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Angel Medical Center invites the public to a special program to learn more about Angel Hospice and its many services. The program, “Angel Hospice: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time,” will be presented by Dr. Michael Parmer, medical director of CarePartners of Asheville.

“Doctor Parmer has more than 30 years experience in hospice and palliative care,” said Bonnie Peggs, director of Marketing and Public Relations for Angel Medical Center. “His dedication and compassion for his patients is evident as he has tirelessly worked to improve the quality of patients’ lives, helping them to live their last days, weeks or months as free of pain and other distressing symptoms as possible."

Angel Hospice: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time will be an honest and open conversation about Hospice Care in Macon County regarding end of life care. The program will be presented twice on Tuesday, July 15, in the Angel Medical Center Dining Room, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. This is a free community program.


Diabetes rates in North Carolina have nearly doubled in 20 years, reflecting a rapidly growing "epidemic" that costs billions of dollars in medical spending and a less efficient workforce, a new report from Harvard University says.

Diabetes is now the seventh-leading cause of death in the state, where the disease is far more prevalent than in the U.S. overall, the report says. And among African Americans and American Indians in the state, it is the fourth-leading and third-leading cause of death, respectively.

"This growing threat to the health of North Carolinians is also a threat to the state's economy," the report says.


WestCare Health will launch a new full-time primary care clinic in the Health and Human Sciences Building on the West Campus of Western Carolina University, with a targeted opening in September.

The clinic is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the university in which access to care will be expanded in the community and educational opportunities will be provided to health sciences students.

A family nurse practitioner will begin seeing patients this fall when the clinic opens and will be joined by a physician recruited to the community specifically for the clinic at WCU. The practice will treat patients ages 16 and older.


North Carolina health officials are urging simple steps to prevent a trip to the emergency room during the high temperatures across North Carolina this week.

Acting State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings said those steps include drinking plenty of water or juice to avoid dehydration and, if possible, limiting time outdoors, especially in the afternoon when the sun and temperatures are at their peak.

With many summer camps still in session, children should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress, including:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting


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