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ADVANCED CARE With the purchase of a highly advanced linear accelerator, Tuomey will be one of the first hospitals in the state to offer TrueBeam™ radiation treatment for cancer patients. PAGE 2

ARTS SHOWCASE Each year Miss Libby’s School of Dance, the Junior Welfare League and the Tuomey Foundation come together to raise money with an event that’s truly a show-stopper! Learn how much it has done for your community. PAGE 6


Letter from the President


Volume 15 | Issue 3 ear friends: Happy New Year! I hope your resolutions are still intact and that we all have a happy, healthy year ahead of us. This year will bring a lot of challenges for Tuomey, but we’re up to the task. We will continue to provide the best care possible, and offer the latest in medical excellence.

Quality and safety – as well as excellence – are always a top priority for Tuomey. From the people who take care of you to the equipment they work with, the patient is always our greatest concern. At the Cancer Treatment Center, Dr. Eddie Duffy and his team will continue to do what they do best, with some help from amazing technology. In this issue, you’ll read about the new linear accelerator they’ll be using and how True BeamTM advanced radiation treatment will help them take even better care of some of our sickest patients. You’ll also enjoy an article about our Quality team, led by Dr. Gene Dickerson, Michelle Donnald and Cindy Ardis. I am always proud of what this team brings to the table and how well we do on the variety of areas we are measured on. Consistently, we are receiving some of the best scores possible. In addition to our onsite facilities, we have found it important to take our care out into the community. For a number of years, we have had an excellent Industrial Medicine and Wellness program. Curt Ackerman and his team have taken the arms of Tuomey to several industrial partners. I think you’ll enjoy reading about the partnerships with Thompson Industrial, BD and Continental Tire. As a member of the Sumter Development Board, I know what these industries are doing for our community, and I am extremely proud of the role we play in keeping their employees healthy.

LifeTimes is published quarterly by the Public Relations Department of Tuomey Healthcare System as a community service for the friends and patrons of Tuomey Healthcare System and The Tuomey Foundation. Tuomey Healthcare System 129 N. Washington St. Sumter, SC 29150 803.774.9000 Editor-in-Chief Brenda P. Chase Creative Director Traci Quinn Designers Traci Quinn Chris Reardon

And we can never forget our friends at Miss Libby’s. Please join us next month for another fantastic Arts Showcase. We trace the history of this great fund-raiser and its impact on healthcare in Sumter. Jennifer and Seth Reimer, as well as the wonderful Miss Libby, never disappoint! As we begin another year of serving you – our patients, our neighbors, our friends – I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you for your continued support of Tuomey. We are all in this together, making Sumter a better place to work, live and play. And here at your hospital, we are glad to be part of such a strong community.

Contributing Writers Brenda P. Chase Traci Quinn Vicki Singleton PhotographER Chris Moore Editorial

I hope you each have a great, healthy new year.

Advisory Board


Brenda P. Chase Gregg Martin

Jay Cox, FACHE President & CEO Tuomey Healthcare System

ON THE COVER: Thomas Thurston and Homero Jr Treviño of Thompson-Turner Construction and Tuomey RN Sabrina Autry.

Jeff Faw Printer State Printing Company Copyright 2013 Tuomey Healthcare System


tuomey iNDUSTRIAL MEDICINE & Wellness supports a strong and healthy sumter. Successful businesses know you have to put the employee first. That mission is at the heart of Tuomey’s occupational medicine program. We’re putting on our hard hats and heading out to local industries, staffing nurses in the workplace to meet the healthcare needs of our local workforce. Strong prevention measures mean a healthier staff -- and companies and employees alike are seeing a reduction in their healthcare costs.


New Technology means even better care for Cancer Treatment Center patients. | 02

Our Quality Team knows patient safety and excellent care are all in the details. | 04

Learn how the amazing Arts Showcase got started nearly two decades ago! | 06

From bags & baubles to golf tees & Christmas trees, the Foundation had a great year. | 16

Community Health Assessment will help Tuomey continue to meet your needs. | 20

By Brenda P. Chase


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or more than 20 years, the employees at the Tuomey Cancer Treatment Center have been working hard to save lives. And what started in 1991 with four employees has now grown to 15 employees and three physicians. “I started in the fall of 1991, and we opened our doors that November,” said Lynn Fountain, the center’s manager. “It’s amazing how we’ve grown, and we’ve always stayed on the cutting edge of technology.” Once again, the center is updating with the latest technology and offering new services to fight cancer. Tuomey has purchased a new linear accelerator, and with the installation slated for early this year, Tuomey becomes one of the first hospitals in the state to offer TrueBeam™ radiation treatment for its patients. The TrueBeam™ system is advanced radiotherapy technology for treating cancer with speed and precision. Like most radiotherapy machines, it works by rotating around the patient to deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy from nearly every angle in just a few minutes. But the TrueBeam™ system has some special features for treating certain types of cancer that would have been difficult to treat with earlier generations of technology. “The TrueBeam™ system is particularly optimized for treating tumors that would otherwise be difficult to treat due to close proximity of critical tissues like the spinal cord or optic nerve,” said Dr. Edward Duffy, a radiation oncologist.  “It incorporates special tools for dealing with tumor motion during treatment that often occurs during treatments for lung cancer due to the patient’s normal breathing and other physiological processes.”  TrueBeam™ is also equipped with a high-intensity mode that makes it possible to deliver high doses very quickly and accurately—which is called for when treating some tumors of the brain, lung or spine, Duffy added. These types of treatment, which are often referred to as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), can be completed in a matter of minutes using the TrueBeam™ machine. The system was engineered to deliver these powerful beams with pinpoint accuracy and precision. It uniquely

integrates advanced imaging and motion management technologies, making it possible for clinicians to deliver complex treatments more quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. “The beauty of this new technique is that it can change the intensity and the dose distribution,” said radiation physicist -Edward Duffy, M.D. Texin Li. “The TrueBeam™ provides us with the technique to localize the tumor in an even more precise way. The real-time technology is better than we’ve ever had.” New technology – and new software throughout the center – gives the clinical staff an even better way to care for patients. “We still have the human element of taking care of our patients, and that level of service has always been excellent,” said Fountain, adding that on average, the center sees about 45 patients a day. “But this new accelerator and the new software to support the entire center helps us to do an even better job.” And the excellent treatment is the reason to stay home for your care. “We offer high-quality care right here in Sumter,” Li said, adding that with this new equipment and software, the center will look at all of its services, how they are delivered and how everything can improve for better patient care. “It’s our mission. We want to take care of our patients with the best equipment available.”

“We offer high-quality care right here in Sumter,” -TEXIN LI LifeTimes | WINTER 2013


ChampionsofChange2013 By Brenda P. Chase

This article is part of a series called Champions of Change 2013. We are taking a look at special employees who are taking their level of service to new heights and accomplishing difficult tasks with enthusiasm, diligence and a great sense of pride. They are going well above and beyond what’s expected. They are our Champions of Change.

Quality Services Patient safety, quality and excellence are words that are often used in the work of hospital employees. Our job at Tuomey is to take care of patients in the best way possible – making sure we always do the right thing. Now more than ever, meeting quality standards is extremely important. First and foremost, for the patient’s well-being, we will do everything to the best of our ability. But now, those quality standards are measured more closely, and getting it right can affect your bottom line – which, in turn, affects the care you are able to give. “We have always worked hard to make sure we do the right thing by the patient, every single time,” said Cindy Ardis, the manager of Tuomey’s Quality Services department, who joined Tuomey back in 1999. “We have a passion for making sure that we do the right thing. It’s not just about a score; it’s about the good work this hospital provides.” A portion of Tuomey’s federal funding now depends on our data. It’s through a mandate called Value-Based Purchasing (VBP). VBP basically links provider payments to improved performance by healthcare providers.


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In essence, this form of payment holds healthcare providers accountable for both the cost and quality of care they provide. VBP hopes to reduce inappropriate care and to identify and reward the best-performing providers. And Tuomey is doing well with its first round of numbers. “We just got the results back, and for the first round we got all of our money back, a little over $360,300,” said Ardis, praising her six-member team. “One percent of our Medicare funding is what’s at stake, and each year it goes up .25 percent, until it hits a max of 2 percent.”

“We have always worked hard to make sure we do the right thing by the patient, every single time.”

The information and data that is reviewed consists of Core Measures – a set of diagnosis-based guidelines, said Ardis. Things like heart attacks, heart failure - CINDY ARDIS rates, pneumonia -how all of those are treated ­-- and SCIP, the Surgical Care Improvement Project. “We submit our results through a vendor to The Joint Commission and CMS (which oversees Medicare), and these are all evidence-based guidelines,” Ardis added. “These are not Tuomey rules, but rules that every hospital must follow. We look at over 6,000 charts per year, and our data has to be backed up by these charts.” Every detail is looked at throughout a tedious process, all in an effort to do what’s best for the patients. “I am so impressed every day by the knowledge and camaraderie of this Quality Team,” said Michelle Donnald,

“The loyalty that this team has to each other and our patients is incredible.” - MICHELLE DONNALD administrative director of Quality Services. “The loyalty that this team has to each other and our patients is incredible.” The team is led by Ardis with oversight from Donnald and Dr. Gene Dickerson, a long-time Sumter surgeon, who also serves as a vice president at Tuomey. “Dr. Dickerson is a definite champion of what we do,” said Ardis. “We have such an extraordinary team in everything we work with. The doctors, the nurses, just everyone. I know they care about our patients because I see it every day.”

The Quality Team pictured is Cindy Ardis, Michelle Donnald, Michele Lee, Deborah Stanton and Linda Turner.

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ennifer Alford Reimer was a young dancer the first time Miss Libby’s presented The Sumter Arts Showcase. She was excited because it was a new show, something different from the traditional recitals. “When you’re a kid, you just want to get on stage,” she said. “But really, it’s all about giving back to the community.” And give back it has. Since its inception 16 years ago, the Showcase has brought in just shy of $300,000, and nearly all of it has been used to benefit Women and Infant Services at Tuomey Healthcare System. These days, Jennifer spends more time backstage than onstage at Showcase. She’s the artistic director at Miss Libby’s, and she and husband Seth, the general manager, start planning this big event in October, meeting with the Foundation and Tuomey’s PR staff to explore their vision aV isz me and ideas for a theme. gh


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“This has a much higher production value than a recital,” Seth said. “In a recital, the theme is fairly broad, because it has to encompass 80 to 90 dance numbers from 126 different classes. For Showcase, it’s more cohesive. We want it to touch you, move you, and we try to build pieces that are energetic and emotional, that inspire those feelings.” “It’s wonderful for the children,” Jennifer added. “It gives them a sense of giving back. The kids enjoy knowing that this is the only show we charge for.” “And they’re connected to that part of Tuomey,” Seth said. “Many of them were born here!” t was never intended to be an annual Foundation event. Lynn Sherrill, Professional Recruitment manager for Tuomey, was the coordinator of the Foundation in 1998 when Libby Singleton and Debbie Bowen, co-founders of Miss Libby’s, came in with an idea:


organization that could impact the entire community but also honor my mother.” The original plan was to choose a different group to help each year, but Miss Libby’s “decided we didn’t want to leave the Foundation because we loved working with them … and because healthcare touches everyone.”


They wanted to hold a showcase to highlight the talent in Sumter and raise money for the Foundation. “They said they wanted to do something for the community because they had so many children who danced and took lessons, and they knew they touched a lot of families. They thought about the hospital and how many lives the hospital touched, how many people we helped.” “We were so thrilled!” she said. “The Foundation was new, and we thought it was a neat thing that an organization felt strongly enough about healthcare in the community that they would be willing to put on an event to benefit the hospital.” Bowen said she and her sister-in-law chose the Foundation because it supports Hospice. “My mother died of cancer, and Hospice had come in for her,” Bowen said. “They were so calm and compassionate. I wanted to do something for an

nn Floyd has emceed the event nearly every year since its inception. She’s in marketing at SAFE Federal Credit Union, but she’s probably better known for her work at the Sumter Little Theatre and on other stages. “Showcase is a quality show,” she said, “a real night out. They start planning this in the fall. It takes a lot of imagination and planning and digging into music and what’s trending in choreography,” she said. “But even with the fun that everyone has – the reception, the energy backstage – you get to see physicians without their white coats on, just being husbands and wives and parents, enjoying an evening out but knowing that the event is adding to the healthcare of women and children in Sumter.” Vicki Singleton, the Foundation’s Annual Fund director, said, “Showcase has definitely exceeded my expectations, not only with the money raised from year to year, but also with the quality of the show. Every year we say, ‘This was the best one yet.’ The shows just get better and better.”

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By Brenda P. Chase


utting employees first: It’s the mission of a successful business, and it’s the heart and soul of Tuomey’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness program. “With a strong workforce, we’re all winners,” said Curt Ackerman, program director. “It’s what is best for the community as a whole. We can provide support and prevention measures. We’re there if there’s an accident, and we can help support the industries in their mission to provide a safe, healthy workplace. It’s great for everyone.” Industrial Medicine and Wellness (IMW) offers a variety of services to their customers, such as corporate wellness initiatives, SmartBeat heart screenings, cholesterol and diabetes screenings and drug testing options. Employers like BD and Continental Tire, who have partnered with IMW to bring a nurse into their facilities, see the benefit for their employees.


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“We are already seeing the value that it brings to the table,” said Robert Fauvie, the plant manager for BD, commenting on the nurse who joined their team last year. “Our associates are building a relationship with the nurse, and it provides more consistency in care.” Fauvie, who has worked with BD for seven years, understands how important the health and well-being of employees is to a company. “This is a proactive approach that is working. It saves money and it gives our associates someone to go to with issues,” Fauvie added. The nurse at BD – Sabrina Autry – can offer first aid, check blood pressure, work on health and safety initiatives and evaluate jobs for ergonomic issues. “Eighty percent of the plant is running at all times, and healthy employees are more productive,” said Fauvie. “It’s important to all of us to take care of our associates.” David Ray, HR Manager for Continental, could not agree more.

A photo illustration of Sabrina Autry, Ethel Muldrow, and Tom Lynch at Sumter’s BD Plant.

“The health and well-being of our employees is critical,” Ray said. “This nurse will provide a lot of great things, such as advice on healthy lifestyles, information on exercise and weight loss.”

Our employees know that we support a healthy lifestyle, and we reward them for that. - Janice Poplin

Ray said the nurse will also help with preemployment physicals and help manage workplace injuries. She will be available to help with general illnesses and other healthrelated questions that the workers might have.

Continental hired its first employees for the Sumter facility in April 2012 and hopes to have 300 on board by the end of 2013, according to Ray. Full-scale production should begin in January 2014, with an eventual goal of 1,600 employees in five years.

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We’re looking forward to working with as many companies as possible. - Curt Ackerman

Thompson Construction Group

great deal of information, and Tuomey also handles any of the worker’s comp issues that might arise.

Tuomey has long partnered with Thompson Construction Group, offering a variety of services to the different companies under the Thompson umbrella.

With health insurance always at the forefront – for both employees and the employer – Thompson recently partnered with Tuomey to use its Health Guides program.

“We have a CEO (Greg Thompson) who is very conscious of having healthy employees,” said Janice Poplin, vice president of Human Resources. “It comes from the top and goes all the way down. Our employees know that we support a healthy lifestyle, and we reward them for that.”

“This will give our employees some on-on-one counseling to help manage their health issues,” Poplin said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what this new partnership can do to further help our employees.”

Thompson is a long supporter of the American Heart Association, and has won that organization’s Platinum Award for the past two years. They also support walking initiatives and reimburse employees who belong to and use workout facilities.

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“In addition, our employees can save up to 30 percent on health insurance premiums if they don’t smoke, and manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight,” said Poplin, adding that realistic goals are set for the employees so that they can receive these price reductions. Thompson has used Tuomey’s IMW program for a number of years and has seen the value in this partnership. Annual health assessments provided by IMW give the employees a


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“We offer a great deal of services to many companies in our community,” said Ackerman. “We do annual assessments for the City of Sumter and FTC, and we’re looking forward to working with as many companies as possible.” Ackerman said that even though we are a hospital, sometimes the best way we can serve people is in taking our services out to the community. “We can see the biggest results by working in prevention,” Ackerman added. “We all want healthy employees, and IMW is doing its best to make sure all employers have just that.”

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alk to anyone who manages a business, runs an industrial plant or oversees any type of operation that involves employees, and they will tell you immediately that a number one concern is healthcare costs. “It is absolutely a financial decision for these employers, and they can tell you immediately how much they are spending on claims,” said Curt Ackerman, director of Tuomey’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness program. “And it was a problem that we here at Tuomey were seeing as well.” Step back to 2009. Ackerman and his team started looking at claims data at the hospital and realized we had an $8 million problem. “All good employers have to take the compassion part out for a minute and look at the real numbers,” Ackerman said. “You offer good benefits, but at what cost? And who pays for this?” Well, according to Ackerman, we all do. And that’s why Tuomey started Health Guides. “We knew we had to make some changes to help with the costs, and since we are a hospital and have the expertise, we knew we could start right here at home,” he said. Health Guides lets Tuomey employees take charge of their health issues, and for those who qualify for the program, there are some huge savings – both financial and physical. “We started looking at the top five diseases of our employees, and these were where we were spending the most money,” said Brett Lynam, who manages the Health Guides program. “And with three of these, we knew we could make a difference.” If an employee from Tuomey has an issue related to diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol, he or she can qualify for enrollment. The program provides them with free generic medication co-pays, reduced co-pays on brand name medications, and free one-on-one disease counseling. “We know we can manage these diseases and in turn, save the hospital and the employee a great deal of money,” Lynam said. Three years later, there are 75 employees enrolled in the diabetes portion of the program, and the hospital is saving more than $83,300 annually in claims. And for those who have been diagnosed with either hyperlipidemia or hypertension, another 268 employees are enrolled in the program. Better


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treatment of those two conditions saves the hospital almost another $80,000 annually. “This is money we are saving, but what is most important is the health of the employee,” Lynam added. “They feel better and they are healthier. And with that, they are more productive and they are happier.” And why does this program work? “The biggest reason is that folks now have accountability to their care manager. They have to come to me and talk about their goals, their education and what they are doing to stay healthy,” said Lynam. “We develop a plan for each individual. We find what works for that employee -- and it is very specific. There is no canned formula.” In addition to the medicines and counseling, Lynam said her team takes an entire look at the disease and educates the employee on all aspects. “We also work with their doctor, and there is a better continuity of care,” she said. “If they are having problems with one medicine, we look at alternatives. We talk about cause and effect and find the right fit for each individual.” Basically, Lynam said, Health Guides gets the person focused on diet, education, medication, exercise and taking care of themselves. They are checking their blood sugars, bringing in their glucometer readings and getting their labs done. They have simple goals, goals they can reach and maintain. “We help them get their life managed in a way that they can be successful,” she said. “It saves them money. It saves the employer money. And we are doing the right thing by our employees. Healthy employees are what we all want.” Now that Tuomey has seen such success with Health Guides – three years worth of documented data – they are taking the program out into the community. Thompson Industrial is the first local business using the Tuomey Health Guides program, and we are looking forward to their employees being just as successful. If you would like to speak with Brett or Curt on how your company can implement this money-saving program, give them a call at 774-5293.

Pictured from left to right, David Ray, Continental HR manager, with Curt Ackerman, Tuomey’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness director.


Guides Leading employees to healthier lives By Brenda P. Chase

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Occupational Med clinic understands how job injuries impact employees and the workplace By TRACI QUINN When an employee gets hurt on the job, everyone’s watching: Workers’ Compensation. Plant managers. OSHA. The corporate office. The employee wants to know when he can go back to work. So does his boss. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to be sure the company did everything it could to protect the staff from hazards to begin with. Workers’ Comp wants to make sure the employee gets the care he needs and that it’s covered financially. That’s why it’s so important to have occupational medicine physicians on hand. But is it tough to balance all those varied needs? “Not at all,” says Dr. Jim Gee. “Without question, we work for the patient. It’s always the patient.”

/////// Gee was Sumter’s first orthopaedic surgeon. He retired after nearly 30 years in the practice


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Dr. Jim Gee

he started, but before long, he was ready to get back in the game. “You can only read so many books, catch so many fish,” he said, laughing. He and Dr. Eric Byrd are the physicians in Tuomey’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness Clinic, providing healthcare for local employees. “Job injuries are tough and complicated, for the worker and for the employer,” Gee explained. “It can be expensive for both of them as we determine how soon a worker can return. It can mean lost wages for the worker, lost productivity for the plant. But patient care is always our No. 1 concern. We try to get them back safely and timely.” Byrd has been in industrial medicine for 25 years. He ran the E.R. at Tuomey for a decade and went into private practice in 1985 – a time when local industries like Color-Fi, Westinghouse, Exide Battery, et al, had medical offices and staff on site. When he retired, Tuomey’s IMW program scooped him up. “It’s important to have a physician who understands how Workers’ Comp works,” he said. “These industries are under the microscope from the corporate office. We have to work closely with the plants, their health and safety officers, and keep a good line of communication open. Their insurance costs could skyrocket if we don’t.”

So how are the IMW docs different from a family physician? Gee explains that occupational medicine offices understand the problems that job injuries cause the employee and the workplace. They know the law and understand the reporting process. “This is lost time for both of them,” Gee said. “Work injuries take more time than a physician in a busy general practice can afford to give each patient,” he added. “We can spend that time. Our practice is set up just for that. We take care of the patient, and we send them back as safely and quickly as possible … but maybe it’s only back to light work. We can take the time to determine if it’s an impairment or a disability.”

/////// Curt Ackerman, director of Tuomey’s IMW program, says that “most of the things that happen at work are simple first aid cases -- a shoulder strain or a joint sprain, lacerations, or maybe you slam an elbow into a doorway,” he said. “You don’t need a physician, at least, not initially. Sporadically, you might get a bad laceration or a fracture or a ligament tear. But it’s all about OSHA recordability,” Ackerman continued. “If someone gets hurt and they aren’t able to return to normal work duties, the company by law has to record that injury on an OSHA log. That can potentially cost that company money in increased insurance premiums or, if you have a high recordability, people may not hire you to subcontract.

“So it’s important to have physicians who are experienced in the Workers’ Comp law, workplace safety. If you have a headache and need to go home, that is not the same as being injured. We have to be a hands-on clinic, because industries want to work with doctors who understand all of this and are willing to talk to HR managers.” It’s also part of the impetus to add on-site nursing at some of the bigger industries. Ackerman says they’re building up to having on-site medical staff. Sabrina Autry serves BD and Thompson Construction Group, and Tuomey is already obligated to put a full-time registered nurse at Continental Tire, but that company also has plans for a full medical clinic, which Tuomey will staff. Byrd says it’s great to see nurses returning to plants and Tuomey being a part of that. “Nurses in the medical departments of plants always work to improve working conditions, try to prevent repetitive trauma and so on,” he said. “So many companies closed those office doors in the last decade, but the economy’s picking up and they’re seeing the good in it.”

Dr. eric byrd

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The Tuomey

Foundation TUOMEY FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC WOMEN OF TUOMEY The 14th Annual Tuomey Foundation Golf Classic was held on Sept. 28 at Sunset Country Club. It was a beautiful day, and 140 players teed off for a good cause. The Classic grossed over $70,000 – a record in the history of this event! Proceeds will benefit the Unrestricted Fund, which is allocated to various community programs.


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On Nov. 8, the Women of Tuomey hosted the second annual “Bags, Bling, and Baubles,” a silent auction of new, like new, and handmade handbags and jewelry. The event was held at The O’Donnell House and grossed over $10,000! All proceeds benefit “The Boutique … from Tuomey with Love” cancer resource center.

SUMTER ARTS SHOWCASE We are excited about the 16th Annual Sumter Arts Showcase titled “Viva Las Vegas.” This year’s show is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The show is presented by Miss Libby’s School of Dance & Gymnastics and the Junior Welfare League of Sumter. Proceeds benefit newborn care in the nurseries at Tuomey. Tickets are $15. For more information, please contact Miss Libby’s at (803) 469-8277 or visit

FESTIVAL OF TREES AND CIRCLE OF LIGHTS We hope you had a blessed and happy Christmas. We sure did! We kicked off the holiday season with the 11th Annual Festival of Trees, which began on Dec. 6 with the dedication of the Circle of Lights tree in the main lobby of the hospital. Arlene Jones and Cynthia Kolb, MD shared the honor of lighting this year’s tree. They also shared on behalf of the families of Lois Tisdale and Elizabeth Kolb, with those gathered at the ceremony how Tuomey Hospice had cared for their loved ones, earlier in the year, and just how grateful they are to Hospice. The Sumter High School Chamber Choir Ensemble, directed by Mr. Christopher Green, set a beautiful ambiance. The Circle of Lights allows individuals and families to remember or honor friends or family members by purchasing lights for the memorial tree. This year, we raised over $4,022 through C.O.L. for our Hospice program. The lights are part of the overall Festival of Trees celebration. Corporate and private sponsorships brought in more than $62,135 during the Festival. We had 57 Christmas trees on display throughout the main campus of Tuomey.

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Contributors to The Tuomey Foundation Circle of Lights

Everette Crowe

Dorothy L. Meadows

Contributions: The Donnald Family Marian and Davis Shaw Dr. M. Todd Warrick

The Crowe Family, Ann, Kathy, Pam and Darryl

Kathy and Bob Harris

Dr. S. Perry Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. LeNoir

Honorary Gifts: Creech Children

Kathy and Steve Creech Dr. Mitchell R. Grunsky

SSG E6 (Ret.) Webster Jose Sessions W. Paul Johnson

Brenda and Rick LaForge Dr. J. Grady Locklear

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Achziger Dr. Hugh T. Stoddard, Jr.

Carol A. Richardson Tuomey Healthcare System Administration

Brenda and Rick LaForge Dr. Joseph C. Williams

William P. Harrison Moses Yates

Mary L. Yates

Sheila D. Carr Ellyn and William Croft Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lorick Dwight C. Moore Kathryn D. Richardson Margaret and Dennis Selvig

Dr. T. B. Davis

Jimmy C. Mood New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Family

New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Archie W. Parnell, Jr.

Sara D. Parnell Buddy R. Rash

Edna L. Davis

Corinne R. Rash

Julian R. Dixon

Pamela Rath

Myrna H. Dixon

Jennifer R. Burke

Mark T. Gardner

Brent Rembert

Jan and Sam Gardner

Henry Rembert and Glenda Hawkins

Mike Gardner

Gaither A. Simpson, Sr.

Jan and Sam Gardner

Mary Alice B. Simpson

Janie Gaskin

James R. Smith, Sr.

Virginia A. Green

The Family of James R. Smith, Sr.

Mamie Geddings

Diane M. Smothers

Heather M. Jaberg

The Smothers Family

Charles H. Gordon

Linda M. Swain

Jillian N. Huckeba

Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe

Darold G. Graham

Robert R. Swain


Carol S. Graham

Drs. Mark and Linca Crabbe

Myrtle G. Allen

Jim Grantham

Howard F. Swartz

Virginia A. Green

Alechia G. Broughton

Lenora Nell Swartz

Emma L. Atkinson

O. D. Harvin

Robert Tomasch

Carol A. Richardson

Jackson and Jacob Towery

Gerlinde T. Brice

Eleida N. Burrows

Mary P. Herring

Micky Welch

Reedy Herring and Pat and David Player

Alice Welch and Family Willard J. Welch

Walt Kendall

Alice Welch and Family

Nancy W. McCreight

Robert C. Whittle

Jennifer M. (Jenni) Lee

Gail Hyatt

Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee

Dorothy Wright

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Locklear

Joan Fay Cook

Dr. J. Grady Locklear

Harold Wright

Dallas J. Mahoney

Joan Fay Cook

Jean and Richard White

Paul Wright

Eleanor M. Malion

Joan Fay Cook

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) and Mrs. Thomas R. Olsen


Mike Burrows Roberta M. Burrows

Mike Burrows Dave Cokely

Patricia Hout David Cokely

Patricia Hout Kevin Cokely

Patricia Hout Raymond Cook

Joan Fay Cook Ralph J. Cox, Jr.

Kim and Sep Harvin Jillian N. Huckeba Barbara Kenawy Jean L. Crabbe

Charles C. Marcum

Frances L. Marcum Rebecca B. McCutchen

Contributions: Frasier Tire Service Midlands MedTech

Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Bynum


Col. (Ret.) William M. Crabbe, Jr.

Jack McLean, Jr.

Contributions: Elaine D. Korn

Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe

Eva M. McElveen

Festival of Trees Sponsors: Adams Outdoor Advertising Anonymous (2) Becton Dickinson Diagnostics Campbell Paving Specialties Carolina Children’s Dentistry Carolina MedCare Ambulance Century 21/Hawkins and Kolb, Inc. The Citizens Bank Colonial Aesthetics Advanced Laser & Spa Continental Tire the Americas, LLC Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Early Autism Project, Inc. Epps Orthodontics Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. First Citizens Bank Galloway & Moseley Fine Jewelers Gregory Electric Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Septimus A. Harvin, Jr. Infusion Care of South Carolina Job’s Mortuary, Inc. Jones Buick-Pontiac-GMC Wanda and Pat Joyner Dr. Cynthia Kolb Lewis Lawn Services LLC Lighthouse of Sumter, LLC Livingston Trucking and Grading Dr. J. Grady Locklear Mac’s Place Spirits Mr. and Mrs. David F. Martin Miller Communications, Inc. Morningside of Sumter Nexsen Pruet, LLC Archie W. Parnell Physicians Health & Injury Clinic – Dr. Brent Carraway and Dr. Dee Friday Piggy Wiggly Stores Reliable Medical Equipment LLC Luns C. Richardson Ramon Schwartz Scott Will Toyota Scion Mazda Sibert’s Drug Store Southeastern Laser Med Spa Stanley Welch Clothiers State Farm Insurance – Ben Griffith Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory Sumter Cut Rate Drugs – Roy Flynn Sumter Surgical Associates, P.A. Sumter Transport Company Sumter Utilities, Inc. Thompson Construction Group, Inc. Tuomey Healthcare Administration VPS Convenience Store Group Walmart Stores, Inc. – Store #511 Wells Fargo Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Y. Woodrum

Madison Industries, Inc. Mrs. Virginia M. McFaddin XDOS/Xerox Digital Office Solutions

Contributors: Jeanne and Jeff Faw

Archie W. Parnell

Fellows Project:

Roger Ackerman Stephen Arscott Barbara Burchstead Harry Burchstead Stephen Cissom Lee Craig Kathy Creech Chuck Fienning Jean Gray Cam Harvin Frank Hill John Holladay Dutch Holland Jim Jones John Jones Pat Joyner Roby Kelley Eddie Kinney Dotty Kolb Mack Kolb Mary Kolb J. Grady Locklear Ronny Lowder Charles McCreight Kathy McElveen David Merchant Fred Moulton Marion Newton Nicole Norris Janice Poplin Bill Price Scott Richardson Jean Riddle Gifford Shaw Joey Smoak Porter Thompkins Jennett Towles-Mixon Hal Turner David Waldkirch Mike Watson John Weiss Gene Weston Michael Yates Hospice Contributions: James L. Alexander, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Kurt T. Stroebel Mr. and Mrs. Roger I. Williams Honorary Gifts: Mary B. (Betsy) Cain

Archie W. Parnell Dr. Dale Cannon

Archie W. Parnell Dr. P. Douglas deHoll

Kristin Edinger

Archie W. Parnell Dr. Wendell M. Levi, III

Archie W. Parnell Dr. J. Grady Locklear

Archie W. Parnell Dr. Scott R. McDuffie

Archie W. Parnell Kimberly J. Price

Archie W. Parnell Dr. M. Todd Warrick

Archie W. Parnell Memorials: Jose A. Bernard

Janet and Greg Adams Central Carolina Technical College Artisia H. Campbell

Ann Crowe and Family, Kathy, Pam and Darryl Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gainey Dr. Catherine M. Zybak Ralph J. Cox, Jr.

Dr. J. Grady Locklear Nina C. Kellenbenz

Community Bible Church of Summerville Virginia E. Hardesty and Babs and Ronnie Sines Jane and Glenn Kellenbenz Wendy and James Miller and Family Santee Baptist Church

Morris D. Mazursky

Dr. J. Grady Locklear Jimmy C. Mood

Douglas C. Gieger Cleo G. Jackson Kathryn J. Somers Col. (Ret.) Thomas H. Saunders

Dr. J. Grady Locklear Joseph Wade Stone

Safe Kids

Agnes Burgess

Dorothy L. Meadows

Contributions: Our 365 (2)

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Jeanne C. Watson Oncology Endowment

Ruth Coakley

Jimmy C. Mood

Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt


Ralph J. Cox, Jr.

Billie Moore

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Memorials: Emil G. Bozanek

Charldeen L. Bozanek Sara Davis

Charldeen L. Bozanek Augusta E. Nadol

Charldeen L. Bozanek Jo L. White

Chaldeen L. Bozanek Tuomey Pride Contributions: Carolina Children’s Dentistry The Citizens Bank KBR Building Group, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Lee O. Holloway Dr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Reynolds Unrestricted Contributions: James L. Alexander, Jr. Mr. Stephen and Dr. Melissa Arscott Bank of Clarendon Belk Dr. and Mrs. Kent N. Cunningham Dr. and Mrs. James A. Goodson, III Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Moses Drs. Timothy and Tammy Pannell Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert E. Parker, Jr. Dr. Andrena E. Ray Dr. Cynthia S. Reese Dr. and Mrs. Laurie N. Smith Dr. and Mrs. William F. (Ted) Young Honorary Gifts: Jeffery H. Faw

Dr. James W. Ellett

Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe Kathy and Steve Creech Karla and Gene Dickerson Jeanne and Jeff Faw Christine and Pete Flanagan Laurine E. Garrity Matthew R. Hubbell Ann and Paul Johnson Drs. Andy and Jennifer McFaddin Sonja and Scott McLendon Dan M. Mulholland Nexsen Pruet, LLC Nicole Norris Design Studio Jackie and Tom Olsen Leticia S. Pringle-Milller Quorum Health Resources, LLC

Dr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Riddle, III Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative Thompson Construction Group, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. Caulkins Dr. Wendell M. Levi, Jr.

Frances C. Driver

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. Caulkins

Sophie Ross

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Frances C. Driver

Leroy Thompson, Sr.

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Lt. James E. Gamble, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Thomas E. Garrity, Jr.

Jeanne and Jeff Faw Bobby D. Goodson

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Jeanette W. Harrison

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Marian B. Hodgin

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Jeanne and Jeff Faw

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Sylvia M. Anderson

Charles Jordan

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Anne P. Goldsmith

William G. Jolly, Jr.

Thomas W. Broadway

Jess E. Preast

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Mildred Allen

Tuomey Healthcare System Administration Theodora T. Baxter Murphy Tuomey Wilson Memorials:

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. White, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Joseph Wade Stone

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

James P. Yates

Ellie C. Phillips

Ruby G. Drew

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Ina B. Barfield

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Wig Boutique Contributions: Margie McMickell New Bethel Church Fund St. Mark Methodist Church YWA Ministry of High Hill Baptist Church

Bags, Bling & Baubles Sponsors: Belk Belladonna LLC Black Sheep Promotions Colonial Aesthetics Advanced Laser Spa Cooke Lee/Lynn Armstrong Susan A. Cox Curtis & Croft, Attorneys at Law Beckys at dayeLynn Boutique Destinations Spa First Citizens Bank Galloway & Moseley Fine Jewelers Jo Jo’s Boutique Mary B. Kolb L-D-Das Trendy Boutique Lowe’s of Sumter, #626 Mac’s Place Spirits McDonald’s NBSC Nicole Norris Design Studio Physicians Health & Injury Clinic, PA C. Scheele, LLC Silver Paper, Inc. Ann P. Snead Southeastern Laser Med Spa Susie’s Boutique Walmart Stores, Inc. – Store #511 Wells Fargo Advisors Harriette H. Wimberly The Wishing Well

Gladys J. Johnston

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Ernestine B. Yates

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. White, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Audrey Alford

Grace Bradshaw

Rep. and Mrs. G. Murrell Smith, Jr.

Jennie L. Pena

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Cecile L. Thibodeau

Robert F. Avin, Sr.

Ralph J. Cox, Jr.

Women of Tuomey:

The Ladies of CSF

Honorary Gifts:

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. White, Jr.

Richard C. Schwabenbauer

Michael W. Hunt

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Peggy J. Norris

Sylvia M. Anderson

Sara Davis

Jeanne and Jeff Faw Susan and Jay Cox

Contributions: Ann and Gardner Gore

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt


Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Connard C. (Pete) Summerlin

Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr. Nursing Scholarship

James T. Morris, Sr.

Dr. Charles H. White, Sr. Cardiac Endowment

Irene Scarborough


Julie and Jason Thibodeau

Tuomey Healthcare System Administration

Michael C. Watson

Tuomey Healthcare System Care Management

Linda and David Baker, Jr. Santee Baptist Church

Hazel Adden

Kenneth Moore, Jr.

Barbara Jean Holladay

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Elizabeth A. Tuomey

David L. Davis Katherine J. Hutto

The California Tuomey Family and Evan Tuomey Healthcare System Administration Murphy Tuomey Wilson T. Douglas Tuomey, Sr.

Murphy Tuomey Wilson T. Douglas Tuomey, Jr.

Murphy Tuomey Wilson Stubs A. Turner

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Mark P. Weaver

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Robert C. Whittle

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Dianne Dennis Tuomey Healthcare System Pharmacy Staff

Janett L. Wilson

Theola B. Lee

Ernestine B. Yates

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Morris S. Mazursky

Jeanne and Jeff Faw Edna W. McDowell

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Tuomey Healthcare System Administration Jeanne and Jeff Faw James P. Yates

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Steve Zeigler

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Should you notice an error or omission, please accept our apology & notify The Tuomey Foundation at (803) 774-9014.

How can we serve you better? Tuomey Healthcare System is serious about its role in the

We spent several weeks in November and December

community’s well-being and how we can all play an active part

making sure that we had a good cross-section of community

in health and fitness. We consider it part of our job to know

experts to participate in this survey.

what this community needs – and to better understand how we can serve those needs. In the fall of 2012, Tuomey asked members of the

Later this month, Tuomey will review the results and work on a plan for 2013. “Our hope is to meet the needs of this community in the

community to complete a survey on the health needs of our

best way possible,” Martin said. “Whether it is recruiting more

area. Questions focused on strengths, household challenges

physicians or developing new programs, we want to serve the

and issues, as well as the perception of needs and services in

Sumter area as best we can.” -- By Brenda P. Chase

the area. We also asked experts in different work areas what the needs are and how we can serve you better. “It is important to us to know what this community needs in terms of healthcare,” said Gregg Martin, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Tuomey. “Once the survey is complete and we have reviewed all of the data, we will get a better picture of the community needs and how Tuomey can play an active role.” Not-for-profit hospitals must periodically conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to continue to receive IRS designation as a tax-exempt organization.


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