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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.


WestCare Health welcomes Gregory Brown, MD to Western Carolina Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants. Dr. Brown will join Dr. Angela Connaughton in providing pulmonary and critical care to patients in the region with offices in Sylva, Bryson City and Franklin. Dr. Beth Bailey and family nurse practitioner Jodie Wade provide sleep services. Dr. Brown began seeing patients earlier this month.

Dr. Brown completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics. He received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine where he also completed an internship and residency. Dr. Brown has practiced in Chambersburg, Penn. for the last 22 years. Dr. Brown holds certification in both pulmonary disease and critical care medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians and has held numerous physician leadership positions throughout his medical career. Dr. Brown and his wife, Rebby, have four grown children.




A change of routine can be an excuse for bad eating habits. But don’t let your family’s wellbalanced meals take a vacation this summer.

“Summer break is an opportunity to spend time with your kids and help them understand the importance of healthful eating,” says Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Consider these healthy tips:

  • Bring the kids along to the grocery store and let them pick out healthy foods they like. There are a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available during the summer months, so steer the cart out of the junk food aisle and into the produce section.
  • Assign kids age-appropriate kitchen tasks. For example, let older kids chop and cook, and have younger kids mix ingredients and set the table.
  • Headed to the pool? Pack lunch so you aren’t tempted to order from the snack bar.
  • Sit down as a family and eat together.
  • Remind kids about the importance of physical activity and urge them to be active outside for at least an hour a day.

More tips can be found at

This summer, prioritize your family’s health.

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