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After more than a ten-year absence, midwifery returns to Angel Medical Center. Mission Women’s Care has locations in Franklin, Bryson City and Sylva that will be delivering babies at Angel Medical Center, as well as providing other healthcare services for women of all ages. All three offices are now open. Four practitioners – Dr. Elizabeth England and certified nurse midwives Judith Layton, Anne Karner and Cynthia Noland – have been added to the team of compassionate healthcare providers.

“Midwifery care focuses on birth as a normal, healthy process. Midwifery care reduces interventions women experience during prenatal care and the labor process thus decreasing cesarean section rates,” said Judith A. Layton, CNM, MSN. Midwifery is much more than just delivering babies.


The American Cancer Society has scheduled the Great American Smokeout (GASO) for Nov. 20, 2014, to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good.

Pharmacotherapies, behavioral therapies, and counseling—including telephone counseling— can help patients quit and increase their chances of not relapsing.

Dawn Wilde Burgess, community health promotion supervisor at Macon County Public Health urges people that are ready to stop smoking to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or register online at To qualify to receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches you must: call or register online on Nov. 20, 2014; be 18 years or older; call from an N.C. phone number; and, commit to a quit date. For service in Spanish, call 1-855-DEJELO-YA or 1-855-335-3569.



Macon County Public Health has a mission for reaching people with diabetes. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, MCPH is announcing a “Diabetes Expo” to be held at Macon County Public Health on Monday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Diabetes Expo will offer: information on how to get control of blood glucose, recipes, live fitness demos, local resources for medical and financial support, tips for success, and a chance to speak with registered dietitians.

Free fasting glucose checks will be available while supplies last. If you are concerned about your risk for diabetes or whether you are maintaining control, you are invited to participate in this risk screening opportunity.

For more information about the Diabetes Expo or the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact Jessi Bassett, RD, at (828)349-2086.

Sherry Dills of Macon County has been awarded a 2014 CCNC Healthcare Quality Award.

Dills works as a district project manager with AccessCare, serving seven N.C. counties – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

Dills oversees a multidisciplinary care management team and has built partnerships throughout the Far West communities to improve health outcomes.

Pictured is John Bristol, vice president of business operations for AccessCare, presents Sherry Dills of Macon County with the 2014 CCNC Health Care Quality Award.

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