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Sherry Dills of Macon County has been awarded a 2014 CCNC Healthcare Quality Award.

Dills works as a district project manager with AccessCare, serving seven N.C. counties – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

Dills oversees a multidisciplinary care management team and has built partnerships throughout the Far West communities to improve health outcomes.

Pictured is John Bristol, vice president of business operations for AccessCare, presents Sherry Dills of Macon County with the 2014 CCNC Health Care Quality Award.

After more than a month of being in the classroom full-time, 13 Southwestern Community College radiography students are now into their clinical rotations at a variety of area hospitals.

On their first set of rotations, these students will work under the direction of radiography professionals and assist in the taking of x-rays as well as other daily tasks.

All the students are working toward a two-year, associate degree. Upon graduation, they can work in diagnostic x-ray departments or continue to specialty areas like MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), nuclear medicine, sonography, mammography, CT (Computed Tomography), radiation therapy or continue their education and work toward a bachelor’s degree.



As Southwestern Community College’s first Project SEARCH® interns introduced themselves to their new supervisors, Glenda Shular stood beaming quietly off to the side.

Clearly, this was a moment worth savoring.

Shular’s son Chris was one of six special needs students who’ll be learning job skills at Harris Regional Hospital this fall. They were introduced to a room filled with WestCare Health department directors and Project SEARCH® program coordinators.

“Even before he was selected to be part of this program, I was tickled to death to hear about it,” said Glenda Shular, who lives in Whittier. “It’s long overdue, in my opinion. It’s great to see an organization in the community recognize that these people have something to offer.


Last week, North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services reported the death of a young child in Raleigh. The child, who was elementary school aged, died as a result of the influenza virus and is the state's first death of the current flu season. South Carolina reported their first flu-related death last week as well.

Preventative measures that people should take during this time of year to prevent the spread of flu and other diseases as suggested by the NCDHHS are;

  • Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours
  • Vigorously wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard tissue promptly.


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