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At the upcoming Tuesday, Jan. 22, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be “How Not To Be A Victim.” The guest speakers will be Chief David Adams and Officer Christy Evans of the Franklin Police Department.

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center (AMC) to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings. Local corporate sponsors provide snacks, door prizes and supplies each month.


Local businesses recently purchased and donated teddy bears to MedWest-Harris. The bears, which were sold as part of an Avon "Curly the Bear" fundraiser by local Avon salesperson Melissa Raynor, will be given out to new babies and children who are patients at MedWest-Harris.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the New Generations Family Birthing Center, a renovation project scheduled for 2013.


College of American Pathologists recognizes local laboratory

The Harris Regional Hospital laboratory recently received national recognition for quality through accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The accreditation means the laboratory is ensuring the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients and was granted based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. Dr. Larry Selby, a pathologist, is the medical director for the laboratory.

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 procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.


Flu season is in full swing around the country, and residents in Macon County are certainly not exempt. According to Dianne Lakey, with Angel Medical Center's Infection Prevention, from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, Angel Medical Center received a number of positive lab confirmations of the flu.

“There have been a total of 76 positive lab confirmed cases seen in our ER,” said Lakey. “This number does not reflect the cases being seen in MD office practices, Angel Urgent Care or patients with symptoms who may not have been tested.”


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