Julia Shillinglaw

Innovative ICU Keeps Camden Man Close to Home

By Julia Shillinglaw

Johnny Fellers and his wife in front of furniture store

When 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.

Pastor Reunited With Doctor That Changed His Life

By Julia Shillinglaw

Pastor Cox Prays Over Dr. Christine Holmstedt

Pastor 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.

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. 

Elderly Patient Uses Technology to Monitor Heart Failure Symptoms

By Julia Shillinglaw

Richard Hollis Uses Telemonitoring Equipment

Richard 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.

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.

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.

Telestroke Aids in Pastor’s Miraculous Recovery

By Julia Shillinglaw

Tommy Cox and his wife walk in Georgetown, SC

Pastor 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. 

Rural Doctor Using Innovative Care to Connect Community

By Julia Shillinglaw

Dr. McAlhaney examines patient

Bamberg County faces the same economic problems that many other rural counties in our state confront. Much of Bamberg’s struggle has to do with its hospital closing several years ago, which not only took away a major part of the job industry but also affected healthcare access.  The few primary care doctors in the area had to step in to take up the slack. One of those doctors was Dr. Danette McAlhaney.

Doctors Use Telehealth to Save Little Girl's Life

By Julia Shillinglaw

Annie Nichols with Family

When Annie Nichols 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.” However, later that day, the four-year-old started to scream in pain, and her parents knew it was worse than they had originally thought.