Dr. Shaniece Criss | Women Vision SC Podcast

By Linda O'Bryon

Dr. Shaniece CrissDr. Shaniece Criss “The world will tell you what success looks like, but truly success looks differently for different people.” The words of Dr. Shaniece Criss. She has defined her own success by fulfilling purpose in three main areas: government, media, and academia. And she has succeeded in all three. She was the first African American female to be elected to the Travelers Rest City Council in the Upstate. She is an assistant professor of Health Science at Furman University. And as a public health practitioner, Dr. Criss served as producer and host for a national television show for the...

The latest developments on COVID-19: Attractions reopen, 87,117 cases, 1,600 deaths, widespread testing available

By Aniya Mahaffey

Reported COVID-19 cases in South CarolinaQuick Facts: --DHEC reports 87,117 cases in all 46 counties Map -Total negative tests: 745,198 -1,600 deaths have been reported. Nearly all of the patients were elderly with underlying health conditions. Mortality demographic data -All non-essential businesses are closed as of April 1. -All South Carolina K-12 schools are closed through the school year. -How South Carolinians Can Protect Themselves Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly...

Deborah Blalock | Women Vision SC Podcast

By Linda O'Bryon

Deborah Blalock“Follow your passion. Don't ever forget to take care of yourself. That's critically important . I think as women, we don't always do that very well.” That’s the advice of Deborah Blalock, one of the state’s leading mental health administrators and advocates. She was the first woman appointed as deputy director of the Community Mental Health Services at the S.C. Department of Mental Health (SCDMH). She is responsible for statewide outpatient services provided by SCDMH, including those provided by 16 mental health centers. Earlier, she served as executive director of the Charleston Dorchester...

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Healthcare Providers to Reimagine the Way They Deliver Care

By J. T. Hydrick

Healthcare providers are relying on telehealth to treat patients during the pandemic.As the impact of the Coronavirus continues to evolve and expand, doctors and healthcare providers are continually being forced to reimagine the way they deliver care to their patients on a fundamental level. Providers are relying on live video appointments with patients, commonly known as telehealth, to address concerns during the pandemic. “We quickly saw people over 65, people with autoimmune conditions, diabetes, hypertension, those were the ones we were most concerned about," said Dr. Ted Belsches, a primary care physician for Prisma Health in Columbia . "And so, we didn’t really want...

The Spanish Moss Trail

By Sean Flynn

The Spanish Moss Trail"Making It Grow" visits Beaufort, SC and talks with Volunteer Executive Director Dean Moss to learn more about the Spanish Moss Trail. This 10-mile greenway is a 12-foot wide, paved path dedicated to those who want to walk, run, bike, fish, skate, scoot or stroll ‒ offering spectacular Lowcountry water and marsh views, coastal wildlife viewing, and historic points of interest as it meanders through Spanish moss-draped neighborhoods.

Keisha Hawes | Women Vision SC Podcast

By Alfred Turner

Keisha HawesKeisha Hawes was age 31 when she had a heart attack. She was a wife and mother, who was holding down several part-time jobs in the Charleston area to help to make ends meet. She has taken the experience of her heart attack as a way to “serve another purpose.” She said, “when I was stuck on the fact of suffering a heart attack, I actually suffered. I continued my suffering. When I took a moment and I stopped and I said, ‘no, let's look at this from the lens of you survived a heart attack. So now, what is the purpose in your survival? How can you repurpose this to now be a benefit to people...

Lou Kennedy | Women Vision SC Podcast

By Linda O'Bryon

Lou KennedyAs president, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Lou Kennedy runs a global company out of West Columbia, South Carolina. She and her husband helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Center Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy. She received South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto in recognition of a lifetime of service. Kennedy said, “I turned 50 a couple of years back and since that big birthday milestone, I really have focused on what I could do, not only in job goals but also in the community and for other young ladies and children who may be don’t...