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Twenty-seven years ago, a local doctor set out to create a facility to help families lead healthier lifestyles.

With a goal "of providing a place where the average Macon County citizen and their families could enjoy all the benefits of regular exercise at an affordable price," Dr. Ed Morris set out to bring that place to Franklin. After several years of leg work that included a feasability report, hiring a consulting company, raising money from local families and a local bank, The Franklin Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in August 1988 and had just 10 employees.


Members of the community stopped by Angel Medical Center on Monday night to wish CEO Jim Bross well during the next chapter of his life.

Bross announced his resignation of the hospital earlier this month after three years leading the facility.



Macon Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Entegra Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ENFC) (Entegra) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Arthur State Bank to acquire two bank branches in Anderson and Chesnee, S.C. The two branches have approximately $42 million in deposits and $9 million in loans. Macon Bank will pay a deposit premium of approximately 2.87% as part of the deal.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of these two branches as we continue to expand our franchise into upstate South Carolina said Roger Plemens, president and Chief Executive Officer of Entegra. “In addition to our soon to open Greenville branch, these branches will provide us with a stronger presence in the Upstate as we continue to execute upon our strategic priorities of seeking accretive acquisition opportunities, diversifying into higher growth contiguous markets, leveraging our capital, and positioning the Company for long-term independence.”


Angel Medical Center, under the strong leadership of Jim Bross has continued to grow, develop and significantly improve services and programs for Macon, Jackson, and Swain county communities. With these accomplishments and major projects successfully managed, Bross has decided to resign as president and CEO of Angel Medical Center (AMC), effective August 31.

“It has been an absolute honor to serve this community for three years,” said Bross. “The staff here has done great work to ensure our patients receive exceptional, compassionate care that our community can count on. I look forward to celebrating their success for years to come.”

During Bross’s tenure at Angel Medical Center, he has been very focused on the improvement and growth of existing clinical programs and adding services, providers and specialists to the AMC-Franklin campus and surrounding communities, making a significant impact.


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