Review Category : Health

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 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 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 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

• 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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Local chef to compete in culinary competition

Celebrity chef and Emmy Award-nominated television host Marvin Woods will be in Charleston Nov. 7 to emcee the second annual Cooking Well Invitational, a culinary competition emphasizing healthier ways to cook delicious and affordable meals.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s cooking team, led by Chef Eric Sayers, will compete against nine other Gold Apple hospital teams during the Nov. 7 Invitational as they demonstrate how to convert recipes into healthier versions without sacrificing great taste. Professional chefs will judge the dishes made on site.

Beaufort Memorial will come together with other hospitals across the state to celebrate the success of South Carolina’s hospital chefs, who are creating delicious, healthy dishes for hospital workers, patients and visitors every day.

This event is open to the public and will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. In addition to the competition, the event will include cooking demos and a food truck rodeo. The registration fee for the Invitational is only $35 per person.

For more information or to purchase ticket in advance, visit Tickets will also be available at the door.  The event is sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative and Sodexo in partnership with the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.

Working Well is a statewide South Carolina initiative that assists organizations in improving their current worksite wellness efforts to create a culture at work where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Working Well focuses on three areas to creating a culture of wellness: tobacco free people and places, healthy, delicious and affordable food options, and enhanced opportunities to be active during the workday.

Beaufort Memorial is a recipient of the Gold Apple award from Working Well, which recognizes hospitals that excel in offering delicious, nutritious food at affordable prices.

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Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry adds staff

To help meet the growing need for mental health services in the Lowcountry, Beaufort Memorial Hospital has added two mental health professionals to its staff  at Sea Island Psychiatry.

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner James Benn and psychotherapist Patricia Rickenbaker have been working with psychiatrist Dr. Wynn Hill, medical director of Beaufort Memorial’s mental health unit.

Benn, a registered nurse with nearly 30 years’ experience, had been on the staff at Beaufort Memorial’s adult mental health unit since 1998. He completed the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at the University of North Dakota last December.

A four-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Benn earned his Associate of Science degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University in Virginia and his Bachelor of Science at University of South Carolina Upstate.

He started his nursing career in Chesapeake, Va., and then moved to the Lowcountry in 1986 to take a job at BMH. After two years at the community hospital, he became a travel nurse. He later returned to Beaufort Memorial as a staff RN in the mental health unit. He also worked part-time at Hilton Head Hospital from 1993 to 2010.

Benn is an instructor in Basic Life Support and is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Rickenbaker is a clinical social worker with 26 years’ experience. She was at Wake Health Services in North Carolina for four years and established behavioral health care programs in two of the community health center’s primary care offices.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was in private practice for five years in Orangeburg and went on to create a behavioral health program at Harrison Peeples Health Care Center in Hampton, S.C.

A former school teacher and museum director, Rickenbaker earned her master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in mental health at the University of North Carolina. She did a year’s internship at Duke University Hospital. She worked in several mental health facilities in the Carolinas from 1988 to 2003.

Over the years, she has received additional training in trauma recovery, redecision therapy and dissociative disorder.

To schedule an appointment with any of the mental health professionals at Sea Island Psychiatry, call 843-522-5600.

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Eat well. Live well. Stay well: Whole grains and gluten

Sarah Mastriani-Levi, an international health coach and personal chef, held her fourth class in the series Eat Well. Live Well. Stay Well on the nutritional significance and importance of whole grains this past Sunday in Herban Marketplace’s kitchen. Sarah talked about the numerous benefits of whole and ancient grains, focusing on farro, teff and freekeh. She completed the class by making and serving a freekeh grain dish with sautéed onion, cilantro, lemon, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Sarah’s key suggestion was to, “Eat whole foods, watch the glycemic level in foods and remember that whole foods have the fiber necessary for digestion.”

There will be two more classes held this year: November 23:  Eating to Avoid Nutritional Deficiencies and on December 21: Oil Pulling, Colon Cleaning. To sign up for classes, go to or call 379-5550.

Founded in 2011, Herban Marketplace is a local grocery committed to healthy living and eating, providing local, urban and organic produce as well as fresh-made, daily soups and a variety of vegetable juices and fruit smoothies.

Pictured at left, from left: Terri DeToli, Bonny Carmody, Katie Gambla, Sarah Mastriani-Levi, Adrianna Contreras and Kim Wendell.

Pictured at left, from left: Terri DeToli, Bonny Carmody, Katie Gambla, Sarah Mastriani-Levi, Adrianna Contreras and Kim Wendell.


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