, Ladies Night Out participants can take part in a screening before the program courtesy of the Franklin Lions Club.

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