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March 12, 2021
Good morning friends and happy Friday, March 12!
Thanks for reading and stay healthy, Palmetto State.
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals on the front lines have been When you picture a doctor’s office, plush chairs, magazines and calming music might come to mind. What you probably don’t envision is a 40-foot, three-room medical office on wheels. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the popularity and visibility of mobile health care units; however, they have been playing a crucial role in breaking down barriers to health care for underserved communities for quite some time. Check out our story on some mobile medical units in the Charleston and Upstate areas here.
“Our organization’s mobile medical and dental units play an essential role in meeting the growing need for access to comprehensive, coordinated primary and preventive care services in the communities we serve,” said Regina M. Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of New Horizon Family Health Services in Greenville. Fetter Health Care in Charleston has a mobile health care unit as well that offers physicals, sports physicals, flu and strep swabs, blood draws, urine tests and more.
By this time of year, chances are your New Year resolution to follow that newest diet fad is now a distant memory – a blip on the radar on your quest for improved health. One option which has withstood several years in the spotlight, however, is the concept of clean eating. So what exactly is clean eating? Check out our story here.
“In our society today, it’s almost impossible to completely remove processed foods from the diet,” explained Alexis Schulte, RD, LD, CDCES, clinical nutrition manager for Trident Medical Center.
“Clean eating starts from the source,” said Gene Magliaro, chef and manager of Farm Fresh Fast in Greenville, a restaurant that specializes in dine-in and prepared meals that are locally-sourced and made fresh daily. “Where do your produce and meats come from?”
Keep up to date with COVID-19 cases in the United States by visiting the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Get the latest information on COVID-19 and its effects on the state of South Carolina from DHEC here.
Previous poll results:
What are you most looking forward to in March?
• 81.3% said “Spring weather.”
• 12.5% said “March madness.”
• 6.3% said “St. Patrick’s Day, of course.”
But first, some GOOD news:
- South Carolina defeats Georgia to win another SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament championship.
- Berkeley County Library System, in partnership with South Carolina State Library and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, renewed its Check Out SC: State Park Passport through March 2022.
- The University of South Carolina will return to normal in-person operations in the fall semester of 2021.
Breaking news from this week:
- Charleston County School District employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
- North Charleston retains mass gathering limits despite governor lifting restrictions.
- Charleston mask ordinance remains in effect in bars and restaurants following Gov. McMaster’s order.
- Greenville County students to have e-learning day when teachers get vaccines.
Check out these events:
- The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, will host the 11th annual Dancing with The ARK’s Stars fundraising event on May 15. A nurse consultant, a Realtor and a South Carolina Army National Guard company commander are among the local personalities trading their day jobs for dancing shoes to raise money for Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. The fundraiser, which pairs local personalities with professional dancers, will take place at the Lowcountry Conference Center inside the Summerville Hilton at 7 p.m.
- The Diabetes Wellness Circle’s online event with Spartanburg Regional will be held March 16 at noon. This is an online support group intended to encourage and educate anyone living with diabetes. This meeting will have 30 minutes of education, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. Registration is required.
Now your local health care news:
- Trident Medical Center celebrates the return of volunteers and pet therapy.
- MUSC Health and Beaufort Memorial to open a “microhospital” in Bluffton.
- Prisma Health gears up for new rush of COVID-19 vaccinations as Johnson & Johnson doses arrive in South Carolina.
- Bon Secours debuts a new cart washer at the downtown Greenville hospital. This new feature will help ensure surgical supplies can be cleaned faster and more efficiently.
- Spartanburg Regional saw a decrease in patients visiting emergency rooms for possible heart attacks and other cardiac conditions.
- Roper St. Francis offers Safe Sitter — a two-part online program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.
- East Cooper Medical Center vaccinated 400+ community members at a drive-thru clinic on its campus. It was made possible by the town of Mount Pleasant and several local Rotary Club chapters.
- The VA lowered the eligible age for COVID-19 vaccinations to 50.
- AnMed Health continues to operate the vaccine clinic at the Civic Center and will do so as long as vaccine supply allows. In response to the governor’s announcement of phase 1B roll-out, AnMed is exploring extended clinic hours to better support newly-eligible teachers and school staff.
- March’s Self Regional diabetes education class will be on the topic of reversing Type 2 diabetes.
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