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Denise Coleman has been selected as the administrator of the Evergreen Foundation. Coleman follows Tom McDevitt who has been the administrator of the foundation for the past 30 years. The Evergreen Foundation is a private not for profit foundation which supports programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance abuse and intellectual/ developmental disabilities (MH/SA/IDD) in the seven western counties. The foundation provides grant funding, through a competitive grant process, to service providers in WNC.

”The Evergreen Board of Directors is delighted to have Denise as a full time member of the team. For the past year Denise has assisted with public education and social marketing efforts giving the entire Board an opportunity to get to know her and the quality of her work. We are confident that we have selected the right person for job,” states Marty Hydaker, Evergreen Foundation board president.



The North Carolina Pediatric Society, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, applauds Gov. Pat Mc- Crory and state lawmakers for enacting as part of the fiscal year 2015 budget legislation a provision requiring schools to store epinephrine auto-injectors in case of emergency. The legislation also requires schools to develop an emergency action plan and train at least one employee to administer the treatment to any student believed to be suffering from anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

This requirement, a version of which was originally introduced in 2013 as Senate Bill 700 / House Bill 824 and passed by the House, makes North Carolina the 45th state to allow or mandate school epinephrine access through legislation or guidelines. While North Carolina students with prescriptions could previously carry and self-administer their own epinephrine, those with undiagnosed allergies did not have access until now, and school employees were not fully protected against liability for administering the medication.


Center recognized for best practices in quality care

Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The award is one of three distinct awards possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The competitive award program highlights select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care.

“I am proud that Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is standing among the ranks of other centers that are delivering quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Our profession is stronger through the work and dedication of these centers.”


Drake Enterprises recently sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive.

The drive was held on July 8 at Premiere Marketing, 261 East Palmer Street, Franklin.

Drake employees donated 66 units of productive blood, surpassing their goal for 2014.

Pictured are (L-R) Bryan Owens, Danelle Murphy, LaDonna Keener, Kathy Shields, and Jennie Winchester, just some of the donors this year.

For more information on becoming a donor, visit

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