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On May 6 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus, 10 Therapeutic Massage students were honored during a pinning ceremony.

Earning their pins for successfully completing the one-year diploma program were, front row, from left: Ashlyn Benson of Cullowhee, Kadie Parker of Sylva, Anna Bloemsma of Franklin, Amber Raxter of Andrews, Tabatha Posey of Sylva and Courtney Elders of Whittier. Back row, from left, are Ali Taylor of Sylva, Sarah King of Cullowhee, Tim O’Brien of Cashiers and Patsy Lovedahl of Cullowhee. Not pictured is Ashley Crawford of Cullowhee.

For more information about SCC and its programs, visit or call 828.339.4000.

WestCare Health has announced the WestCare Patient Portal launching July 1 which will provide patients with online access to portions of their electronic health record. Through the WestCare Patient Portal, patients will be able to access their lab and imaging test results, medication information, and recent health history.

The WestCare Patient Portal will be readily available to inpatients upon discharge from the hospital and outpatients upon completing their test or procedure following a simple registration process. WestCare staff members are in place to provide education to patients and families about the West- Care Patient Portal and will be available to assist with portal registration immediately after a patient’s hospital stay.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals around the country are required to provide patients with online access to health information.


Mission Health, MAHEC and a group of independent physicians have spearheaded the development of a new entity: Mission Health Partners (MHP). MHP is a patient-centric and physician-governed network of clinicians, hospitals and other providers working collaboratively in an evidence-based manner to improve patient care, reduce costs, improve patient experience and ultimately drive positive changes in the health of the residents of western North Carolina.

“We all know that our nation’s healthcare system is not achieving our collective goals: far too often, care is difficult to access, too costly, too provider-centric and focused only on disease,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “Mission is committed to working collaboratively with patients, physicians and other providers to ensure that the residents of western North Carolina have access to the most advanced, comprehensive, high-quality and affordable care possible. The development of Mission Health Partners is a key milestone in this work and vital to fulfilling this important commitment to our region.”


Almost everyone in the modern workforce would welcome an opportunity for career advancement and increased income.

If you’re a registered radiologic technologist, radiation therapist or nuclear medicine technologist, Southwestern has added a new program designed to help you accomplish both.

SCC will launch its CT/MRI (Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology) program this fall, allowing students with the necessary credentials to earn a certificate in either modality after they complete seven hours of coursework and 15 hours in a clinical environment.

“A lot of healthcare facilities want people who are cross trained in more than one modality,” said Meg Petty, coordinator of SCC’s Radiography and CT/MRI programs. “By getting a certificate in CT or MRI, professionals can make themselves more marketable.


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