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Western North Carolina Pediatric and Adolescent Care welcomes Dr. Nicholas Jernigan, who will begin seeing patients at the practice early in January.

Dr. Jernigan completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas after receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from East Carolina University.

A board-certified physician in pediatrics and internal medicine, Dr. Jernigan most recently practiced with Wilmington Health in Wilmington, N.C., where he was a board member with the Miracle League of Wilmington and the Physicians Healthcare Collaborative. After practicing medicine for three years in a general practice setting, Dr. Jernigan looks forward to focusing specifically on pediatric care.



Due to an increase in influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina, as of Jan. 3, Angel Medical Center (AMC) is asking that family and friends limit their visitations to patients in the hospital. In particular, Angel is asking children under age 12 and people who do not feel well, to call patients rather than visit them.

Mission Health has implemented this precaution at all Mission Heath member hospitals in western North Carolina: McDowell Hospital in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine and Angel Medical Center in Franklin.


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.


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