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Angel Medical Center Auxiliary’s Board of Directors voted to donate $22,000 to Angel Medical Center which was used, in part, to purchase a cardiac stress test machine which monitors the electrical activity of the heart. Funds were also allocated to refurbish the Intensive Care Unit’s waiting room. Arthur Chikka, AMC Auxiliary President, said, “when the auxiliary donates funds to AMC, enabling the purchase of new equipment, such as this stress test machine, the auxiliary is fulfilling its stated mission of assisting the medical center in treating its patients more efficiently and thoroughly.”

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Angel Medical Center (AMC) is fortunate to have community leaders who make the commitment to serve the hospital as members of the Board of Trustees says Bonnie Peggs, director of marketing and public relations. The board consists of 17 members including representatives of different parts of the community that AMC serves. Each member serves a four-year term and can serve one successive term with the chairman serving one additional year as immediate past chair. Board members also each serve on a sub-committee and take part in a number of hospital events and activities. Most importantly, the board provides governance and leadership in setting the overall strategic direction of our health system.

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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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