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To improve the ease and efficiency of patients’ hospital experiences, MedWest Health System is now offering patients the option of pre-registering for services online at www.medwesthealth.org.

After visiting MedWest’s website and clicking on a tab on the right-hand side of the page labeled “Patient Pre-Registration,” patients are directed to links that let them pre-register for services at Med- West-Haywood in Clyde, MedWest-Harris in Sylva, MedWest-Swain and MedWest-Franklin.

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“A woman’s life changes at every decade and so does her body,” says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “And, just as a woman sets personal and work-related milestones, she also should set health goals for every stage of life.”

MD Anderson experts have created a plan to help guide women along their way.

“Practicing the healthy behaviors in our guide is important for all women, regardless of age,” Bevers says. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward women older or younger than you.”

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Appalachian Community Services announces that it has received a $15,606 grant from the Evergreen Foundation. The award will be used to support five clinicians in completing a year-long Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training and mentoring program.

“We are excited these clinicians will have the opportunity to complete the TF-CBT program and appreciate the support of the Evergreen Foundation, KIDS Place and other local agencies in helping to bring this training to Western North Carolina,” said Doug Trantham, Clinical Director.

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Rise in obesity, smoking, cancer deaths is troubling.

The comprehensive community health assessment report for Macon County was presented Wednesday at a full partnership meeting at Macon Bank’s Corporate Center, reviewing the findings and offering recommendations on what county officials and volunteers can do to enhance the quality of living in Macon County. The report outlined the county’s top priorities in terms of improving the community’s overall health, while also analyzing the pervasive health problems within the county and their root causes. The last report was conducted in 2007. The state mandates the study every four years.

Kathy McGaha, Quality Program Manager at Macon County’s Public Health Department, illustrated the findings associated with the report in an hour long Power Point presentation.

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