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Services brought together in new McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute A soothing environment designed for the healing and comfort of cardiac patients with warm colors and cherrywood trim now welcomes visitors as they enter the new McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute. McLeod has been setting a standard in the care of cardiac patients in this region for more than 50 years. Since 1956, when McLeod began offering a heart clinic, patients have selected McLeod for their cardiac care — a tradition that remains today with patients continuing to entrust their health and well-being to the medical experts of the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute. Previously, cardiac services were segmented throughout different areas of the McLeod campus, creating navigational challenges for patients. To alleviate this concern, the focus for McLeod was to design and construct a cardiac care unit that would combine services into one central area. Today, the new McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute provides this patient-centered care approach. The McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute recently opened its newly expanded location to patients. It is located

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The staff of the Cardiovascular Day Hospital pose for a picture in their new home in the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute. It is located on the first floor of the Main Tower at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Members of the staff are (back, L to R) Brenda Fulmore, Marcia Wilds, Rick Harmon, Yvonne McMillan, Kathleen McIver, and Patricia Graves; (front) Linda Burgess and Denise McFadden.

in the McLeod Tower across from the Bear Essentials Gift Shop. “This unit was created for the ease and convenience of our patients,” said Marcia Wilds, McLeod Nursing Director of the Cardiovascular Day Hospital. “At McLeod, our focus is on quality patient care. As part of our mission to improve patient care, this new area is designed to bring cardiovascular services together, and that is exactly what has been accom­plished. “It allows patients and family members to come to an easily accessible area where they can receive diagnostic testing, treatment, and surgery,” she said.

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“At this time, phase one of the project, which includes the patient care areas, has been completed. The right side of the Heart and Vascular Institute is the Pre-Surgical Patient Care Area, and the left side is the Post-Surgical Patient Care Area.” All patient rooms in the new area have monitoring capabilities for multiple levels of patient care — from the simple case to the very complex. It is this monitoring capability that made the Pre-Surgical Patient Care Area the perfect setting as a temporary location for the McLeod Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

CARING: Celebration raises funds for kids PERSON: Sr. VP embraces opportunities QUALITY: National magazine recognizes McLeod INTEGRITY: Nursing staff is unmatched

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service Team successes, excellence celebrated We celebrate excellence at McLeod Health, which is important in every aspect of patient relationships as well as in improving our ratings with the publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Our patients deserve excellent service when they are at McLeod, and our staff is willing to go above and beyond to give them the best. Our Administrative Team is actively looking for opportunities to celebrate team successes. Service and clinical excellence “Team Celebrations” have begun at McLeod, and over the past month and a half, we have celebrated with three different areas at McLeod Regional Medical Center. The first was the Pre-Admission Testing team for imple­menting several patient satisfaction initiatives. They have re-worked several of their processes to give our patients a more streamlined, efficient, and more productive experience for completing testing before being admitted or having outpatient surgery. We celebrated with Women’s Services for being ranked

number one across all of McLeod Health in nine out of 16 areas of patient experience measures. The areas they ranked at the top were for nurses’ courtesy and respect, control of pain, helpfulness of staff with pain, new medication explanation, explanation of medication side effects, quietness at night, written explanation of symptoms upon discharge, overall excellent rating, and their willingness to recommend. Our first clinical excellence celebration was in the Cardio­ vascular Intensive Care Unit. They have implemented several evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing/eliminating hospital-acquired infections. As a result of this hard work and dedication to patient safety, the CVICU is at 167 days without a ventilator-associated pneumonia and 398 days (and counting) without a central lineassociated bloodstream infection! We want all of our patients who come to McLeod Health to experience excellence from the time they walk in the door until the time they leave. In celebrating with our McLeod employees, we hope to reinforce a culture of appreciation for excellent customer service. We should all strive for excellent clinical outcomes and service excellence, not only for our patients but also for one another. Dianne Parsons, Service Excellence Coordinator

Women’s Services team members on the second floor of the McLeod Pavilion were proud of being recognized by the Administrative Team for their high patient rankings. They are (L to R) Tanya Delay, Tarsha Jett-Harrison, Salley Herring, Carrie Spears, Linda O’Neal, Barbara Pritchard, Elizabeth Chestnut, Mandy Grant, Kelli Jernigan, Elizabeth Campbell, and Donise Powell.

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The Women’s Services team on the 4th floor of the McLeod Pavilion was honored by the Administrative Team on May 13 for its outstanding survey rankings. Those who gathered for the celebration were (standing, L to R) Mellissa Boyd, Paige Williams, Donna Hinson, Luretha McFadden, Latonya Armstrong, Elzena Hart, Kay DeWitt, Tina Caulder, and (kneeling) Natalie Bryant.

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SC Physician Award for Outstanding Service Outstanding Educator of the Year Award

Chireen Hyler (center) is congratulated by Tony Derrick, Associate Vice President of Patient Services at McLeod Regional Medical Center, and Gail Weaver, Director of Pee Dee AHEC. Hyler received the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the SC Area Health Education Consortium at its state meeting in March. In addition to serving on the faculty at Francis Marion University, Pee Dee AHEC, and three other AHEC centers, she is a crew chief for the HeartReach critical care transport team. In her 25-year nursing career, Hyler has educated thousands of students.

Awards and Recognition Russell Grice

Radiology McLeod Medical Center Dillon Awarded McLeod Merit Award, March 8, 2011

Brad Buie

Registration McLeod Medical Center Dillon Awarded McLeod Merit Award, April 12, 2011

Katie Davis

Rehabilitative Services McLeod Regional Medical Center Awarded McLeod Merit Award, January 11, 2011

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Representatives from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control present Dr. Edward Behling with the SC Physician Award for Outstanding Service. He cares for patients in the McLeod Physician Associates practice Medical Plaza Family Medicine. ‘Dr. Behling has partnered with DHEC since early in his medical career when he began seeing patients referred to him by the health department,” said DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter. ‘His practice was the first in the area to work with us to increase the region’s level of pandemic flu preparedness.’

Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year Anita Longan (L) of the McLeod Diabetes Center was named Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year by SC DHEC at its spring conference in March. She also made a presentation on nutrition to physicians at the conference. Longan has been a diabetes educator for more than 20 years and is dedicated to her diabetes clients. She has served on many state and local initiatives to prevent diabetes and fight obesity. With her is another award winner, Sharon Kelly of the VA hospital in Charleston. Evelyn Fulmore George D. Schwerin Mentor Award of the Pharmacy at McLeod Regional Medical Center received the George D. Schwerin Mentor Award from the SC Society of Health-System Pharmacists at its annual meeting in March. It honors ‘an individual in recognition of contributions to growing, educating, and challenging the pharmacists of the future and in appreciation of his or her role as a mentor, advisor, and teacher.’

Changes will offer new ways to view pay stubs while being more efficient With current economic realities challenging us, we all are trying to be good stewards of our natural and fiscal resources. McLeod Health is committed to and diligently looking for ways to operate more efficiently. One way to save resources is by creating new ways of viewing pay stubs. By “going green” with paperless payroll, McLeod is not only helping to protect the environment by not producing unnecessary paper but also saving time and money by avoiding the extra costs of producing paper versions or using staff time to collect and distribute paper copies. The Spring 2011 edition of the benefits newsletter Living Well Matters introduced a new and improved online pay stub that is available all day, every day. Beginning in June, McLeod will temporarily print pay stubs by request only on Thursday payday. If you would like to continue receiving a printed copy of your pay stub, you will need to go to the McLeod intranet, The Compass, log in to Living Well online, and select the option of receiving a printed pay stub. You will then need to go to Payroll Services to print out and pick up your pay stub. Payroll Services is located

Living Well also provides access to: • • • •

Copies of W-2 statements Direct deposit requests Back issues of Living Well Matters Links to Viverae, MedImpact, Merchant discount program, employment verification process, and other resource providers • On-demand Personal Total Compensation Statement • Snapshot of current benefits elections

in McLeod Medical Plaza on the fifth floor in Suite 530. You also can print your pay stub

at Living Well on The Compass from your workstation or department or at the Human Resources Service Center.

Living Well can be accessed from personal computer Living Well online can be accessed on any computer with an Internet connection after configuring it by these instructions. (At McLeod, Living Well can be accessed only through The Compass.) System requirements: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 6.x and above. For other browsers such as Firefox or Mozilla, please contact the Information Systems Help Desk at 777-2288 for special instructions. 1. In Internet Explorer, make https://* a Trusted Site: • Set the Site Security Level to Low. While IE is open, select “Tools”; then select “Internet Options”; select the “Security” tab; select “Trusted Sites”; then click the “Sites” button. • In the website field box, type in: https://*” to the field. Make sure the “Require Server Verification” box is not checked. Click “Close.” 2. Set the “Security Level” to Low. Click “Apply.” 3. Go to and click the Living Well logo in the bottom right corner of the page or type in the URL 4. Enter your McLeod network user name and password. 5. Allow your computer to install Citrix (select “Run”). Once your Internet Explorer browser has been configured and you enter the URL (above), your workstation will go through an initial install of a Citrix web client. Just follow the prompts. You will see the installation process taking place on your screen. After this initial installation of the Citrix web client, no further action is necessary. 6. Once logged in, you will see the Living Well icon. 7. Click the icon to enter Employee Self Service. Note: Once your system is configured, you can start the log-in at step 3. You can even save the link in your favorites for easy access the next time you log in.

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Yearly celebration raises funds for kids McLeod Children’s Hospital is one of 170 children’s hospitals in North America that make up the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A non-profit organization, it is dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for its members. This year marks the 24th year of the Children’s Miracle Network broadcast, which celebrates the successes of McLeod Children’s Hospital and the other member hospitals. These victories are made possible by families who give love and hope, McLeod physicians, nurses, and staff who provide excellent care and treatment, and donors at every level who make charity care and vital equipment purchases possible. The celebration will be broadcast on Saturday, June 4, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. WBTW News 13 will broadcast live from the Child Life Activity Center in the McLeod Children’s Hospital. “We are proud to host this event each year,” said Davis Sawyer, fund manager for the McLeod Children’s Hospital and director of the celebration. “One hundred percent of the money raised during the broadcast stays at the McLeod Children’s Hospital to treat the children in our community.” On June 4, join the celebration and be a champion for children by watching and calling in your pledge to support the care of infants and children in this region of South Carolina at the McLeod Children’s Hospital. Donations to McLeod Children’s Hospital can be made during the celebration broadcast by calling 777-GIVE (4483) or toll free at 1-866-668-4862 or by visiting the McLeod Foundation website at and clicking on the CMNH icon. The broadcast also recognizes the support of local groups and organizations as well as 75 national corporate sponsors who work year-round for the children served at McLeod Children’s Hospital.

‘Miracle Children’ featured

Four Miracle Children have been selected to represent the amazing spirit that is so evident in children who overcome physical and emotional challenges — at times greater than many adults ever face. These children represent so many other young people and families who are treated at the McLeod Children’s Hospital every year. Each child and the family needed the special care and comfort found only in a hospital just for them. Thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, McLeod Children’s Hospital, and the generous support of the community and McLeod Health employees, these youngsters have beat the odds. Sophia and Isabella Topalian are two-year-old twin girls from Florence. While nearly 150,000 sets of twins are born each year, less than one percent are monoamniotic twins like the Topalian girls, sharing one amniotic sack. Sophia and Isabella’s mother, Kim, spent 53 days in the Antepartum Unit at McLeod

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Health so that physicians could monitor her pregnancy. Born at just 32 weeks, the twins spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, supervised by McLeod neonatologists. Ainsley Jordan is a bright-eyed five-year-old from Myrtle Beach. Less than a year ago during a routine doctor’s visit, Ainsley’s elevated blood sugar levels alerted her pediatrician. She was immediately sent to the McLeod Children’s Hospital and admitted for hospitalization. Ainsley was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes by pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Pamela Clark of McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists. Dr. Clark instantly developed a relationship with Ainsley and her parents, Christina and Steve. Today, Ainsley and her parents are able to manage her disease through blood sugar checks, insulin shots, and a balanced diet. Triston “Kane” Davis is a 10-year-old boy from Cheraw. One morning in February, Kane woke up covered in blisters from head to toe. His pediatrician diagnosed him with StephenJohnsons syndrome, likely the result of an allergic reaction to an antibiotic he had been prescribed four days earlier for an infection. Kane’s doctor instructed his mother to immediately take Kane to the McLeod Children’s Hospital. Kane spent the next weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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Senior Vice President embraces challenges to meet needs of staff Tim Hess has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Training. “I am very excited and pleased that Tim has been appointed as my successor,” said Jeannette Glenn, as she retired from the position. “He is an outstanding and knowledgeable professional. Tim exudes creativity, a sense of humor, openness to change, respect for others, and most of all, has a huge servant’s heart. I can leave my McLeod family feeling very confident that they are in the best of hands with Tim at the helm.” As a Senior Vice President, Hess will be a member of the Leadership Council at McLeod Health. In this capacity, he will lead the creation of the strategic management plan for Human Resources. “I am excited about the opportunity,” Hess said. “I’m humbled by the legacy that Jeannette has left, and I have some big shoes to fill.” Hess says that he likes a challenge and is looking forward to dealing with upcoming changes to federal legislation and

what impact it will have on the delivery of health care. He has skills and experience in the functions of Human Resources, with more than two decades of service in this specialty, an essential connection to the culture of McLeod Health, and a passion for the people who serve McLeod patients and their families. “I want to ensure that Human Resources and Training are truly strong partners in meeting the health-care needs of our community,” he said. “I want to continue our work to make McLeod the employer of choice in the region.” The new senior vice president feels that his work and educational background has given him the experience to help evolve the Human Resources strategy so that it supports the McLeod mission. He joined the McLeod family in 1992 as the manager of compensation and benefits. He was promoted to director of compensation and benefits in June 1994, serving in that capacity until his departure in 2002 to accept a position with Saint Thomas Health in Nashville. Hess gained further experience and expertise in management and operations, serving as the director of compensation and benefits and was later promoted to

vice president of human resources operations. He returned to McLeod Health in 2006 as associate vice president of human resources. His responsibilities included the management of compensation and benefits for McLeod Health employees, the Human Resources information systems, and providing leadership to the Recruiting team. “We have a great team here,” he said. “Part of the reason I came back to McLeod was because I felt that the leadership was able to rise to the challenge of whatever the future has in store for us.” Hess received a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Uni­ versity of South Carolina. He is a Certified Compensation Professional through World at Work, a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resource Management, and has served as facilitator for the McLeod Financial Peace University. He continues to advocate for programs to support work-life balance and wellness for our staff and medical professionals through new programs and services in Human Resources.

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National magazine recognizes McLeod for its outstanding retirement plan The strength of the retirement plan for McLeod Health team members recently was recognized by a national magazine that is considered to be an expert on retirement issues and benefits programs. McLeod was nominated by Lincoln Financial Group, which administers the McLeod plan. “We’re proud of that,” said Jeannette Glenn, who was then the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Training. “Of all of the Lincoln clients all over the world, they nominated McLeod.” PLANSPONSOR magazine named McLeod a finalist for its Awards for Excellence in the non-profit category. “This is a very neutral organization,” Glenn said. “Its editors recognized plans from throughout the United States. They looked at how plans have been run over the years, how the plan is structured, how the various funds are performing, and whether the fees charged to the plan are cost effective for participants. “These are the best-run plans in the country,” she said. “The recognition speaks very highly to the oversight and work done by the McLeod retirement committee and to the performance Jeannette Glenn and Tim Hess of McLeod Human Resources display the award of the plan. We are humbled and honored to be they accepted for the strength of the McLeod retirement plan. The plan was one among the finalists.” of three finalists in the non-profit category in the Awards for Excellence named Glenn has served as chair of the McLeod by PLANSPONSOR, a magazine and website on retirement issues and benefits Retirement Committee. Other members have been programs. At the time, Glenn was Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Mellany Isom, a representative of the McLeod Training. She recently retired, and Hess was named to succeed her in the position. Board of Trustees; McLeod Controller Mark Cameron; Fulton Ervin, Senior Vice President of Finance; Resources puts into making sure that our benefits are first class, Dr. Charles Jordan of McLeod Physician Associates; and first rate.” Debbie Locklair, Administrator of McLeod Medical Center “We and one other Lincoln client were nominated by Lincoln Dillon. (Both Glenn and Jordan recently retired from McLeod.) among the thousands of plans that they do. They felt that we Tim Hess of McLeod Human Resources has served as adviser stood apart and are worthy of this recognition. It reflects our to the committee, and McLeod President Rob Colones is an partnership with them.” ex-officio member. Part of the partnership with Lincoln is on-site support through “This award speaks to the due diligence that the committee a staff member who is available to assist McLeod team members. does in carrying out its fiduciary duties,” she said. “We take that The McLeod retirement plan has a transparent fee structure, responsibility very seriously. We are honored to serve this most Hess said, so that staff can see how fees compare from one fund worthy aspect of caring for the workforce.” to another when they make choices about which funds they When Glenn retired, Tim Hess recently took over the leaderwant to invest in. “We have best-in-class funds that perform in ship of Human Resources and Training. “This award makes me the highest percentile according to their peers. proud of what McLeod does for its employees,” he said. “It is “This award is validation of the quality of our retirement symbolic of the work that the board, the leadership, and Human plan, the service offered, the fees we pay as employees, and the investment options. They all show that McLeod cares.”

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Nurses of the Year at McLeod Regional were (L to R) Megan McDaniel, Gracie Ellison, and Loretha Bradley.

At McLeod Dillon, Nurses of the Year were (L to R) Pam Salmon, Tommie Waters, and Lena Evans. Not pictured were Mary Bohachic and Lynne Livingston.

Nursing staff selected for exceptional work Outstanding nurses were recognized at McLeod Health campuses in Florence, Darlington, and Dillon during May, when hospitals observe National Nurses Week. Named Registered Nurses of the Year were Gracie Ellison of 2 South, the obstetrical unit at McLeod Regional; Pam Salmon of Labor and Delivery at McLeod Dillon, and Kim Thomas of the Medical-Surgical Unit at McLeod Darlington. Licensed Practical Nurses of the Year were Loretha Bradley of 9th Surgical at McLeod Regional and Tommie Waters of the Emergency Department at McLeod Dillon. Nursing Technician (or Assistant) of the Year recipients were Megan McDaniel of the NICU at McLeod Regional, Willie Dixon of the Medical-Surgical Unit at McLeod Darlington, and Lena Evans on the Intensive Care Unit at McLeod Dillon. Others who were honored were Harriett Howe, Staff Person of the Year at Behavioral Health; Mary Bohachic

of the Intensive Care Unit at McLeod Dillon, Surgical Technician of the Year; and Lynne Livingston of the West unit at McLeod Dillon, the Patient’s Choice Award. “Being selected as a Nurse of the Year is a very honorable recognition,” said Leanne Huminski, Chief Nursing Officer for McLeod Regional. “In our winners, we see the best. All of our McLeod nurses are excellent. They were selected by their peers as role models to represent McLeod and their units. “Being a McLeod Nurse is about compassion and caring,” she said. “Our nurses feel a genuine, heartfelt concern for others. This is what sets them apart from all others.” Nancy Barnes, Associate Adminis­tra­ tor of Patient Services at McLeod Dillon, acknowledged the accomplishments of the award recipients as well as the excellent care provided by the entire nursing staff. “To lead a nursing staff of this caliber has been a privilege,” she said. “The

At McLeod Darlington, Nurses of the Year were (above, L to R) Willie Dixon, Kim Thomas, and Harriett Howe (inset).

nurses are not only diligent in their patient care; they are also the patient advocates and the physician liaisons. The skill set of our nurses is unmatched by other facilities,” Barnes said. The work of America’s 3.1 million registered nurses to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals was the focus of this year’s National Nurses Week, celebrated annually throughout the United States.

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Looking Ahead

American Red Cross blood drive

Special observances June is: Cataract Awareness Month, National Aphasia Awareness Month, National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month, Fireworks Safety Awareness Month, Home Safety Month, Men’s Health Month, National Scleroderma Awareness Month, National Scoliosis Awareness Month, Vision Research Month June 5-11 — Headache Awareness Week Sun., June 19 — World Sickle Cell Day June 13-19 — National Men’s Health Week June 26-July 2 — Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week Mon., June 27 — National HIV Testing Day

Training programs McLeod University: Dealing with Conflict Fri., June 10, 8:30 am-12 noon, McLeod Medical Plaza, classroom (Free; contact or 777-5731.) McLeod University: Communication workshop Tues., June 14, 8:30 am-12 noon, McLeod Medical Plaza, classroom (Free; contact or 777-5731.) Pee Dee AHEC: Working with Severely & Persistently Mentally Ill Adults (Call 777-5343.) Tues., June 14, 9 am-4:30 pm, Family Medicine Center, classrms A & B Pee Dee AHEC: Medical-Surgical Nurse Certification Review (Call 777-5343.) Thurs. & Fri., June 16 & 17, 9 am-5 pm, Family Medicine Ctr., classrms A & B Pee Dee AHEC: Who Gets to Decide? Ethical Issues at End of Life (Call 777-5343.) Fri., June 24, 9 am-3:30 pm, Family Medicine Center, classrms A & B McLeod University: Time Management Tues., June 28, 8:30 am-12 noon, McLeod Medical Plaza, classroom (Free; contact or 777-5731.) McLeod University: Basic Budgeting Wed., June 29, 8:30 am-12 noon, McLeod Medical Plaza, classroom (Free; contact or 777-5731.)

Community events Children’s Miracle Network celebration (benefits McLeod Children’s Hospital)

Sat., June 4, 12 noon-8 p.m., WBTW News 13 Mobile Mammography Unit Screenings (Call 777-2095.) Wed., June 1, 9 am-4 pm, Trinity Baptist Church, Florence Thurs., June 23, 8:30 am-4 pm, McLeod Family Medicine Johnsonville Tues., June 28, 8:30 am-4 pm, McLeod Family Medicine Timmonsville

Save the Date! Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Saturday, June 18 9 am-12 noon McLeod Medical Plaza conference center All cancer survivors invited to attend

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Tues., June 7 2-7 pm

Tues., June 28 12 noon-5 pm

McLeod Health McLeod Dillon & Fitness Center Auxiliary Room Register for a donation time by calling 777-2005 or at Sponsor=McLeod Bring a first-time donor and be entered into the drawing for prizes. Your donation not only saves lives but also helps McLeod get discounts for patients on blood products.

3rd Thursday with Kohl’s Safe Seats

(monthly) Thurs., June 16, 4-7 pm, Kohl’s parking lot, Florence

(Free; bring child & child safety seat. Call 777-5021 for information.)

McLeod Diabetes Center Monthly Support Group

Armchair Yoga & Strength Training (Free; call 777-6000.) Monday, June 13 6:30-7:30 pm, Medical Park East, Suite 290, conference room

Making Rounds McLeod Regional Medical Center MICU

Congratulations to Barkha Patel and Chris Skarzynski on completing Advanced Cardiac Life Support.


Bradley White and wife Amanda welcomed a precious baby girl, Paige Rebecca, into their family on January 27. They also have another little girl named Payton. Tabitha Williams graduated from the yearlong Leadership Academy program. We are very proud of Tabitha. She not only graduated but also was one of the chosen few to be asked to mentor a future group of employees to participate in the program. Evelyn Fulmore received the prestigious George D. Schwerin Mentor Award at the annual SC Society of HealthSystems Pharmacists. It was held March 13-15 at Hilton Head.

Environmental Services

Outpatient Registration

CCU/ Telemetry

Our deepest condolences go out to Sherry Cordle and Wendy Logan on the death of their mothers.


Congratulations to Alice Skinner Howell on the March 8 birth of her grandson, William Joseph Skinner.

5 East/Oncology

Congratulations to Laura Bozzelli, Kaycie Lockamy, and Chrystle Neal on earning their chemotherapy and biotherapy certification from the Oncology Nursing Society. Congratulations to Brandy Reed on her promotion to patient care supervisor.

Radiation Oncology

Congratulations to Kelle O’Dell and Dominick Reed on their November 30 marriage. Congratulations to Crystal Mejia on the February 2 birth of her son, Ethan Olberto. Best wishes to BJ King on her March 26 marriage to Ben Stephens.


Our condolences go to Jessica Carmichael on the recent death of her grandfather and to Karen Jones on the death of her grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.


Congratulations to Jennifer Hughes and husband Jamie on the January 15 birth of their son, Jackson James. He weighed six pounds, four ounces. Congratulations to Maranda Knight on becoming an instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Good job! Congratulations to Zona Howard on the birth of a new granddaughter and to Willie Nixon, Rosemary Williams, Sheila Peoples, and Carolyn Frith on their new grandsons.

Pastoral Services

Stuart Harrell is the new assistant director. He received an M.Div. degree from Duke Divinity School and completed clinical pastoral education training at Duke Medical Center.

Home Health

Our sympathy goes out to Edgard Sarmiento and Linda Hailes on the death of their grandfathers. We offer our condolences to Marilyn Garner on the death of her husband.

6 West/Medical

Jolanda Green Burr is our new director.


Congratulations to Beth Caldwell and husband Harold on the January 10 birth of their daughter, Caroline Marie.

Occupational Health Services

We extend our deepest condolences to Linda Byers, Pam Kelley, and Elaine Hatfield on the recent deaths of loved ones. Congratulations to Pandora Cribb and Toni Lewis on earning their certification in urine drug screen collection. Congratulations to Tara Lee on becoming a certified breath alcohol technician.

Marketing/Public Information

Our condolences go to Celia Whitten on the recent death of her father. Congratulations to Kristie Gibbs on receiving a Care Coupon.


Congratulations to Barbara Cooper on taking the state board exam and becoming a certified clinical hemodialysis technician! Way to go, Barbara! We are so proud of you.

Congratulations to Diane Guinn and Leah Ploeg on becoming certified in ACLS. Way to go, Diane and Leah!

Urgent Care

Congratulations to Denean Jessup on the birth of a son, Dreden Jamon Bethea.


Congratulations to Winnie Pigate and husband on the March 5 birth of their son, Jadon Seth. Jadon weighed two pounds, six ounces. Mother and baby are doing well. Congratulations go to Dana Benton and husband on the March 17 birth of their daughter, Sarah Gwen. She weighed nine pounds, two ounces. Our sympathy goes to Priscilla Kizziar and Beth Semder on the death of a grandparent. Thanks to everyone for all the help with the temporary move to the new Heart and Vascular Institute.

Clinical Effectiveness/ Case Management

Congratulations to Tammy Norton on her recent certification as an accredited case manager.

McLeod Medical Center Darlington Rehabilitative Services

Our condolences go to Van Ervin, whose mother died.

Nursing Administration

Congratulations to our staff who received Care Coupons in March — Kim Thomas, Jan Townsend, Kim Close, Marilyn Harrison, Judy Donofrio, Judy Scipio, Regina Black, Sharon McDuffie, Shirley Gibbons, Debbie Stone, Willie Dixon, and Alice Graham. Congratulations to Kim Thomas on being a winner of the Palmetto Gold award. Congratulations to Crystal Altman on the February 24 birth of a son. Congratulations to LouEaster Beaver and Allie Walker on completing ACLS.

McLeod Medical Center Dillon Laboratory

Congratulations to Laqueendra Wright on passing her exam to be certified in medical technology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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As part of phase two of the Heart and Vascular Institute project, the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, also located in the McLeod Tower, will undergo renovations. The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit cares for cardiac and vascular surgical patients. The biggest change for the unit is going to be the removal of the large round columns currently located in the center of each patient room, said Amanda Butler, Director of the McLeod Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. “The columns house equipment and connectors for oxygen, suction, and other monitoring devices, but they consume a large amount of floor space,” she said. “Each column will be removed and replaced with a ceiling-mounted monitoring unit that will make it easier to move the patients’ beds in and out.” In the Heart and Vascular Institute, each patient room is also equipped with a new call system. When a patient needs assistance, he or she simply pushes the call button, and the nurse receives an immediate notification through his or her hospital cell phone. If the nurse is caring for another patient, the call will roll over to the next available staff member. Phase three of the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute will be the addition of a Vascular Hybrid Surgical Suite. Currently, there are many procedures performed by the McLeod vascular surgeons in the Special Procedures area in Radiology. These procedures require X-ray imaging to guide a catheter through the patient’s arteries to the blockage. If at any time the surgeon should determine that the patient requires immediate surgery, the patient is transported to an operating room. The hybrid suite will eliminate the necessity of moving the patient by combining the two capabilities — X-ray imaging and surgery — into one area. If at any time the patient should require surgery, the equipment can be easily moved out of the way and the table converted to a surgical table. When the table is converted, it is able to tilt in different positions, making the patient’s surgical area more accessible to the surgeon. “Phase three also will include a new area for general ultrasound services, echocardiography, and EKG,” said David Poston, Director of

Cherry-wood trim adds to the warm, soothing environment of the new McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Its entrance is located on the first floor of the McLeod Tower, across from the Bear Essentials Gift Shop.

McLeod Radiology. “Patients who suffer from heart disease often require several tests, but with the new area, they will be able to have all these tests performed in one convenient location.” It is anticipated that all phases of construction for the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute will be completed by this winter.

The staff of 5 East held a special graduation ceremony on May 26 for McLeod patient Destinee Hailey. Nursing Director Pamela Elliott (L) and LPN Jobie Myers (R) quickly arranged a ceremony for Destinee when they determined that she would be unable to attend her graduation ceremony at Hartsville High School. Principal Dr. Charlie Burry presented Destinee with her diploma in front of a crowd of family members, hospital staff, and Darlington County School District officials. Destinee is a patient of Nephrologist Dr. Venugopal Govindappa (2nd from R) with Pee Dee Nephrology. She is also the recipient of a full scholarship to Benedict College.

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Dr.Vinod Jona and McLeod Create an Exceptional Pulmonary Team.

McLeod Physician Associates is pleased to announce the association of Dr. Vinod K. Jona with McLeod Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine, Dr. Jona has been caring for patients at McLeod for the past nine years. Dr. Jona will strengthen the partnership with McLeod Health to provide a higher level of health care to pulmonary and critical care patients. In addition, McLeod will work with Dr. Jona to improve and expand pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine programs and technology to meet the needs of patients. Dr. Jona and McLeod Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates are now accepting new patients.

McLeod Physician Associates

McLeod Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates McLeod Medical Plaza 800 East Cheves Street, Suite 200 Florence, SC 29506 843-777-7863

McLeod News -- June 2011 edition  

employee newsletter for McLeod Health -- June 2011 edition

McLeod News -- June 2011 edition  

employee newsletter for McLeod Health -- June 2011 edition