Julia Shillinglaw

Telehealth Helps Save Child's Life

By Julia Shillinglaw

Annie Nichols recovers from traumatic brain injurTime is crucial for a traumatic brain injury especially for Annie Nichols who was four at the time of her accident. When she slipped and hit her head in the garage, her parents, Kelsey and Billy, didn’t think much of it. “It was a bad fall,” Billy said. “She cried, but it wasn’t the worst thing you’ve ever heard.” But later that day when Annie starting screaming in pain, they immediately rushed her to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, where she had to be placed on a breathing machine to hold her airway open. The emergency team in Murrells Inlet connected through...

School Telehealth Leads to Early Detection of Abnormal Cyst

By Julia Shillinglaw

Mya Simmons and her brother Marcus sit in front of the telehealth cart. Mya Simmons and her brother Marcus love playing outside at their grandmother’s house in Pinewood, S.C. They both also go to school in the area. A visit to the school nurse’s office one day ended up being something more serious for Mya. Lorrie Smart, the telepresenter at the school , noticed the lump on Mya's throat first, and then got the telehealth provider, Leigh Arden Beck from the Medical University of South Carolina to take a look. “You can’t know exactly what something like that is,” she said, “so I referred her to ENT who did further imaging and came up with her diagnosis.” After her...

Innovative ICU Keeps Camden Man Close to Home

By Julia Shillinglaw

Johnny Fellers and his wife in front of furniture storeWhen Johnny Fellers became ill one night, he thought it was related to his diabetes. After being admitted to KershawHealth hospital, he was sent to ICU. In the ICU, the KershawHealth team decided to use telehealth to help with his diagnosis. “Community hospitals like Camden often times don’t have access to pulmonologists or critical care intensivists...medical experts. Telehealth allows us to bring medical expertise to these more remote communities.” says Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, the Chief Medical Officer at KershawHealth. In Fellers' case, telehealth was crucial. It allowed for other experts...

Tele-specialist visits showcased during Telehealth Awareness Week

By Julia Shillinglaw

Tidelands nurse uses telehealth cart to get the patient connected to a MUSC specialist. Telehealth Awareness Week (TAW) is an annual observance by proclamation of Governor McMaster highlighting telehealth programs and services available right in our communities, around the state. Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of where they live. Each year, the third full week of October provides an opportunity to educate the public on telehealth capabilities for more efficient and effective health care . This year included several events including an opportunity to showcase tele-specialist visits for endocrinology, stroke, epilepsy, neuro-psychiatry, movement...

Pastor Reunited With Doctor That Changed His Life

By Julia Shillinglaw

Pastor Cox Prays Over Dr. Christine HolmstedtPastor Tommy Cox of Georgetown, S.C., and his wife Ginny made a trip to the Medical Univeristy of South Carolina in Charleston to meet Dr. Christine Holmstedt. Cox has wanted to see Dr. Holmstedt in person ever since his stroke in 2017. "I just wanted to hug her neck and tell her thank you," Cox said when talking about her. She was his telestroke doctor, and the one who made the decision to give him the tPA shot—a clot busting medication. This decision ended up saving Cox his voice, and for it, Cox says he will never forget her as long as he lives. He and his wife Ginny were very excited to...

Free Virtual Care Visits During Hurricane Dorian

By Julia Shillinglaw

McLeod doctor sees patient over telehealth app.With Hurricane Dorian on a path towards the east coast, many have been ordered to evacuate. Others are preparing for the effects of the storm, as it is predicted to hit South Carolina around Thursday. Finding generators and stocking up on bottled water and food supplies are among some of the immediate preparations made, but one thing some will forget about is healthcare access. Flooding, wind damage, and other factors will keep people from accessing their primary care doctors. In addition, many healthcare practices are already closing their doors to allow their employees to evacuate. To help...

Elderly Patient Uses Technology to Monitor Heart Failure Symptoms

By Julia Shillinglaw

Richard Hollis Uses Telemonitoring EquipmentRichard Hollis can’t move around like he used to. He says it’s a combination of leg injuries and congestive heart failure, which can fill his lungs with fluid and make it hard for him to catch his breath. Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition that occurs when the heart can’t pump blood as well as the body requires. Rapid weight gain is common among patients with congestive heart failure, and it usually means excess fluid buildup. Doctors say these symptoms must be regularly monitored to prevent emergency situations in patients. Hollis says Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System ’s...

School Telenutrition Program Inspires Changes to Family's Eating Habits

By Julia Shillinglaw

Young girl with her horse“I don’t want Savannah to go through what I’ve been through,” said Joe Ann Calvy of Eastover, SC. At 48, she has already had a heart attack. She said growing up “I didn’t know how to eat properly, and I’ve always had weight problems.” This is one reason why she and her husband have been so supportive of Savannah’s after-school class on nutrition. The class is offered through a partnership between Prisma Health and SC DHEC. The educators use telehealth to teach the class remotely so that they can reach more children at once. “If we were offering this content to one individual school, it would...

Babyscripts App Provides Convenient Care During Pregnancy

By Julia Shillinglaw

Pregnant mother holding her child. Grace Balding has a busy schedule every day caring for her toddler as well as preparing for her second baby. She is around 22 weeks pregnant and is a stay-at-home mom. Her and her husband share a vehicle which makes it difficult for Grace to get to her doctor appointments since her husband works full-time. When a friend told Grace about an app called Babyscripts which could cut down on the amount of appointments, Grace decided to ask her doctor about it. Babyscripts is an app designed to help expectant mothers keep track of their weight and blood pressure measurements on a daily basis. It...

Telestroke Aids in Pastor’s Miraculous Recovery

By Julia Shillinglaw

Tommy Cox and his wife walk in Georgetown, SCPastor Tommy Cox of Georgetown, S.C., was admitted to Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital following severe chest pains. After the hospital team ruled out a heart attack, the Cox family thought that things were looking better. However, after an endoscopy procedure, Pastor Cox started acting abnormal. His wife, Ginny, was the first to notice that her husband was unable to form words. She immedidately alerted a nurse who issued a stroke alert. Following the alert, the Tidelands team jumped into action, including the head nurse, Kristen Wall. She connected via telehealth with Dr. Christine...

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