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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.


A state agency has denied a local group’s application to develop an independent, inpatient hospice facility in Macon County.

The Hospice House Foundation had applied to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for a Certificate of Need (CON) that would have allowed them to build a new hospice facility in the county with six inpatient hospice beds. In a letter sent out last Friday, Feb. 25, that application was denied.

“We are very disappointed in the state’s decision not to approve our Certificate of Need application,” said Michele Alderson, president of the Hospice House Foundation of WNC. “We had hoped for approval but were aware that a Certificate of Need is not always awarded to the applicant during the first submission.”



Four Seasons, a local provider of end-oflife care services, will be offering its volunteer training classes to all those who would like to learn about or enhance care-giving skills. The information provided is useful in any setting, from homes to facilities.

Attendance does not require a commitment to become a Four Seasons volunteer. A wide array of volunteer opportunities will be covered, and all areas of interest are welcome.


More than 10,000 children in North Carolina will become regular smokers this year. For every pack of cigarettes sold in the state, it costs North Carolina taxpayers $7.17 per pack in healthcare costs to treat the serious chronic diseases brought on by cigarette smoking.

These are just some of the reasons that the Macon County Board of Health has voted to support a $1 tax increase on cigarettes being proposed by organizations like TRU – Tobacco, Reality, Unfiltered – and other anti-smoking groups in the state.


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