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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.

WestCare is offering four cancer support groups on a regular basis for those who have experienced or are currently experiencing a cancer diagnosis. All group meetings are held on WestCare hospital campuses in Sylva and Bryson City and are open to all community members, regardless of where care is being received. Dates and times for each group are listed below.

The WNC Breast Cancer Support Group will take place in two separate locations. On the fourth Tuesday of each month the support group will be held in Harris Medical Park Conference Room from 6 to 7 p.m. A support group for Swain County residents is held the second Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Private Dining Room (next to the cafeteria).

The “A to Z” support group for all cancer patients (such as lung, colon, urologic, head and neck, skin) and patient caregivers is held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. in the Harris Medical Park Conference Room.


With summer fast approaching and people spending more time outdoors, it is important for everyone to take precautions against tick and mosquito bites.

Tick and mosquito borne infections cause illnesses and deaths in North Carolina each year, with more than 800 cases reported in 2013.

"Ticks and mosquitoes are very common in our state, and they can carry germs that cause serious infections" said Carl Williams, the State Public Health Veterinarian. "The good news is that many of these infections can be prevented by following some basic control measures."


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