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Family Matters

Meet a local family medicine practice that practices medicine as a family

New providers are ready to see you

These four doctors, pictured with family members, share more than professional bonds. Who’s who? See page 2.

| How healthy is your heart?

| Beat the heat this summer

When You’re Here, You’re Family




A unique family medicine practice


Carolina Pines is showing we care by adding new healthcare services and community resources

Bill Little, Carolina Pines CEO, thinks of this community as family.


A screening for heart attack risk



Wellness tips for hot summer days




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Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center staff members often refer to coworkers as “family”—which is one of the many advantages of working at a smaller hospital. The care and compassion these healthcare professionals show for each other is exactly how they treat their patients; each patient receives individual attention and is treated like family. At Carolina Pines, we believe our family extends to the community we serve, and we are building our healthcare services to provide a variety of resources. In the past year, we’ve made capital improvements to our hospital and medical office building, and we added new physicians and services. This spring, we brought back our popular monthly Lunch and Learn events, allowing community members to come on site and enjoy a talk with one of our physicians over lunch. And, this issue of Live Well is the beginning of a new community publication that provides health and wellness information to help you improve your life, as well as the latest updates on our physicians and services. No matter what level of support you need — whether you need to find a primary care provider for routine checkups, a consultation for back pain, or more intensive treatment — we’re here to help. I wish you and your family a safe and fun summer season. In good health,

 = doctor ON THE COVER; A family gathering, from left to right: 1. Jessica Sponseller, 2. Svea, 3. Dr. Brian Sponseller (holding 4. Benjamin), 5. Ashlynn, 6. Patti Sponseller, 7. Dr. Kevin Sponseller, 9. Dr. Kristin Sponseller (holding 8. Hunter), 10. Dr. William “Bill” Martin, 11. Kennedy, 12. Kelli Martin, 13. Dr. Abraham Areephanthu

Bill Little CEO, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center

The materials in Live Well are not intended for diagnosing or prescribing. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment. For more information, visit our website at cprmc.com or call (843) 339-4563. Copyright © 2018 Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center.


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New on Staff We welcome these physicians to Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center Gil Freeman, MD, BSME Orthopedic Surgeon For appointments: (843) 383-3742

Louis Roemhildt, MD Radiology

David C. Horger, MD Urology Specialist For appointments: (843) 656-1204

Anna Jane Dudley Senseney, MD Internal Medicine For appointments: (843) 383-0713

William J. “Bill” Martin, III, MD Family Medicine For appointments: (843) 383-5171

Patrick E. Sizemore, MD, FACS General Surgeon For appointments: (843) 383-3742

Brian Sponseller, MD Family Medicine For appointments: (843) 383-5171

CALL US For help scheduling an appointment, call (843) 656-1200, ext. 245.

JOIN OUR HOSPITAL AUXILIARY We appreciate and welcome volunteers Members of Carolina Pines Auxiliary volunteer their time and talents to help support our high standards of patient care by comforting patients and family and performing tasks that help lighten the load of professional staff members. Some of their services include: G  ift shop operation and management R  eception desk staffing G  oodie cart to patient areas M  agazine and newspaper cart E  mergency Department guest relations M  edical office building reception desk staffing C  ardiac rehabilitation assistance C  haplaincy


We recently celebrated our volunteers and volunteer chaplains at their annual spring luncheon.

Join us

If you would like to learn more about the Carolina Pines Auxiliary, contact Pat James, volunteer coordinator, at (843) 878-1019 or patricia.james@cprmc.com. You may also pick up a volunteer application at the gift shop.

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More Than Doctors These physicians are not just a family medicine practice—they’re a family WHAT IS A FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN? Family practice physicians are primary care doctors who can care for the whole family. Their training covers care for patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, and they can treat a wide variety of conditions. Brian Sponseller, MD, one of four family practice physicians at Suite 207 in The Medical Group, believes there are advantages to choosing a doctor who is trained in multiple disciplines and takes the time to learn about each patient’s needs. “The importance of primary care really comes down to somebody who knows you, who knows your family, and someone who can help guide you,” he says.


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Abraham Areephanthu, MD, has been practicing family medicine at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center for 20 years, building a thriving practice to treat family members of all ages. When he recruited Kevin Sponseller, MD, to join him two years ago, he never dreamed that one day his family medicine practice would truly become a family. It started when Dr. Kevin Sponseller’s brother, Brian Sponseller, MD, and his brother-in-law, William “Bill” Martin, MD, helped him move to his new home in Hartsville. Dr. Brian Sponseller and Dr. Martin had been practicing medicine in North Conway, New Hampshire. After several more visits, they decided to leave New England and join Suite 207 in The Medical Group in January 2018. Their departure broke the hearts of many of their New Hampshire patients, who posted messages on the Carolina Pines Facebook page saying how much they would miss them. Some patients even sent their medical records so they can stop by for annual physicals on their way to winter homes in Florida. ALL IN THE FAMILY Dr. Areephanthu, who is known as “Dr. A,” completed a nine-year tenure as chief of staff at Carolina Pines in January. He is enjoying more time with his daughters, Gina, 20, and Lila, 16, now that he has a trio of doctors in his office. The four physicians are board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and work very much as a team. “They are fun, energetic partners who echo my personal philosophy

of hometown medicine,” says Dr. Areephanthu. Dr. Martin is married to Kevin and Brian’s sister, Kelli. The couple has two daughters, Ashlynn, 8, and Kennedy, 6. “Working with family and friends is great.” Dr. Martin says. “In any profession where you care deeply about the outcome, it is hard to find colleagues that you trust to give the work the same thoughtfulness and attention that you would. It gives me more peace of mind that things will be handled the right way, especially where patients are concerned.” When Dr. Martin and Dr. Brian Sponseller were in New Hampshire, they quickly adapted to the stoic New Hampshire homesteaders who lived in harsh weather conditions, which included making home visits. The pair shared tales of home visits during a Lunch and Learn event in March, describing how they even chopped wood when needed. Dr. Brian Sponseller and his wife, Jessica, have two children, a daughter, Svea, 4, and a son, Benjamin, 1. Dr. Kevin Sponseller and his wife, Dr. Kristin Sponseller, a veterinarian with Hartsville Animal Hospital, had their first child, a daughter named Hunter, in August, born at Carolina Pines. The Sponsellers’ mother, Patti, also moved to Hartsville, much to the delight of her five grandchildren. A TRIED AND TRUE PRACTICE The concept of a family practice physician has made a resurgence as patients long for the “family doc” they grew up with, one who can get to know their family

A great team, above, from left to right: William “Bill” Martin, MD; Brian Sponseller, MD; Kevin Sponseller, MD; and Abraham Areephanthu, MD

Left: Dr. Martin with his wife, Kelli, and daughters, Ashlynn and Kennedy

Right: Dr. Kevin Sponseller with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Hunter

and manage their healthcare needs throughout their lives. All four physicians at Suite 207 aim to be flexible in seeing patients where and when they’re needed, and they discourage the use of urgent care offices or emergency rooms for illnesses or injuries that could be treated by a primary care doctor. “We really like the idea of open access. The idea that we’re there when you need us is really important to us,” Dr. Brian Sponseller says. “We want to allow you to be seen when you need to be seen, when it’s convenient for you. If you’re sick and you need to be seen today, you will get seen today. We don’t want you to have to go to a walk-in clinic; we want you to come to us.”

Left: Dr. Brian Sponseller with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Svea and Benjamin


Doctors who care

To learn more about this family medicine practice or make an appointment, visit themedicalgroup.com or call (843) 383-5191.

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A score of 0 shows no evidence of calcification within the coronary arteries. The chance of having a heart attack over the next two to five years is very low under these circumstances. A higher score means that CAD is present, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Your calcium score shows the extent of CAD and helps your primary care provider or cardiologist determine if you should make lifestyle changes or take preventive medication to lower your risk for heart attack.

Answers to your questions about cardiac CT for calcium scoring

Computed tomography, more commonly known as a CT or CAT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that uses X-rays to produce pictures of the inside of the body. While CT scans have many uses, a cardiac CT for calcium scoring is an important screening test that can detect serious heart conditions and heart attack risk, according to Carolina Pines internist Anna Jane Dudley Senseney, MD. Here’s what Dr. Senseney thinks you should know about it.

WHO SHOULD GET THIS TEST? Your doctor might recommend cardiac CT for calcium scoring if you have risk factors for CAD but no clinical symptoms. The major risk factors for CAD are: H  igh blood cholesterol levels  Family history of heart attacks  Diabetes  High blood pressure  Cigarette smoking  Excess weight or obesity  Physical inactivity

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WHAT IS A CALCIUM SCORE? The amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan can help predict heart attack risk. The findings are expressed as a calcium score, which ranges from 0 to over 400.


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WHAT IS CARDIAC CT FOR CALCIUM SCORING? This is a noninvasive way of looking at the coronary arteries to determine if they are blocked or narrowed by calcified plaque—an indicator for atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease (CAD). People with CAD have an increased risk for heart attacks.

Anna Jane Dudley Senseney, MD, is an internist at Carolina Pines. She is in Suite 304 of The Medical Group. For an appointment, call (843) 383-0713.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS VS. RISKS? Cardiac CT for calcium scoring is a convenient, noninvasive way of evaluating whether you may be at increased risk for a heart attack. The test takes less than 20 minutes, causes no pain, and does not require injection of contrast material. CT is a type of X-ray, and there is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.

Get a Cardiac CT scan at Carolina Pines for $140. We can check your insurance provider for coverage. See your primary care physician for a referral.


Stay Hydrated This Summer When temperatures rise, you need more fluids By Kimberly Alton, RD, CSSD, LD Hydration is important any time of year, but it’s especially important when the temperature rises. Let’s start with the obvious way to stay hydrated: Drink fluids! It sounds simple, but many people don’t drink enough fluids throughout the day. In general, you should drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses a day. Water is what your body prefers, but any non-alcoholic beverage counts toward keeping you hydrated. The recommended number of glasses a day is meant as a guide. On any given day, we may be in different climates, at different elevations and have different activity levels. All of these variables play a role in how much we actually need. I tell the athletes I work with to check their hydration by checking their urine color. Your urine should be pale yellow in color. If it looks like lemonade, you’re good, but if it looks like apple juice, you need more fluids. Hydration is important not only for you, but also for your family, your pets, your elderly or ill neighbors, even your plants! Every living thing needs water.

EAT YOUR WATER Another way to stay hydrated is to choose foods with higher water content. Eat these fruits and vegetables to avoid feeling parched. FRUITS:

Kimberly Alton, RD, CSSD, LD, is director of Food and Nutrition Services at Carolina Pines.

Berries Grapefruit Orange Tomato Watermelon

VEGETABLES: Celery Cucumber Bell pepper Iceberg lettuce Summer squash

EAT RIGHT Reach a Carolina Pines dietitian at (843) 339-4530.

Beat the Heat Recognize heat exhaustion before it turns into heat stroke Summer in the South is no joke. Spending a long time in the heat and humidity without getting enough fluids can lead to heat exhaustion, a form of heat-related illness. Signs of heat exhaustion include: H  eavy sweating  Dizziness  Fatigue  Headache  Muscle cramps  Nausea or vomiting  Weakness  Cool, moist skin Untreated, this can lead to the most serious form of heat-related illness — heat stroke.

In heat stroke, body temperature can rise to 105 degrees within 10 to 15 minutes. People experiencing heat stroke may have:  Dry, hot skin  Seizures  Rapid, weak pulse  Unconsciousness  Confusion If you see anyone with these symptoms, call 911 immediately, then try cooling the person while you wait for help. This may mean moving the person to a cooler area or trying to cool his or her skin down by wetting it with a hose or wet cloths.

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Please be our guest each month! Each class meets in the Education Classroom directly before the cafeteria. Senior Scene First Thursday of the month 10–11 a.m. Living Well with Diabetes Support Group Second Thursday of the month 6 p.m. Lunch and Learn* Enjoy an informative talk with a different physician each month over lunch. Third Thursday of the month 12–1 p.m.

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