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Governor Expresses Support for Telehealth at Bill Signing

By John Lewis

Governor Signing Bill

Before a ceremonial bill signing at the state house, Gov. Henry McMaster said he hopes to see telehealth continue to grow across the state.

“I look forward to the day we have total telemedicine in the state, when all the people on their cell phone can have access to medical care,” said McMaster.

Senate Bill 345, which expands practice abilities and cuts regulations for advanced practice nurses (APRNs), went into effect July 1.

Beyond Four Walls: Library Uses New Dispensers to Promote Reading, Community Engagement

By Thelisha Eaddy

Richland Library's Tony Tallent displays a newly-dispensed short story from one of three new short story dispensers at the library's main branch in downtown Columbia.

During its recent Learn Freely Fest, Richland Library launched newly-acquired short story dispensers for the public to try. The sleek, black and organge device allows people to select a one, three or five minute story to print. Richland Library is one of only four libraries across the country to receive the dispensers. Its a part of a program called Fostering Creative Community Connections, a project to promote reading; community engagement; library programs and services; and creative expression from diverse writers.

Williams-Brice Stadium Gears Up for Its First Big Concert in Years

By Olivia Aldridge

Beyonce superfan Merrell Johnson in studio.

August 21 will bring the first concert in five years to Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium  when Beyoncé and Jay-Z make a stop on their On the Run II Tour. For Columbia local and Beyoncé superfan Merrell Johnson, this is an especially big event. “I’ve been a fan of hers since Day 1, way back when Destiny’s Child first formed. I remember hearing them…it was me and my sister, riding in the back of the car. I was like, ‘Who are these girls?

Quiet or Quirky: A Hurricane Season Update

By Jeff Huffman

Hurricane season update
Fewer storms may form this year in the tropical Atlantic, but the ones that do could follow an unusual pattern.
 
Colorado State scientists issued their final update to the hurricane season forecast Thursday, sticking with lower overall numbers from their original forecast in early May. Uncertainty still remains, however, on where most of this activity will develop and track.
 

South Carolina Offers More Than 400 License Tags

By Tut Underwood

License plate design with MZWendy

Most, if not all, states offer a variety of license tags for automobiles. South Carolina offers more than 400, many to support causes or organizations, from colleges to gold star families, or wildlife and habitats, from trees to turkeys and elk. Some are offered out of support and respect, such as veterans or POWs. Some are more whimsical features of South Carolina culture, like the shag dance, or even Parrotheads, the fanatical followers of Jimmy Buffett.

65 Years After Korean War Armistice, Remains of 55 Soldiers Are Repatriated

By Thelisha Eaddy

A snapshot of South Carolina's missing and unaccounted for soldiers from Korean War.

Over 100 soldiers from South Carolina are still missing and unaccounted for, from the Korean War. July 27 marks the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war. The war started in June of 1950 and over the span of three years, more than 36,000 American soldiers were killed. Friday, remains believed to be of 55 US troops killed during the War, were returned to the United States by North Korea. Conrad Nowak is president of the Foothills Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association in Greenville.

"It Will Stabilize Them in Their Communities:" Law Clinic Helps Most Vulnerable Veterans

By Thelisha Eaddy

Clyde Gore, Jr. is director of the new legal clinic. He said the work done at the clinic can make a big change in the life of a veteran.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has identified legal services as one of the most significant unmet needs of homeless and poor veterans. The University of South Carolina's School of Law recently opened a free, veterans legal clinic to address this demand.     The clinic is located on the third floor of the law school, open from 9am to 5pm weekdays and follows the university's holiday schedule. Walk-ins are welcome, but director Clyde Gore, Jr. recommends making an appointment. “We always tell people, although we do take walk-ins, it’s always better to call first.

Experts Say Nurse Practitioner Law to Benefit Underserved Communities

By Tabitha Safdi

Nurse practitioner Kelli Garber consults with a patient through telehealth at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County.

A new law that went into effect July 1 drastically changed the way advanced practice nurses can provide care in South Carolina.

Senate Bill 345, which Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law earlier this year, eliminated the 45-mile limit for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to provide care. Prior to the new law, APRNs had to be within a 45-mile radius of a supervising physician in order to practice.

Electronic Medical Records Critical for Telehealth

By John Lewis

Michael Haschker leads discussion at the sixth annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina in Columbia.

As technology changes the way patients and health care providers see each other, it’s also changing how our doctors document our health records.

More practices in South Carolina are using telehealth equipment, allowing clinicians to connect to patients through video. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance’s Michael Haschker says integrating an electronic medical records system into that equipment is crucial for the success of any telehealth program.

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