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This November, Mission Adult Medicine will welcome a new physician to its team. Jennifer Dukowicz, MD, is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has more than 10 years of experience as a primary care physician.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Dukowicz join us at Mission Adult Medicine,” said Kristi Sink, MHA, vice president of Ambulatory and Ancillary Services for Mission Health. “She has demonstrated an incredible passion for patient-centered care and is already familiar with the Asheville community. She will be a valuable asset to our team.”

Prior to joining Mission Adult Medicine, Dr. Dukowicz worked as a Clinical Physician for Asheville Internal Medicine. She previously served as a Clinician Educator and Clinical Physician at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Dr. Dukowicz completed her residency and internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Harris Regional Hospital held a lunch and ceremony to honor 28 employees for their years of service on the Harris, Swain and Franklin campuses. The employees were recognized for milestones ranging from five to 40 years. Each employee’s manager shared brief words of praise for the staff member before awarding a framed certificate.

Don Ridley (Information Technology) was recognized for 40 years of service; Carol Buchanan (Labor and Delivery), Lisa Cochran (Finance) and Becky Wilkes (Human Resources) for 30 years; Diane Beck (Nursing), Kim Faust (Mother-Baby), Cynthia Grant (Home Health), Vicky Henson (Food & Nutrition), Mary Sitton (Home Health) and Sandy Wykle (Home Health) for 20 years; Dale Davis (Environmental Services), Jo Ann Palmer (Human Resources), Mary Parris (Human Resources) and Sara Parton (Imaging) for 15 years; Edward Estes (Laboratory), Jennifer Kelly (Good Samaritan Clinic), Lisa Patton (Hospice), Connie Pryor (Emergency Department), Annie Reinert (Nursing) and Abbie Wilkins (Surgery) for 10 years; and Patti Almond (Emergency Department), Jason Beck (Respiratory Therapy), Shelby Blanton (Corporate Relations), James Brown (Maintenance), Lisa Buchanan (WNC Pediatric & Adolescent Care), Janet Griffin (Patient Financial Services), Kimberly Sanders (Rehabilitation Services) and Gina West (Swain Respiratory Therapy) for five years. Service awards luncheons are held quarterly at Harris Regional Hospital.

Support group for those affected by Essential Tremor will meet in Sylva. James M. Patton, MD Board Certified Neurologist will speak at the IETF Support Group Meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Alliance Bible Church, 501 North River Rd., Sylva. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Ted Kubit at (828)631-5543 or tkubit@ frontier.com. All interested in movement disorders are welcome.

A respected hospice care provider in North Carolina for almost a decade, Four Seasons Compassion for Life leads the western region of the state for its significant percentage of patients served.

Over the last five years, Four Seasons has maintained the highest death service ratio in western N.C., according to figures in an annual statewide Death Service Ratio (DSR) report released last month.

A simple, practical measure for monitoring hospice use by patients and families, the Death Service Ratio is an annual record of how many individuals at end of life received hospice care. Four Seasons serves an average of 1,000 persons daily, providing care to a significant percentage of regional patients at their end of life through its hospice and palliative care programs.

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