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Harris Regional Hospital (HRH) has learned that a handful of patients in the community have received phone calls from an 866-area code requesting personal information to update HRH’s records. These calls are not being conducted by Harris Regional Hospital, or any representatives of the hospital.

Patients should not give any information if they receive this type of phone call.

In light of this situation, here are some important tips to avoid falling victim to phone scams:

  • Harris Regional Hospital will never call a patient asking for personal information or to “update records”.
  • If you are on the receiving end of a call from an individual or automated system claiming to be with a particular company, you should never share your social security number or financial information.
  • These scams can also be conducted through text message. Harris Regional Hospital will never ask for any personal information via text message or send you a message asking you to click on a link.
  • If you have an appointment or procedure scheduled and are unsure of the nature of a phone call you receive, hang up and call back the appropriate department of the hospital to ensure the caller’s identity.

As warmer weather approaches, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages North Carolinians to be aware of their surroundings and practice precautions while enjoying the outdoors with family, friends and pets, to prevent the spread of rabies.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, particularly mammals. In North Carolina, raccoons and bats serve as the source for most rabies viruses. These species may infect other animals such as skunks, red and gray foxes, coyotes, groundhogs and beavers. Any animal infected with rabies poses a human health risk. In 2014, more than 350 cases of animal rabies were reported in North Carolina.


In the midst of the holiday season, just after devouring a traditional turkey feast and right before finishing her Christmas shopping, Marian McDowell went to the doctor for a routine checkup. At just 52 years old, she expected the doctor's visit to be a quick in-and-out, but it ended up being anything but.

McDowell's doctor sat her down and told her that her life was at risk, and she needed to take immediate action to get healthy, or face devastating implications. Her cholesterol levels were concerning, and blood tests searching for other health factors such as diabetes raised some red flags. McDowell's family has a history of heart disease, and with a predisposition and family connection, McDowell's doctor told her she needed to act fast.


Families from three Western North Carolina counties lined up in the parking lot of the Franklin Fun Factory on Sunday to have their car seats checked by certified technicians for the 2nd annual Buckle Up, Baby safety clinic.

Certified technicians with the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the Franklin Police Department, and the Highlands Police Department checked about 60 car seats on Sunday, and helped educate parents on the importance of child passenger safety. During the event, technicians found that about 60 percent of the car seats checked were improperly installed, and needed to be corrected. Five of the car seats had to be replaced by officers because they were expired, had been recalled, or had been in an accident.


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