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.