Health News

South Carolina Hosts its Largest Telehealth Conference

April 14, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Kathy Schwarting addresses attendees at the Annual Telehealth Summit.

Each year, Palmetto Care Connections hosts an Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina. 2017 marks the fifth annual summit. The summit brings together providers, payers, and policy makers. During the summit, major players in healthcare recognize wins and discuss...

State of Telehealth in South Carolina

April 5, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Roundtable discussion at the Summit

Leaders from across South Carolina discussed their perspectives on statewide efforts to advance telehealth as part of the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina, held March 28-30, 2017. Specifically, the panel addressed some of the successes and challenges of...

Lawmakers Move to Crack Down on Growing Opioid, Heroin Problem

February 22, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
House lawmakers discuss legislation dealing with opioid and heroin abuse

Several House Republicans filed a variety of bills Wednesday to stymie the growing opioid prescription drug abuse and heroin problem in South Carolina. The group said in a State House press conference that the 10 bills they filed would increase drug abuse prevention,...

Sonographers Expand Training Using Telehealth

January 31, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Sonograher uses Echo to read heart

In the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, a group of heart sonographers meet once a quarter for continuing education classes. Originally provided in-house, the training later expanded to encompass videoconferencing technology. Through telehealth, area sonographers in remote...

South Carolina Uses Telehealth To Fill Healthcare Gaps

January 17, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Provider demonstrates how she uses a telehealth cart.

In 2013, the South Carolina Legislature provided funds to expand healthcare services through Telehealth. The funding ultimately formed the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Several agencies form the Alliance, and among the agencies is the Department of Health and Human...

Unique Medical School Course Examines Telehealth

January 3, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Medical Student takes online course.

As a second year medical student, Heyward Mack is passionate about medicine and practicing in his community. When he was younger, his mother was diagnosed with kidney failure. From that moment forward, his success in math and sciences would fuel his passion to study...

High Levels of Mercury Found in Several Fish

August 17, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
bass fish

South Carolina has many bodies of water used for recreation activities and one of the most popular is fishing. But, for those who like to eat what they catch, be warned, a large quantity of some fish aren’t good for you. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control...

Medical Trainees Use Telehealth in Psychiatry Residency

August 5, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Residents demonstrate how they use telehealth in their medical training.

“In psychiatry, there’s that big part, what we call the therapeutic alliance, being able to interact with the patient, being able to make the patient feel comfortable, make that eye contact,” says Isabella Adjinah, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University...

Health Effects of Mold Due to Flooding, and How to Dispose of Mold

October 21, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by L. Steele
mold on window sill

Many people in S.C. are experiencing problems with mold in their homes, related to the recent flooding. As mold imposes several health risks, it’s important to know how to identify and dispose of it. Mold can be detected by using your senses of sight and smell. It can...

Relationship Abuse in South Carolina

October 14, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In this first episode of a series of original podcasts by Palmetto Scene, hosts Katie Geer and Brittany Braddock speak with community and national leaders about intimate partner violence and how it is impacting the state. What is the issue in S.C.? South Carolina made the...

The Proper Way to Dispose of Unused Medications in South Carolina

August 21, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
spilled medicine bottle with various medications

If you are like me, you have a medicine cabinet full of medications that are either expired or you will never use. So, what’s the best way to safety get rid of them? According to the Food and Drug Administration , “a small number of medicines may be especially harmful if...

Lexington Medical Center Prepares for Major Expansion

July 16, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Veronica Brown
Medical

Lexington Medical Center will soon begin an estimated $425 million expansion to their existing 58-acre campus. The eight-story, 550,000 square foot tower will immediately add 70 new beds to the hospital’s existing 414. The new tower will include the labor-and-delivery...

New Ronald McDonald House Will Help More Families

June 25, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Veronica Brown
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This July, the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia will break ground on their new location. The 15,500 square foot building will allow them to double the number of families they serve. Karen Marinelli, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia executive director, told The...

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