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The list below is an archive of news articles and press releases related to the Regional Medical Center or major events that concern us. Click on any article title to read that article. The most recent news articles and press releases are listed first.

Gupta Named RMC’s Junior Volunteer of the Year

06/20/2017

Members of the Regional Medical Center’s Junior Volunteer program recently named Annika Gupta the 2017 Junior Volunteer of the Year. Gupta, who lives in Orangeburg, joined RMC’s Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program in June of 2014, and served 264 hours at RMC. In addition to naming Junior Volunteer of the Year, the 2017-2018 Junior Volunteer officers of RMC were recently installed at their annual service awards program.

Tri-County Health Network Receives a $450,000 Grant from The Duke Endowment

06/15/2017

The Regional Medical Center on behalf of the Tri-County Health Network has received a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to help fund community coalitions designed to improve the health of residents in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties.

RMC Proposes $8.63 Million Freestanding ED for Bamberg and Barnwell Counties

06/14/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) proposes to build an $8.63 million, 20,500 square-foot, freestanding 24/7 Emergency Department for Bamberg and Barnwell counties, a facility being made possible by the leadership of Senators Brad Hutto and John Matthews.

"FREE" Vein Disease Screening June 20

06/07/2017

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct a FREE Vein Disease Screening on Tuesday, June 20 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment for the screening. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of the FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

"Living the Regional Way": Williams is Employee of the Month for June 2017

06/06/2017

Dwanrhea Williams, RN has been named Employee of the Month (June 2017) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by of the Regional Medical Center (RMC) since December 2000, Dwan serves as a staff nurse on Her Place, RMC’s maternity care unit . Prior to obtaining her nursing degree in 2008, she served as a unit secretary and OB tech, respectively, on Her Place.

Health Topic of the Month – June 2017: Men's Health Basic Checklist

05/31/2017

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - June 2017: Blood Pressure Medications

05/31/2017

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

RMC Partners with Area Schools and OCtech to Host Camp for Students with Asthma

05/31/2017

More than 80 students from Orangeburg County School Districts recently participated in Camp Catch-A-Breath, a free camp for children with asthma who have completed the Open Airways for Schools program. Camp Catch-A-Breath has been held in various forms for more than 30 years. This year’s camp was held on May 25 at the Orangeburg County YMCA and hosted a record number of students.

Interested in a Nursing Career? Applications Now Available for RMC Foundation Virginia B. Johnson Nursing Scholarship 2017

05/25/2017

The Regional Medical Center Foundation announces applications are being accepted for Virginia B. Johnson Scholarships to be awarded for Fall 2017. **Completed applications must be received by the Regional Medical Center Foundation Office by June 30, 2017.**

The Regional Medical Center Recognized with Three Quality Awards

05/25/2017

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently recognized the Regional Medical Center with three Get With The Guidelines® awards illustrating a strong commitment to improved patient outcomes. RMC received the Heart Failure GOLD PLUS Achievement Award, the Stroke GOLD PLUS Achievement Award and the Resuscitation SILVER Achievement Award. Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations

Employees Honored for Achieving Service Milestones

05/24/2017

The Regional Medical Center honored more than 130 employees for reaching service milestone ranging from five to 40 years during the 44th Annual Commitment Awards Banquet at The Cinema on May 18. “Together, our 2017 honorees have given more than 1,800 years of service to the Regional Medical Center and their communities,” said Interim RMC President & CEO Bert Whitaker. “Our mission here at RMC is ‘to deliver high quality, compassionate care to everyone we touch every day.’ The employees honored at our Annual Commitment Awards have shown their dedication to that mission.”

RMC Honors Three Nurses with Awards of Excellence

05/23/2017

Three Regional Medical Center nurses were recently honored with Awards of Excellence. Kenneth Fogle, RN, and Jesse West, RN, were honored as Nurses of the Year in General Units/Supervisory Care and Specialty Care, respectively. The Nurses of the Year are selected annually by the RMC medical staff; honorees are chosen based on clinical skills, devotion and compassion. Elizabeth Benskin, RN, BSN, received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Presented annually, the recipient is nominated by members of RMC's nursing staff. Honorees must demonstrate clinical excellence and concern for patients, family and co-workers; demonstrate leadership; and possess enthusiasm while having a healthy work ethic. The awards were presented on May 12, at the culmination of RMC’s celebration of National Nurses’ Week.

RMC to Celebrate EMS Appreciation Week, May 21-27

05/19/2017

In recognition of the vital role played by Emergency Medical Services, the Regional Medical Center will recognize area EMS professionals during National EMS Appreciation Week, May 21-27. RMC hosts monthly Trauma Quality Meetings and Quarterly EMS Meetings with representatives from EMS agencies in Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. These meetings allow RMC physicians and staff members to share information with and get feedback from area EMS agencies

Donors Needed at RMC Blood Donor Center While Bloodmobile is Being Repaired

05/17/2017

The Regional Medical Center Blood Assurance Program is asking community members to donate blood at the RMC Blood Donor Center while the bloodmobile is in the shop for repair. Community members can visit the Blood Donor Center on the first floor of the Regional Medical Center between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. To set up an appointment to donate blood or for any other information, please call 803-395-2419 (toll free in S.C. 800-476-3377, ext. 2419).

RMC Maternity Care Staff and Physicians Participate in State-of-the-Art Mobile Simulation Training

05/16/2017

Staff and physicians from the Regional Medical Center’s maternity care unit, Her Place, participated in a hands-on training program aboard the SimCOACH™ mobile simulator on May 8. The simulator is the first mobile simulation laboratory in South Carolina and one of only a few in the nation. RMC labor and delivery teams participated in 100-minute sessions that simulated best practices to reduce the risk of non-medically necessary C-sections, and other obstetric and neonatal emergencies such as shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage.

RMC Vascular Center Earns Vascular Testing Reaccreditation

05/12/2017

The Vascular Center at the Regional Medical Center has earned reaccreditation in vascular testing demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the early and accurate diagnosis of potentially life threatening vascular diseases. The Vascular Center has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in several areas of vascular testing. IAC accreditation serves as a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

RMC Occupational Medicine Office Now Providing DOT Physicals

05/10/2017

The Occupational Medicine office at the Regional Medical Center is now offering Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. DOT physicals are offered for $97; however, in some instances, the exam may be fully or partially covered by the patient’s employer. Appointments are required and can be made by contacting the office at 803-395-3891, or toll-free in SC at 800-476-3377 ext. 3891. The office fax number is 803-395-4251.

Donors Recognized at the RMC Blood Assurance Program Appreciation Banquet

05/08/2017

Almost 5,300 individuals volunteered to donate blood to the Regional Medical Center’s Blood Assurance Program in 2016. Top donors and sponsor groups were recognized during the 43rd Annual Blood Assurance Program Appreciation Banquet on April 27. Together,the top three donors have donated more than 65 gallons of blood to the Blood Assurance Program over their lifetime. The top donors were David Linder, 26 gallons; David Nivens, 21 gallons; and George “Tom” Kerr, 18 gallons. In total, nearly 300 donors were recognized for reaching a milestone between one and 26 gallons of blood. The top sponsor groups also were recognized. The top companies were Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. with 133 units of blood donated in 2016. St. George Baptist Church was the top church or civic organization with 82 units of blood, and Edisto High School was the top school or college with 138 units of blood.

RMC to Celebrate National Hospital Week, May 7-13

05/05/2017

The Regional Medical Center will observe National Hospital Week, May 7-13. National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the men and women who care for the health and wellbeing of communities across the nation. “During National Hospital Week, we honor our dedicated staff who are the healing heart of healthcare and help RMC fulfill its mission ‘to deliver high quality, compassionate care to everyone we touch every day,’” said RMC Interim President & CEO Bert Whitaker.

Beckett Named RMC Volunteer of the Year

05/03/2017

Louise Beckett, of Orangeburg, was named the Regional Medical Center’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2017 Volunteer Awards Luncheon held at the Orangeburg Country Club on April 24. Beckett has volunteered in the RMC Customer Service Department for almost 12 years.

"Living the Regional Way": Blake is Employee of the Month for May 2017

05/01/2017

Vickie Blake has been named Employee of the Month (May 2017) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed since 2002 by South Carolina Orthopaedic Institute, a department of the Regional Medical Center, Blake serves as insurance verification coordinator.

Health Topic of the Month – May 2017: Allergies

05/01/2017

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - May 2017: Stroke Awareness Month

05/01/2017

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

Dr. London and Dr. Ewart Join Dr. Ross at RMC’s Dialysis Access Institute

04/28/2017

Mark London, MD, Jackson Ewart, MD, and have joined world-renowned surgeon Dr. John Ross at the Regional Medical Center’s Dialysis Access Institute. Dr. Ross established the DAI when he joined RMC in 2011, and the free-standing, 16,000-square-foot facility was completed in 2013. The DAI serves end-stage renal (kidney) disease patients whose access to the bloodstream for dialysis needs to be established or has been compromised. The team completes more than 4,000 dialysis access procedures each year.

Mayor Butler Proclaims April 20 Healthcare Decisions Day

04/27/2017

Orangeburg Mayor Michael C. Butler proclaimed April 20, 2017, Healthcare Decisions Day in Orangeburg during a free community forum celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Week. The April 20 event, which was sponsored by the Regional Medical Center and Agapé Hospice, focused on educating participants about the importance of advance healthcare planning. Mayor Butler’s proclamation emphasized the need for citizens to work together with their healthcare team and their families to make crucial healthcare decisions.

Surgical Safety Checklist Implemented at RMC Proven to Improve Patient Safety

04/26/2017

A recent study found that use of the surgical safety checklist, a resource developed by the World Health Organization, significantly improves patient outcomes. In 2010, the Regional Medical Center became the first hospital in South Carolina to adopt the checklist. “The Regional Medical Center was proud to be the first hospital in South Carolina to implement the Safe Surgery Checklist, and we have witnessed its positive impact on patient safety firsthand,” said Interim RMC CEO and President Bert Whitaker. In 2016, RMC received the Safe Surgery Hospital Designation from the South Carolina Hospital Association and the Safe Surgery: SC Leadership Team after becoming 100 percent compliant with use of the Surgical Safety Checklist for a several year timeframe.

RMC Auxiliary Celebrates National Volunteer Week

04/22/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) will celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, to recognize more than 150 members of the RMC Auxiliary, including adult and junior volunteers, who have collectively donated more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the hospital last year. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Hands that Serve, Hearts that Care.”

RMC Provides Occupational Medicine Services

04/22/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) now offers Occupational Medicine services to focus on the prevention, evaluation, treatment and resolution of health conditions caused by the workplace environment. Services offered to workers include drug screenings, pre-placement physicals, workers compensation evaluations and treatment, Department of Transportation physicals, Hazmat physicals, college entrance physicals, respiratory clearance physicals, PPD testing, flu shots, vaccines and more.

RMC Brickle Street Lab Closed, Staff and Services Relocated

04/11/2017

Effective April 10, 2017, the Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Brickle Street Outpatient Laboratory, located 1245 Brickle Street in Orangeburg across from The Village, will be relocating to a new location and will be temporarily closed. Until the new location is identified, the Brickle Street Lab staff and services are available at the Outpatient Lab at RMC and RMC’s Outpatient Lab at the Medical Arts Center.

RMC Partners with O-C Tech, Local EMS and Trauma Partners for Mass Shooting Drill

04/10/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently participated in a mass casualty exercise drill to simulate treating an influx of patients. RMC partnered with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College nursing students as mock victims and county EMS partners from Orangeburg, St. Matthews, and On Time Transport. “On an annual basis we perform a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) to identify our threats and the risks associated with those threats,” said RMC Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator Thelma Williams, BHS, CHSP, CHEP. “We always welcome opportunities to test disaster policies and procedures to identify any opportunities for improvement.”

RMC Primary Care Provides FREE Medicare Wellness Visits

04/10/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) primary care offices provide FREE Medicare wellness visits to patients covered by Medicare. Available at any of the eight RMC Primary Care offices located throughout the tri-county area, this important visit is completely covered by Medicare at no cost to the patient. During the visit, the patient receives a complete physical examination and the opportunity to ask their healthcare provider questions about their health.

RMC and Trinity Presbyterian Church to Host Relay For Life Cancer Survivor Luncheon

04/04/2017

Calling all cancer survivors! As a special prelude to the Relay For Life of Orangeburg and Bamberg Counties, the Regional Medical Center and Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a luncheon at 12 noon, Saturday, April 22, to honor all area ‪cancer survivors. The event will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Picnic Shelter at 975 Willington Drive, Orangeburg. Cancer survivors who attend will receive a free cancer survivor t-shirt. Each survivor may bring one caregiver. No registration required. For more info, contact Olive Etheridge at 803-395-2325 or 803-531-2333 or Cheryl Walling at 803-536-1978.

RMC Celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Week with Free Community Forum

04/04/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC), in partnership with Agape´ Hospice, will host a free community forum in recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Week, Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Orangeburg City Gym at 410 Broughton Street. National Healthcare Decisions Week exists to inspire, educate, and empower people across the U.S. about the importance of advance healthcare planning. This event will help participants understand the medical, spiritual and legal considerations to advance decisions.

"Living the Regional Way": Smalls is Employee of the Month for April 2017

04/02/2017

Queen Smalls has been named Employee of the Month (April 2017) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) since 2011, Smalls serves as a dialysis access specialist at RMC’s Dialysis Access Institute.

Health Topic of the Month – April 2017: Lung Cancer

03/30/2017

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - April 2017: Benefits of Healthcare Decisions

03/30/2017

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

RMC Recognized by MUSC Health for Stroke Care

03/30/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has been recognized by MUSC Health as a member of the 2016 Under 30 Minute tPA Club for administering life-saving care to stroke patients in a short amount of time.“We are proud of our Stroke Team and the great work they do to save the lives of our stroke patients,” said RMC Stroke Center Medical Director Lyle Shelver, MD. “This recognition is a reflection of the great partnership we have established with MUSC Health’s Telestroke program, and the dedication of the RMC team to our patients and their quality of life.”

RMC Primary Care – North Offers Free Community Health Screening

03/27/2017

RMC Primary Care - North will offer a free community health screening to the public on Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in front of the office at 4631 Savannah Highway in North.

Healthcare Professionals Available to Speak at Civic, School, Professional Organizations

03/20/2017

Healthcare professionals affiliated with the Regional Medical Center (RMC) are available to speak at civic, school and professional organizations free of charge about a wide variety of topics. All speaker requests must be made at least three weeks in advance. For more information or to schedule a speaker, call RMC Public Relations at 803-395-2320.

RMC Adds Guest Shuttle Service

03/17/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has added a complimentary on-site Guest Shuttle service to assist patients, their family members and friends with transportation around the main hospital campus. Currently, the six-passenger golf cart shuttle runs on a regular route through RMC’s parking lots. Drop off/pick up points include: Main Entrance, Patient Registration, Emergency Department, Dialysis Access Institute, Annex, and HEALTHPLEX. Guests can call the shuttle driver at 803-662-4410 to be picked up at their vehicle or at an RMC entrance.

Tri-County Health Network to Hold Community Health Forum in Vance

03/17/2017

The Tri-County Health Network will hold a Chronic Disease Health Forum on Saturday, March 18 at Rock Hill A.M.E. Church, located at 405 Rock Hill Road, Vance, S.C., from 10 a.m. until 12 noon The event is free, open to the public and will include healthy tips on foods, medications and how to get medication assistance for diabetes and high blood pressure. The Tri-County Health Network is a collaborative, non-profit organization formed in 2013 to improve the health of residents in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties. For more info, contact Tri-County Health Network Executive Director Melissa Sherman at 803-395-2166.

RMC Diabetes Support Group Sponsors Presentation on Healthy Food Choices

03/15/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) Diabetes Support Group will sponsor a special presentation on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. at the RMC Community Outreach Building at 1324 Hutto St. in Orangeburg. Pre-registration is required by Monday, March 20. Syndia Moutlrie, MS, RD, LD, CDE from Novo Nordisk®, a pharmaceutical company, will speak on how to make healthy food choices to help adults manage their diabetes.

Orangeburg Touchdown Club, RMC Foundation Award Brent Lukens Memorial Scholarship to Calhoun Academy Senior

03/14/2017

The Orangeburg Touchdown Club and Regional Medical Center (RMC) Foundation have awarded Calhoun Academy Senior Elijah Ott of St. Matthews the annual Brent Lukens Memorial Scholarship. Presented annually in memory of Lukens who died tragically in an automobile accident at the age of 16, the scholarship is awarded to recognize academic achievement and athletic participation.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Get Screened! Early Detection Saves Lives

03/13/2017

Excluding skin cancer, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The best way to protect yourself against colon cancer is a screening colonoscopy. This screening can result in finding colon cancer early, when it is highly curable. If colon polyps are found during the screening, they can be removed before they become cancerous.

RMC Adds New Vision Medical Stabilization Service for Patients Battling Addiction

03/08/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) is now offering medical stabilization services to help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addictions through New Vision™ medical stabilization service. “We are optimistic that this much-needed service will bring a fresh start to many people who need help breaking the cycle of addiction,” said RMC Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, MHA, FACHE.

RMC Welcomes Pediatric Hospitalist

03/08/2017

Carlos Paxtor, MD a board-certified pediatrician, has joined the Regional Medical Center (RMC) as a pediatric hospitalist. “Dr. Paxtor is a great addition to our pediatric hospitalist team. He has extensive research experience and clinical experience as a hospitalist and in private practice that will benefit our youngest patients,” said RMC Hospitalist Program Medical Director Kenechukwu Ntukogu, MD, “Dr. Paxtor is also fluent in English and Spanish, which will be an asset to our diverse patient population.”

Williams Named SCSU Distinguished Alumna

03/08/2017

Brenda L. Williams, MHA, FACHE, and vice president of strategy & compliance at the Regional Medical Center (RMC), received the Distinguished Alumna Award from South Carolina State University for her work as an innovator and community servant. An Orangeburg native, Williams and has served RMC since 1979 and has more than 37 years of experience in hospital administration.

"Living the Regional Way": Turner is Employee of the Month for March 2017

03/02/2017

Dante Turner has been named Employee of the Month (March 2017) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." A member of the Regional Medical Center (RMC) team since 2014, Turner serves as Executive Chef in the Food and Nutrition Services department.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - March 2017: Learn About Colorectal Cancer

03/01/2017

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

Health Topic of the Month – March 2017: Portion Sizes

02/28/2017

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Advanced Primary Stroke Center Recertified by the Joint Commission

02/22/2017

The Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Advanced Primary Stroke Center has been recertified by The Joint Commission, a national agency that focuses on patient safety and better quality outcomes in healthcare organizations. The RMC Primary Stroke Center’s recertification demonstrates that the program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Certification is a voluntary process that RMC underwent to elevate its standard of care.

Upcoming "FREE" Vein Disease Screenings, March 7, 21

02/20/2017

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, March 7 and 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment for ONE of these screenings. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of the FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

RMC and ERHS Rewarded for Workplace Safety

02/17/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) and Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc. (ERHS) were recently rewarded with checks totaling $144,385 from Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHTS), the workers’ compensation self-insurance pool in which RMC and ERHS participates.

RMC Restricts Visitation Due to Flu

02/15/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has implemented visitation safety restrictions in response to an increase in influenza cases at the hospital recently. “We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases as the season has progressed,” said RMC Infectious Disease Specialist John Samies, MD, “To protect our patients and their families, we have closed the doors to all inpatient units and have restricted visitation to immediate family members over the age of 12 only. Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to enter any of the inpatient units.”

Ehrhardt Recognized as the 2017 Exemplary Recent Graduate by MUSC College of Nursing Alumni

02/14/2017

Sonya Ehrhardt, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ was recently honored with the 2017 Exemplary Recent Graduate award by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing (CON) Alumni Association.

RMC Holding Healthy Heart Snaps Facebook Challenge in Observance of Heart Month

02/13/2017

In celebration of American Heart Month and to bring awareness about heart disease, join the Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) fast, easy and fun community-wide Healthy Heart Snaps Challenge on RMC’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RMCOrangeburg). All who make approved posts by the deadline of Feb. 24 will be eligible for a drawing for many fantastic prizes including the Grand Prize of an Apple Smart Watch; winners will be announced on RMC’s Facebook page on Feb. 27. Please share with your family and friends. See more details and rules in this link to the informational flyer.

Extraordinary Nurse Salley Murphy Receives DAISY Award

02/07/2017

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Salley Murphy, RN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

"Living the Regional Way": Lukens is Employee of the Month for February 2017

02/01/2017

Donna Lukens, RN has been named Employee of the Month (February 2017) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) Care Planning and Resource Management department since 2007, Lukens serves as a care coordinator.

Health Topic of the Month – February 2017: Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers

01/31/2017

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - February 2017: Discussion on Heart Disease

01/31/2017

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

RMC Receives Funds for Community Walking Trail from County of Orangeburg

01/26/2017

Senator John W. Matthews Jr. recently presented the Regional Medical Center (RMC) with a check for $36,127 from the County of Orangeburg to assist in development of a community walking trail that will be located on the front lawn of the hospital grounds.

Tri-County Affordable Care Act Work Group to Hold Open Enrollment Events

01/23/2017

The Tri-County Affordable Care Act Work Group led by Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter will hold a series of open enrollment events for the public to obtain health insurance through the health insurance marketplace before the January 31 deadline. Special sign-up events are being offered at area churches and Health Insurance Navigators and Certified Application Counselors will be available at each event to help individuals sign up for health insurance. All events are open to the public.

Tri-County Affordable Care Act Work Group to Hold Insurance Sign up Events at Denmark Tech and OC Tech

01/11/2017

The Tri-County Affordable Care Act Work Group led by Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter will hold health insurance enrollment events at Denmark Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College on Wednesday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at OC Tech, and from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Denmark Tech. Health Insurance Navigators will help individuals free of charge to determine their best options for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and assist them with enrolling.

RMC Named Clinical Site of the Year for Outstanding Pharmacy Performance

01/09/2017

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) was named the 2016 Clinical Site of the Year for Outstanding Pharmacy Performance by Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS). The CPS Clinical Site of the Year award is given for excellence in hospital clinical pharmacy, supporting all aspects of hospital operations through clinical pharmacy techniques and demonstrated leadership.

Welcoming Dr. Baly to RMC Primary Care at The Village

01/05/2017

William Baly, MD, a board-certified internist, has joined RMC Primary Care – The Village alongside Yongxin (John) Li, MD, PhD, Lisa Bozik, MD, Physician Assistant Melanie Sheppard and Nurse Practitioner Jaykia Lowe. RMC Primary Care – The Village is located at 1750 Village Park Drive in Orangeburg and is accepting new patients. Appointments may be made by calling 803-395-4160.

Health Topic of the Month – January 2017: Exercise for Good Health

01/04/2017

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

"Living the Regional Way": Aiken is Employee of the Month for January 2017

01/01/2017

Elliott Aiken has been named Employee of the Month (January 2017) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) since October 2014, Aiken serves as an as an Environmental Services technician.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - January 2017: Medication Safety

12/29/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

14-year-old Raises $1,500 for RMC Mabry Center for Cancer Care

12/27/2016

Fourteen-year-old Olivia Strickland of Orangeburg held several bake sales during the month of October raising $1,500 for the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at the Regional Medical Center. “Every year the RMC Foundation looks forward to celebrating Olivia’s efforts in helping our breast cancer patients at the Mabry Center,” said RMC Foundation Director Margaret Frierson, “It’s amazing what one young person can do for others when they lead with dedication and compassion.”

Regional Medical Center Supports Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation

12/27/2016

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) will participate in the Donate Life Rose Parade float honoring organ donors in Pasadena, Calif., on January 2, 2017. “RMC honors the patients, families and staff whose commitment to others makes the gift of life through organ donation possible,” said RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge, who signed a rose vial that will include RMC on the 2017 float. RMC has participated in the program for several years.

RMC Offers Special Incentive for Blood Donors Over Holiday Season

12/20/2016

To encourage holiday blood donations, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) Blood Assurance Program will offer a free one-pound bag of Starbucks® coffee to donors at the RMC Blood Donor Center from Mon., Dec. 26 through Fri., Dec. 30. The Blood Donor Center will be open Mon., Dec. 26 through Fri., Dec. 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blood Donor Center will be closed Sat., Dec. 31, in observance of New Year’s Eve. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in donors are welcomed. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 803-395-2419 (toll free in S.C. 1-800-476-3377, ext. 2419).

RMC Offers Free Diabetes Prevention Program

12/19/2016

The Regional Medical Center will offer a free, intensive diabetes prevention program at the RMC HEALTHPLEX Holly Hill and St. Matthews locations. The first of 16 weekly sessions will meet at HEALTHPLEX – Holly Hill on Monday, January 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., or at HEALTHPLEX – St. Matthews on Tuesdays, January 17 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Individuals who are at risk for diabetes, have prediabetes, have had gestational diabetes or borderline diabetes, or have high blood sugar or glucose are encouraged to attend. A physician referral is not required. To enroll or for more information, call 803-707-6822.

RMC Partners with Local EMS on Time Sensitive Emergencies Initiatives to Save Lives

12/15/2016

The Regional Medical Center has partnered with local Emergency Medical Services and transport agencies to improve processes in time-sensitive emergencies such as sepsis, stroke and trauma care.

APPLY EARLY: 2017 Summer Enrichment Program for Students

12/12/2016

Funded by RMC's Auxiliary, this program offers students with a healthcare-related major the opportunity to gain experience in a hospital setting. For six weeks, June 5-July 14, 2017, each student will be expected to work 20 hours a week and will be offered a stipend of $900 for the program duration. Students interested in receiving application materials should call 803-395-2425 or 803-395-2432. Only student inquiries are accepted. ****All application materials must be completed and received by 12 noon, March 10, 2017.****

Garden Clubs Bring Holiday Cheer to the Hospital

12/09/2016

Area garden clubs recently brought holiday cheer to the Regional Medical Center by decorating Christmas trees in lobby areas and other public areas throughout the hospital. For the past 35 years, local garden clubs have dedicated their time, creativity and resources to decorate Christmas trees for the hospital, a tradition that began after construction of the current hospital was completed in 1981.

"Living the Regional Way": Reeve is Employee of the Month for December 2016

12/02/2016

Glynna Reeve has been named Employee of the Month (December 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) since October 2014, she serves as an insurance verification coordinator for Pathways to Behavioral Health, RMC’s outpatient behavioral health clinic.

Health Topic of the Month – December 2016: Tis the Season for Stress

11/29/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - December 2016: The Benefits of Yoga

11/29/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Home Care Expands Services to Bamberg County

11/28/2016

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, MHA, FACHE announces that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has awarded RMC Home Care a Certificate of Need to provide home healthcare services in Bamberg County. “RMC has provided home care in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties since 1997. The inclusion of Bamberg County into our home health service area will provide access to Bamberg County patients who cannot leave their homes and add to the services RMC offers in the area,” said Williams.

RMC HEALTHPLEX Opens Memberships to the Public

11/23/2016

The HEALTHPLEX wellness center at the Regional Medical Center is now open to the public for fitness memberships. Single memberships are $36 per month, and family memberships start at $54 per month. There are no registration fees and no annual contract. Fitness hours are Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In addition, a membership at HEALTHPLEX | RMC is valid at any of the four HEALTHPLEX satellite fitness centers in Santee, Holly Hill, St. Matthews and Branchville. For more information, call 803-395-2752.

Claflin Students Donate to RMC Breast Health Center

11/21/2016

Claflin University students recently presented a donation to the Regional Medical Center (RMC) Foundation and the RMC Breast Health Center. The funds were raised on campus by the students during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

RMC Auxiliary to Hold Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

11/10/2016

The Regional Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Thursday, December 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of RMC’s Patient Registration (Admitting) Entrance. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Tri-County Health Network to Hold Community Health Forum in Calhoun County

11/02/2016

The Tri-County Health Network will hold a Chronic Disease Health Forum on Thursday, November 3, at Calhoun County High School located at 150 Saints Avenue in St. Matthews from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Living the Regional Way": West is Employee of the Month for November 2016

11/01/2016

Jesse West, RN has been named Employee of the Month (November 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center since June 2007, she serves as clinical coordinator for the Emergency Department.

RMC Welcomes New Primary Care Physician to Internal Medicine Practice

10/30/2016

Goroh Okazaki, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician, has joined RMC Internal Medicine alongside long-time RMC physician Lamar Dawkins Jr., MD, who also serves as the medical director of the RMC rehabcentre® inpatient rehabilitation program; and Elizabeth Bilancione, APRN. RMC Internal Medicine is located at 1097-A Cook Road in Orangeburg and is accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 803-534-5110.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - November 2016: Is Your Blood Sugar Too High?

10/28/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Health Topic of the Month – November 2016: How to Prevent Type 2 Diabete

10/27/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Grand Opening of Brew Ha Ha Coffee Kiosk Serving Starbucks®

10/20/2016

The Regional Medical Center held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate the RMC Brew Ha Ha coffee kiosk serving Starbucks® located in the main lobby of the hospital. RMC Brew Ha Ha is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and serves Starbucks® coffee, specialty beverages and snacks.

RMC to Hold Grand Opening of Brew Ha Ha Coffee Kiosk Serving Starbucks®

10/17/2016

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebrating the RMC Brew Ha Ha coffee kiosk serving Starbucks®, located in the main lobby of the hospital Wednesday, October 19 at 10 a.m. with special promotions throughout the week. RMC’s Brew Ha Ha is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

RMC Welcomes High-risk Pregnancy Specialist to OB/GYN Practice

10/04/2016

Thomas Key, MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/GYN) specializing in high-risk pregnancy, has joined the Regional Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology practice.

"Living the Regional Way": Holley is Employee of the Month for October 2016

10/01/2016

Eddie Holley has been named Employee of the Month (October 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center since November 2013, Holley serves as a PC Analyst III for Information Systems.

Health Topic of the Month – October 2016: Detect Breast Cancer Early With A Mammogram

09/29/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities

Lunch & Learn - October 2016: The Importance of Mammograms

09/29/2016

As a community service, RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” seminar this month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Recertified by Industry Leader

09/29/2016

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) was recently awarded national recertification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. RMC was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Extraordinary Nurse Destiny Murph Receives DAISY Award

09/28/2016

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Destiny Murph, RN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

RMC Pastoral Care Holds Annual Awards Banquet

09/23/2016

The Regional Medical Center's Pastoral Care department recently held their annual awards banquet to honor the 2016 Chaplains of the Year and new Stephen Ministers who have recently completed their ministry certification at RMC.“We are very proud of our chaplains and the service they provide to the RMC community,” said Chaplain Paul Hamilton, director of the RMC Pastoral Care department and Stephen Ministry leader, “We applaud their dedication to provide comfort through faith to those suffering.”

Bowman Named RMC Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year

09/16/2016

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Obstetrics Technician Ashley Bowman was recently named the Regional Medical Center Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year. Bowman currently works on Her Place, the RMC maternity care unit. She has been employed by RMC for nine years.

RMC Welcomes Back Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

09/15/2016

Lucius Craig III, MD, FAAOS recently returned to the South Carolina Orthopaedic Institute, a department of the Regional Medical Center. Dr. Craig will provide professional surgical and medical orthopaedic spine services exclusively to the RMC patient community.

"Living the Regional Way": Kittrell is Employee of the Month for September 2016

09/01/2016

Joette Kittrell, RN has been named Employee of the Month (September 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center since 1986, she serves as a clinical coordinator for Same Day Surgery and Endoscopy.

Health Topic of the Month – September 2016: Importance of Getting a Flu Vacine

08/31/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - September 2016: Congestive Heart Failure

08/31/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Safe Kids Super Saturday & Wellness Celebration August 27

08/22/2016

The Regional Medical Center, Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties and the RMC Foundation will host the 21st Annual Safe Kids Super Saturday event in conjunction with the 13th Annual Wellness Celebration at the Prince of Orange Mall on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Safe Kids Super Saturday will promote safety and injury prevention among children, and the Wellness Celebration will feature free health screenings including cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Multiple organizations will provide exhibits and information about community resources. The events are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

RMC Foundation Awards Nursing Scholarships

08/19/2016

The Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Virginia B. Johnson Nursing Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships to five area students who are pursuing registered nursing degrees. The nursing scholarship fund is named for Virginia Blount Johnson, long-time leader in the Orangeburg civic and medical communities. In her memory and through this scholarship, prospective nurses are receiving help in achieving their career goals. Since 2001, grants totaling $154,500 have been made to 163 nursing students.

7-year-old Orangeburg Girl Brings Cheer to RMC Patients

08/15/2016

A 7-year-old Orangeburg girl chose to spend her summer vacation focusing on a personal project to bring comfort to children who have been hospitalized at the Regional Medical Center. Kyli Horne recently delivered the fruits of her summer labors – unique handmade cards with special messages of encouragement along with friendship bracelets and small gifts to cheer pediatric patients. Horne said she wanted to do something to help others know that someone cares. “I know what they’re going through, they hurt. I wanted to do something special for them,” said Horne.

RMC to Offer Free Heart Screenings to 100 Student Athletes

08/12/2016

Due to recent tragic deaths of South Carolina student athletes from heart-related conditions, RMC has received a number of requests for heart screenings. In response to these requests, RMC will offer a free echocardiogram screening to the first 100 student athletes from Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties, ages 14 to 20, who register for an appointment.

Summer Enrichment Program 2016 Concludes with Scholarship Awards

08/12/2016

For the 29th consecutive year, RMC offered area students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting through the Summer Enrichment Program sponsored by the RMC Auxiliary. Two recent graduates of RMC’s Summer Enrichment Program, Sarah Gates and Olivia Winningham, received a scholarship toward pursuing their chosen career field of healthcare.

Mabry Cancer Center Selected for Tobacco Cessation Grant Program

08/03/2016

The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative announced that the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at the Regional Medical Center has been selected as one of three sites to be a part of S.C. CAN Quit, a tobacco cessation pilot program to improve outcomes for cancer patients undergoing treatment. The program is funded in part through a CVS Health Community Grant.

RMC Affiliate MUSC Health Receives National Rankings

08/03/2016

The Regional Medical Center’s affiliate, the Medical University of Charleston (MUSC Health), was recently named by U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in South Carolina. The Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently affiliated with MUSC Health, the most nationally recognized and comprehensive academic teaching facility in S.C., to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region. Current collaborations include telestroke, cancer treatment, heart, behavioral health and surgical weight loss programs with future planned collaborations in other specialties. Through the affiliation RMC patients and referring physicians receive priority access to MUSC Medical Center should their treatment be required in Charleston. For more information about the RMC-MUSC Health affiliation, visit www.muschealth.org/affiliations/rmc/

"Living the Regional Way": Barnwell is Employee of the Month for August 2016

08/02/2016

Jeanette Barnwell has been named Employee of the Month (August 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center for 26 years, she serves as a patient counselor in Admitting/Registration Services.

Healthy Living Center Makes Impact on Diabetes, Obesity in the Community

08/01/2016

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) Healthy Living Center (HLC) offers a comprehensive approach to assessment and management of individuals with obesity or diabetes and serious health conditions related to obesity. With a physician’s referral, the HLC provides a comprehensive work-up for individuals with diabetes and obesity resulting in customized lifestyle programs including nutritional counseling, behavioral change strategies, exercise plans and medical monitoring.

Seabrooks Named RMC Trustee of the Year

08/01/2016

The Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees has named Melvin Seabrooks of Santee as Trustee of the Year for outstanding service and devotion to making The Regional Medical Center better every day.

Health Topic of the Month – August 2016: Back Pain Prevention and Treatment

07/28/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - August 2016: Importance of Blood Donation for Our Community

07/27/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

RMC Foundation Donates Life-saving Equipment to Santee State Park

07/25/2016

The Regional Medical Center Foundation recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) device to Santee State Park that could save lives in the case of a cardiac emergency.

Tri-County Health Network to Hold Community Health Forum

07/21/2016

The Tri-County Health Network will hold a Chronic Disease Health Forum on Thursday, August 11, at the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ located at 282 Progressive Way in Denmark, S.C., from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Not Science Fiction: RMC Part of Study to Evaluate Bioengineered Blood Vessels

07/19/2016

Published by The Times and Democrat

"Living the Regional Way": Frazier is Employee of the Month for July 2016

07/01/2016

Norvia Frazier, LMSW has been named Employee of the Month (July 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) since November 2015, Frazier is a licensed social worker for the Behavioral Health Center, RMC’s inpatient psychiatric care unit.

RMC Recognizes Exemplary Nurses

07/01/2016

Three nurses at the Regional Medical Center (RMC) were recognized recently with awards for their outstanding commitment to patient care and clinical excellence. Jon Franks, RN and Brad Holmes, MSN, RN were honored as Nurses of the Year in Specialty Care and General Units/Supervisory Care, respectively. The Nurses of the Year are selected annually by the RMC medical staff; honorees are chosen based on clinical skills, devotion and compassion. Kartina Harrison, MSN, RN, PCCN was honored with the Nightingale Award for excellence in nursing. Presented annually, the recipient is nominated by members of RMC's nursing staff. Honorees must demonstrate clinical excellence and concern for patients, family and co-workers; demonstrate leadership; and possess enthusiasm while having a healthy work ethic.

Walker Named RMC’s Junior Volunteer of the Year

06/29/2016

RMC has named Jacquelyn Walker as Junior Volunteer of the Year as nominated by her peers. A native of Orangeburg, Walker joined the Junior Volunteer program of RMC’s Auxiliary in June of 2014 and has served 154 hours at RMC. In addition to naming Junior Volunteer of the Year, the 2016-2017 Junior Volunteer officers of RMC were recently installed at their annual service awards program.

Health Topic of the Month – July 2016: Back to School – Physicals and Immunizations

06/28/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn – July 2016: What to Do in an Emergency

06/28/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698

RMC Holds Free Camp for Area Students with Asthma

06/28/2016

Area elementary school students recently participated in “Camp Catch-A-Breath” to celebrate the conclusion of a year-long school program, “Open Airways for Schools,” for children with asthma. Designed for school-age children in third, fourth and fifth grades, Open Airways for Schools is a free, asthma education program taught in Orangeburg and Calhoun county schools by respiratory therapists of the Regional Medical Center and respiratory therapy students of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

Special Offer until Aug. 30: Get HEALTHPLEX Fitness Membership at 30% for First 3 Months

06/27/2016

Special summer promotion! Get fit! Sign up for a HEALTHPLEX fitness membership by Aug. 30 and receive 30% off your first 3 months. No annual contracts! RMC HEALTHPLEX has four (4) fitness centers with a variety of weight training and cardiovascular equipment along with a staff exercise physiologist to give personal wellness consults and exercise plans. Call 803-707-6822 for HEALTHPLEX locations in Branchville and St. Matthews, or 803-747-0212 for Holly Hill and Santee locations.

RMC’s Medical Students Cited Among Best in the Carolinas

06/21/2016

Students of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) pursuing their third and fourth years of clinical training at Regional Medical Center (RMC) were recently recognized among the best medical students from the school’s Carolinas Campus.

RMC Recognized with Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure Care

06/16/2016

RMC has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

Stroke Support Group Offered by RMC Primary Stroke Center

06/10/2016

Stroke survivors and their family caregivers need help adjusting to the changes in their lives. Stroke support groups, like this one offered by RMC’s Primary Stroke Center, challenge people to get beyond their limitations. Social interaction and simply feeling connected to others helps ease the depression and isolation so common after stroke. The Stroke Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10:30 – 11:30 am at the RMC Community Outreach Building (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg). The meeting is free and no registration is required.

LOOKING FOR A DOCTOR? Regular checkups important to stay healthy

06/07/2016

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) believes that visiting a primary care physician on a regular basis is important to help you stay healthy and to identify potential health problems early. One of the first steps to good health is to have a physical exam with a primary care provider every year. RMC has several primary care and internal medicine practices in Orangeburg, St. Matthews, Holly Hill, North, Branchville, Bamberg, and Denmark that are ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted. To find a primary care physician near you, call 803-395-4631 or CLICK this LINK to view or print a FLYER listing all RMC Primary Care practice locations, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners and their phone numbers.

RMC Designated as a Level III Trauma Center

06/06/2016

RMC has been designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of EMS and Trauma. As a Level III Trauma Center, RMC provides 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians. Surgeons and medical supplies necessary for trauma patients are waiting for the patient as they arrive, allowing patients to be in the operating suite within 30 minutes.

"Living the Regional Way": Valentine is Employee of the Month for June 2016

06/01/2016

Sabrina Valentine, BS, PA, PharmD has been named Employee of the Month (June 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since June 2008, Valentine is the assistant director of RMC's Pharmacy.

Health Topic of the Month – June 2016: MEN – Take Control of Your Health with a Check-Up

05/31/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn – June 2016: All About Protein & Why You Need It!

05/31/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Blood Assurance Program Honors Donors

05/25/2016

RMC's Blood Assurance Program recently honored more than 320 individual blood donors and 55 organizations at the 42nd annual Blood Assurance Program Donor Appreciation Banquet at the Family Life Center.

Extraordinary Nurse Sam McSween Receives DAISY Award

05/19/2016

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Sam McSween, RN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

RMC Offers Special Incentives for Donors at Blood Donor Center

05/18/2016

RMC's Blood Assurance Program will offer giveaways and prizes to donors at the RMC Blood Donor Center from May 20 through June 14. The RMC Bloodmobile is receiving a facelift and will be out of commission for several weeks. In order to keep blood supply levels adequate for the summer, RMC will be relying solely on the Blood Donor Center located within the hospital to receive blood donations for patients.

Better Sitters Today. Better Parents Tomorrow. Safe Sitter® Course Offered at RMC

05/17/2016

The Regional Medical Center is offering a Safe Sitter® babysitting course for students ages 11 – 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13, in the RMC Education Center. To register, contact Melissa Summers, BSN, RN, CDE/Quality Management at 803-395-2566 or email mssummers@regmed.com.

RMC Receives Safe Surgery Hospital Designation

05/09/2016

RMC has received the Safe Surgery Hospital designation awarded by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and Safe Surgery: SC Leadership Team. According to the SCHA, to receive a Safe Surgery Hospital designation, hospitals must confirm that each patient benefits from a surgical safety checklist that is performed before the induction of anesthesia, before skin incision and before the patient leaves the operating room. RMC was recognized for the accomplishment at the 9th Annual Transforming Health Symposium in Columbia, S.C., in April.

RMC Observes National Hospital Week, May 8-14

05/08/2016

RMC along with thousands of other hospitals across the nation, is observing National Hospital Week this week, May 8-14. From providing treatment and comfort to the ill, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. This year’s National Hospital Week theme is “Healthcare from the Heart.”

Lunch or Dinner & Learn – May 2016: Heart & Stroke Encyclopedia

05/05/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Prosperous RMC Vital Component of Development

05/05/2016

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Receives National Award for Stroke Care

05/02/2016

RMC has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. RMC’s Primary Stroke Center is affiliated with the MUSC Health telestroke program, providing urgent telestroke evaluations and treatment available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stroman Honored as RMC Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year

05/02/2016

Bonnie Stroman, a native of Orangeburg, received honors as the RMC Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year at the 2016 Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Stroman joined the Auxiliary in 2008 and has contributed more than 2,100 service hours to the Regional Medical Center. She is the Auxiliary’s immediate past president and currently serves as chairman of the Auxiliary’s gift shop committee and nominating committee, is a member of the public relations committee and volunteers in the hospital’s gift shop. Stroman is also a past board member of the Regional Medical Center Foundation.

"Living the Regional Way": Atkins is Employee of the Month for May 2016

05/01/2016

Rochelle Atkins has been named Employee of the Month (May 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since August 2014, Atkins serves as a patient counselor in Admitting and Registration Services.

RMC HEALTHPLEX to Hold Community Health Forum in Branchville May 12

05/01/2016

RMC HEALTHPLEX will hold a community health forum on Thursday, May 12 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at RMC’s HEALTHPLEX in Branchville, 7031 Freedom Road. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call RMC Director of Health & Wellness Tim Maynard at 803-395-2121.

RMC HEALTHPLEX to Hold Community Health Forum in Santee May 24

05/01/2016

RMC HEALTHPLEX will hold a community health forum on Tuesday, May 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at RMC’s HEALTHPLEX in Santee, 111 John Lawson Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call RMC Director of Health & Wellness Tim Maynard at 803-395-2121.

RMC Welcomes New Employer Relations Manager

05/01/2016

RMC recently announced that Kevin Moyer, MS, ACSM EP-C has joined RMC’s team as Employer Relations Manager. RMC Employer Relations is a comprehensive health program for industries, businesses and schools, which includes on-site health assessments, disease prevention education, disease detection screenings, treatment referrals and follow up. As Employer Relations Manager, Moyer collaborates with employers to identify, address and eliminate employee health risks before they result in costly healthcare claims.

Health Topic of the Month – May 2016: Hay Fever, Allergies and Asthma

04/29/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC President and CEO Receives Patient Safety Champion Award

04/28/2016

RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge was recently awarded the 2016 Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Health Executive Award by the South Carolina Hospital Association. The Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards were created in 2008 to recognize individuals who demonstrated exemplary dedication and leadership in advancing the quality and safety of healthcare across South Carolina.

Interested in a Nursing Career? Applications Now Available for RMC Foundation Virginia B. Johnson Nursing Scholarship 2016

04/20/2016

The Regional Medical Center Foundation announces applications are being accepted for Virginia B. Johnson Scholarships to be awarded for Fall 2016. **Completed applications must be received by the Regional Medical Center Foundation Office by June 30, 2016.**

RMC HEALTHPLEX to Hold Community Health Forum in Holly Hill

04/18/2016

RMC HEALTHPLEX will hold a community health forum on Tuesday, April 26 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at RMC’s HEALTHPLEX in Holly Hill, 181 Bunch Ford Road. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call RMC Director of Health & Wellness Tim Maynard at 803-395-2121.

RMC to Celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 10-16

04/08/2016

RMC will celebrate National Volunteer Week, recognizing more than 150 members of the RMC Auxiliary, including adult and junior volunteers, who have collectively donated more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the hospital last year. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Giving Time, Touching Hearts.”

Protect Yourself from Colon Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

04/05/2016

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, killing nearly 50,000 people annually. Like many cancers, early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and survival. Colonoscopy is one of the best methods for the prevention of colorectal cancer.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn – April 2016: Bring on the Veggies

04/04/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Reception for Cancer Survivors as Special Prelude to Relay For Life

04/04/2016

Calling all Cancer Survivors! As a special prelude to Orangeburg / Calhoun counties' “Relay For Life,” the Regional Medical Center and Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a reception at 12 noon, Saturday, April 9, to honor all area ‪cancer survivors. The event will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Picnic Shelter at 975 Willington Drive., Orangeburg. Cancer survivors who attend will receive a free cancer survivor t-shirt. No registration required. For more info, contact Olive Etheridge at 803-395-2325 or 803-531-2333 or Cheryl Walling at 803-536-1978.

"Living the Regional Way": Johnson is Employee of the Month for April 2016

03/31/2016

Greg Johnson has been named Employee of the Month (April 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since August 2015, Johnson serves as a Cook in RMC’s Food and Nutrition Services Department.

Health Topic of the Month – April 2016: Colon Cancer

03/29/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Partners with OCtech, Local EMS for Mass Shooting Drill

03/22/2016

RMC recently participated in a simulated mass casualty exercise drill involving an active shooter incident in partnership with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College nursing students as mock patients. The drill simulated a scenario in which there were more than a dozen victims as a result of a mass shooting in a classroom. The mock victims were assigned injuries and a variety of conditions that EMS and RMC were to diagnose and treat. Local EMS was called to the scene to asses and transport the mock victims to the RMC emergency department. Upon arrival to the hospital, RMC surgeons, physicians and nurses triaged and tested emergency procedures for a sudden influx of gunshot wound casualties in the emergency department.

RMC to Celebrate Certified Nurses Day on March 19

03/10/2016

RMC will celebrate Certified Nurses Day on March 19, 2016 by honoring the 68 nurses on staff who are board certified in a nursing practice specialty. “National Board Certification is no easy task. RMC values the efforts of those nurses who have gone above and beyond to study and successfully complete the requirements for certification in their specialty. This accomplishment signifies a strong personal commitment to excellence which we reward,” said RMC Vice President Patient & Family Services and Chief Nursing Officer Julia Yawn, FACHE.

RMC HEALTHPLEX to Hold Community Health Forum in St. Matthews

03/09/2016

RMC HEALTHPLEX will hold a community health forum on Thursday, March 31 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the John Ford Community Center, 304 Agnes Street, St. Matthews. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call RMC Director of Health & Wellness Tim Maynard at 803-395-2121.

Tri-County Health Network Focuses on Improving Cardio-metabolic Health

03/08/2016

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Joins Statewide Collaborative to Improve Surgical Safety

03/07/2016

RMC has joined the Health Sciences S.C. Surgical Quality Collaborative. Funded by a $3.8 million grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, the collaborative will be used to improve surgical safety around the state. The project is led by HSSC and the S.C. Hospital Association alongside the S.C. Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Surgery. RMC is one of eight hospitals participating in the S.C. Surgical Quality Collaborative. Michael Hill, MD is RMC's Surgeon Champion for this initiative, and Heather Connor, RN is the Surgical Clinical Reviewer for RMC.

RMC to Celebrate Nat'l Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19

03/07/2016

RMC will help raise awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public during National Patient Safety Week, March 13 – 19. The National Patient Safety Foundation sponsors Patient Safety Awareness Week in an effort to increase awareness and engagement of patients, families, healthcare providers, and the public.

HEALTHPLEX at RMC Offers Medically-Supervised Exercise

03/02/2016

HEALTHPLEX at RMC offers Medically-Supervised Exercise (MSE) program, which is an alternative for adults who seek a safe, supervised and effective approach to exercise. MSE is also beneficial for individuals with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, high body weight, diabetes, stable cardiovascular disease or other health concerns. Call 803-395-2752 to schedule a guided tour of the HEALTHPLEX fitness facility. To enroll in the program, a medical referral from your physician is required, and HEALTHPLEX will request that from your physician for you. Your physician will determine any pre-program testing or special instructions.

"Living the Regional Way": Milligan is Employee of the Month for March 2016

03/01/2016

Laurie Branch Milligan has been named Employee of the Month (March 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since August 2014, Milligan serves as the office manager for the Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center.

Health Topic of the Month – March 2016: Obesity and Weight Management

03/01/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn – March 2016: Advances in Cancer Care

02/29/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Maternity Care Providers Receive Training through Mobile Simulation

02/26/2016

RMC maternity care physicians and nurses recently received hands-on training through a mobile simulator to help reduce non-medically necessary C-sections in first-time, low-risk moms as part of the Supporting Vaginal Birth initiative.

RMC Nurse Appointed to Two Roles for Board of Nursing

02/22/2016

RMC Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Sonya K. Ehrhardt, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ has been named to two roles for the South Carolina Board of Nursing. Ehrhardt has been named a Board of Nursing liaison representative for the Advisory Committee on Nursing Education. In addition, she has been appointed to be an expert reviewer at the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in cases concerning infectious disease.

RMC Nurse Named American Heart Association Midlands Chapter Spokesperson

02/22/2016

RMC Clinical Improvement Coordinator and Certified Heart Failure Nurse Crissy Brooks, RN, BSN, CHFN has been named as one of the American Heart Association Midlands Chapter’s “Faces of Heart” spokeswomen.Brooks was selected to be one of five spokeswomen for a year-long commitment to promote awareness of heart disease. She is the “advocate” spokeswoman, as she has a clinical background with the disease as a certified heart failure nurse. Her promotional efforts have focused on American Heart Month in February and the Midlands Heart Walk in Columbia on March 12.

RMC Cardiologists Receive MUSC College of Medicine Adjunct Faculty Appointments

02/17/2016

RMC's four cardiologists have obtained adjunct faculty appointments with the Medical University of South Carolina. The RMC physicians who have received adjunct faculty status are: Samuel V. King, MD; George E. Castro, MD; John O. Hutto, MD; and Mark J. Krzyston, MD. They will continue to practice at the RMC cardiology practices in Orangeburg.

RMC Earns National Recognition for Distinction in Maternity Care

02/17/2016

RMC has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care® from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in Maternity Care. “This designation is a testament to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses and staff who helped develop RMC’s comprehensive programs in maternity care,” said RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge. “Their clinical expertise in this area of specialty care has resulted in positive results for our patients.”

RMC Partners with Groups to Encourage Reading

02/12/2016

The Regional Medical Center's maternity care unit, “Her Place,” has implemented two programs to encourage young children to read. Through a partnership with Save the Children, RMC has established a children’s reading corner in the Her Place waiting room. RMC has also partnered with Orangeburg County Library to encourage ongoing reading.

RMC Diabetes Support Group to Host Local Author

02/10/2016

RMC's Diabetes Support Group will sponsor a presentation by Pansy Elizabeth Clayton, author of “SOS Simple Old Solution for Type 2 Diabetes,” on Tuesday, February 16. The program will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the RMC Community Outreach Building (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg). Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact RMC Certified Diabetes Educators 803-395-2514 or 803-395-2299.

RMC Healthy Living Center Sponsoring FREE Healthy Cooking Demonstrations

02/05/2016

The Healthy Living Center is sponsoring monthly healthy cooking demonstrations that will assist you in preparing simple and delicious foods while cutting calories and increasing nutritional value. Limited seating. Pre-registration required; call 803-395-3891.

"Living the Regional Way": Wolfe is Employee of the Month for Feb. 2016

02/04/2016

April Wolfe, BSN, RN has been named Employee of the Month (Feb. 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since July 2013, Wolfe serves as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department.

Extraordinary Nurse Keri Macchio Receives DAISY Award

02/04/2016

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Keri Macchio, RN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge Named to National Advisory Board

02/03/2016

RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge has been named to the Hospital 100 Leadership and Strategy Conference Advisory Board. The Hospital 100 Leadership and Strategy Conference is the premier leadership and strategy event for hospitals and health systems. The Hospital 100 Advisory Board is composed of industry leaders dedicated to identifying and developing the most important strategic priorities facing hospitals and health systems.

RMC Hospitalist Named to SCHA Quality Advisory Council

01/31/2016

RMC Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Brian Kendall, MD was recently named to the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Quality Advisory Council. The Quality Advisory Council is an interdisciplinary and diverse team of healthcare leaders from across the state that provides guidance and direction to hospitals and providers in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety.

Health Topic of the Month – Feb. 2016: High Blood Pressure

01/27/2016

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - Feb. 2016: Taking Care of Your Heart

01/27/2016

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Workplace Safety Pays Off for RMC and ERHS with Checks from PHT

01/25/2016

The successes of the Regional Medical Center and Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc. in keeping employees safe from workplace accidents was rewarded recently with checks totaling $217,047 from Palmetto Hospital Trust, the workers’ compensation self-insurance pool in which it participates.

RMC’s Avosso Receives Patriotic Employer Award

01/15/2016

Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Director Daniel Avosso, MD was recently recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Branchville Cheerleaders Support RMC Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Fund

01/11/2016

The Branchville High School Varsity Cheerleaders hosted a “Pink Out” night in support of breast cancer awareness during their final home football game of the season on October 23, 2015. Proceeds from this event were donated to the Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Fund.

"Living the Regional Way": Kullenberg is Employee of the Month for Jan. 2016

12/29/2015

Deedee Kullenberg, RN has been named Employee of the Month (Jan. 2016) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed since 2005, Kullenberg serves as a Clinical Informatics Analyst for Information Systems.

Health Topic of the Month – Jan. 2016: Healthy Sleep Habits

12/18/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - Jan. 2016: Safe Exercise

12/18/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

"Living the Regional Way": Haigler is Employee of the Month for Dec. 2015

12/02/2015

Edna Haigler has been named Employee of the Month (Dec. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC for 29 years, Haigler serves as a transporter for RMC patients.

Health Topic of the Month - Dec. 2015: Fight Back Against Stress

11/25/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - Dec. 2015: Fed Up!

11/25/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Honors Organ Donors

11/24/2015

RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge and RMC Board Member Leroy West have signed a rose vial that will be included on the Donate Life float in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., to commemorate organ, eye and tissue donors.

13-year-old Olivia Strickland Raises $2,500 for the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at RMC

11/21/2015

Thirteen-year-old Olivia Strickland of Orangeburg held several bake sales during the month of October to raise $2,500 for the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at RMC. For the third year in a row, Strickland has called on the community to help raise funds in memory of her grandmother, Carol Ware, to support the Mabry Center that treated Ware as she battled breast cancer. Strickland began holding small bake sales in 2013 at the age of 10 and raised $1,000 at her first bake sale alone.

RMC Wound Center Provides Advanced Healing Treatments

11/21/2015

The Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at RMC saves limbs and lives with state-of-the-art treatments and interdisciplinary teamwork. “They saved my leg. I wish I would have come earlier,” said Tommy Jennings from Branchville, S.C., and former patient at the Wound Center.

RMC to Celebrate nutritionDay in Partnership with Morrison Healthcare

11/19/2015

RMC will participate in nutritionDay on November 19, an annual event designed to address patient malnutrition in hospitals. The event features hospital malnutrition awareness and educational opportunities, and will be orchestrated by Morrison Healthcare’s 1,200 registered Dietitians throughout the food service company’s 600-plus hospitals.

RMC to Hold Behavioral Health Services Ceremony with MUSC Health

11/16/2015

RMC will celebrate the grand opening of the outpatient Pathways to Behavioral Health Clinic and newly renovated inpatient Behavioral Health Center as part of the affiliation with MUSC Health on Tues., Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the RMC Education Center. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the event and learn more about the behavioral health services offered at RMC and the MUSC Health affiliation. Tours of the new outpatient Pathways clinic will be offered.

Blood Assurance Program of RMC to Hold Annual Rivalry Blood Drive

11/11/2015

The Blood Assurance Program of RMC will hold its annual rivalry blood drive to encourage blood donations the week of the University of South Carolina vs. Clemson University game. Open to the public, each person who donates blood from Mon., Nov. 23 – Wed., Nov. 25 will automatically be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the University of South Carolina vs. Clemson University football game Sat., Nov. 28 in Columbia, S.C., and will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. The drawing of the game tickets will be held on Wed., Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Blood donations can be made at the donor center at RMC, which will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. Blood donations can also be made on the RMC Bloodmobile, which will be stationed at Chick-fil-A of Orangeburg Tues., Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Extraordinary Nurse Eunice Imoh Receives DAISY Award

11/11/2015

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Eunice Imoh, BS, BSN, RN, MS has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

Hospital Auxiliary to Hold Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

11/11/2015

The RMC Auxiliary’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Thurs., Dec. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of RMC’s Patient Registration (Admitting) Entrance. Matt Quay of Orangeburg will entertain with a selection of holiday music. For more than 30 years, RMC’s Auxiliary has sponsored the Tree Lighting, which is the primary fund-raiser for the Auxiliary’s Verna Martin Compassionate Care Program. For a donation of $3.00 or more, the public may purchase a light on the tree in honor or memory of a loved one. To purchase a light, please call (803) 395-2425 or toll free in S.C. at 800-476-3377 ext. 2425.

RMC Aims to Increase Patient Satisfaction with Higher Survey Returns

11/11/2015

RMC encourages patients to participate in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys to improve patient care and services. “The results of the HCAHPS surveys are important because they provide feedback that helps RMC improve patient care and services, and they determine the percentage of RMC’s Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements,” said RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge.

Affordable Care Act Work Group Announces Open Enrollment Opportunities in Tri-County Area

11/05/2015

The Affordable Care Act Work Group of Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg Counties announces that Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace will be held from Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016. The Palmetto Project, which serves as a facilitator to help communities sign up for healthcare through the Health Insurance Marketplace, will hold open enrollment events for the public to receive assistance with their application through www.HealthCare.gov from certified ACA application counselors. The Palmetto Project will be at the Bamberg County Library on Mondays in November, December and January from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; SC Works in Orangeburg on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and at the Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Orangeburg on second Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More local events and locations will be added as enrollment continues. In addition to the Palmetto Project’s community events, the Resource Care Alliance Office at RMC will be available to assist Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Applicants may stop by in person or call toll free in S.C. at 1-855-241-5320.

"Living the Regional Way": Milhouse is Employee of the Month for Nov. 2015

11/01/2015

Patricia Milhouse, RN has been named Employee of the Month (Nov. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed since Aug. 2005, Milhouse serves as clinical manager for RMC Primary Care practices.

Health Topic of the Month - Nov. 2015: Could You Have PREDIABETES and Not Know It?

11/01/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - Nov. 2015: Diabetes Signs and Symptoms

11/01/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Learn About Surgical Weight Loss at FREE Seminar, November 18

10/28/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Obesity is a medical condition that may have a negative effect on health. Weight Loss Surgery has been proven to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight when diet and exercise alone have failed. RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers surgical options to help obese individuals realize and maintain weight loss. If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

RMC to Launch New Online Job Application System

10/28/2015

RMC's Human Resources department is launching a new online job application system called “Taleo” effective Mon., Nov. 23. Job candidates will access the system on the RMC website, www.trmchealth.org. Paper applications will be accepted at the RMC Human Resources department until Tues., Nov. 20 at 4:30 pm. After that date, paper applications will no longer be accepted. For more information, call Human Resources at 803-395-2270 (toll free in S.C. 800-476-3377, ext. 2270).

Register for Nov. 20 Simple, Painless Vascular Screenings that Could Save Your Life

10/26/2015

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Nov. 20, the Vascular Center is offering three simple, painless screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of aneurysms and blockages in the arteries. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Upcoming "FREE" Vein Disease Screenings, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 or 23

10/23/2015

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment for ONE of these screenings. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of the FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

RMC and Morrison Healthcare Commit to Serving Meat and Poultry Without Unnecessary Antibiotics

10/21/2015

On October 24, the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC) will serve 450 meals that feature meat or poultry raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics. Joining alongside Health Care Without Harm and more than 300 other hospitals across the country, RMC is celebrating Food Day through its efforts to eliminate the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and build a healthy, sustainable food supply.

RMC Pharmacists Highlight Vital Role in Improving Patient Safety

10/20/2015

Pharmacists at RMC recognize National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, October 18-24, 2015, to underscore the many new and vital roles pharmacists have in patient care, During Pharmacy Week the Regional Medical Center pharmacy department will celebrate all of the hard work and dedication from the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. RMC provides pharmacists in-house for inpatient services and offers services to the public through the Outpatient Pharmacy located in the Emergency Department waiting area.

RMC Prepared To Handle Weather-Related Issues

10/05/2015

RMC is prepared to handle any weather related issues related to the heavy rains and flooding in the area.The building has sustained some minor leaks, but there is no major damage from flooding. There are no power concerns as the facility is equipped with backup generators. There have been no patient evacuations, and the need for evacuations is not expected.

RMC and MUSC-Health Participate in Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Drill

10/02/2015

RMC and MUSC-Health participated in an infectious disease preparedness and response drill with a mock patient who was presented to the RMC emergency department with a suspected diagnosis of the Ebola disease. RMC began preparation for Ebola in the summer of 2014 and began to purchase emergency supplies right away. More than 40 RMC staff members and physicians are trained to dress in and remove Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits that surpass federal guidelines. RMC staff continues to receive constant training for Ebola and are always at a readiness state.

"Living the Regional Way": Margaret Weathers, RN is Employee of the Month for Oct. 2015

10/01/2015

Margaret Weathers, RN has been named Employee of the Month (Oct. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed at RMC Primary Care – Branchville since the practice joined RMC in 2007, Weathers has served Dr. William O’Quinn’s practice as staff nurse for 35 years.

Attend FREE Seminar Oct. 14 or 28 to Learn About Surgical Weight Loss Surgery

10/01/2015

Attend a FREE seminar to find out how ‪Weight Loss Surgery has been proven to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight when diet and exercise alone have failed. RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers surgical options to help obese individuals realize and maintain weight loss. If interested in learning more, please register by calling 803-395-2720 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720).

RMC Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Vein Screening Oct. 6

10/01/2015

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, Oct. 6 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

Simple, Painless Vascular Screenings Offered Oct. 16

10/01/2015

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Oct. 16, the Vascular Center is offering three simple, painless screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of aneurysms and blockages in the arteries. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Health Topic of the Month - Oct. 2015: The Bare Bones of Osteoporosis

09/28/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - Oct. 2015: Breast Health

09/28/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Enrolls in National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

09/25/2015

RMC has joined the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). Named “Best in the Nation” for surgical quality by the Institute of Medicine, ACS NSQIP is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program used to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in private hospitals.

RMC Nurse Earns Certification in Healthcare Quality

09/24/2015

RMC Quality Coordinator Donna Moorer, BSN, RN, CPHQ was recently accredited as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Moorer currently works in the Quality Management Department and has been employed at RMC for 21 years. She received her BSN from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2008 and graduated from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College with an an ADN in 1994.

RMC Receives Care Transitions Award

09/14/2015

RMC received a Care Transitions award at the Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative statewide meeting in August for reducing readmissions among Medicare patients with heart failure. RMC received this award for reducing readmission rates of patients with heart failure by 20 percent or more. This was the second consecutive year RMC received recognition from PART for exceptional results.

Radiation Oncologist Joins RMC in Partnership with MUSC Health

09/03/2015

Paul G. Goetowski, MD recently joined the Mabry Center for Cancer Care, a department of RMC as Director of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Goetowski, a faculty member with the Medical University of South Carolina, will provide radiation oncology professional services exclusively to the RMC patient community.

RMC Healthy Living Center Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

09/03/2015

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to RMC's Healthy Living Center program. The American Diabetes Association believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

Health Topic of the Month - Sept. 2015: Do I have the Flu or a Cold?

09/02/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

"Living the Regional Way": John Garen is Employee of the Month for Sept. 2015

09/01/2015

John Garen has been named Employee of the Month (Sept. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since February 2011, Garen serves as a Network Analyst for Information Systems.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - Sept. 2015: Your Kidneys and You

09/01/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Receives High Marks from Medical School Students

08/31/2015

Now in the third year of hosting medical students for clinical rotations, the Regional Medical Center has become one of the most requested sites for third and fourth-year students of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

S.C. Trauma Centers Join Governor Nikki Haley Proclaiming Sept. 23 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day among Older Adults

08/31/2015

In observation of South Carolina Falls Prevention Awareness Day, September 23, The Trauma Association of South Carolina and the Regional Medical Center are joining together to take proactive steps to prevent falls among seniors.

Learn About Surgical Weight Loss at FREE Seminar, September 8 or 24

08/21/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Obesity is a medical condition that may have a negative effect on health. Weight Loss Surgery has been proven to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight when diet and exercise alone have failed. RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers surgical options to help obese individuals realize and maintain weight loss. If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Attend FREE Seminar to Learn About Surgical Weight Loss Surgery

08/17/2015

Attend a FREE seminar to find out how ‪Weight Loss Surgery has been proven to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight when diet and exercise alone have failed. RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers surgical options to help obese individuals realize and maintain weight loss. If interested in learning more, please register by calling 803-395-2720 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720).

RMC Receives Gold Apple Award and Gold Star Award for Implementing a Healthy Food Environment and a Tobacco-Free Worksite

08/17/2015

RMC was recognized by the S.C. Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the Gold Apple and Gold Star awards. The Gold Apple is awarded for providing and promoting healthy, affordable and delicious food and beverage options for employees and represents the highest standard of nutrition excellence at the workplace. The Gold Star is awarded for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees.

What Can I Eat? Diabetes Support Group to Meet August 18

08/05/2015

RMC is offering a free educational program, “What Can I Eat?” at RMC’s Diabetes Support Group meeting on Tues., Aug. 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the RMC Community Outreach Building (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg). Pre-registration is required by Aug. 17.

"Living the Regional Way": Rodney Govan is Employee of the Month for August 2015

08/03/2015

Rodney Govan has been named Employee of the Month (Aug. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." Employed by RMC since September 2014, Govan serves as a Cook in RMC's Food and Nutrition Services Department.

Health Topic of the Month - August 2015: All in a Day’s Work

07/28/2015

Research indicates that the average employee in America works approximately 1,700 hours per year. By making a few simple and consistent changes throughout the course of the workday, men and women in today’s workforce can increase their energy levels and reap significant health benefits.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - August 2015: Cholesterol – The Good & the Bad

07/27/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

Dr. Bassante Joins RMC Palmetto Surgical Group

07/21/2015

Mauricio Bassante, MD recently joined Palmetto Surgical Group, a department of the Regional Medical Center, as general surgeon. Dr. Bassante joins PSG staff members Dion Franga, MD, FACS, RPVI, Thomas Chow, MD, and Sandra Chaplin, ACNP.

RMC Providing Price Estimates for Services

07/15/2015

RMC has established a process to give estimated hospital costs to individuals upon request before services are provided. Individuals can call a designated phone number to speak to a representative who will collect information about the service requested, the individual’s health insurance carrier, deductible and other information to estimate how much the individual will be responsible for paying. The designated phone number for the RMC Price Line is 803-395-3000 (toll free in S.C. at 800-476-3377, ext. 3000) and is available Mon. – Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

RMC Receives National Resuscitation Recognition Award

07/13/2015

RMC has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Bronze Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures in the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests. RMC is awarded for meeting specific measures in treating in-hospital cardiac arrest patients. To receive the award, a hospital must comply with the quality measures for four months.

Health Topic of the Month - July 2015: Child Immunizations / Childhood Obesity

07/06/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

"FREE" Vein Screening Set for July 14 at Vein Clinic

07/03/2015

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, July 14 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

Learn About Surgical Weight Loss at FREE Seminar, July 9 or 22

07/03/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Obesity is a medical condition that may have a negative effect on health. Weight Loss Surgery has been proven to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight when diet and exercise alone have failed. RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers surgical options to help obese individuals realize and maintain weight loss. If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - July 2015: Keep Your Knees Healthy

07/03/2015

As a community service, RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required. Call 803-395-2698.

RMC Nurse Receives Stroke Certification

07/03/2015

Sherry Davis, BSN, RN, SCRN, stroke program coordinator at the Regional Medical Center, has earned the stroke certified registered nurse (SCRN) credential through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

"Living the Regional Way": to Shajuana Cave is Employee of the Month for July 2015

07/01/2015

Employed by RMC Obstetrics & Gynecology since February 2014, Shajuana Cave has been named Employee of the Month (July 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as a Reimbursement Specialist/Medical Office Assistant.

RMC's Ehrhardt Appointed to SC Board of Nursing

06/30/2015

Dr. Sonya K. Ehrhardt was recently appointed by Governor Nikki Haley, with the confirmation of the appointment by the South Carolina Senate, to serve two terms for the Board of Nursing for South Carolina. Her first term will expire on December 31, 2015 with her reappointment term commencing on December 31, 2015 and expiring on December 31, 2019.

RMC Nurse Published in National Nursing Journal

06/29/2015

Micki Schurlknight, DNP, RNC, clinical excellence/supervision/float pool manager at RMC, was recently published in Nursing Economics: The Journal for Health Care Leaders. Her article, “Improving Pneumococcal Immunization Rates Among Hospitalized Adults,” is about how RMC improved immunization rates of the pneumonia vaccine.

Curry Receives RMC’s “Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year” Award

06/26/2015

Rosalind Curry was honored recently as the Regional Medical Center’s “Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year”. This award was initiated by the Shared Governance Quality Council of RMC’s Nursing Department in appreciation of all certified nursing assistants at RMC.

Three RMC Nurses Receive Certification as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional

06/26/2015

Kay Berry, Terri Rash and Vicky Yandle, all registered nurses in RMC's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, recently received certification as a cardiac rehabilitation professional from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. They are three of only 14 in South Carolina who have received this certification.

RMC Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

06/25/2015

The Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

2015-2016 Junior Volunteer Officers Installed

06/23/2015

New 2015-2016 officers of the Regional Medical Center junior volunteers were installed at their recently held awards program: Nadia Ansari, president; Amanda Charley, vice president; Annika Gupta, secretary; and Natori Murphy, treasurer.

Dr. Chow Receives Board Certification from ABS

06/23/2015

Thomas Chow, MD, surgeon for the Regional Medical Center’s Palmetto Surgical Group recently received board certification in general surgery from the American Board of Surgery. In addition to general surgery, Dr. Chow’s professional interests include laparoscopic surgery, breast surgery, surgical oncology and GI endoscopy.

Jamison is RMC’s “Junior Volunteer of the Year”

06/23/2015

Kayla Jamison, a native of Orangeburg, was recently named the Regional Medical Center’s “Junior Volunteer of the Year”. Her fellow junior volunteers chose her for this honor based on her genuine caring nature, warm personality and support for her peers.

Extraordinary Nurse Whitney Bazzle Receives DAISY Award

06/22/2015

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Whitney Bazzle, RN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

Mobile Mammograms Coming Soon to a Town Near You …

06/22/2015

RMC Mobile Services van allows staff to provide digital mammograms, information and education at remote sites throughout the area. Mammograms can detect very small lumps in the breast, even before they can be felt. The keys to surviving breast cancer are early detection and early treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram once a year. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a digital mammogram, call Jennifer Nimmo, RT (R) (M), mobile mammography coordinator, at 803-395-4708 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 4708).

Vascular Disease Screenings, June 19

06/11/2015

Vascular Disease Screenings, June 19 The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., June 19 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Interested in a Nursing Career? Applications Now Available for RMC Foundation Virginia B. Johnson Nursing Scholarship 2015

06/03/2015

The Regional Medical Center Foundation announces applications are being accepted for Virginia B. Johnson Scholarships to be awarded for Fall 2015. **Completed applications must be received by the Regional Medical Center Foundation Office by June 30, 2016.**

"Living the Regional Way": Nancy Riggins is Employee of the Month for June 2015

06/01/2015

Employed by RMC since 2006, Nancy Riggins has been named Employee of the Month (June 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as the HR Data Management Coordinator for RMC’s Human Resource Department.

Health Topic of the Month - June 2015: Men’s Health Myths Debunked

06/01/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - June 2015: The Thyroid

06/01/2015

RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required.

Pilot Club of Orangeburg Donates Furnishings to RMC Chapel

06/01/2015

The Pilot Club of Orangeburg recently donated new furnishings including 12 chairs, two kneeling benches, two credence tables and a lectern to the Chapel at the Regional Medical Center.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, June 2 or 23

05/28/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Obesity is a medical condition that may have a negative effect on health. Weight Loss Surgery has been proven to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight when diet and exercise alone have failed. RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers surgical options to help obese individuals realize and maintain weight loss. If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

RMC Nurses Honored with Awards of Excellence 2015

05/27/2015

Three nurses at RMC were honored recently with awards for nursing excellence. Kayla Brown, RN, and Kayla Coleman, BSN, RN, were honored as Nurses of the Year in General Units/Supervisory Staff and Specialty Care Areas, respectively. The Nurses of the Year are selected annually by the RMC medical staff; honorees are chosen based on clinical skills, devotion and compassion. Alexandra H. Sanders, BSN, RN, CWON, received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Presented annually, the award is nominated by members of RMC's nursing staff. Honorees must demonstrate clinical excellence and concern for patients, family and co-workers; demonstrate leadership; and possess enthusiasm while having a healthy work ethic.

RMC Receives National Patient Safety Award

05/19/2015

RMC recently received the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades, a leading national online resource for healthcare and healthcare professionals. This award places RMC among the top 10 percent of hospitals among the nation for patient safety and excellent performance. RMC is one of only seven S.C. hospitals to receive the prestigious award. Performance scores were distributed based on hospital stay evaluations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

RMC to Present "Fed Up" in Bamberg June 4

05/19/2015

RMC will present a free Community Health Forum and a showing of the movie “Fed Up,” at Richard Carroll Elementary School (1980 Main Hwy.) in Bamberg on Thurs., June 4 at 5:30 p.m. “Fed Up” is a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic. Sponsored by RMC’s Healthy Living Center and the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, the event is open to the public, and no registration is required.

“Growing a Network of Heroes:” RMC Blood Assurance Program Honors Donors

05/18/2015

More than 280 volunteer blood donors were honored at RMC's 41st annual Blood Assurance Program Donor Appreciation Banquet held recently at the Family Life Center in Orangeburg. Donors who reached milestone levels of blood donations during the past year were recognized and received gifts of appreciation. Some 207 donors ranging in donations of two to 17 gallons, and 119 one-gallon donors were also honored. More than 55 businesses, schools, churches and organizations that sponsored and hosted blood drives during 2014 were also recognized.

Health of RMC Vital to Health of Community, National Hospital Week Recognition

05/14/2015

Click on the headline above to read the editorial published by The Times and Democrat.

RMC Sponsoring Diabetes Support Group Program on May 19

05/13/2015

RMC is sponsoring a free educational program, “Reading Food Labels is a Healthy Habit,” at RMC’s Diabetes Support Group meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The program will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the RMC Community Outreach Building (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg). Pre-registration is required; call 803-395-2514 or 803-395-2299.

Holistic Health: TCHN Pursues Strategies in Population Health Management

05/12/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Observing National Hospital Week, Offering Free Cooking Demonstration, Stroke Education Program May 28

05/11/2015

RMC and 5,000 other U.S. hospitals are observing National Hospital Week this week (May 10-16). National Hospital Week is a celebration of history, technology and dedicated hospital staff. This year’s theme is “Where Miracles Happen Every Day”. Also, in observation of National Stroke Awareness Month, RMC is offering a free Healthy Cooking Demonstration and Stroke Education Program on Thurs., May 28, in the RMC Outreach Building Educational Kitchen (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg), beginning at 5:15 p.m. Registration is required; space is limited. To register contact RMC’s Primary Stroke Center Program Coordinator Sherry Davis at 803-395-4014.

RMC Vice President Brenda Williams Receives State Healthcare Award

05/11/2015

RMC Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda L. Williams recently received the Spencer C. Disher, MD Award presented by the Palmetto Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association (PMDPA) at the Lawrence W. Long 2015 Annual Lecture and Awards Banquet in Columbia. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional concern for the health and well-being of the community, participated on committees and organizational structures related to the health of the community and demonstrates goodwill to all.

National Nurses Week May 6-12: RMC Nurses ... Serving Patients and Volunteering in the Community

05/06/2015

Each year, RMC observes the American Nurses Association’s celebration of National Nurses' Week on May 6-12. This year’s theme for the week is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” ... An annual Gallup survey shows that the public has ranked nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethical standards for 13 consecutive years ... More than 2.7 million people work as registered nurses (RNs) in the United States; 450 plus of them are members of the nursing team at RMC.

"Living the Regional Way": John Ott is Employee of the Month for May 2015

05/01/2015

Employed by RMC’s Behavioral Health Center since June 2010, John Ott, BS, RN-BC has been named Employee of the Month (May 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." He currently serves as the clinical coordinator in the Behavioral Health Center.

Health Topic of the Month - May 2015: Sick and Tired of Allergies?

05/01/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Lunch or Dinner & Learn - May 2015: Lowering Your Risk for STROKE

05/01/2015

RMC offers FREE “Dinner & Learn” and “Lunch & Learn” seminars each month. Limited seating; registration required.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, May 20 or 27

04/30/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Disher Honored as RMC Auxiliary’s "Volunteer of the Year"

04/27/2015

Annette Disher, a native of Summerville, SC, received honors as the Regional Medical Center Auxiliary's "Volunteer of the Year" at the recently held Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

RMC Presenting Free Community Health Forum and “Fed Up” Documentary at SANTEE's Family Development Center on April 30

04/24/2015

On Thurs., April 30, RMC is presenting a free Community Health Forum and a showing of “Fed Up,” at the Family Development Center in the Santee Town Hall Complex (210 Brooks Blvd.) in Santee, beginning at 5:30 p.m. “Fed Up” is a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic. Sponsored by RMC’s Healthy Living Center and the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, the event is open to the public, and no registration is required.

RMC Presenting Free Community Health Forum and “Fed Up” Documentary at the HOLLY HILL Depot on May 7

04/24/2015

On Thurs., May 7, RMC is presenting a free Community Health Forum and a showing of “Fed Up,” at the Holly Hill Depot (8603 Old State Rd.) in Holly Hill, beginning at 5:30 p.m. “Fed Up” is a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic. Sponsored by RMC’s Healthy Living Center and the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, the event is open to the public, and no registration is required.

Register Early: Vascular Disease Screenings, May 15

04/21/2015

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., May 15the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Relay For Life: Organizers Gear Up for April 24 Fundraiser at Fairgrounds

04/21/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Observing Certified Nurses Day March 19

04/19/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Holding Healthcare Decisions Day Event

04/16/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

March for Babies: Local Walk Raises $75,000 for March of Dimes Research

04/14/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Auxiliary Observing Special Week

04/14/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Gala in Pictures - The Emerald Ball

04/14/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Observing National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

04/14/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

“Volunteers: A Work of Heart!” RMC Auxiliary Observing National Volunteer Week, April 12-18

04/13/2015

National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) is an opportunity to recognize volunteers for their valuable service throughout the year. This year’s theme, “Volunteers: A Work of Heart!” pays tribute to the more than 150 members of the Regional Medical Center’s Auxiliary, including adult and junior volunteers. Together, they contributed approximately 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the medical center during the past year.

RMC Observing National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 with Free Symposium for the Community

04/13/2015

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, the Regional Medical Center is sponsoring a FREE community-wide symposium on advance care planning and important medical decision making. The event will be held in the Roquemore Auditorium (Building R) at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Registration is not required, and the community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Learn About Surgical Weight Loss at FREE Seminar, April 16 or 29

04/08/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

‎RMC Sponsoring Community-wide Symposium on Advance Care Planning on April 16 at O-C Technical College

04/08/2015

Advance Care Planning‬ is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make you own healthcare decisions. "Let’s Talk About It" on National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16. RMC is sponsoring a community-wide symposium on advance care planning and important medical decision making. The symposium will begin at 5 p.m., Thurs., April 16 in the Roquemore Auditorium (Building R) at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Featured speakers include: the Rev. Elwood Spackman, former Executive Director of Emory Center for Pastoral Services and Co-Chair of Emory’s Ethics Committee; Marcia Powell Shew, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney of S.C. Legal Services, Orangeburg; the Honorable Pandora Jones-Glover, Esq., Orangeburg County Probate Judge; Alvin Reaves III, MD, Medical Director of RMC Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care; and the Rev. Paul Hamilton, RMC Chaplain and Director of RMC Pastoral Care. In addition, on-site adult supportive care vendors will be available to assist you in maintaining control of your life with advanced care planning by helping you complete an advanced directive. **Refreshments and door prizes.**

MUSC-RMC Pact Offers Treatments for Area

04/07/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

"Living the Regional Way": Stephanie Regalado is Employee of the Month for April 2015

04/02/2015

Employed by the Regional Medical Center for four years, Stephanie Regalado, RN, BSN has been named Employee of the Month (April 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as the clinical coordinator for RMC’s Medical-Surgical Stepdown Unit.

Extraordinary Nurse Kathy Breland Receives DAISY Award

04/01/2015

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Kathy Breland, RN-BC has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

Best Outcome: RMC to Celebrate Affiliation with MUSC

03/31/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

Mobile Mammography Coming to Branchville on April 29

03/31/2015

Mobile Mammography Coming to RMC HEALTHPLEX | Branchville (7752 Freedom Rd., Branchville) on Wed., April 29. Mammograms can detect very small lumps in the breast, even before they can be felt. The keys to surviving breast cancer are early detection and early treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram once a year. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a digital mammogram, call Jennifer Nimmo, RT (R) (M), mobile mammography coordinator, at 803-395-4708 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 4708).

Stroke Care Leader: RMC Awarded Advanced Certification

03/31/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

RMC Hosting Community Event on April 6 to Celebrate Affiliation with MUSC Health

03/30/2015

On Monday, April 6, beginning at 4:00 p.m., the Regional Medical Center is hosting a Celebration Event of RMC’s affiliation with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The event will take place in the Private Dining Rooms on ground floor of the hospital near the Cafeteria. (The original time scheduled for this event was 5:30 p.m.) The community is invited and encouraged to attend this special event.

During National Nutrition Month and Beyond, RMC Encourages Community to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”

03/27/2015

RMC is encouraging the community to “"Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" during National Nutrition Month and beyond. There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person’s overall daily routine is what is most important. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month® 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle." Each March, which is observed as National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds and encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating.

Health Topic of the Month - April 2015: Skin Cancer

03/26/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Gets New Unit to Test Cardiovascular Health

03/26/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat

Oldways, New Attitudes

03/24/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat – Vicky Ott rifles through a storage cage stuffed with coconut milk, stone-ground grits, red lentils, couscous, Himalayan Pink Salt and other food items she hopes will improve her students' health ... Her "students" are a group of adult African-American women who are seeking to blend nutrition, cultural history and simple cooking techniques into a new way of eating ... "We're looking at making our food tasty, but not necessarily using the (streak-o'-lean), fatback and smoked turkey wings ... for something that's going to be healthy ... my vision is for people to pick this up and continue it," said Ott, a clinical dietician at the Regional Medical Center's Healthy Living Center ...

Dinner or Lunch & Learn – April 2015: Making Healthcare Decisions

03/23/2015

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

RMC Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

03/19/2015

RMC was recently recognized for earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. RMC achieved recertification; its original certification was in 2012.

Effective March 30: NEW HOURS for Urgent Care | Bamberg

03/18/2015

Beginning March 30, new hours for Urgent Care | Bamberg will be 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, 7 days a week. Urgent Care | Bamberg handles most medical situations that are seen in an Emergency Room and is also an “after hours” option for those who have trouble getting to the doctor during regular business hours due to work or other commitments.

Ross Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

03/17/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat - Dr. John R. Ross, medical director of the Regional Medical Center's Dialysis Access Institute, recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Annual American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology Scientific Conference held in Orlando, Florida ...

RMC Presenting Free Health Forum and "Fed Up" Documentary March 19

03/16/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat - The Regional Medical Center will be presenting a free Community Health Forum and a showing of “Fed Up,” at the John Ford Community Center in St. Matthews, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. “Fed Up” is a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic ...

RMC Observing Certified Nurses Day on March 19

03/13/2015

RMC is celebrating Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring the 67 nurses on staff who are board certified in a nursing practice specialty. These nurses represent 24 different specialty areas and are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care.

RMC Presenting Free Community Health Forum and “Fed Up” Documentary at John Ford Community Center in St. Matthews on March 19

03/13/2015

On Thurs., March 19, RMC is presenting a free Community Health Forum and a showing of “Fed Up,” at the John Ford Community Center (304 Agnes St.) in St. Matthews, beginning at 5:30 p.m. “Fed Up” is a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic. Sponsored by RMC’s Healthy Living Center and the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, the event is open to the public, and no registration is required.

RMC’s Crissy Brooks Receives National Distinction as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse

03/10/2015

RMC Clinical Improvement Coordinator Crissy Brooks, RN, BSN, CHFN, recently received Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) status ... The CHFN program, developed by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) Certification Board, provides a CHFN credential and demonstrates, by examination and application criteria that include contemporary heart failure education and practice requirements, that the registered nurse has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge in heart failure and disease management.

RMC Foundation’s Emerald Ball to Be Held March 14

03/09/2015

RMC's Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary Gala by presenting the Emerald Ball on Saturday, March 14. This evening of black tie elegance will be held at the Orangeburg Country Club ... Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s “Best for Our Community” capital campaign in support of the Mabry Center for Cancer Care and the Dialysis Access Institute ... Cost per individual is $125 or $250 per couple. To make reservations or to receive more info, call the RMC Foundation at 803-395-2321.

RMC’s John Ross, MD Receives ASDIN Lifetime Achievement Award

03/09/2015

John R. Ross, MD, Medical Director of RMC's Dialysis Access Institute, recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Annual American Society of Diagnostic & Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) Scientific Conference held in Orlando, Florida ... Dr. Ross is internationally renowned for developing outpatient surgical procedures and techniques which provide access to the bloodstream for patients on dialysis. He completed his medical training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and has been a board-certified surgeon for more than 30 years ...

"Emerald Ball": Foundation Gala to Raise Funds for Mabry Center, Dialysis Access Institute

03/08/2015

Published by The Times and Democrat - The Regional Medical Center is going green this year as it plans to raise funds for two health facilities while offering the community an evening of elegance and entertainment ... The 20th annual RMC Foundation Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Orangeburg Country Club. A silent auction will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., with a live auction to be held from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. The theme for this year's gala, presented by Zeus, will be "The Emerald Ball."

Felder Chapel Holiness Church of Elloree Donates Gift to Mabry Center for Cancer Care

02/27/2015

Felder Chapel Holiness Church of Elloree Donates Gift to Mabry Center for Cancer Care The eighth annual “Cancer Walk” sponsored by Felder Chapel Holiness Church of Elloree was held recently to garner funds to fight cancer. This special event resulted in a check presentation to RMC's Foundation for $1,500 in support of the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at RMC.

"Living the Regional Way": April Kovach is Employee of the Month for March 2015

02/26/2015

Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) for more than six years, April Kovach, RN has been named Employee of the Month (March 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as staff nurse in RMC’s Newborn Nursery.

Free Community Health Forum and Calhoun County Premiere of “Fed Up” Documentary on March 19

02/24/2015

***5:30 pm, Thursday, March 19 at John Ford Community Center (304 Agnes St., St. Matthews)***FREE (No registration required.)***Open to the public, this health forum will feature speakers from RMC’s Healthy Living Center and Brian Kendall, MD, RMC Chief Quality Officer. The health forum will be followed by the Calhoun County Premiere of “Fed Up!”, a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic.****All in attendance will be included in a drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.*** This event is sponsored by RMC’s Healthy Living Center and the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus.

Learn About Surgical Weight Loss at FREE Seminar, March 12 or 25

02/23/2015

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of these FREE seminars (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - March 2015: Colorectal Cancer Awareness

02/20/2015

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Health Topic of the Month - March 2015: You Are What You Eat

02/20/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Register Early: Vascular Disease Screenings, March 20

02/17/2015

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., March 20 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Register Now: "FREE" Vein Screenings Set for March 3 at Vein Clinic

02/17/2015

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, March 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

Sonya Ehrhardt Named S.C. APIC Midlands Director and S.C. APIC Board Member

02/13/2015

Sonya Ehrhardt, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, Director of Nurse Utilization, Clinical Administration, Infection Prevention, Access Resource Team, Advanced Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Center, Infusion Therapy and Diabetes at the Regional Medical Center, was recently selected to serve as the S.C. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Midlands Director and as an S.C. APIC Board member.

RMC Sponsoring Diabetes Support Group Program on Feb. 17

02/12/2015

RMC is sponsoring a free educational program, “Heart Healthy Snacking,” at RMC’s Diabetes Support Group meeting on Tuesday, February 17. The program will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the RMC Community Outreach Building (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg). Pre-registration is required; call 803-395-2514 or 803-395-2299.

"Living the Regional Way": Lisa Cecchini is Employee of the Month for February 2015

02/04/2015

Employed by the Regional Medical Center (RMC) for more than 35 years, Lisa Cecchini, RN has been named Employee of the Month (Feb. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as an infusion therapy nurse in RMC’s Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center.

RMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Receives National Certification by Industry Leader

02/02/2015

The Regional Medical Center was recently awarded national certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The RMC CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life for patients by enhancing standards of care.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - Feb. 2015: Healthy Eating for Your Heart

01/30/2015

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Health Topic of the Month - Feb. 2015: Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure

01/30/2015

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Announces Affiliation Agreement with MUSC Health

01/28/2015

RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge announced that the RMC Board of Trustees has approved a clinical affiliation with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC/MUSC Health). An enterprise-wide focus on continuously improving the RMC patient experience, including quality of care and doing what’s best for the patient, is at the forefront of this decision ...

ACA Work Group Observing National Youth Enrollment Day on January 29

01/26/2015

January 29 is National Youth Enrollment Day, a collaborative effort to educate young adults across the country on the importance of having health insurance ... Certified Application Counselors (CACs) will be available at various times on January 29, at the following locations: Bamberg Job Corps Center, 803-245-6350; Claflin University, 803-535-5285; Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College- 803-536-1219; and South Carolina State University, 803-536-8103. For more information please call the phone number listed for each site.

Extraordinary Nurse Taylor Gray Receives DAISY Award

01/20/2015

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Taylor Gray, BSN, RN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

Register Early: "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings Set for Feb. 3 at Vein Clinic

01/19/2015

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, February 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

Register Early: Vascular Disease Screenings, Feb. 20

01/19/2015

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Feb. 20 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

"Living the Regional Way": Greta Bircheat is Employee of the Month for January 2015

01/01/2015

Employed by RMC for more than 44 years, Greta Bircheat has been named Employee of the Month (Jan. 2015) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as a surgical services assistant in the Operating Room.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - Jan. 2015: Healthy New Year

12/29/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Health Topic of the Month - Jan. 2015: Healthy Sleep Habits

12/22/2014

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Register Early for "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings Set for Jan. 6 at Vein Clinic

12/09/2014

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, January 6 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

"Living the Regional Way": Carole Holliday is Employee of the Month for December 2014

12/03/2014

Employed by RMC Cardiology-Dr. Hutto and Dr. King since May 2013, Carole Holliday has been named Employee of the Month (December 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as serves as a cardiovascular technologist at the RMC Cardiology practice located at 2664 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - Dec. 2014: Holiday Blues

11/26/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Health Topic of the Month - Dec. 2014: Find Joy in Healthy Holiday Habits

11/26/2014

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Recognized with Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care

11/26/2014

RMC has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. This marks the fourth year that RMC has been recognized with a quality achievement award-heart failure.

Tour RMC's NEW HEALTHPLEX in St. Matthews at the November 20 “Grand Opening of the John Ford Community Center"

11/19/2014

The community is invited to help celebrate the Grand Opening of the John Ford Community Center (304 Agnes Street, St. Matthews) on Thursday, November 20 at 5:30 pm. During this event, the community will also have the opportunity to tour our new RMC HEALTHPLEX facility, which will officially open in December. See you there!

RMC Recognized for Patient Safety Record

11/14/2014

RMC received a South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award.” The award, presented by the S.C. Hospital Association, celebrates the hospital’s excellent work in preventing hospital-acquired infections.

RMC Sponsoring Diabetes Support Group Program on November 18

11/13/2014

The Regional Medical Center is sponsoring a free educational program, ”Eat Healthfully with Diabetes,” at RMC’s Diabetes Support Group meeting on Tuesday, November 18. The program will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the RMC Community Outreach Building (1324 Hutto Street, Orangeburg). Pre-registration is required; call 803-395-2514 or 803-395-2299.

Need Affordable Health Insurance in 2015?

11/12/2014

The HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE will be open for enrollment Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. South Carolina residents are able to shop and compare for their best options and enroll in Medicaid or a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) of choice. For those enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, the benefit year ends December 31, 2014. To continue health coverage in 2015, participants will need to renew current health plans or choose new health plans through the Marketplace during the 2015 open enrollment period.

Did you know that sugar has 56 different names? TAKE THE CHALLENGE AND GO SUGAR-FREE FOR 10 DAYS …

11/10/2014

Our Healthy Living Center challenges you to go Sugar-FREE for 10 days. Learn more and then take the challenge!

"Living the Regional Way": Robin Kizer is Employee of the Month for November 2014

11/01/2014

Employed by the Regional Medical Center for more than 13 years, Robin Kizer has been named Employee of the Month (November 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as serves as administrative assistant for Information Systems.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - November 2014: Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

10/31/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Health Topic of the Month - Nov. 2014: Decrease Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

10/31/2014

This monthly information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Healthy Living Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting to be Held November 6

10/31/2014

RMC is hosting a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event for its Healthy Living Center on Thurs., Nov. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this special event. Located in the lower level of RMC’s Annex Building where HEALTHPLEX is also located (3000 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg), the Healthy Living Center was developed to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to evaluating and treating individuals with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Kimberly Miller-Hammond Joins Orangeburg Surgical Associates

10/30/2014

The Regional Medical Center and Orangeburg Surgical Associates are pleased to welcome general surgery specialist Kimberly Miller-Hammond, MD. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed her surgical residency at the University of Buffalo in New York. Dr. Miller-Hammond is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons and the National Medical Association.

FREE Community Forum, November 13: Ebola - What You Need to Know

10/29/2014

6:00 pm, Thursday, November 13 at O-C Technical College – Building R (3250 St. Matthews Rd., Orangeburg)----- The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. This outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa, and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening. To learn more about what you need to know about Ebola, attend this FREE Community Forum, which will be presented by Infectious Disease Specialist John Samies, MD, FSHEA, CWS and RMC’s Infection Prevention & Control Team. No registration is required.

Vascular Center Offering Vascular Disease Screenings November 21

10/28/2014

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Nov. 21 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings on November 11

10/28/2014

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, November 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, November 18

10/22/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend this FREE seminar (803-395-2720 or toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2720). You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Free Community Health Forum and Orangeburg Premiere of “Fed Up” Documentary on October 21

10/13/2014

***5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 21 at the Martin Luther King Auditorium (South Carolina State University, 300 College St., Orangeburg)***FREE (No registration required.)***Open to the public, this health forum will feature speakers from RMC’s Healthy Living Center and Brian Kendall, MD, RMC Chief Quality Officer. The health forum will be followed by the Orangeburg Premiere of “Fed Up!”, a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic.****All in attendance will be included in a drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.***This event is sponsored by the Institute of Public Health, Research and Outreach, a partnership between the Regional Medical Center and S.C. State University’s 1890 Research & Extension Program.

October 17 is Pink Ribbon Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A® Orangeburg

10/03/2014

Visit Chick-fil-A® Orangeburg on Pink Ribbon Spirit Day (Fri., Oct. 17 from 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.) and mention “Pink Ribbon” at the register or drive-thru, and a portion of your sales will benefit the the Regional Medical Center Foundation's Pink Ribbon Fund, which supports newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their fight against the disease.

"Living the Regional Way": Charlotte Shull, RN is Employee of the Month for October 2014

10/01/2014

Employed by RMC since July 2011, Charlotte Shull, RN has been named Employee of the Month (October 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as a staff nurse at Urgent Care – Santee, a department of RMC.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - October 2014: Breast Health and Mammograms

10/01/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

FREE Community Health Forum and ORANGEBURG PREMIERE of “FED UP!”

09/29/2014

***5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 21 at the Martin Luther King Auditorium (South Carolina State University, 300 College St., Orangeburg)***FREE (No registration required.)***Open to the public, this health forum will feature speakers from RMC’s Healthy Living Center and Brian Kendall, MD, RMC Chief Quality Officer. The health forum will be followed by the Orangeburg Premiere of “Fed Up!”, a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric about the national obesity epidemic.****All in attendance will be included in a drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.***This event is sponsored by the Institute of Public Health, Research and Outreach, a partnership between the Regional Medical Center and S.C. State University’s 1890 Research & Extension Program.

Health Topic of the Month (October): Mammograms Mean Early Detection of Breast Cancer

09/29/2014

This information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Mobile Mammography Coming Soon to Your Area …

09/29/2014

Click on this link to find out when the Mobile Mammography services van will be in your area to provide digital mammograms. Mammograms can detect very small lumps in the breast, even before they can be felt. The keys to surviving breast cancer are early detection and early treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram once a year. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a digital mammogram, call Christy Zeigler, RT (R) (M), mobile mammography coordinator, at 803-395-4708 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 4708).

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, October 21

09/24/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend this FREE seminar. You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Extraordinary Nurse Ann Marie Furtick Receives DAISY Award

09/17/2014

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Ann Marie Furtick, RN, CPN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

Vascular Center Offering Vascular Disease Screenings October 17

09/16/2014

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Oct. 17 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings on October 7

09/16/2014

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, October 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

Community Invited to Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration on September 22

09/15/2014

An opportunity for the community to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic, located at 860 Holly Street in Orangeburg, will be held on Monday, September 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The program will begin at 5 p.m., followed by refreshments, door prize drawings and an open house with tours.

Health Topic of the Month (September): Influenza - Prevention & Treatment

09/15/2014

This information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Know how to access or share your electronic health records? FREE Community Forum on Healthcare Connectivity September 25 at Quick Jobs Development Center in St. Matthews

09/15/2014

The Tri-County Health Network is presenting a Community Forum on the importance of shared electronic health records on Thursday, September 25, and the community is encouraged to attend and learn why it is important for you and your physicians to be connected through technology for easily accessing critical health information ... Several members of the Network: the Regional Medical Center, Singleton Health Center and Family Health Centers, will provide demonstrations of their patient portal ... held at Quick Jobs Development Center (101 Courthouse Drive, St. Matthews) behind the Calhoun County Library from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. ... FREE health screenings ... door prize drawing for a Samsung Galaxy tablet ...

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, September 23

09/10/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend this FREE seminar. You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

"Living the Regional Way": Ellen Rickenbaker is Employee of the Month for September 2014

09/02/2014

Employed at RMC since February 2013, Ellen Rickenbaker has been named Employee of the Month (September 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She has served as a Quality Control/Index Technician in Health Information Management (HIM).

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - September 2014: Adult Immunizations & Flu Season

08/27/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Vascular Center Offering Vascular Disease Screenings September 19

08/27/2014

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Sept. 19 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings on September 9

08/27/2014

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, September 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment. Note: Any follow-up testing or treatment as a result of this FREE screening will be the patient’s responsibility.

RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge and Four RMC Physicians Take the “Ice Bucket Challenge”

08/26/2014

RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge, Dr. Casey McMillan, Dr. Alvin Reaves, Dr. Arden Weathers and Dr. Terry Mac Math participated in the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the national fundraiser that is sweeping the country through social media raising research funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

RMC Recognized as a Community Value Five-Star® Hospital by Cleverley + Associates

08/25/2014

RMC was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies. Cleverley + Associates released its findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry — 2014 Edition.

RMC Recognized for Efforts to Reduce Readmissions

08/14/2014

Over the past two years, RMC has significantly reduced readmissions of Medicare patients treated for congestive heart failure and pneumonia ... this achievement was recognized in Columbia recently during a statewide meeting attended by more than 200 health professionals.

Free to First 150 to Register: Echocardiogram Screening for Student Athletes Scheduled at RMC

08/11/2014

In an effort to impact tragic deaths of student athletes due to heart disease, RMC is offering limited Echocardiogram Screenings for area high school and college athletes, ages 15 through 22, on several weekdays and Saturdays in August and September. Registration is required.

"Living the Regional Way": Shirley Ward is Employee of the Month for August 2014

08/01/2014

Employed at RMC for more than five years, Shirley Ward has been named Employee of the Month (August 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as an Environmental Services technician on the Third West nursing unit.

Health Topic of the Month (August): Workplace Safety

08/01/2014

This information is designed to educate on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, August 7 or 26

07/25/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of our FREE seminars. You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

RMC VP Michael Reid Named St. Matthews Rotary President

07/24/2014

RMC Vice President of Physician Practices Michael Reid was recently installed as president of the Rotary Club of St. Matthews.

Summer Enrichment Program 2014 Concludes with Scholarship Awards

07/24/2014

For the 27th consecutive year, RMC offered area students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting through the Summer Enrichment Program sponsored by the RMC Auxiliary. Two recent graduates of the Regional Medical Center's Summer Enrichment Program, Andreal Williams and Danielle Johnson, received a scholarship toward pursuing their chosen career field of healthcare.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - August 2014: Kidney Disease Prevention

07/23/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Felder Receives “Patient Care Technician of the Year” Award

07/23/2014

Kimberly Felder was honored recently as “Patient Care Technician of the Year”. This award was initiated by the Shared Governance Quality Council of RMC’s Nursing Department in appreciation of all patient care technicians at RMC.

Govan Receives RMC's First “Honey Award”

07/23/2014

Pat Govan was honored recently with the RMC's first “Honey Award," which was developed by the Shared Governance Quality Council. Modeled after the Daisy Award for registered nurses, the "Honey Award" will be and will be presented twice a year.

Vascular Center Offering Vascular Disease Screenings August 15

07/17/2014

The Vascular Center has provided regular community screenings to check for the presence of vascular disease since 2006. On Fri., Aug. 15 the Vascular Center is offering three painless, non-invasive screenings ($40 per test or $99 for all 3) to check for the presence of vascular disease. Appointments are required; call 803-395-4545.

RMC Wins Safety and Transitional Duty Awards

07/15/2014

The Regional Medical Center received Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) awards at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon held recently. From left are Brenda Williams, RMC Vice President, Strategy & Compliance; Glenda Shuler, RMC Director, Clinical Risk Management/Patient Safety/Environment of Care; Paula Crider, RMC Employee Health Nurse; Thelma Williams, RMC Safety Officer; Hope Gates, RMC Patient Safe Handling Program Facility Champion; and Howard Harris, RMC Vice President, Human Resources. The Regional Medical Center was one of 10 South Carolina healthcare organizations recognized as winners of a Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Safety Award, and one of seven winners of a PHT Transitional Duty Award at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon held recently.

Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings on August 5

07/14/2014

Do you have leg pain, or swelling, heaviness, restless legs and cramping, or varicose or spider veins? You’re not alone! An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, August 5 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required so call 803-395-4555 to reserve an appointment.

RMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Patient Honored as SCACVR “Patient of the Year”

07/03/2014

Vincent McDaniel, of Orangeburg, was honored as the “Patient of the Year” by the S.C. Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (SCACVR) at their annual State Symposium, held in Greenville recently. He was chosen for this honor based on his achievements in relation to his participation in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at RMC.

"Living the Regional Way": Jonnah Carreon, PT is Employee of the Month for July 2014

07/01/2014

Employed at RMC for more than eight years, Jonnah Carreon, PT has been named Employee of the Month (July 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as a licensed physical therapist at Home Care of RMC.

Health Topic of the Month (July): Back to School - Taking Notes on Physicals and Immunizations

06/30/2014

This information is designed to educate others on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

RMC Safe Kids Emphasizes “Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car”

06/30/2014

RMC Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties is focusing on Safe Kids Worldwide’s message: “never leave a child in a car unattended, not even for a minute”. This message is especially critical during the summer months. “Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children,” according to O-B-C Safe Kids Director Patricia Funderburk, RN. “Already more than ten children in the United States have died from heatstroke in hot cars this year.”

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - July 2014: Arthritis

06/29/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

2014-2015 Junior Volunteer Officers Named

06/26/2014

The Regional Medical Center installed new officers for 2014-2015 of the Junior Volunteers at their annual awards program.

Gadsden Is RMC’s Junior Volunteer of the Year 2014

06/26/2014

Shamari Gadsden, a native of Orangeburg, was recently named the Regional Medical Center’s Junior Volunteer of the Year. Her fellow junior volunteers chose her for this honor based on her genuine caring nature, warm personality and support for her peers.

FREE Healthy Kids Camp Scheduled for July 18

06/25/2014

***Registration required by July 7; space is limited to 25 participants (children ages 9-12 years of age) who will be randomly selected from completed applications.*** The goal of RMC Healthy Kids Camp is to educate children and parents on the importance of balancing nutrition and exercise and to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, July 8 or 24

06/20/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of our FREE seminars. You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings on June 24

06/12/2014

Did you know that it is estimated that 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, June 24 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, June 19, July 8 or 24

06/09/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of our FREE seminars. You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Interested in a Nursing Career? Applications Now Available for RMC Foundation Virginia B. Johnson Nursing Scholarship 2014

06/09/2014

The Regional Medical Center Foundation announces applications are being accepted for Virginia B. Johnson Scholarships to be awarded for Fall 2014. *****Completed applications must be received by the Regional Medical Center Foundation Office by July 1, 2014.*****

"Living the Regional Way": Sylvia Ott, RN is Employee of the Month for June 2014

06/01/2014

Employed at RMC since 1991, Sylvia Ott, RN has been named Employee of the Month (June 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as a staff nurse on the Fourth West nursing unit.

Three Nurses Honored with Awards of Excellence

05/30/2014

Three nurses at the Regional Medical Center were honored recently with awards for nursing excellence. Cheryl Govan, RN, and Cindy Bramblett, RN, were honored as Nurses of the Year in General Units/Supervisory Care and Specialty Care, respectively. Melody Rast, RN, received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Presented annually, the award is nominated by members of RMC's nursing staff.

Dinner or Lunch & Learn - June 2014: About the Healthy Living Center

05/29/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Health Topic of the Month of June - Men's Health

05/28/2014

This information is designed to educate others on pertinent health issues and provide details regarding available health promotion activities.

Upcoming Community Blood Drives

05/28/2014

"Growing a Network of Heroes" Saving Lives Through Blood Donation ... Accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and the Food and Drug Administration, the Regional Medical Center's Blood Assurance Program is one of two independent, community-based blood donor programs in South Carolina. Since blood is a vital resource that requires constant replenishment, RMC depends on the active participation of community members and organizations to meet the blood needs of patients.

Join RMC on Saturday for Bamberg County Kids Day at Ness Sports Complex

05/26/2014

***1st 100 Kids receive FREE RMC Drawstring Backpack*** Presented by RMC in conjunction with RMC's Foundation and Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties, Bamberg County Kids' Day will be held at Ness Sports Complex in Bamberg on Saturday (May 31) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If your organization would like to participate in this event, please contact Patricia Funderburk, RN, director of Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties, at 803-395-2822 or email: safekids@regmed.com.

RMC Cancer Center Receives Design Award

05/23/2014

Stevens & Wilkinson, a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm, received the Healthcare Honorable Mention Interior Design Award for their work on the H. Filmore Mabry Center for Cancer Care at RMC.

RMC Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

05/23/2014

The Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients ...

RMC Hosting Bamberg County Kids Day May 31 at Ness Sports Complex

05/23/2014

Led by RMC and RMC's Foundation, Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties is presenting “Bamberg County Kids Day” on Saturday, May 31, at the Ness Sports Complex in Bamberg from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Designed to promote safety and a healthy lifestyle to children and their parents, this event will feature a child safety seat check, free blood pressure screenings, a variety of safety demonstrations and fun activities like face painting, a bounce house and games. ***The first 100 children who come to our event will receive an RMC drawstring backpack.***

RMC Marketing Director and Aegis Executive Present at Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting

05/23/2014

Kathy Rhoad, marketing director at the Regional Medical Center (RMC), and Rochell Pierce, vice president of physician relationship management at the Nashville-based Aegis Health Group, presented at the Becker’s Hospital Review 5th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill., on May 17.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, June 5 or 19

05/22/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! If you are interested in learning more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program, please register to attend one of our FREE seminars. You will have an opportunity to meet a surgical weight loss surgeon and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing weight loss surgery at RMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Center must attend the seminar.

Bamberg County Kids’ Day – May 31

05/19/2014

***1st 100 Kids receive FREE RMC Drawstring Backpack*** Presented by RMC in conjunction with RMC's Foundation and Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties, Bamberg County Kids' Day will be held at Ness Sports Complex in Bamberg on Sat., May 31, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If your organization would like to participate in this event, please contact Patricia Funderburk, RN, director of Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties, at 803-395-2822 or email: safekids@regmed.com ...

Mobile Mammography Coming to Calhoun County …

05/19/2014

For more details, click on the article link. ST. MATTHEWS: 1st Tues. of Each Month (102 Courthouse Annex) CAMERON: 2nd Tues. of Each Month (Cameron Community Center --8054 Old State Road) SANDY RUN: 3rd Tues. of Each Month (Government Complex -- 1722 Old State Road, Gaston)

Reminder: Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings, June 10

05/19/2014

Did you know that it is estimated that 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at RMC will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, June 10 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555.

Extraordinary Nurse Laura Fogle Receives DAISY Award

05/15/2014

Each quarter the Regional Medical Center awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. Laura Fogle, BSN, CWON has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN.

RMC Observing National Hospital Week, Offering Free Stroke Education Program May 17

05/13/2014

National Hospital Week, the nation’s largest healthcare event, is a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated hospital staff. This year’s theme is “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication – the Commitment Continues”. In observation of National Hospital Week and National Stroke Awareness Month the Regional Medical Center (RMC) is offering a free Stroke Education Program on May 17 at RMC’s Community Outreach Building, located on the back campus of RMC (1324 Hutto Street). Community members are encouraged to stop by at their convenience between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Safe Sitter® Course Offered at RMC

05/09/2014

***REGISTER EARLY -- LIMITED CLASS SIZES*** The arrival of summer means an increased need for babysitters as many parents scramble to find seasonal care for their out-of-school children. The Regional Medical Center is offering a Safe Sitter® babysitting course for students ages 11-14 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30 and July 14.

Orangeburg’s Mayor Butler Announces Healthy Initiative Grant Recipients

05/08/2014

Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler has announced the 2014 recipients of his Healthy Orangeburg Initiative: STEMulating the Whole Child submitted by Links Inc. Orangeburg Chapter; “We Want to CU Healthy” submitted by Claflin University/Wellness; and “Project Life: Get up, Get out, and Play!” submitted by Project Life: Positeen. Mayor Butler’s motto for the initiative is, “Live healthy, enjoy life more,” and 16 organizations applied for grants.

Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings, June 10

05/07/2014

It is estimated that 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at the Regional Medical Center will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, June 10 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555.

RMC Receives ACR Accreditation for Mammography Services

05/06/2014

The Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography services as a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography services undergo a comprehensive review every three years.

Nurse Director Penny Ryant Receives Palmetto Gold Award

05/02/2014

Orangeburg native Pandora "Penny" Ryant, nurse director of the MSSU/PCU/ 3 West/ Dialysis units at the Regional Medical Center, was honored as one of the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award recipients at the recent Palmetto Gold Gala in Columbia.

Reminder: Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings, May 6

05/02/2014

It is estimated that 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease. Vein Clinic specialists at the Regional Medical Center will conduct FREE Venous Disease Screenings on Tuesday, May 6 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required; call 803-395-4555.

"Living the Regional Way": Bridget Williams, RN is Employee of the Month for May 2014

05/01/2014

Employed by RMC for more than four years, Bridget Williams, RN has been named Employee of the Month (May 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as the Surgical Coordinator at the Regional Medical Center's Dialysis Access Institute.

FREE Seminar: Surgical Weight Loss, May 15 or 20

04/29/2014

Your weight affects much more than just your appearance. Losing weight can help you live a healthier life! Attend one of these FREE seminars to learn about the surgical weight loss process from a board-certified surgeon, including information provided by a certified clinical psychologist and a diet and nutrition specialist.

Stroke Education Program: Saturday, May 17

04/29/2014

In celebration of National Stroke Awareness Month and National Hospital Week (May 11-17), this awareness program will include a blood pressure screening and discussions with nurses about overall health and risk factors for stroke

Brian Kendall, MD Honored with Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award

04/28/2014

Brian Kendall, MD, medical director of hospitalist services at the Regional Medical Center, was awarded the S.C. Hospital Association's Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award, which is given to a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other hospital employee in South Carolina whose efforts have resulted in changes that promote patient safety and quality improvement at the bedside.

Health Topic of the Month - May: Allergies & Asthma

04/28/2014

RMC's Patient Portal "Goes Live"

04/28/2014

Dinner & Learn or Lunch & Learn: Smoking & Stroke Risk

04/23/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a FREE “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a FREE “Lunch & Learn” program. Limited seating; registration required.

Ann Till of Orangeburg was recognized as the top service award honoree at the Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Awards held recently. She has been a member of the Auxiliary since 1997 and has served more than 9,000 volunteer hours. Left to right are Ann Till and RMC Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, who is the lead administrative liaison for the Auxiliary.

RMC Honors Longtime Auxiliary Member Ann Till with Service Award

04/21/2014

Ann Till of Orangeburg was recognized as the top service award honoree at the Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Awards held recently. She has been a member of the Auxiliary since 1997 and has served more than 9,000 volunteer hours.

Stokes Joins RMC Board of Trustees

04/21/2014

E. Matt Stokes, a native of Branchville, recently was appointed by Orangeburg County Council to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Regional Medical Center.

Community Blood Drives - April

04/14/2014

Tait Honored as RMC Auxiliary’s "Volunteer of the Year"

04/14/2014

Herb Tait, a native of Minnesota, received honors as the Regional Medical Center Auxiliary's "Volunteer of the Year" at the recently held Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

"Growing a Network of Heroes" ... RMC Blood Program Honors Donors

04/10/2014

More than 325 volunteer blood donors were honored at the Regional Medical Center’s 40th annual Blood Assurance Program (BAP) Donor Appreciation Banquet held recently.

RMC Observing National Healthcare Decisions Day — April 16

04/07/2014

“National Healthcare Decisions Day is an opportunity to encourage everyone, including those who are healthy, to prepare before a crisis,” noted Alvin Reaves, MD, Medical Director of RMC Palliative Care Services. “Many people avoid talking about the end of life, but it’s a very important conversation. Planning ahead allows you to document your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are terminally ill or critically injured and unable to talk or communicate. It helps your loved ones and healthcare providers know how to honor your care decisions.”

National Volunteer Week (April 6-13) is an opportunity to recognize volunteers for their valuable service throughout the year. This year’s theme is “Volunteers Make a World of Difference”. From left, front row are RMC Auxiliary’s officers for the upcoming term: Pat Heape, treasurer; Bonnie Stroman, president; and Annette Disher, vice president. Back row: Charlene Waymer, parliamentarian; Linda McCants, recording secretary; Adele Palmieri, historian; Marjorie Pough, recorder; and Caroline Thompson, chaplain.

RMC Auxiliary Observing National Volunteer Week: April 6-13

04/03/2014

National Volunteer Week (April 6-13) is an opportunity to recognize volunteers for their valuable service throughout the year. More than 140 members of the Regional Medical Center’s Auxiliary, including adult and junior volunteers, contributed approximately 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the medical center during the past year.

"Living the Regional Way": Andi McDougal Jameson, RN is Employee of the Month for April 2014

04/01/2014

Employed by RMC for more than 15 years, Andi Jameson, RN has been named Employee of the Month (April 2014) for exemplary performance and outstanding contributions through "Living the Regional Way." She serves as a Care Coordinator for RMC’s Care Planning and Resource Management department.

Health Topic of the Month - April 2014

03/31/2014

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Vein Clinic Offering "FREE" Venous Disease Screenings, April 8

03/25/2014

It is estimated that 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from Venous Disease.

Dinner & Learn or Lunch & Learn: Cancer Awareness

03/24/2014

On the third Thursday evening of each month, RMC offers a “Dinner & Learn” program, and on the third Friday RMC offers a “Lunch & Learn” program. April's topic: Cancer Awareness

Heart Health Week

02/26/2014

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