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North Carolina health officials are urging simple steps to prevent a trip to the emergency room during the high temperatures across North Carolina this week.

Acting State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings said those steps include drinking plenty of water or juice to avoid dehydration and, if possible, limiting time outdoors, especially in the afternoon when the sun and temperatures are at their peak.

With many summer camps still in session, children should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress, including:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting


Angel Medical Center announces the addition of Lawson Hunley, D.O. to its staff of primary care physicians.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Hunley has chosen to join our hospital family,” said Paul Alter, Director of Business and Medical Staff Development for Angel Medical Center. “His addition to our staff of primary care physicians allows to better serve our community."

Dr. Hunley comes to Angel Medical Center from Big Stone Gap, Va., where he completed his family medicine residency at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

“I always knew I wanted to specialize in Family Medicine, even before going to medical school. What drew me to the field was the prospect of being able to establish long-term relationships with my patients,” said Hunley.

Dr. Hunley’s style of care is patient-centered.


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.


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