Mike’s Weekly Message
119th District, North Carolina House
16 Jones Street, Room 1420
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 715-3005
July 14, 2017
Blue Ridge Health Services in District 119
Since the legislature is out of session for a few weeks, my office is trying to put together a series of articles that might be of benefit to you. This week, Blue Ridge Community Health Service is the feature of this week’s spotlight, especially since they have opened two facilities is the district in the last 13 months.
Last year, a new clinic was open in Haywood County by Blue Ridge Community Health Service on June 1. The plan to open this new clinic was approved by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and transfers the clinical operations of the Good Samaritan Clinic located in Waynesville, and change the medical site’s name to Haywood Health Center. Haywood Health Center is located at 34 Sims Circle, Waynesville. In collaboration with Haywood Regional Medical Center, the new site will improve access to affordable, comprehensive health services for residents of Haywood and surrounding counties, whether patients have insurance or not.
In Jackson County, Blue Ridge Health opened its newest site in Sylva, NC on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017. The new clinic, located at 293 Hospital Drive in Sylva, is a result of a collaborative effort by Blue Ridge Health, Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County and Harris Regional Hospital to strengthen and expand access to comprehensive, affordable health care for low-income and uninsured residents in the region. Last July, the three organizations worked together to prepare a Health Resources & Services Administration New Access Point application, which included over 20 letters of support from community organizations, including the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Social Services.
In Jackson County, the facility is being renovated and will move to an expanded clinical space in the fall of 2017. There will be an Open House in Jackson County once the renovations are complete. On August 15, 2017, there will be an Open House for elected officials and community leaders at the Haywood Health Center in Haywood County, which is located at 34 Sims Circle, Waynesville.
One of the best highlights this session was being able to host five very bright high school students as part of the House Page Program. All of them worked hard, saw government in action, and made friends in the process.
A month ago, I was able to mention four of those five pages in the Weekly Message, and just before the end of session, I had the good fortune of sponsoring Isaac Brooks as a page. Isaac did a great job, and we all enjoyed getting to talk about his future plans.
Board and Commissions Opportunity
House Speaker Tim Moore has stated that he is looking to appoint a “public member” (someone not directly involved in the field of a Fee- Based Pastoral Counseling) for the NC State Board of Examiners.
Here is a link to the website that goes into some detail about pastoral counseling in North Carolina.http://www.ncpastoralcounseling.org/
Speaker Moore’s office has requested that applications be completed and sent in no later Friday, July 21.
Reminder: Special Town Hall in Bryson City
The next town hall meeting will be in Swain County at the Administration Building on July 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Administration Building is located at 101 Mitchell Street in Bryson City.
There are a few purposes that these town halls have served. The first was for constituents to voice opinions on matters before the North Carolina General Assembly. As the session is now over, I expect the focus will be less about pending legislation, and more about the second purpose, which is to have an open door for people who might need assistance in interfacing with a state agency.
The town hall this month will be serving one additional purpose. I have asked Susan Miller, Director of Governmental Affairs for Frontier Communications to join me at this month’s town hall meeting to discuss any issues that people may be facing with their broadband and phone services.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Town Hall meeting on July 21st.