Review Category : Health

BMH Foundation provides ‘slice of pie’

The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation dished up an early Thanksgiving treat to representatives of the hospital departments being awarded funding next year — a real slice of pie.

The primary purpose of the first-ever “Come Get Your Slice of the Pie” celebration was to review the process of accessing grants from the Foundation and to ask recipients for their help in documenting the ways the money will be used to better care for patients.

“What they shared was truly heart-warming” said BMH Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss.  “There was a compelling need behind each request, and it was wonderful to hear first-hand what a difference these Foundation grants would make in patient care”

BMH Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss (far right) serves up a “slice of the pie” in terms of Foundation grants to several BMH department representatives. Pictured here enjoying both their pie and their funding are: (front row) Danielle Williams, Daniel Mock, Veronica Smalheiser, Chris Nietert; (second row) Kassie Moore, Marla Slock, Diane Razo, Mark Senn, Ronnie Jones, Kelly Hoffman, Alice Moss; (back row) Dana Schroeder, Kevin Kremer, Carrie Confare, Frank Miriello.

BMH Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss (far right) serves up a “slice of the pie” in terms of Foundation grants to several BMH department representatives. Pictured here enjoying both their pie and their funding are: (front row) Danielle Williams, Daniel Mock, Veronica Smalheiser, Chris Nietert; (second row) Kassie Moore, Marla Slock, Diane Razo, Mark Senn, Ronnie Jones, Kelly Hoffman, Alice Moss; (back row) Dana Schroeder, Kevin Kremer, Carrie Confare, Frank Miriello.

For Fiscal Year 2015, which began October 1, the Foundation Board has already committed to give $537,252 to the hospital for a variety of projects and programs, big and small, including:

• A Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera that will be used to perform molecular breast imaging.  Nuclear medicine can help doctors detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.

• Bridge to Home program COPD kits, containing all of the supplies discharged patients will need to help them maintain their health at home

• A blanket warmer for the Emergency Department

• Continuing education software for pediatric nurses, helping to ensure that everyone is up-to-date

• A longed-for replacement “bubble tube” for HealthLink for Children. This floor-to-ceiling interactive sensory device is both calming to children with sensory disorders and a prime motivator for other children receiving care.

The celebration was capped with a decadent display of pies — apple, cherry, pecan, banana cream, and of course, pumpkin, all created by the hospital’s Executive Chef Eric Sayers and his staff.

Everyone left with a boxed up slice of pie and an appreciation for all the foundation does for the hospital and the community.

As a not-for-profit hospital, any net revenue Beaufort Memorial generates is reinvested in the hospital to help ensure that BMH is providing the very best patient care with the most advanced technology.  But with over $20 million spent each year on charity and indigent care, patient revenue alone can’t provide everything that Beaufort Memorial needs to stay cutting-edge in equipment and training.

That’s where the BMH Foundation comes into play. The foundation oversees the management of charitable funds to benefit the not-for-profit hospital. Thanks to gifts of all sizes from the community, the BMH Foundation has been able to support important programs and services and purchase valuable equipment.

“The hospital couldn’t do all that it does without funds from the foundation,” said Rick Toomey, BMH’s President and CEO.

For more information, visit www.bmhfoundationsc.org.

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Cosmetic surgeon offers ‘Blankets for Botox’

When the temperatures started to dip last month, Dr. Audrey Klenke of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery began to worry about the many animals waiting in shelters to find a home. Dr. Klenke, a member of the medical staff at Beaufort Memorial, has two rescue dogs of her own — a bull terrier (Matilda) and a beagle (Jebodiah).

“When I bundle up to walk my dogs, I can’t help but worry about animals that don’t have a warm place to call home,” she said.

Trevor and Audrey Klenke of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and their rescue dogs, Jebodiah and Matilda. The Klenke’s are kicking off a “Blankets for Botox” promotion on Thursday, Dec. 4 to raise awareness for shelter animals.

Trevor and Audrey Klenke of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and their rescue dogs, Jebodiah and Matilda. The Klenke’s are kicking off a “Blankets for Botox” promotion on Thursday, Dec. 4 to raise awareness for shelter animals.

Dr. Klenke wanted to find a creative way to do something worthwhile for local animal shelters this year.  So, she and her staff came up with an idea to collect items for shelters by offering customers a special gift. Called “Blankets for Botox,” the concept is simple: anyone who donates a new or gently used blanket or pet toy for a shelter animal, will receive a gift card worth $50 off a Botox treatment of $199 or more.

Pinnacle will kick off the campaign next Thursday, December 4 by inviting the public to bring a blanket or pet toy to their holiday party. The celebration runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and guests will be treated to an array of holiday themed refreshments and door prizes. Several furry friends from Palmetto Animal League are expected to attend, as well.

Collection of the supplies will continue through December 23, 2014 at Pinnacle’s Sheridan Park office, 7 Mallett Way in Bluffton, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. One blanket or pet toy is all it takes to get a $50 gift card that can be used toward a Botox treatment, but it is limited to one gift card per person.

All of the blankets and toys donated will go to Palmetto Animal League (PAL), a private, non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization, which will share the supplies with local shelters in need.

“We can only take in so many animals from these shelters at a time, so sharing supplies is another way we can help make the animals more comfortable and cared for while they are waiting for a home,” says PAL’s president, Amy Campanini. “These are small rural shelters that have little resources, but big hearts, and they make the most of what they have.”

Pinnacle will also accept other donations — including cash or gift cards to places like Target or Walmart, enabling PAL staff to purchase food and other necessities — however these gifts are not applicable to the special offer.

“This mission is very close to our hearts,” says Dr. Klenke, pointing out that every member of her Pinnacle Plastic Surgery team cherishes at least one family pet — and that she’d have several more if her husband would let her.

“Our goal with Blankets for Botox is two-fold. We want to collect as many blankets as possible to keep our four-legged friends cozy, but we also want to draw attention to the hundreds of animals waiting for a ‘furr-ever’ home this winter.”

For more information about Blankets for Botox, call Pinnacle at 815-6699 or visit PinnaclePlasticSurgeryMD.com. For more information about the Palmetto Animal League, visit PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.

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Pink braces support cancer research

Lisa Garber, center, a breast cancer survivor, presents a $1,000 check from Winning Orthodontic Smiles to Connie Duke, Cancer Program Director for the Keyserling Cancer Center for Breast Cancer Research.  The $1,000 resulted from 200 orthodontic patients sponsoring the fundraiser by wearing pink braces for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pictured on left is Dr. Travis Fiegle, co-owner of Winning Orthodontic Smiles.

Lisa Garber, center, a breast cancer survivor, presents a $1,000 check from Winning Orthodontic Smiles to Connie Duke, Cancer Program Director for the Keyserling Cancer Center for Breast Cancer Research. The $1,000 resulted from 200 orthodontic patients sponsoring the fundraiser by wearing pink braces for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pictured on left is Dr. Travis Fiegle, co-owner of Winning Orthodontic Smiles.

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Tidewater holds 7th Annual Service of Remembrance

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, on the banks of the May River, the beautiful Church of the Cross was the setting for Tidewater Hospice’s annual Service of Remembrance honoring patients who had been cared for during the past year.

Families and friends arrived from near and far — some coming from as close as a few blocks away while others drove for hours or flew into town to come to this celebration for their loved ones. Hugs and kisses were waiting for them on the steps of the church by the Tidewater staff who had walked this journey of service with them.

IMG_0609Together, with family, friends and staff sitting side by side, the service began with the church bell tolling three times.  The opening candle lighting ritual celebrated how memory, gratitude, hope, peace and compassion had accompanied them on their journey with their loved one. Words of wisdom were read and a psalm was prayed by all. A reflection was offered that talked about how important each of their contributions had been to the day to day care of their loved one. They had given the most precious gift to their loved one — it was the gift of their presence. Their giving of themselves was not only transformative for those whom they served, it was also transformative in their own lives. Family members were encouraged to discover this healing gift within themselves.

In the sanctuary, in the center of the remembrance table was a book. It has been a part of each Tidewater hospice service of remembrance. With beautiful music playing in the background, the names of the beloved deceased were read. As each name was called out, a family member came forward to sign the name of their loved one in the Remembrance Book. Each was given a red rose after the signing.

This year, St. Gregory the Great Church’s, Jubilate Schola, came to share their musical gifts with those assembled. The students who make up the schola are from St. Gregory the Great School, John Paul II Catholic School, and the parish religious education program. Under the direction of Mr. Tom Tiehel and Ms. Linda Burkett, co-director, the children played their chimes before the service began. During the service, they sang two hymns which some family members said “sounded as if there were angels in the rafters.”

At the reception that followed, tears could be seen along with smiles of affection and caring. A community of strangers had come together on this special day to remember those lost and to recognize that they were not alone.

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Smart Smiles

Winning Orthodontic Smiles presented Beaufort Middle School science teacher Derrick Mathis $100 for classroom supplies after student Caroline Robinson entered him in the Favorite Teacher Contest held by Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle. Also pictured are Tiera White (left) and Sara Fauble (right) representing Winning Orthodontic Smiles. For more information, contact Emily Bowen at 843-525-6228.

Winning Orthodontic Smiles presented Beaufort Middle School science teacher Derrick Mathis $100 for classroom supplies after student Caroline Robinson entered him in the Favorite Teacher Contest held by Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle. Also pictured are Tiera White (left) and Sara Fauble (right) representing Winning Orthodontic Smiles. For more information, contact Emily Bowen at 843-525-6228.

Winning Orthodontic Smiles presented Whale Branch Middle School’s Social Studies teacher, Felicia English (left center), $100 for classroom supplies after student Chyla Simmons, (right center) entered her in the Favorite Teacher Contest held by Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle. Also pictured are Dawn Cherami (left) and Ann Paige (right) representing Winning Orthodontic Smiles.

Winning Orthodontic Smiles presented Whale Branch Middle School’s Social Studies teacher, Felicia English (left center), $100 for classroom supplies after student Chyla Simmons, (right center) entered her in the Favorite Teacher Contest held by Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle. Also pictured are Dawn Cherami (left) and Ann Paige (right) representing Winning Orthodontic Smiles.

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November is home and hospice care month

November is Home and Hospice Care Month, set aside to honor those who attend to the in-home health, hospice and community based care needs of the state’s citizens in the comfort and privacy of their homes.

Home care describes a wide variety of health and health related services provided in a home setting to sustain, maintain or restore an individual’s health and well-being. Hospice, which focuses on comfort care and symptom management, is a special way of caring for individuals who are in the final stage of their lives due to a terminal illness.

South Carolinians receive care from in-home service providers located across the entire state. Services provided by these agencies include skilled nursing, medical social work, intravenous (IV) therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, home medical equipment, respite care, personal care services, bereavement counseling, pain management and quality, end-of-life care. These services are provided by a variety of organizations, including Medicare-certified home health and hospice providers, private duty nursing agencies, in-home aide agencies, councils-on-aging, departments of social services, home medical equipment companies, IV therapy agencies and adult day service providers. Some agencies also provide companion and sitter services, in-home management, home modifications and volunteer services.

Care provided in the comfort and security of an individual’s home through a licensed agency gives individuals, their family, and friends, a sense of control and peace of mind. While it helps keep families together and promotes independence and patient dignity, in-home care also provides a wide range of health care and social services to the patient and teaches families to help care for their family member.

In-home health, hospice, and community-based services compassionately care for citizens of all ages and also provide love, comfort and support at the end of life. The services provide the greatest degree of independence, freedom and dignity possible for patients, allowing them to remain at home, close to their family and friends, in familiar surroundings.

“We believe that working in this field is a great gift,” says Val Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “Although it is difficult, the work in home care and hospice is highly gratifying. It is a great honor to represent those who love and care for millions of aged, infirm, disabled and dying Americans every year.”

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Mini-Implants: More smiles for more people

One of the happiest developments at the practice of Durham Dental is seeing so many people get more effective, more comfortable results today than they might have had with dentures or bridges.  Mini-implants can present a great new smile and bring a return to favorite foods, even for people who might not qualify for conventional dental implants.

Dr. Stephen Durham

Dr. Stephen Durham

Folks who have inadequate bone which might not support a conventional implant, and many people whose age or overall health might have disqualified them from implants until now, can look forward to fine results from mini-implants.  Because the procedure is less invasive, the risks of complication are greatly reduced, too.

A matter of hours

Mini-implants enable even a wide span of tooth replacement to be anchored at a number of small points, avoiding the major bone and gum preparation of conventional implants.  So placing the implants takes less than a day.  And with this less invasive approach comes dramatically less recovery time.  Most folks are eating within a couple of hours after treatment is completed.

More people qualify physically — and financially

The natural feel, appearance and performance of dental implants is accessible to many more people than conventional implants from a financial perspective, too. Mini-implants are much less costly.

Cost of treatment typically is 25% to 50% less than the cost of conventional dental implants, averaging about one-third less. This opens the way to the natural feel, look and high performance of dental implants to people who might not have considered it before now.

The practitioner makes the difference

Because of all the advantages of mini-implant treatment, dentists across the country have been pretty quick to bring the procedure into their practices. The key to a good result, though, is still the quality of care you get from the dentist you choose. It’s a good idea to ask about education, certification and experience.  Sitting down for an informal, pressure-free chat is the best way to start.

Seeing the happiness of people who discover they don’t have to put up with chewing differently, talking carefully, avoiding favorite foods — that is almost as rewarding to us, and to the loved ones in their lives, as it is to our patients themselves.

A recipient of the 2012 Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Dr. Stephen Durham is a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He is a past recipient of the LVI Fellowship Award for Neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Durham practices at Durham Dental at Town Center in Beaufort. For more information, visit his website at www.DrStephenDurham.com or call 843-379-5400.

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Cosmetic surgeon to present free seminar

The holidays are right around the corner, and we all want to look our best for festive gatherings. It’s the perfect time to talk about some quick fixes that will have you sparkling in time for the season. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery is hosting a free seminar “Ditch the Downtime with Fabulous Quick Fixes” on Wednesday, November 12 at 5 p.m. at the Lakehouse in Sun City.

Dr. Audrey Klenke, the area’s only female cosmetic surgeon, founded Pinnacle Plastic Surgery in Bluffton’s Sheridan Park just over a year ago. She is on the medical staff of both Beaufort Memorial and Hilton Head hospitals.

Dr. Klenke’s seminar will include information about several easy in-office treatments, such as Botox and the ever popular selection of dermal fillers. “In the office, we use products like JUVÉDERM® and VOLUMA™ that come in a pre-packaged tube and are very safe to use. Fillers add volume to your face and help smooth out some of those fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers also add back volume where we lose it over time,” says Dr. Klenke. Other seminar topics will include PhotoRejuvenation, HydraFacial, and VersaPulse to treat spider veins.

“Plastic surgery is an accessible resource for many people today and I want to make elective options easier to consider,” said Dr. Klenke.

There will be a meet and greet reception with the doctor at 5 p.m., followed by the seminar at 5:30 p.m. The seminar is free and open to the public, both Sun City residents and non-residents, but RSVP are required as seating is limited. Call Pinnacle Plastic Surgery at 843-815-6699 or by visit their website at PinnaclePlasticSurgeryMD.com for information or to reserve.

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PA Nancy Thomas joins Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists

Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists has added a new physician assistant to its team of five doctors specializing in general, laparoscopic and vascular surgery.

Nancy Thomas, a recent graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina with a master of science degree in Physician Assistant Studies, has clinical experience in a wide range of medical fields from internal and emergency medicine to pediatrics and women’s health.

Thomas earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences at Clemson University, graduating with magna cum laude honors. She spent a year as a student and clinical volunteer at MUSC’s CARES Clinic and was a respite care giver at the Tribble Center in Seneca from 2011-12.

As part of her graduate studies at MUSC, she worked with Dr. Perry Burrus, one of the general surgeons in the Beaufort Memorial practice. She has assisted Burrus in the operating room with a diverse set of cases, including laparoscopic cholecystectomies, appendectomies, hernia repairs, colectomies, lumpectomies, mastectomies and breast biopsies.

At Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists, Thomas will be working with the General Surgeons Drs. Perry Burrus, Deanna Mansker, Tim Pearce and Stephen Sisco.

For more information on the practice, visit www.bmhsc.org or call 843-524-8171.

Nancy Thomas

Nancy Thomas

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The Blood Alliance holds November blood drives

The Blood Alliance will hold a series of blood drives throughout November 2014 in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 888-99-TBA-HERO (888-998-2243) or visit www.igiveblood.com.

• Thursday, November 6, Naval Hospital Beaufort: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Pinckney Boulevard, Beaufort.

• Monday, November 10, Dataw Island: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 Marina Dr., Dataw Island

• Monday, November 17: Pruitt Health Hospice: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Helena House, 1624 Paris Ave., Port Royal.

• Sunday, November 23, St. Peter Catholic Church: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 70 Lady’s Island Dr., Lady’s Island, Beaufort.

• Monday, November 24, Technical College of the Lowcountry: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.

• Friday, November 28, 303 Associates: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort Town Center, Beaufort.

The Blood Alliance is located at 1001 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

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