Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Hospital officials urge residents to ignore scam calls

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    HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital celebrates its 30th year of Love-Light Christmas Trees honoring both deceased and living community members. The trees were lit Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 following ceremonies in the hospital chapel and outdoors on the front lawn.

    Steve Kinderman

HSHS Sa­cred Heart Hospi­tal of­fi­cials are urg­ing res­i­dents to ig­nore any con­tacts seek­ing money to pay the bill for a loved one hav­ing been air­lifted from the hos­pi­tal.

Hospi­tal of­fi­cials said they have re­ceived sev­eral phone calls from com­mu­nity mem­bers who said they were con­tacted by some­one from the hos­pi­tal seek­ing pay­ment for that ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to call­ers, they were be­ing di­rected to pay for those costs via credit card by call­ing a phone num­ber that ap­pears on caller ID to be a Sa­cred Heart Hospi­tal num­ber.

Calls seek­ing those pay­ments are fraud­u­lent, of­fi­cials as HSHS Sa­cred Heart Hospi­tal in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospi­tal in Chippewa Falls said. If a rel­a­tive was in­jured and in one of those hos­pi­tals, HSHS col­leagues would call fam­ily mem­bers and ask them to come to the hos­pi­tal im­me­di­ately, or give more in­for­ma­tion about where rel­a­tives were hos­pi­tal­ized.

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