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Due to the rising number of Influenza (flu) cases in the community, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital have implemented temporary flu restrictions for visitors.

These changes in visitation guidelines are a precaution against the spread of seasonal flu.


Acronyms like “ICD-9-CM” and “ICD-10-CM/PCS” may make the average person’s eyes glaze over. But for countless professionals in the health information technology field, the mere mention of transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) tends to speed up heart rates and blood-pressure readings.

That’s because every five-numeric-digit medical code they’ve known will become obsolete later this year when the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and its seven-character, alphanumeric code go into effect. The new ICD-10-CM/PCS replaces all ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes and procedure codes. The change was originally scheduled for last fall but has been pushed back to this October.


In recent weeks, the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) classroom has undergone an extensive renovation at Southwestern Community College.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the results of that remodel were unveiled to the public.

Correction Enterprises remodeled the lab at a cost of $21,574.18. SCC maintenance provided new paint and additional electrical work.

“I have to say the Correction Enterprises was the easiest, most polite and customercentered vendor I have ever dealt with,” said Mitch Fischer, dean of health sciences at SCC.

The design team from Correction Enterprises developed a layout for individual student workstations to include a cubby, drawer, slide-out desk and a book-bag hanger.


WestCare awards peer-nominated staff members monthly with the “ABCDE” award, which stands for “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty with Excellence.” Winners of the ABCDE award are recognized for an outstanding act in which they went above and beyond their normal work duties in caring for a patient or interacting with fellow staff members. Winners are selected through a voting process by the ESP (Every Single Patient) Council, which is made up of staff representing all work areas in the organization.


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