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In launching the prestigious nationwide DAISY program at Angel Medical Center, hospital officials presented an emergency room nurse, Susan Johnson, R.N., CNOR, with the Fall DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Nominated by a co-worker, Johnson is recognized for being a dedicated advocate for her patients, and for giving her all wherever and whenever help is needed.

“One example of her work ethic came in the middle of the night with a multiple vehicle accident. What could have easily been a code black situation was handled in-house under Susan’s direction. Not only did she successfully handle a code black, but during all this she noticed a patient’s family member in distress over what to do with their injured dog,” said Cara Smith, ER RN. “Susan called her personal veterinarian, arranged for the vet to come to the office in the wee hours of the morning, and provided directions for the family to get to the vet. Talk about going above and beyond. She is a DAISY nurse if I’ve ever seen one.”


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.


— 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 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 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 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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