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Enjoy summer sun, but protect eyes from UV rays

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By Dr. Mark Siegel

We all use sunscreen to protect our skin, but don’t forget to protect your eyes as well. 

Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer. 

The same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well. Sunlight reflected off sand and water can cause photokeratitis, the condition responsible for snow blindness, so beach- and pool-goers take note.

UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose. 

By wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the summer safely while lowering your risk for potentially blinding eye diseases and tumors. 

It is important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect your eyes from years of ultraviolet exposure.

According to a national Sun Safety Survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only about half of people who wear sunglasses say they check the UV rating before buying. The good news is that you can easily protect yourself. 

In order to be eye smart in the sun, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following:

• Wear sunglasses labeled “100 percent UV protection”: Use only glasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either UV400 or 100 percent UV protection.

• Choose wraparound styles so that the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.

• If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you’ll still need sunglasses.

• Wear a hat along with your sunglasses; broad-brimmed hats are best.

• Remember the kids: It’s best to keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day. Make sure they wear sunglasses and hats whenever they are in the sun.

• Know that clouds don’t block UV light: The sun’s rays can pass through haze and clouds. Sun damage to the eyes can occur any time of year, not just in summer.

• Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions: Sunlight is strongest mid-day to early afternoon, at higher altitudes and when reflected off of water, ice or snow.

By embracing these simple tips you and your family can enjoy the summer sun safely while protecting your vision.

Dr. Mark Siegel is the medical director at Sea Island Ophthalmology at 111 High Tide Drive (off Midtown Drive near Low Country Medical Group). Visit www.seaislandophthalmology.com.

Chiropractors can help relieve various aches, pains

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By Dr. Kristie Wallace

When it comes to chiropractic medicine, once you start, you have to keep going.

The reason most patients continue care is because they feel the results and want to keep coming back for wellness.  

Most patients utilize chiropractic treatment for acute pain. But, there is no magic pill for wellness. It takes work on your part.  

Proactive care in any healthcare profession is needed. The individual needs to make active choices in lifestyle and conscious changes to stay healthy. Changing your eating habits, staying active and reducing stress can help with long-term health and wellness.    

At first, chiropractic care can cause temporary discomfort. However, if the adjustment is accomplished with precision, then it is painless. 

It can take 24-48 hours to feel complete relief or benefits from an adjustment. Depending on the injury, it can take an average of six to eight visits to alleviate certain injuries. An inflamed joint or nerve interference takes time to heal depending on the injury or latency of the injured area.  

Generally, treatment is pain-free and creates a relaxed state due to the muscles releasing and an increase in circulation. And, if you are worried or fearful of the “pop,” there are many techniques that don’t create that “cracking” sound.  

Let your chiropractor know of your concerns and ask questions. It is your body, so do what is right for you.  

The cost of care

Chiropractic care is covered by Medicare and many other insurance plans. Call your insurance company and ask the questions: What is my deductible, how many visits can I receive in a year and what is my copay?  

If the chiropractor does not accept your insurance plan, a super-bill may be offered.  The patient will need to send this to their insurance company for reimbursement.

Most chiropractic establishments offer low-cost cash paying care or will work with the patient if it is too much of a financial burden.  

Ultimately, the goal is to care for the individual in need.  

Typically, the first visit entails a detailed examination, radiographic studies, therapy and treatment. This can range between $100-$200.  

Depending on the treatment administered, a typical treatment after the initial visit can range from $35-$75.   

Call around and research who is a good fit for you.  

Doctor or chiropractor?

Most people are aware of the delicate nature of necks and spines, and therefore only want to entrust their care to a doctor that is properly accredited. 

Chiropractors have four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, learning about various scientific fields. Next, they have to complete four to five years of study at an accredited chiropractic college. 

During these years, students must complete at lease 4,200 hours of study, combining time in the classroom and laboratory and clinical experience.  

To obtain a license, the chiropractor must pass four national board examinations and a state examination. Yearly accredited continuing education hours are necessary to keep practicing.

The many treatments

There are approximately 200 different techniques used by chiropractors, however 16 techniques are widely utilized, ranging from dynamic manual adjustments to gentle low-force treatments.  

Treating the spine can relieve symptoms by taking pressure off the joint, muscles and nerves.  

For instance, “sciatic” pain, a nerve-like sensation, can radiate to the buttock, leg and/or foot. Adjusting the lower lumbar spine or sacroiliac joint can remove interference or align the area taking pressure off the sciatic nerve.  

However, some chiropractors are trained to adjust specific extremities as well.  

For instance, feet are the base and they take a beating. Proper ankle, knee and hip alignment can alleviate foot aches and pains. If that is coupled with a supportive shoe along with muscle work, it can dramatically decrease those achy feet in the morning.  

Many chiropractors take a holistic approach trying to find the cause along with treating the symptoms. 

Hearing loss can cause numerous issues

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By Monica Wiser

Just about every day, I have to break the news to my patients that their insurance company does not cover hearing aids.  

They are deemed “medically unnecessary” by Medicare and many other insurers.  

It is a slap in the face to the 48 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss.  

According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 90 percent of those cases cannot be treated with medication or simple surgery.  

Insurance companies may believe that they are saving money by exempting hearing aids from coverage, but the cost of not treating hearing loss is far greater.  

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to several health conditions that insurance companies do end up covering. The following medical conditions have been linked to untreated hearing loss.

Increased risk of dementia

Johns Hopkins University recently published a longitudinal study that revealed that people with hearing loss are up to five times as likely to develop dementia if the loss goes untreated. Several other such studies have confirmed this finding (Brandeis University, University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis). 

There are several theories as to why this occurs: increased cognitive load,  social isolation and atrophy of the region of the brain that not only processes speech, but processes memory.  

The cost to society to treat dementia is estimated to be up to $215 billion annually when the cost of home healthcare and assisted living are taken into account. It is more costly to the nation than treating heart disease or cancer, according to a RAND study.  The cost to the patient and their family members is far greater.  

Increased risk of falls

People with untreated hearing loss are three times as likely to suffer from injury-causing falls.  

The average hospital cost for a fall injury is $35,000.  

According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury death for Americans 65 years and older. Non-fatal falls are estimated to cost $34 billion in direct medical costs.  

Increased hospitalizations

These hospitalizations are not only due to falls, but to lack of awareness of surroundings, leading to car accidents, workplace accidents and pedestrian accidents. The cost of these hospitalizations cannot be accounted for due to the various conditions that may be diagnosed during hospitalization.

Depression

The economic burden of depression, including workplace costs, direct costs and suicide-related costs, was estimated to be $210.5 billion in 2010.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, according to The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders, a study commissioned by ADAA.

Stress 

It is estimated that treating work-related stress alone costs $300 billion, according to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Stress outside of the workplace was not calculated in this figure. 

These health conditions are costing the nation well over $800 billion, annually.  

While hearing loss does not contribute to every case of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, depression, anxiety and stress, a significant portion of that figure can be reduced by treating hearing loss. 

The real cost of not treating hearing loss, however, cannot be measured in cold, hard figures. The cost to society of the unrealized potential of people with hearing loss is immeasurable.  

It is time for the healthcare industry to reexamine the medical necessity for treating hearing loss with hearing aids.

Monica Wiser, M A. CCC-A, is an audiologist in private practice at Beaufort Audiology & Hearing Care, 38 Professional Village on Lady’s Island. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of audiology and has worn hearing aids since childhood.

Health briefs for June 29th-July 5th

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New internist joins Beaufort Primary Care

Dr. Alejandro Garcia Salas
Dr. Alejandro Garcia Salas

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has added another internist to the medical staff at Beaufort Primary Care. Dr. Alejandro Garcia Salas, a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, will join the practice the first week of July. 

A graduate of M.D. Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Garcia Salas completed his internship and residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia and received additional training in cardiology at the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, and combat casualty care in San Antonio, Texas. He also participated in humanitarian missions in Oaxaca, Mexico and Leon, Nicaragua. 

For the last four years, the board-certified internal medicine specialist has served as a staff physician at Beaufort Naval Hospital. While stationed in the Lowcountry, he was deployed for eight months aboard the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship. 

At Beaufort Primary Care, Garcia Salas will be working with internists Drs. Andrea Hucks, Steven Kessel and Robert Webb and nurse practitioners Amy Wagner and Ronda O’Connell. A native of Guatemala, he is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

Beaufort Primary Care is located at 989 Ribaut Road, Suite 260. To make an appointment with Garcia Salas or any of the other healthcare providers in the practice, call 843-522-7600.

New dentist joins Howard Family Dental

Dr. Kevin Hardy
Dr. Kevin Hardy

Dr. Kevin Hardy has joined the Beaufort office of Howard Family Dental.

Hardy is originally from Danville, Va. He is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry. 

He also earned his MBA from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Business and JD degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

Howard Family Dental’s Beaufort office is now open Monday through Friday. Visit howardfamilydental.com.

It’s all in your head … literally

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By Katherine Tandy Brown 

For the past several decades, I’ve been a migraineur. As much as I wish that meant “a pastry chef in a French restaurant,” that’s not the case. Instead, I’m one of more than 10 million Americans who have migraine headaches. 

According to Dr. Mark Hyman – physician, New York Times best-selling author and founder/director of the UltraWellness Center – these severe, nearly disabling headaches can occur from once a year to three or four times a week and can last from hours to days. Symptoms can include an aura, light or sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, severe pain on one or both sides of the head, stroke-like symptoms or paralysis.

Each year, migraines add $13 to $17 billion to healthcare costs for medication, ER visits, hospitalization, physician services, lab and diagnostic services, and managing the side effects of treatment. Migraines are the most frequent pain-related complaint among workers, resulting in absenteeism and decreased productivity.

These pesky pain-producers are difficult to treat and hard to prevent with conventional methods. A slew of preventive drugs work poorly and often have side effects. 

Like many migraineurs, I’ve spent all too many hours in a darkened bedroom with ice on my head. But that’s not much fun and time is valuable. So through the years, I’ve accumulated a repertoire of possible preventive techniques and pain-easers. The cream of the crop of that information follows. 

Triggers

Identifying individual triggers can be helpful. The No. 1 trigger for many people is stress. Reduce stress and your head issues will probably ease. Other triggers may include allergies, hormonal changes, letdown after a high-pressure situation, changes in barometric pressure, strong food odors, such as raw onion or gasoline, food allergies, artificial sweeteners, MSG, alcohol, gluten, getting too hot or too cold, spending too much time in front of a computer screen, changes in sleep or wake time, and/or overuse of pain medications, which may cause a “rebound” headache. 

For some people, regular exercise can help ward off headaches. For others, it can actually be a trigger, as it increases heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow to the brain.

Prevention

Avoid stress as much as possible. Create a few minutes of down time each day for meditation, yoga, massage and/or being in nature. Become aware of stressors, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water and don’t get chilled or overheated. Take breaks from intense computer work to stretch, especially your neck and shoulders, and focus your eyes on distant objects. Sleep on a firm, supportive mattress with a neck-supporting pillow. Identify allergies and use natural relief methods such as chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy. 

Treatment

Each individual is different and treatments vary with varying types of headaches. Every doctor and migraineur will agree that a remedy is more apt to work if you use it as soon as you feel a headache coming on. The following is not a complete list by any means. Not all work all the time. When none work, medication can be the solution. 

1. Put two used, spongy tennis balls in a sock. Lie with your head on these right at the base of the skull, with ice on your forehead.

2. Stand in hot water with ice on your head or stand with your face in the stream of a hot shower.

3. Put a bit of salt water in your hand and snort hard through each nostril, so it actually goes into the sinuses, exiting through the mouth.

4. Use supplements and or herbs, such as B-complex, magnesium, iodine (iodized salt), PA-free butterbur or feverfew.

5. Eat protein, such as peanut butter or steak.

6. Stop eating gluten, i.e., any products containing wheat, barley or rye.

7. Induce “brain freeze,” by eating ice cream or consuming an icy drink.

8. Ingest caffeine, via coffee or dark chocolate. 

9. Massage the tips of the toes and around the hard edge of each ear.

10. Visit a massage therapist for head, neck and cranio-sacral treatment.

11. Relax with meditation. Visualize the pain abating.

12. Drain your sinuses by using a nasal pot. 

13. Practice yogic Pranayama, or alternate nostril breathing.

14. Dab oil of peppermint under each nostril, on each temple and at the point on the back of the head where the spine meets the skull. 

The above information is but a small sampling of options. Scads more is available online from sources such as the Mayo Clinic and WebMD sites. Always consult your physician before any change of treatment. 

Health briefs for June 22nd-28th

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BMH ranked tops for stroke care

Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) has achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s highest level of recognition for stroke care, joining the ranks of some of the best hospitals in the country. 

This year, BMH was honored with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for providing stroke patients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based care. 

In addition, it qualified for Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus status, reserved for hospitals that consistently deliver expeditious treatment to patients suffering an acute ischemic stroke. 

“With a stroke, minutes count,” said Beaufort Memorial Vice President of Quality Services Shawna Doran. “These awards demonstrate our commitment to quality in following evidence-based practices for stroke care.” 

Recipients of the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award must follow treatment guidelines at least 85 percent of the time for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve a minimum 75 percent compliance with five of eight stroke quality measures.

The quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide appropriate treatment based on the latest scientific evidence shown to raise patients’ survival rates and minimize permanent disability.

To qualify for Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, BMH had to meet quality measures developed to reduce the time it takes for patients to be diagnosed and treated with the clot-busting medication tPA – the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. According to current guidelines, the drug should be started within 60 minutes of a patient’s arrival in the hospital to minimize brain damage and potential complications. 

BMH physicians have consistently outperformed the “door-to-needle” goal, averaging 44 minutes in 2016.  

The fifth leading cause of death in the United States, stroke ranks as the No. 3 killer in South Carolina, part of an 11-state region in the United States known as the Stroke Belt. 

To improve patient care for stroke patients in the community, Beaufort Memorial has taken full advantage of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health Telestroke, a Web-based program that provides Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit physicians with on-demand access to MUSC Health stroke experts for consultations.  

Beaufort Memorial wins safety award

Beaufort Memorial Hospital was one of seven South Carolina healthcare organizations recognized as winners of a Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Safety Award at the PHT Worker Safety Symposium.  

Healthcare professionals from around the state attended the two-day event, which was held in Charleston. 

Safety Awards are presented each year to Palmetto Hospital Trust members with the lowest loss ratios in their respective categories. Beaufort Memorial Hospital was the winner in the category of hospitals with 101-500 beds. 

Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) was founded in 1977 by South Carolina healthcare executives as a group workers’ compensation self-insurance pool.  The Trust members include hospitals, continuing care retirement centers, organizations dealing with special needs individuals and other healthcare organizations.

PHT is a leading provider of workers’ compensation coverage to the state’s healthcare industry. 

Workers’ compensation services are provided to PHT members under a contract with PHT Services Ltd., and through business alliances with other best practices companies.

Nurses receive training on sex assault response

Hopeful Horizons and the Medical University of South Carolina will be hosting a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training from July 10-14 at Coastal Empire Mental Health.

Agencies who serve victims of sexual assault or intimate partner violence or investigate/prosecute cases of sexual assault or intimate partner violence are highly encouraged to attend, such as medical professionals, law enforcement, solicitors, etc.

Participants can register for the training by going to www.peedeeahec.net. 

There is no registration fee for the course but attendance is required for all five sessions.

SANEs are trained medical professionals who perform the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE kits) to collect evidence from a victim of sexual assault. SARTs are teams of agencies and nonprofits that collaborate on cases of sexual assault for better case outcomes and to ensure that victims get all of the services they need, such as mental health treatment, advocacy, case management, etc.

For more information on the mission and vision of Hopeful Horizons, visit www.hopefulhorizons.org. 

The Lending Room has growing pains

Four years ago The Lending Room was a charitable organization that helped people secure medical equipment when in need.

Today it is a busy nonprofit that is bursting at the seams. Its mission is simple: accept and distribute gently used medical equipment to anyone regardless of income or insurance. 

The Lending Room has kept valuable resources from the dump or rusting in people’s attics and basements. It allows people to avoid the red tape of insurance companies and get their equipment needs met. 

In an attempt to meet the growing needs of the community it has become increasingly important to make accessibility consistent. Once a phone call to arrange pick up was enough, now people routinely stop in to see if The Lending Room has what they need. 

As an organization, The Lending Room is experiencing some growing pains. It is in need of volunteers that wouldn’t mind giving three hours a week (or every other week) to “man the store.” 

To lend a hand, to donate or if you know someone in need of medical rehab equipment, call 843-524-2554 or e-mail lendingroom@yahoo.com. 

Visit www.lendingroombeaufort.com. 

Health briefs for June 15th-21st

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Beufort Memorial names new board member 

Beaufort County Council has appointed Dr. Stacey Johnston to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) board of trustees, replacing pediatrician Dr. James Simmons, who stepped down this spring after serving 10 years on the nine-member board.

A board-certified family medicine specialist, Johnston has been a hospitalist at BMH for eight years. 

She is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah in 2009.

Johnston is currently the chief medical information officer for the hospitalist program and also has served as its medical director for the last five years. 

She also served as a Girl Scouts leader in Beaufort for seven years. 

Johnston will serve out the remaining two years of Simmons’ third term. The physician was one of two candidates the board of trustees recommended to the council to fill the vacant board seat. 

Coastal Paternity offers drug testing for teens 

Coastal Paternity, in partnership with Alere eScreen, has expanded its community testing service to better assist Beaufort parents with a new teen drug testing program, “Trust, but Verify.” The program welcomes teens and their parents for confidential and affordable same-day drug testing appointments. 

Coastal Paternity, located at 30 Robert Smalls Parkway, provides confidential, affordable, court admissible drug testing and paternity DNA testing in a private office setting.  

For more information, call 855-521-1362 or visit www.CoastalPaternity.com.

Sometimes doing less is doing more

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By Chris Suddeth

“If you ain’t making mistakes, you ain’t doing anything.” 

We’ve all heard this saying, or some version of it, and probably taken solace in it as we ponder where things took a dive. But is this axiom true and does it really serve our highest and best?

I mean, after first grade, we quit getting Es for effort, so why are we awarded a participation trophy in life? Would we be better served stepping back and giving careful consideration and internal work to a given situation (granted, it sometimes takes as long as it takes) before pulling the trigger? 

How often do we say, “It’s all about the timing”? This is your opportunity to work on that divine timing, that timing that doesn’t feel forced in the least and often produces the best outcome.

We do all sorts of things just to show others, and ultimately our own egos, that we’re doing something even if our heart, mind, soul and/or body is elsewhere. 

Within my intensive session room I learned the “art of non-doing” early on. The basic premise is when we try to fix people within that environment our ego takes over and very little gets done other than building frustration. Frankly, the more patience I have and the less I try to do, the more that gets done. Seems counter-intuitive, I know, but it works.

Setting aside procrastination, why would this not translate into the everyday world? 

So why not make an attempt at nothing doing? 

Take my life in recent months as an example. I’ve been really busy doing nothing in regards to major decisions while I fastidiously work on my insides. So, when a major decision does come along, I’m on the high ground to make things happen to my greatest advantage.

On another spin, it’s healthy to not always be do, do, do. Do we not get addicted to being on the run and feel worthless when the run is over? Do we busy ourselves just to be busy? 

The other day I read on the Yogspiration Instagram account, “Just a reminder that it’s OK if the only form of exercise you’ve done today is turning the pages of your book, making tea and laughing with friends. Well-being is your whole body, so make sure your soul is getting as much exercise as possible.”

I intend to make the “art of non-doing” the new Charlie Hustle in my life to see what happens. Is this a one-size-fits-all philosophy? Of course not, sometimes decisiveness is the only course of action. But consider this: Is doing nothing new or did we as a society buy into a raw deal?

Health briefs for June 8th-14th

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BMH nurse named Nurse Leader of the Year

Ashley Hildreth
Ashley Hildreth

Beaufort Memorial Emergency Department Assistant Director Ashley Hildreth has been named 2017 Nurse Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Emergency Nurses Association for advocating for patient safety and demonstrating exemplary practice in the field of emergency nursing. 

The award was presented to Hildreth at the Second Annual Nurse Enlightenment Day held last month in West Columbia. Her co-worker, nurse Lauren Walters, nominated her for the honor, citing Hildreth’s dedication to nursing and her unwavering compassion for patients.

“She often comes to work on her days off to relieve the stress of our busy emergency department,” Walters wrote in the nomination form. “She supports us both emotionally and professionally. She is always praising us for our hard work and encourages us to work with integrity.”

Hildreth has received two other prestigious nursing awards in her career: the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and the Palmetto Gold Award, a designation bestowed by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation. 

The RN joined Beaufort Memorial in 2003 after graduating from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College with an associate degree in nursing. She went on to earn her B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2009 and her Master’s in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015.

She has received several additional certifications as an emergency nurse, sexual assault nurse examiner and trauma nurse core curriculum instructor. 

Cardiologist joins BMH medical staff

Dr. Lee Butterfield
Dr. Lee Butterfield

As part of a continuing effort to improve heart health services in the community, Beaufort Memorial Hospital has added another cardiologist to its team of heart specialists. 

Dr. Lee Butterfield, a board-certified cardiologist experienced in complex coronary interventions, will join Beaufort Memorial Cardiology in early June, where he will be working with board-certified interventional cardiologist Dr. David Harshman. Butterfield will see patients at both the Beaufort practice and in Bluffton.

“We’re very excited to have a physician with Dr. Butterfield’s credentials and experience join our medical staff,” said Christopher M. Ketchie, vice president of Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in South Carolina. Dr. Butterfield shares our commitment to improve outcomes by providing patients with the highest level of care and most advanced treatment of coronary diseases.”

Trained in general cardiology, interventional cardiology and vascular medicine, Butterfield has practiced the last 13 years in Columbia, first with South Carolina Heart Center and most recently with Palmetto Cardiology Associates.

His professional interests include treatment of acute coronary syndromes and structural heart disease, especially as it relates to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Over the years, he has served as a principal or co-investigator on a number of studies, including a clinical trial on targeted platelet inhibition to clarify the optimal strategy to medically manage acute coronary syndromes.

Butterfield received his B.S. in Biology from Washington and Lee University, where he graduated magna cum laude and lettered in varsity football and basketball. In 1995, he earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. 

He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine-New Haven Hospital and then went on to complete fellowships in general cardiology and interventional cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Beaufort Memorial Cardiology is located at 989 Ribaut Road.

To make an appointment, call 843-522-7110.

BMH names VP of Quality Services

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Shawna Doran
Shawna Doran

Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) has named Shawna Doran vice president of quality services, responsible for planning and leading all quality, patient safety, risk and patient experience initiatives. 

For the last year, Doran has served as the hospital’s corporate director of quality. Under her leadership, BMH has been awarded multiple national honors for quality and safety from organizations, such as The Joint Commission and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Prior to becoming a registered nurse, Doran was a litigation paralegal for 15 years specializing in hospital law, professional liability and compliance.  A graduate of Walden University with a master’s in Nursing, Doran joined Beaufort Memorial in 2004 as a registered nurse in the hospital’s Progressive Care Unit and then to the Surgical Services Department. Three years later, she changed career paths to risk management and patient safety.  

She was named quality coordinator of the Surgical Services Department and went on to play an integral role in the development of Beaufort Memorial’s Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) program, allowing the hospital to perform emergency cardiac interventions on patients suffering deadly heart attacks. In its first year, the program earned top honors for cardiac care by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.  

In 2015, Doran was named director of quality and regulatory affairs, and within a year was promoted to corporate director of quality.

This spring, Doran was honored with a South Carolina Palmetto Gold Award for making huge strides to enhance patient care. Her evidence-based quality improvement initiatives helped the hospital achieve an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grades and the only four-star score among area hospitals in Hospital Compare, a federal website offering information on the quality of care at more than 4,000 Medicaid-certified hospitals across the country.

Visit www.BeaufortMemorial.org.

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