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Beginning next month, WestCare Wellness will host a monthly series of health and wellness events entitled “Tuesdays to Thrive” in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health.

Tuesdays to Thrive events, which are free and open to the public, will focus on timely health topics using a whole-body approach. Attendees can learn valuable information, including preventative tips and evidencebased practices, about important health topics like diabetes, asthma and allergies, skin cancer prevention, cooking for a healthy weight, and more.

The first event, which will focus on preparing healthy family meals, will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby at Harris Regional Hospital and will also feature a recipe contest and cooking contest. Attendees may sign up to participate in the “Kitchen Showdown Competition,” in which family teams (consisting of two or more people) may submit a recipe using healthy ingredients, and, if selected, prepare their recipe at the event. A panel of judges will select the winning recipe based on taste. Those interested in participating can find a recipe submission form at kitchen-showdown-rules. To participate in the competition, recipes must be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 28. Ideas for quick, healthy meals and cooking tips will also be shared.


Denise Coleman has been selected as the administrator of the Evergreen Foundation. Coleman follows Tom McDevitt who has been the administrator of the foundation for the past 30 years. The Evergreen Foundation is a private not for profit foundation which supports programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance abuse and intellectual/ developmental disabilities (MH/SA/IDD) in the seven western counties. The foundation provides grant funding, through a competitive grant process, to service providers in WNC.

”The Evergreen Board of Directors is delighted to have Denise as a full time member of the team. For the past year Denise has assisted with public education and social marketing efforts giving the entire Board an opportunity to get to know her and the quality of her work. We are confident that we have selected the right person for job,” states Marty Hydaker, Evergreen Foundation board president.



The North Carolina Pediatric Society, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, applauds Gov. Pat Mc- Crory and state lawmakers for enacting as part of the fiscal year 2015 budget legislation a provision requiring schools to store epinephrine auto-injectors in case of emergency. The legislation also requires schools to develop an emergency action plan and train at least one employee to administer the treatment to any student believed to be suffering from anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

This requirement, a version of which was originally introduced in 2013 as Senate Bill 700 / House Bill 824 and passed by the House, makes North Carolina the 45th state to allow or mandate school epinephrine access through legislation or guidelines. While North Carolina students with prescriptions could previously carry and self-administer their own epinephrine, those with undiagnosed allergies did not have access until now, and school employees were not fully protected against liability for administering the medication.


Center recognized for best practices in quality care

Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The award is one of three distinct awards possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The competitive award program highlights select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care.

“I am proud that Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is standing among the ranks of other centers that are delivering quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Our profession is stronger through the work and dedication of these centers.”


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