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Today’s Email Announcements

Cannon Memorial Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

Beth Miller, Director of Imaging, Laboratory and Pathology services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities world-wide.

“ It is a great honor to once again receive this recognition of our laboratory and health system’s commitment to excellence.” shared Dr. Steve Bredehoeft, Medical Director for ARHS Imaging, Laboratory and Pathology services. “ Being recognized by The College of American Pathologists, based on their standards of excellence, reflects the consistent professionalism of each and every member of the laboratory staff. Additionally, it acknowledges the laboratory’s close working relationship with our clinical and administrative colleagues,”

Kim Bianca, Sr. Vice President of Clinical Services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, upon learning of the laboratory’s accreditation, said: “We are so very proud of our Laboratory and Pathology team! Clearly they are living the ARHS value of excellence by and continuing to make life better for the community.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

ARHS laboratories perform approximately 550,000 tests annually. Services include anatomic pathology, chemistry/immunology, hematology, microbiology, serology, urinalysis, transfusions and more. For more information, visit www.apprhs.org/services/laboratory.

Medicare 101 Seminar July 27

Approaching 65?  Confused about Medicare?  Work with individuals turning 65?  Join us for an information session at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone on Wednesday July 27, 2-4pmWe’ll discuss the basics of Medicare, supplements, and drug plans.  Please call Jen Teague to register at 265-8090.  This event is part of the SHIIP Program (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) and is not sponsored by any insurance company or agent.  For more information about the N.C. SHIIP program, please call 1-855-408-1212.

Book Talk with Local Author Lisa Muir

August 3rd, 2016 – Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join local author Lisa Muir for an author talk and book signing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Dr. Lisa Muir’s collection of short stories entitled, Taking Down the Moon, gathers an eccentric cast of characters, animals, beauty queens and community college teachers, to name a few, and places them in such far flung places as Nevada’s Fire Valley, New Zealand and the western mountains of North Carolina.

To learn more about Lisa’s book, Taking Down the Moon, go to: http://ashemountaintimes.com/community/wcc-instructor-publishes-first-book/article_04f00b40-7dfc-59c4-840d-a4d65e9a5a26.html

For more information, please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

TWINS: TRAC Gallery Presents Photographs by Marthanna Yater

Marthanna Yater presents a photography exhibition, “Growing Together—A photographic study of the evolution of twin sisters and a photographer documenting their lives,” August 13 through September 24, at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery, located at 102 W. Main Street. An opening reception, which welcomes the public, will be on August 13, from 5 to 7 pm. The twin sisters, Hannah and Molly Levin, will be present.

North Carolina-based photographer, Marthanna Yater, will present her decades-long study of twin sisters. The genesis was in Celo, an artist community nestled in the North Carolina mountains, when the sisters were six years old, and Yater was enrolled as a beginning student in photography at Penland School of Crafts. Through the years, Yater has continued documenting moments in the lives of Hannah and Molly and has compiled an historic exhibition from this collection. The study incorporates the sisters’ evolution, Yater’s own photographic growth, and the transition from film to digital.

In describing her journey of self discovery, Yater says, “While studying education, I exchanged the confines of graduate school for the classroom of the world. During my travels, I experienced an epiphany in the Australian Outback at Uluru, Ayers Rock. After a brief rain, the evening light burst through gray clouds striking the rock. The sacred monolith was set ablaze into a fiery red display, and a double rainbow poured over Uluru. In that moment, it was revealed—there was an artist within, and I must pursue the study of photography.” This mission led Yater to North Carolina, to Penland, to Hannah and Molly, and to the unfolding of this story.

Marthanna Yater specializes in storytelling images of women and children in organic and natural settings. It is her love for, and understanding of people, that is both enthusiastically and brilliantly exhibited in her photographs.

Yater has photographed Good Morning America’s Love at Times Square, and her work appears on national and international book jackets, magazine covers, in international magazines, advertising and print work illustrations, and in galleries and fine art exhibitions. Yater’s work has received numerous national and international awards.

For information about the exhibition, contact Toe River Arts Council at 828-682-7215 or visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org.

TRAC is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties.