The North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors has honored Angel Medical Center in Franklin with the 2014 Public Health Partners Award for their efforts to improve public health. The awards were given at the NCALHD annual meeting awards luncheon in Raleigh.
The 2014 Public Health Partners Award was created to recognize organizations, businesses and professional associations that have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina. AMC was selected for its commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Macon County. AMC was recognized for its partnership with the Macon County Health Department and several corporate sponsors in creating “Ladies Night Out,” a program aimed at helping women as they face breast cancer.
“Ladies Night Out” is a joint hospital/public health venture with a goal to reach out to all women, regardless of income and provide them with monthly educational programs on a variety or health topics. The backbone of the program is a free monthly health education program for women from across Macon County. Past programs have included cervical/ ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and nutrition. The program serves an average of 125 women per month.
A secondary goal of the project is to raise money to help under and uninsured women receive needed medical care. AMC and the Macon County Health Department have created a fund to help women receive mammograms, biopsies, and other medical services. AMC public relations and foundation staff have been instrumental in coordinating and participating in numerous fundraising efforts for these lifesaving services and to date, more than 150 Macon County women have been served.
Angel Medical Center was nominated for The 2014 Public Health Partners Award by Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner.