25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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A free informative presentation to help explain Medicare and benefits will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Macon Senior Services located in the Dorothy R. and John L. Crawford building at 108 Wayah Street, near the Chamber of Commerce. This presentation will be done by SHIIP (Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program). Several months before turning 65, you should begin to learn more about your Medicare options and how it relates to your circumstances. Also, people that are new to Medicare due to disability will benefit from this presentation.

There were 103,000-plus North Carolinians who turned 65 in 2012. You must anticipate and plan for becoming a Medicare beneficiary. Don't wait until you're 65 to start thinking about your Medicare choices.

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The month of January has been dedicated to thank those who make a difference in their community by donating blood. National Blood Donor Month is a time to show appreciation to volunteer blood donors and educate new donors about the importance of blood donation.

Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days and must continually be replenished. Every two seconds, someone in the United States has a need for blood. The American Red Cross relies on volunteer donors to ensure blood is available when patients need it. A single blood donation could help save more than one life.

“National Blood Donor Month is a great opportunity for us to thank donors who help us maintain an adequate blood supply,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “We also want to encourage those who have never donated before to consider giving an hour of their time to help save lives.”

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Angel Medical Center has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its OR (operating room) nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. This is the first year CCI has awarded this elite status to facilities nationwide. At Angel, 78 percent of the RNs in the Surgery Department have received this certification.

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

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Angel Medical Center has announced that Dr. Mahendra N. Patel has successfully completed all of the requirements for certification in Internal Medicine through the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine an AAPS/ABPS affiliated Board of Certification.

In order to attain specialty certification, licensed physicians must meet the rigorous requirements of the appropriate certification board and the AAPS/ABPS. Eligibility requirements include advanced training, significant experience, good moral character and successful completion of a specialty written examination.

Paula Alter, vice president of Physician Services stated, “We are pleased that Dr. Patel achieved his goal of recertification. It illustrates his dedication to continuous learning and improvement which ultimately benefits our hospital and patients.”

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