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Susan, 82, was overjoyed when her youngest daughter, Nancy, 48, asked if she could move back home.

Since Susan’s husband died the previous year, she’s been lonely; adding to her loneliness are several health issues which leave Susan more and more isolated from the community. Susan quickly agreed to Nancy’s request to move in with her, thinking it would be a good time to bond with her daughter during her final years.

For the first few months, Susan really enjoyed having Nancy around. They shared meals together, reminiscing of days gone by. Then Nancy started “borrowing” money, promising to pay Susan back once she landed a job. Susan had a nagging feeling in her gut that what Nancy was doing was wrong, but she felt as though she needed to help her daughter.


MedWest Health System is nearing completion on the new Urgent Care Center in the Wal- Mart Plaza in Sylva. Renovations to the space are almost complete and the opening day is set for Aug. 1.

“We are excited to provide this service to the residents of Jackson County and surrounding counties,” said Jeff Lee, director of MedWest’s Urgent Care Centers. “There is no other Urgent Care Center in Jackson County. This center will offer walk-in examinations for non-emergency illnesses or injuries.”

The waiting time and cost is less than that of an emergency department visit, Lee said. Urgent care centers are primarily used to treat an injury or illness that requires immediate care and can not wait for a regular medical appointment, but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency department.


MedWest Health System now hosts Look Good, Feel Better workshops on two campuses. Facilitated by trained cosmetologists, these classes teach women with cancer how to understand and care for changes in skin and hair that may occur during treatment.

The workshops are held from 10 a.m. to noon each month, alternating between Med- West Health & Fitness Center in Clyde and the MedWest-Harris annex classroom in Sylva. The next class is scheduled for Aug. 1 in Sylva.

Participants will receive a complementary makeup bag, full of top name brand cosmetics.


At the upcoming July 26 Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Preventive Health for women, men and children (including immunizations and checkups).

Preventive care is the most important step you can take to manage your health, because many of the top risk factors leading to illness and premature death are preventable.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Alex Borun who specializes in Family Practice. Family Practice is the branch of medicine concerning the total health care of the person and the family. A family physician has the skills and knowledge to provide care and health maintenance education for all ages and is trained to diagnose and treat each member of the family.


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