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SOIA Chamber gets new coordinator
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce has named Megan Canny as its new membership sales and events coordinator.
Canny is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a B.A. in communications studies and a minor in psychology.
Her past experiences as recreation assistant at the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, front desk at Cape Fear Fitness in Southport where she provided customer service, sold memberships, merchandise and personal training packages, and as a student promoter for Team Teal Promotions were crucial in her securing the position.
“Megan has a smile that will light up a room, but we are most impressed by her professionalism. We are sure that our membership and our community will benefit from her talents,” said Sam Keziah, chamber president.
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization whose mission is to advance the general welfare of its members and the prosperity of the area so that all citizens and its business community shall prosper. Its service area includes: Bald Head Island, Bolivia, Caswell Beach, Oak Island, Southport, St. James and Sunset Harbor.
Canny’s duties will include planning and implementing special events programs of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, including the Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase, Coastal Consumer Showcase, Oak Island Lighthouse Run/Walk, N.C. Fourth of July Festival, U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, Christmas by the Sea Parade and the chamber golf tournament.
She is actively soliciting businesses into chamber membership and has begun selling ads for the chamber’s 2013 Vacation & Resident’s Guide, a 60-page guide that highlights the Southport-Oak Island area’s attributes as a great place to live and visit.

Calabash Internal Medicine earns designation
Calabash Internal Medicine, a Novant Medical Group practice, has recently been designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home.
This designation signifies that the practice has met a set of NCQA national standards established to improve health through the coordinated management of patient care.
The providers at Calabash Internal Medicine include James Moreci, MD, who opened the practice in 2008, and Vanessa Norton, RN, MSN, NP-C, who joined the practice this year.
The goal in a patient-centered medical home is to foster relationships between individual patients, their personal physicians and when appropriate the patient’s family.
The American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association have jointly defined the medical home as a model of care where each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for that patient’s care.
“I am very proud of the team here at Calabash Internal Medicine. Our staff has worked hard to earn certification for our practice,” Moreci said. “It is certainly rewarding to receive recognition as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. It is very much in keeping with my philosophy of caring for the ‘whole’ patient while trying to promote wellness and patient involvement with their health care. Our ‘team’ is all inclusive.”
The concept of a “medical home,” or coordinated approach to patient care, was first introduced in 1967 by the American Academy of Pediatrics and focused on care of children with special needs. It has recently gained renewed attention as part of the national debate on healthcare reform, as Americans search for ways to continue improving access to quality, efficient medical care, while at the same time identify opportunities to lower costs and help individuals stay as healthy as possible.
Other aspects of a medical home often include open scheduling, expanded hours, reminders of regular check-ups and other preventive care steps as well as actively involving patients and their families in managing the patient’s health.
Calabash Internal Medicine offers a full range of primary care services. Moreci and Norton offer adult and senior care; preventive healthcare; care for acute and ongoing illness; annual physical exams; routine lab tests; and same-day sick appointments.
For more information on Calabash Internal Medicine, visit www.CalabashInternalMedicine.org or call (910) 579-8363.

New lumber company opens in Supply
Garris-Evans Lumber Company has announced the addition of another eastern North Carolina location in Supply. This location will serve the Brunswick County area with the same service and product offerings Garris Evans has been known for since 1919.
Many in the region may be familiar with the Garris Evans sales team lead by former long-time J.M. Parker Company employee Joey Hill, who has been hired as the manager of the new facility at 1649 Makatoka Road NW in Supply.
Garris Evans Lumber was recently ranked by ProSales Magazine as No. 75 in its 2012 list of the nation’s top 100 professional-oriented lumber and building material dealers. The ProSales Top 100 represents full-line lumberyards with manufacturing capabilities, and specialty dealers that sell various building materials to homebuilders, commercial builders, remodelers and other professional contractors.
At least one-third of the operation’s sales must be made to professional builders in order to be considered. Evans was one of only five dealers in North Carolina to be included in the ranking this year.
“We are excited to expand our operations into Supply and look forward to playing a key role in the expansion and continued development of the Brunswick County area,” said John Evans, president of Garris-Evans Lumber Company. “We invite everyone to visit Garris-Evans and give us the opportunity to introduce you to our exceptional selection, service and friendly staff.”
Founded in 1919, Garris-Evans Lumber has built a reputation for carrying reliable and trusted names in the building material industry. In addition to the Supply location, Garris-Evans operates four additional locations in Greenville, Wilson, New Bern and Jacksonville.

Santa is coming to town Dec. 15
Santa is coming to Planet Fun in Shallotte at noon Saturday, Dec. 15, and will be rung in by the Shallotte Bells.
Enjoy arts and craft vendors, finger-painting and much more. All Play Game cards will be available starting at 11 a.m. All children who visit Santa will receive free popcorn.

Cantata is Dec. 15-16
Southport Baptist Church, 200 N. Howe St. in Southport, will host its Christmas Cantata, “And on Earth, Peace,” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16 in the church sanctuary. The choir, under the direction of music minister John Bible, will perform songs celebrating the birth of the Jesus, written by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall.