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Sixteen students in Southwestern Community College’s Nursing Assistant program were awarded their pins during a ceremony on April 29. To complete the program, students completed their Nursing Assistant I and II coursework.

Several students plan to go directly into the field while others will enroll in either SCC’s Nursing (associate degree) or occupational therapy assistant programs this fall.




The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is proud to announce a support group for those affected by essential tremor. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday May 17, at the Alliance Bible Church, 501 North River Rd., Sylva. Learn how to cope with your tremor. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties.

“Essential tremor can be frustrating in how it affects the quality of people’s lives,” explains Ted Kubit, the Sylva Support Group Leader.


Dr. James Melzer, Jr., an active member of the Alabama Air National Guard recently assumed ownership of Appalachian Dental Associates in Franklin. He is also a major with the 187th Fighter Wing based in Montgomery, Ala. Dr. Melzer understands the military standards and expectations in maintaining deployable status for dental health. Proper dental health is considered just as important as any other area of health requirements for current guard members and reservists. Dr. Melzer offers a free dental screening and assessment including x-rays to the men and women currently serving in the reserve and National Guard.

Dr. Melzer is continuing to offer the same high quality services established by the former dentist of Appalachian Dental, Dr. James Redmond. In a letter announcing his retirement, Dr. Redmond said, “I trust Dr. Melzer and believe wholeheartedly that he possesses the highest qualifications and is extremely well-skilled in all phases of dentistry.”


Mission Health understands that listening to patients is the most reliable way to ensure that the Asheville, N.C.-based health system is delivering the best possible health care. To that end, Mission Health is launching the industry’s first online collaborative discussion, called The Mission Health Patient and Family Forum, for patients and families to share their ideas and help create solutions to ensure that health care in western North Carolina is the nation’s best.

“Our goal is to be the best health care system in the nation, and listening to our patients is a critical part of achieving that,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “Our patients and families are the only reason that we exist, and we are continuously learning from them and other community members about how we can improve the way we deliver health care and our overall patient experience. The Mission Health Patient and Family Forum is another step toward achieving our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family.”


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