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At the upcoming July 24, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Substance Abuse. Directly or indirectly, every community is affected by substance abuse. Do you know what to do when it touches your life? Guest speaker will be Patti Tiberi, Substance Abuse Prevention Regional Coordinator, Smoky Mountain Center.

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings. The Franklin Bi-Lo and Fatz of Franklin are corporate sponsors of the programs and provide snacks and door prizes each month.


Dr. Marc Jones completed a two year pediatric dental residency in June 2012 at Louisiana State University in affiliation with Children's Hospital of New Orleans, LA. He received extensive clinical, emergency and hospital training in addition to education on the growth and development of children, and the treatment of medically and physically compromised patients.

Dr. Jones is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the America Dental Association. Dr. Jones has also participated with many community organizations to encourage the prevention of oral disease.

Dr. Jones is a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School. In 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In 2010, he graduated magna cum laude at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.


Physician offers tips for saving money, assuring quality

More Americans are paying more of their health-care costs out of pocket every year because they lack insurance, have higher deductibles and co-payments, or have chosen a Health Savings Account plan.

There are ways they can save money without jeopardizing their health and there are steps they should take to ensure they’re getting the best value for their dollars, says physician Angel M. Garcia (, an internist who has been in practice for more than 25 years.


Angel Medical Center (AMC) is going to the dogs. Three pet therapy teams are spreading canine good will to patients, staff and visitors.

The first team on the scene was Kay and her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Karissa. Kay and Karissa not only visit the local hospital in Franklin but they also visit patients at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Kay’s husband is an emergency department physician who works at both hospitals. AMC partnered Kay and Karissa with Judi, a volunteer who assists them in the patients’ rooms.


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