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At the upcoming Nov. 13, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Diabetes Awareness. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Trippe, Registered Dietician with Macon County Public Health. She will discuss ways to reduce risk for developing Type II diabetes. Learn how you can take positive steps to stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes.

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.

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— Thursday, Nov. 8, Franklin Community Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Friday, Nov. 9, Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Barbara at (828)369-4166 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code Angel for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Saturday, Nov. 10, Mountain Valley Fire Department Blood Drive, 188 Echo Valley Road, Franklin, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call Joyce at 421-3454 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code Mountain Valley for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Saturday, Nov. 24, Fun Factory Blood Drive, 1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Call Jon at (828)349-8888 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code Fun for more information or to schedule an appointment. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age or older, 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood or platelets to the Red Cross.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the community came together to raise funds for the Outpatient Medicine and Chemotherapy Treatment Expansion at Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

“The community’s support of the Radiothon was overwhelming,” said Jim Bross, CEO and president of Angel Medical Center. “More than 200 people volunteered their time and talents to assist in this fundraising effort. Our thanks also goes out to the businesses and companies that donated goods and services to help make the event a success.”

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Action due to low patient volume and loss of revenue.

To meet the decrease in revenue by declining patient volume and the increase in operational costs, Steve Heatherly, President and CEO of WestCare hospitals announced last Tuesday that between the three hospitals, MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Swain, and MedWest-Haywood, MedWest would be laying off 86 employees.

MedWest-Harris, an 86-bed, not-for-profit acute care facility located in Jackson County, which is a fully-accredited hospital and has been providing care to the surrounding areas since 1929, MedWest-Harris was forced to lay off 24 positions.

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