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Insights for Healthy Living //



The Faces of Tuomey

Students on Campus

Second Shift

Beauty blossoms in Sumter

Building careers

Is nursing now more

in patient care



Letter from The President

Success, and the promise of a new year. here is always something magical

which had another successful year due to the generous

about the time after the holidays;

support of our donors and volunteers. Brenda Peyton

it brings with it a promise of a new

Chase gives us the details on Tuomey Home Health’s

year, and the chance for anything

Press Gainey award, an honor resulting from their excel-

to happen. Everything is shrouded

lent service to this community. And finally, I discuss

in a sense of hope.

what is sure to be one of our most surprising things: my

This issue of LifeTimes focuses on

blog on healthcare issues.

this sense of hope and new begin-

With these things, we at Tuomey welcome the New Year,

nings. It profiles Dr. Kevin Hanz, Tuomey Healthcare

complete with all of its promises for a new future. We

System’s new plastic surgeon – a dedicated physician

continue to do all we can to make Tuomey a better place

whose work promises to make a great impact here in the

for our community. And we are thankful for everyone

Sumter community. It explores the Allied Health pro-

who helps us in this endeavor. As always, we thank you

gram offered between Tuomey and Sumter High School,

for your support.

which helps students interested in medical fields get an insider’s view of how a hospital works. It also profiles several of Tuomey’s male nurses, who have come to the


healthcare field from varied backgrounds in order to fulfill their deepest passion: helping others. All of these stories capture the hopefulness of this season and this new year.

Jay Cox, FACHE

This issue of LifeTimes also highlights a few other interesting things happening at Tuomey. Erik Whaley writes

President & CEO Tuomey Healthcare System

about the latest happenings of The Tuomey Foundation,

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Home Health Team

Dr. Kevin Hanz

LifeTimes sits down with Kevin Hanz, MD, Tuomey Healthcare System’s new plastic surgeon, to discuss his thoughts on Sumter, Tuomey and the diverse field of plastic surgery.

Avoiding the Flu.......................................... 03

2009 Summit Award Winner

Jay’s Blog...................................................... 04

Tuomey’s Home Health Team has been named one of the best in the nation, winning the 2009 Summit Award from Press Ganey.


The Faces of Tuomey

The Tuomey Foundation.......................... 05 TuomeyFoundation Contributors......... 07 Upcoming Events....................................... 21

Students on Campus Building Careers in Patient Care

Tuomey Regional Medical Center plays host to students of all kinds, introducing them to various aspects of the medical field and the workings of a hospital.


Second Shift

What Paths Led These Nurses to Tuomey? LifeTimes profiles some of Tuomey’s male nurses, exploring why they have chosen nursing and examining whether the nursing field is now more gender-blind.


If you have a question or a story idea, please contact: Brenda Peyton Chase Director of Public Relations Tuomey Healthcare System 129 North Washington Street Sumter, S.C. 29150 (803) 774-8662 Tuomey Regional Medical Center (803) 774-9000

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Board of Trustees Bobby Boykin Chairman

Chal Glenn

Vice Chairman

Greg Thompson Treasurer

Stephen Creech Secretary

Dr. Andy McFaddin Chief of Staff

Rev. Dr. James Blassingame John Brabham Jr. Jay Cox Dr. Henry Moses Phil Palmer Dr. Kay Raffield Dr. Sam Riddle Dr. Charlie White Mitch Williams

Administration Jay Cox FACHE, President & CEO Gregg Martin FACHE, Senior Vice President & COO Paul Johnson Vice President & CFO Terrie Carlton Vice President & CNO Dr. Gene Dickerson Vice President of Medical Affairs Michelle Logan-Owens Vice President William Renwick Vice President


Dr. Kevin Hanz By Brenda P. Chase

Tuomey Healthcare System is proud to announce the addition of plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz. Dr. Hanz opened his practice last month, located in Medical Office Building One on the Tuomey campus. The leadership of Tuomey could not be more excited. “Dr. Hanz is a terrific addition to our medical staff,” said Tuomey President & CEO Jay Cox. “He is extremely well trained and has such a positive approach to medicine. He is going to do well here.”



What brought you to Sumter, and to Tuomey Healthcare System? When I first started looking at opportunities, my fiancée Carla and I knew we wanted to be in the Southeast. Although we looked at quite a few areas, no one could beat the hospitality and warmth of the people here in Sumter. That’s what really got us here; it really sealed the deal. Why did you become a doctor? I first knew I wanted to become a doctor when I was in middle school, after I broke my leg. I really thought about orthopedics for a while, especially when I was in high school. I really wasn’t sure about what type of doctor that I wanted to become, but I knew I wanted to be a surgeon. And how did you decide on plastic surgery as your specialty? I discovered plastics in my third year of medical school, during one of my clinical rotations. I really liked the diversity of plastic surgery. One day you were working with a gunshot victim who had major facial trauma, and then you might be doing hand surgery the next day. You were constantly operating all over the body and working on patients of all ages. What do you most hope to do with your practice here in Sumter? Close, personal relationships are very important to me. I still talk to some of the same 12 to 15 guys I grew up with in Ohio. I want to bring that feeling into my practice here. I want to meet with the patients and develop good, positive relationships. The overall practice will be about healthy living, and looking and feeling your best. I also plan to play a significant role in the community as it relates to breast reconstruction with cancer survivors. These women might be choosing to leave town now, and I would like them to have a superior option right here at home.


The Faces of Tuomey | Dr. Kevin Hanz // Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgery Procedures Brow lifts – This procedure, first documented in 1910, is used to elevate drooping eyebrows, remove worry lines, and generally smooth the appearance of the forehead. Facial reconstruction – This procedure helps repair facial deformities resulting from trauma, congenital anomalies, surgery or illness. Removal of cysts, moles and small tumors – These procedures are some of the most common procedures in plastic surgery. Breast reconstruction – This procedure is used to help women who are survivors of breast cancer. It ranges from repair after the removal of a small tumor to complete reconstruction following a mastectomy.

Doctor Education Vitals B.S. in Chemistry and Zoology, 1997 Miami University (Ohio) M.D., 2002 Case Western Reserve University General and Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas Specialized Training in Hand and Microvascular Surgery

Hand surgery – This procedure encompasses treatments for many types of hand injuries, including tendon, ligament and bone injuries. Microsurgical procedures are often used to reattach or reconstruct soft tissues, nerves and bone that have been amputated. Abdominal reconstruction – This procedure is used to repair damage to the abdominal wall resulting from trauma, removal of tumors, or surgical complications. Scar revision – This procedure is used to minimize the appearance of scars on the skin. Lower extremity reconstruction – This procedure is used to reattach, repair and/or rebuild limbs injured as a result of trauma or cancer.

Dr. Hanz will offer hand surgery, scar re-

encompassing breast augmentation, brow

vision and anything to do with “lumps and

lifts, rhinoplasty and a variety of other ser-

bumps” – cysts, moles and small tumors.

vices. Also, there will be a line of skin care

Other services might include repairing

products by Obagi, designed to optimize

facial fractures, abdominal reconstruction

skin care and “turn back the clock in terms

and lower extremity reconstruction (from

of sun damage to the skin, especially the

an accident or cancer). Hanz’s practice

face and neck.” For more information,

will also offer aesthetic or cosmetic surgery, please contact Dr. Hanz at 803-774-7546.

LifeTimes | Winter 2010


Home Health By Brenda Peyton Chase

When it comes to taking care of patients in their homes, very few people do it as well as the Tuomey Home Health team. In fact, according to Press Ganey, Tuomey’s Home Health Services program is one of the best in the country.

Home Health Manager, Kim Price RN

Home Health Nurse Kell Culclasure talks with Grant Conyers

Press Ganey recently honored Tuomey’s their hard work, dedication and compassion.”

home health aide or dietitian, according to their

Home Health team at its national meeting with

Home Health Manager Kim Price, RN, could

physician-directed plan of care. The goal of the

a 2009 Summit Award, one of the highest awards

not agree more. “I have the best staff out there,”

service is to meet the unique healthcare needs

given by the company. And how did Tuomey win? she said. “We have worked hard to develop our of each patient and their family using a holistic By receiving patient satisfaction scores above the

team to better serve our patients. When it comes

approach. Services performed in the home range

95th percentile – for three consecutive years.

to home health, we can provide not only what our

from wound care and pain management to ad-

patients need, but what they deserve.”

ministering IV antibiotics.

“I am so proud of the entire Home Health department,” said Tuomey President & CEO Jay

Through Tuomey Home Health, patients can

Cox. “They always go the extra mile to take care

receive care from a registered nurse, physical

of our patients. This award is truly a reflection of

therapist, occupational therapist, social worker,

How Can I Avoid the Flu? With a record number of flu cases, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid the flu. Here are five tips from Tuomey on how you can (hopefully) stay healthy this winter.



What’s New At Tuomey | Home Health // Jay’s Blog


For more information on how we can help you, please contact us at 803.773.4663.



Jay’s Blog : On Health. By Jay Cox

Tuomey’s very own Jay Cox – President and CEO – has decided to start a blog with his thoughts on healthcare, life and the universe. To pique your interest, we’ve included an excerpt from his first entry below. To read more and to see the latest entries, please visit www.

Here’s what I’ve learned: Westerns are still good movies. I want to be

Always tell the truth. Always! That’ll help you

the guy in the white hat.

sleep at night, too.

If your mom wouldn’t be proud of what you

Grandchildren are the sweetest things

are doing, don’t do it.

on earth.

My wife is the smartest person I know. Period.

Your FAITH really does carry you through

Even really good people can sometimes make dumb decisions. Don’t hold it against them forever.

difficult times. The Golden Rule really is golden. Think about how your actions are going

Forgiveness makes us all feel better.

to affect others.

Hire good people, then LEAVE THEM

Eat more salads. Exercise more.

ALONE to do what you hired them to do. Smile. It’s easier.

Hugs are great.

Think before you act. Work hard each day. You’ll feel better when you sleep at night. Children grow up too fast.


People are basically good.


There. That should give you enough to know where I am coming from.  I am very excited about this blogging opportunity.  And I can’t wait to see you next week!  Take care!

Elect smart, honest people to office – on all levels of government. Be kind, say a prayer and be thankful for what

Jay Cox, FACHE

you do have.

President & CEO






The Tuomey Foundation

Raising Awareness, Fostering Support. By Erik Whaley

As we begin a new year with The Tuomey Foundation, we look back on what proved to be a very memorable year in the life of the organization. With this in mind, I would like to share four exciting events and programs that were held this past fall that enabled us to raise awareness, support and dollars for your healthcare system. [TOP LEFT] Norma Stone, Meg Creech, Connie Munn and Boo White all enjoyed Pretty in Pink. [TOP RIGHT] Mitch Williams, Bob Harris, Scott Harvin and Gregg Martin take a break from the golfing action during the foundation’s annual golf classic. [BOTTOM LEFT] Boo White hopes her name is called as she completes her door prize ticket during Pretty in Pink.

Women of Tuomey A program designed for female leaders in

jewelry of Galloway and Moseley, is what came

Sumter to be advocates and supporters for spe- of their creation. cial projects and issues that directly affect our

With Sunset Country Club as the backdrop

at Tuomey and will feature wigs, turbans, hats, scarves and other needed items. Through the efforts of the Women of Tuomey

health and the health of our families. The goal is

and 18 models on hand, a crowd of over 120 la- Steering Committee, a program that has been a

to make the Sumter community a better place to

dies were treated to a most memorable luncheon. vision of the Foundation for many years is now

live and work. With this mission statement, the

Intermingled through the show were heart- a reality. Women make the majority of health-

Women of Tuomey Steering Committee created

warming testimonies from breast cancer survi- care decisions and it is our hope that we show-

an event that would bring the fairer sex of our

vors and an update on how Tuomey is facing this

case what is available in healthcare right in

community together for the purpose of breast

disease head-on, daily. Funds raised from this

your backyard. We invite you to become a part

cancer awareness. “Pretty in Pink,” a fash- memorable day will benefit the creation of a Wig

of this grassroots movement today. Please call

ion and jewelry show featuring the beautiful

Salon for women with cancer. This salon will

The Tuomey Foundation if you would like more

styles of Jo Roberts combined with the elegant

be located next to the Mammography center


Tuomey Fellows The tenth class of Tuomey Fellows began

the cancer treatment center, and cardiology

this fall as 16 eager community leaders were

and spend an evening in the ER. In addition to

selected to be a part of one of the most talked

this, they are able to observe a surgery if they

about programs in Sumter. It is so hard to

so chose, and this always proves to be an in-

imagine that it has been 10 years since Class

credible educational experience.

I paved the way for getting an “inside the tent� look at healthcare and, in particular, learning

The Eleventh Annual Tuomey Foundation Golf Classic was once again an enormous suc-

sadors for Tuomey. This is a responsibility that,

first-hand all that Tuomey has to offer in the

once they have graduated and are officially

latest technology and care for Sumter and its

Tuomey Fellows, they take very seriously. We

surrounding counties.

currently have 147 individuals who have suc-

The Tuomey Fellows curriculum is eight

Golf Classic

The goal of the program is to create ambas-

cessfully completed the program. These lead-

months long and highlights some of the areas

ers have made a tremendous impact on this

of excellence at your hospital. Participants

place of healing and are very much a part of

meet with physicians, learn about radiology, the Tuomey family.

cess. What has become the most anticipated tournament in Sumter (and perhaps the state) proved to be a most memorable day. Thirty teams began the morning with a shotgun start, and the day culminated with an awards luncheon featuring team and individual prizes. We have been blessed through the years to build so many wonderful relationships through this endeavor. There are so many teams that have been with us for all eleven years, and the fact that they keep coming back speaks volumes for the Tuomey Employee Committee that is the backbone for organizing this undertaking. Each employee volunteers his or her time on top of the duties they perform day-in and day-out at the hospital. Their efforts have certainly paid off. We netted over $30,000 this year for our Community

class 2009 Chip Bracalente

Outreach Endowment. This fund allows the

Harry Burchstead

Foundation to sustain programs and causes

Mark Champagne

supported by Tuomey outside the walls of the hospital. In fact, The Tuomey Foundation Golf Classic

Stephen Cissom Lee Craig

has netted almost $400,000 since its inception.

John Holladay

We look forward to teeing it up once again next

John Hyatt

summer and invite you to please join us. Please see a list of the Golf Classic Sponsors on our

Harold Nixon

Susan W. Osteen Ken Reese Seth Reimer Linn Richardson Jay Schwedler Leroy Staggers Mike Watson Sharry Williams

Donor Page.

LifeTimes | Winter 2010


August through December 2009

The Tuomey Foundation Contributors Camp Scamp

O’Neal Flooring Services LLC

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Brusenhan, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. William T. Wallace

Robert A. Moses

Contributions: Junior Welfare League of Sumter

Otis Elevator

Martha and Fred Chewning

Mary Walton

Jackie and Tom Olsen


The Coward Family: Frosty, Peggy, Cristie, Lisa, Melinda and Dave

Mary Catherine and Barney Williams

Dr. Andrena E. Ray

Carol E. Young

Mary Kay and Gene Rickenbaker

Progress Energy Case Management

Quorum Health Resources, LLC

Contributions: Junior Welfare League of Sumter

Reliable Medical Equipment LLC

Endowment Contributions: Elaine D. Korn Charitable Trust Golf Sponsors Gold Sponsors: Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. FTI Healthcare

Maureen and Charles Cox Mr. and Mrs. Hugh H. DuBose Evelyn and William Epperson


Elmer W. Guenther

Hole Sponsors: CiCi’s Pizza

Melissa and Earl Harlan John W. Harrison

Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Don Helmer


June K. Herrington

Hole-in-One Sponsor: Jones Chevrolet Cadillac

Karen and Bernard Hiatt

Food and Beverage Sponsors: Arby’s

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Jennings

Margaret and Buck Holcombe Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Jennings

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Columbia Snacks

Charles G. Johnson

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

H & S Wholesalers

Joseph R. Krumpotich

Prudential/John M. Brabham Real Estate


Mary C. Lowder

Tuomey Healthcare System Silver Sponsors: American Express Angio Dynamics BE&K Building Group, LLC Bonitz Flooring Group, Inc. Bracco Diagnostic G. A. Braun, Inc. Bynum Insurance Carolina MedCare Ambulance Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone Communications and Cabling Systems, Inc. Deco ECB Construction Company, Inc. Fort Roofing & Sheet Metal Works, Inc. ING Life Insurance & Annuity Company/Googe Financial Services Miller Communications NBSC

Ethel and Billy Martin

Brian Locklear Dr. J. Grady Locklear James P. Locklear Dr. J. Grady Locklear Richard N. Locklear, Jr. Dr. J. Grady Locklear Mary I. Mathis Thelma and Ladson Cubbage Sherbie Lancaster Mr. and Mrs. Ken Lyles Mr. and Mrs. Jim McMillan Rose Marie and Rudy Newman Jackie and Tom Olsen Ruby and Gus Pringles Jane and Perry Randle Mary Kay and Gene Rickenbaker


Barbara and David McInnis


Laura Ellen and Charles McLendon

Carol and Russell Strange

Joyce Davis Sara and Billy Freeman

MOAA – Santee Wateree Chapter

Eleanor B. “Tat” Moses Deane and Roger Ackerman

Patricia E. Floyd Rebecca G. Hinson

Kathy Morrill

Gayle and Bobby Boykin

Peggie and Alex Morrison

Annie C. Bradham

70th Palmetto Flight Order of the Daedalians

Jacqueline Brody

Betty A. Patterson

Mary S. Bynum

Joan and Silvey Robinson

Carolina Anesthesia, P.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Roof

Cynthia L. Carraway

Ann F. Seal

Susan and Jay Cox

The Simpsons: Babette, Nanette, Sherry, Chuck and Families

Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe

Lisa A. Softley and Bruce Harrison

Rev. and Mrs. Phil Jones

Shirley T. Moore

Havala W. Jones Dorothy M. Adams and Daughters Jim P. Lancaster Bev and Tom Baker Beverly Beardsley Jane G. Berry Barbara M. Bessent Frances Bessent

Martha C. Solomon

Frank Bessent

Janet and Paul Smith

Deborah and Jerry Bozeman

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby G. Therrell

Babette S. Brandon

Frances Tillman

Deloris and Ben Griffith Kathy and Doug McMaster Floride and Grainger McKoy Mary and Mark Medley

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Roddey, III Gerona Sanders Emily J. Thomas Abraham Stern Ellen W. Stevens Sumter Surgical Associates, P.A. Jo C. White Mary Brown and Charlie White Wilson Hall School Ginny and John Woodham Charlene and Ted Young Barney E. Osborne Shelia Bradshaw Teresa L. Tisdale Ann and Fred Trexler Jackson Welch The Welch Family Willard J. Welch First Baptist Church of Turbeville The Welch Family Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr. Nursing Scholarship Endowment Contributions: Alice V. Canty Iris H. Edens Mrs. Charles A. Segars, Sr. Nursery Contributions: Our 365 (3)

Perry Moses, III

Festival of Trees The Eighth Annual Festival of Trees, which

the hospital and the outpatient surgery center.

has become a holiday tradition in our commu- We are always blown away by the businesses nity and raised much awareness for our Tuomey

and individuals that come forward each year to

Hospice Services, was once again a magical time

ensure a memorable event. Many of these busi-

for our Foundation, hospital and community. A

nesses choose to decorate their trees themselves,

steering committee led by Dr. J. Grady Lock- while others want a decorator assigned to them.


lear began their work during the hot summer

Through the years, we have been so blessed to

months in preparation for the creation of this

have the very best in tree décor brought to you

winter wonderland. Even with the challenges

by antique dealers, churches and schools, to

facing our economy, we had 46 trees throughout

name a few.

The Tuomey Foundation | Contributors’ List // Festival of Trees

Tuomey Pride Contributions: Carolina Children’s Dentistry Susan and Jay Cox Junior Welfare League of Sumter Cheryl and Gregg Martin Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert E. Parker, Jr. Prudential John M. Brabham Real Estate Wachovia Foundation (Roy Creech) Wesco Architectural LLC Williams-Brice-Edwards Charitable Trust James E. Wilson Unrestricted Contributions: Anonymous Books Are Fun Dr. and Mrs. C. Leslie Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. McCreight Lisbeth and Charlie Poag Sassy Statements Dr. and Mrs. Eric Wernsman Honorary Gifts: Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Olsen The Forum Memorials: Dr. Marvin Ballard Drs. Usah Lilavivat and Pusadee Suchinda Dorothy Beatson Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Alice B. Beaty Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Dr. and Mrs. Eddie C. DuRant John M. Brabham, III Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Ann and Paul Johnson Charlene and Ted Young

Martha L. Cooper Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Dr. James E. Kay Dr. James W. Ellett

Charlene and Ted Young

Dr. S. Perry Davis Drs. Usah Lilavivat and Pusadee Suchinda Virginia Irick Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Emma J. Wells Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Edsel V. Whitaker, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Janie Wilkes Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Hollis H. McClary Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe

Louise E. Wilson Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Jonathan A. McCollough Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Wendy McLeod

Contributions: Susan Cox Janet Odom

Jeanne C. Watson Oncology Endowment

Rev. and Mrs. Phil M. Jones Charlene and Ted Young

Women’s Services Contributions: Junior Welfare League of Sumter

Contributions: Dr. Elizabeth Allen


Frances Betchman

Dr. Davis D. Moise Drs. Usah Lilavivat and Pusadee Suchinda

Jean L. Crabbe Dr. James W. Ellett

Betsy Cain

Eleanor B. “Tat” Moses Deane and Roger Ackerman

Margo T. Holt Michael C. Watson

Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Dr. James E. Kay Dr. James W. Ellett

Kathy McMaster Connie Munn NBSC Nicole Norris

Women of Tuomey

Deloris and Ben Griffith

Jane F. Tisdale

Leigh McLaurin

Wig Salon

Mima J. Whitaker Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Helen P. Jackson Dr. Andrena E. Ray

Carolyn McDowell

Susan D. Osteen Vista Peebles Physicians Health & Injury Clinic, PA Jeannette Price Emily Randle Katharine Rauch Jo Roberts Milissa Robertson Molly Ross

Wendee Bochette

Hazel Anne Rowe Tina Simenson

Kathryn Cole

Kelly Smith

Susan Cox

Macaulay Smith

Meg Creech

Ann Snead

Sara Davis

Nina Stroebel

Janelle DeLuco

Sarah E. Ortmann Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Jonathan A. McCollough Michael C. Watson

Ralph Overstreet Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Sarah E. Ortmann Michael C. Watson

First Citizens Bank

Gordon I. Prestwich Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Ruth L. Reardon Michael C. Watson

Beth Fordham

Honorary Gifts:

The Forum

Ruth Reynolds Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Elizabeth P. Riley Michael C. Watson

Holly Gaughf

Norma R. Stone Susan Cox

Mary Tenant Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt T. Douglas Tuomey, Jr. Murphy Tuomey Wilson Mortimer M. Weinberg, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Charles H. White, Sr. Cardiac Endowment Memorials: Jean L. Crabbe Dr. James W. Ellett

Elizabeth M. and John P. Britton

In addition to our Festival of Trees, we also had our annual Circle of Lights, which enables

Randa Carole DuBose Sarah Evangelisti

Wanda Walker Mrs. James M. White Sister Wimberly Jurina Woodrum

Lisa Fisher

Susan Gaymon Linda Hagar Summer Holmes

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

Ramona Jacocks Valerie James Ginger Jones Michelle Logan-Owens Lois McCracken

began the Festival of Trees season. As always, thousands of dollars were raised

place, please do not hesitate to call our office at 774-9014 or visit our website at www.tuomey-

individuals to purchase lights for the official

for Tuomey Hospice, which allows the Foun-

Circle of Light tree that is on display atop the

dation to continue supporting a program that

On behalf of The Tuomey Foundation Board

Wishing Well as you come into the hospital. enables patients to spend their final days being

of Governors, the stewards of all the treasures

This tree was lit by the Moses family, in mem- cared for by Hospice nurses, while surrounded

entrusted to this organization, I wish you and

ory of Eleanor “Tat” Moses, the first Thursday

by their loved ones. It is truly death with dignity, your family a very blessed and happy new year.

in December during our tree lighting ceremony

as loved ones leave this world for the next.

and reception, featuring the joyful sounds of the

If you would like to receive more informa-

Sumter High School Show Choir, and it officially

tion about these or other activities taking

LifeTimes | Winter 2010



By Traci Quinn

Tuomey Regional Medical Center isn’t technically a teaching facility – but you’d never know it by the number of students on campus. 9

Students on Campus | Education Programs // Allied Health

Carolyn Alston // Surgical Tech

Sarah DuBose // Physical Therapist Assist. Beau Stubbs // Nursing

Megan Kirk // Phlebotomy

Centry Drayton // Coding

Erin Proctor // Physical Therapist Assist.

Murray Sullivan // Surgical Tech


Barbara Jean Wiley // Chaplaincy

nd they’re not all nurses. In fact, most are here

“We want to provide them with an appropriate oppor-

to complete college internships in areas such

tunity to observe the workings of healthcare, in a manner

as physical therapy or lab work, nutrition or

that is beneficial to those with a valid interest in pursuing

pharmacy, or one of a dozen other disciplines. Some are

a career in patient care and which will result in the least

high school students earning credits and gaining work

disruption to the delivery of care,” Dickerson said. “At all

skills. Others are undergrads who plan to go on to medical

times, we discourage curiosity-seekers.”

school. It’s a great recruitment tool for Tuomey, and it’s a

Tiffany Lovelace is a fourth-year student in the S.C. College of Pharmacy. Her stint at Tuomey was one of

wonderful opportunity for the students to “learn some

nine clinical or advanced-practice rotations she’ll have to

real-world medicine” and “see something outside the pure

complete before graduation.

academics,” noted Dr. Gene Dickerson, Tuomey’s vice president for medical affairs. The hospital takes great care to ensure that the students who spend time on our campus are respectful of the environment.

She was able to follow the kinetics of patient medicines and said that was a great benefit: “In retail, we’re much further removed from the actual person who’s getting the medicines.” Clinical Program Manager Julia Mims says having students on campus is a boost: “It’s a great learning experi-

LifeTimes | Winter 2010


ence for them, but it’s good for us as well. Having students

Health classes taught at Tuomey through School District

here always helps us learn. They’re questioning, they’re

17 and the Medical Explorers.

enthusiastic … they’re a breath of fresh air.” Caroline Thompson was an intern for 13 weeks, on the

much greater understanding of the field and helps them

last leg of her journey to become a DHEC-registered dieti-

solidify their career goals. Dr. Henry Moses agrees that it’s

cian. She worked in three areas: food service, community

great to afford them that opportunity.

services and clinical work. Even though her “dream job”

Caroline Thompson was an intern for 13 weeks, on the last leg of her journey to become a DHECregistered dietician.

Allied Health – profiled in this issue – gives students a

“It’s excellent,” he said. “It’s such a hard thing to decide

would be food service coordinator for a school district,

as a young person what you want to do with the rest

working at Tuomey gave her lots of practical experience.

of your life. The more experience you have, the more

She also developed an interest in obesity and diabetes

confidence you have that this is definitely the right career


for you.”

Dickerson says internships are good for recruitment, but they’re also good for the hospital staff. “It’s stimulat-

Moses knows this first-hand. The Tuomey surgeon was part of the first group of Medical Explorers four decades

ing,” he says. “It sharpens your skills and puts you back on

ago. He and other Eagle Scouts in Troop 336 wanted to

your toes.”

explore the medical field, so they approached hospital

Quite a few people in Tuomey’s lab got their degree

administrator Ralph Abercrombie. Then, as now, the

through Florence Darlington Tech and did rotations here.

students got to see the great variety of work that goes on

Lisa Feagin completed her medical lab technician clinical

here, from the delivery room to the morgue.

work here and later trained here to become a certified histologist. She was supposed to return to work in Florence but decided to stay. “This hospital is so good about getting top-of-the-line equipment and innovative technology, and the managers here take a lot of time with students,” she said. “I really

“It was quite exciting to get to see the hospital in detail,” he said. “It solidified my desire to go into medicine.” Cybil Williamson oversees the Medical Explorers and other on-campus learning, and she thinks the impact of such programs is huge. “We are building … an interest in healthcare (and) a

didn’t expect to stay as long as I have, but now I don’t see

loyalty to this community and to the hospital. What better

myself anywhere else.”

way to recruit our future medical professionals than to

Even high schoolers have the chance to test the health-

grow them right here?

care waters with two highly popular programs – the Allied

“It’s a great learning experience for them, but it’s good for us as well. Having students here always helps us learn. They’re questioning, they’re enthusiastic … they’re a breath of fresh air.”

— Clinical Program Manager Julia Mims


Students on Campus | Education Programs // Allied Health

Tiffany Lovelace is a fourth-year student in the S.C. College of Pharmacy. Her stint at Tuomey was one of nine clinical or advancedpractice rotations she’ll have to complete before graduation.



Tuomey has students on campus in a wide variety of areas, including nursing,

If you’re a high school student and want to participate in a program designed

respiratory therapy, pharmacy, nutrition, rehab, physical and occupational

to foster an interest in the medical profession, contact Tuomey’s Volunteer

therapy, lab work, speech therapy, surgical tech, phlebotomy, coding and even

Services manager, Cybil Williamson, at 774-8660. Students pay dues and meet

chaplaincy. They come from DHEC, the University of South Carolina, the S.C.

one night a month to learn about different medical specialties and all of the

College of Pharmacy, and Central Carolina, Orangeburg-Calhoun, Florence-

career choices within that specialty.

Darlington and Midlands technical colleges. For more information about rotation possibilities, contact TK Smith, Allied Health recruiter, at 774-8762.

“It’s such a hard thing to decide as a young person what you want to do with the rest of your life. The more experience you have, the more confidence you have that this is definitely the right career for you.” — Dr. Henry Moses

MEDICAL EXPLORERS :: Dr. Henry Moses is seen with several members of Tuomey’s Medical Explorers program and staff of the ICU. Dr. Moses was part of the first group of explorers four decades ago. The purpose of the program is to give the high school students exposure to different medical specialties and the various career choices that are available as they prepare for college.

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Jodi Niles

Kisyria Kennedy

Jovan Weston

Lauren Narduzzi

Elliott Thomas

Katelyn Robinson

Tomeshia Washington

Brianna McMillion

Miranda Spader

Ta’Kella Singleton

Taylor Johnson

Dakota Brown


Students on Campus | Education Programs // Allied Health


he teenagers sitting around the tables in Conference Room 4 are

will gain an understanding of medical terms, engage in discussions about

engaged, inquisitive, and surer of their career goals than they’ve

legalities and ethics, and study anatomy and physiology, learning about the

ever been before. And they have their teacher, their school

body systems and the diseases that impact them. And they get a ton of work

district and their hospital to thank.


For half of each school day, these students are part of the Allied Health

The benefit to the hospital is that “students develop the desire to come

classes led by Sumter High teacher Jodi Niles and housed at Tuomey. They

back.” Tuomey gets to see the students “actually working,” she said, “so it’s

learn what it’s really like to work in a hospital – and what it will take for

almost like a pre-interview. And the hospital knows the standards we have

them to get here full-time.

in this class,” so they know that a lot is expected of these students.

“Any student who wants to go into the medical field in any capacity – as

Niles also incorporates a bit of R Factor, the personal skills program

a nurse, pharmacist, lab technician – can take this class,” Niles said. “They

embraced by Tuomey to help employees develop the life skills necessary to

“Any student who wants to go into the medical field in any capacity – as a nurse, pharmacist, lab technician – can take this class,” Niles said. “They will gain an understanding of medical terms, engage in discussions about legalities and ethics, and study anatomy and physiology, learning about the body systems and the diseases that impact them. And they get a ton of work skills.” — Jodi Niles maximize their work performance. “I reiterate for the students the

classroom space … allow students

Students find the program

responsible because of the higher

to use the computer lab, give them

compelling because they get to

expectations.” As Elliott Thomas

importance of how they choose to

all the training on federal privacy

see real-world application of what

noted, “We’re held to higher

interact, how they treat people and

regulations and safety issues.

they’re being taught.

standards here. You can’t give the

resolve conflicts” – all important

Cybil Williamson credits Niles

The original program was based

average high school student the

skills that impact their employment

with the continued success. “She’s

on the European system of ap-

opportunity to go to an off-campus


fantastic,” she said. “We can tell

prenticeship. “I wish we could have

class.” Kody Brown, who wants to be

Karen Harris-Sweetman, head

that it’s successful because of the

more like this,” Harris-Sweetman

a radiology technician, said he ap-

of SHS’s Career and Technology

students’ engagement level. The

said. “If students could all have the

preciates the “many opportunities”

Department, says the program was

program has been so popular that in

chance to observe a job site … they

he gets in this unique class.

modeled after a highly success-

the past two years, we’ve had to turn

would come back to the classroom,

ful course in Pennsylvania. “The

away qualified students.”

students gave glowing reports;

Participants are chosen based

be more focused and understand why they need math, why they need

they also had students who … were

on their maturity level, their school

working who thought it was great to

discipline record, their grades

be able to be so sure of their career

(especially in science), and teacher

into nursing, so Allied Health was



an obvious choice. She learned the

She and another district administrator sold Tuomey on the idea. “Tuomey is wonderful,” HarrisSweetman said. “They provide the

“We have to make sure they’re

language skills.” Katelyn Robinson wants to go

And they all credit Tuomey and Niles for their passion. “This class is more like a family than a class,” said Ta’Kella Singleton. “They won’t let you come in with a bad attitude.” “This experience is so inspiring,”

basics, but the class also helped

added Kisyria Kennedy. “It makes

ready to be in an off-campus envi-

her decide “where in the hospital I

you want to succeed.”

ronment,” she said.

want to work.” Jovan Weston said the class “helps us become more

LifeTimes | Winter 2010




Second Shift | Male Nurses

Women have traditionally dominated the nursing field, with generations of cultural expectations deterring men from pursuing the profession, but at Tuomey, tradition is changing. Men are leaving otherwise successful careers to pursue one that allows them to take care of their community in other ways.

Ed Hite was the oldest student in his nursing class.

to help them when they need someone. It’s a way to make

He knew when he was 20 he wanted to be a nurse, but he

a difference.”


let social stigma hold him back.

Hite agrees. “I love the one-on-one contact. It’s all about

So Hite took a 30-year detour that led him through the

people, and for some of those people, we’re all they’ve got.”

first Gulf War, a career in law enforcement, a stint in hospital

It’s also about the people you work with, Hite says. His

pathology and four years as chief deputy coroner. The route

fellow nurses “are the best. We are always there to help

was satisfying, but waiting until he was nearly 50 to go to

each other.”

nursing school was the “biggest mistake I’ve made,” he said,

“because I dearly love nursing!”

Seth Dyke didn’t wait as long, but he did start off as an

Of the 355 people on Tuomey’s nursing staff, about 35, or 10%, are men. Quite a few got here via the military – men like Mike Sand, Sly Owens and Allen Vining.

EMT before eventually heeding his mother’s suggestion to

The armed services were long dominated by men, so

give nursing a try: “I probably would have taken her advice

it made sense that a majority of the corpsmen and nurses

sooner, but male nurses weren’t in vogue in the late ’70s.”

were men. In the civilian world, gender isn’t much of an issue

Stigma didn’t impact Tom Greenman’s career choices, but his path to nursing was still circuitous. He was a stay-athome dad when the call came. He’d been in the Air Force

anymore – except, perhaps, with older patients. “They’re not as comfortable with men taking care of them, especially when it comes to personal needs,” Owens said.

for 17 years, worked for the education department and then

But, Sand noted, “It’s mainly our training and our de-

completed a master’s degree in business, but ultimately he

meanor -- not our gender -- that helps calm the patient.”

chose nursing for a second career. “Nursing has been a real blessing to me,” Greenman says. “It’s a way to be able to affect people’s lives directly,


As Hite said, “Those patients are scared, they’re hurting, they’re looking for guidance. Your age doesn’t matter; your race, ethnicity don’t matter. It’s about who you are.”

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“It’s mainly our training and our demeanor — not our gender — that helps calm the patient.” – Mike Sand


Second Shift | Male Nurses

Ed Hite // RN Ed Hite knew three decades ago that he wanted to be a nurse, but he let social stigma hold him back. Instead, he joined the military and fought in the first Gulf War, had a long career in law enforcement and even worked in a hospital pathology department before finally heading to nursing school. Waiting 30 years to follow his dream was the “biggest mistake I’ve made,” he says, “because I dearly love nursing!”


law enforcement He especially enjoys the “one-on-one contact” nursing provides him. “It’s all about people, and for some of those people, we’re all they’ve got. Our patients are scared – they’re hurting, they’re looking for guidance. Your age doesn’t matter; your race and ethnicity don’t matter. It’s about who you are.” He also loves the people he works with. His fellow nurses “are the best. We are always there to help each other.”



Of the 355 people on Tuomey’s nursing staff, about 35, or 10%, are male.

Is there a downside to being a man in a field dominated by women? They bristle as they describe encounters in which they’re assumed to be doctors just because they are men. “Some patients ask me if I am destined for medical school, as if being a male nurse is nothing more than a

Sly Owens // RN Sly Owens, like quite a few of the men on Tuomey’s nursing staff, came to Tuomey via the military. The armed services were long dominated by men, so it made sense that a majority of

stepping stone to being a physician,” Dyke says.

military the corpsmen and nurses were men. In the civilian world, gender isn’t much of an issue anymore – except, perhaps, with older patients. “They’re not as comfortable with men taking care of them, especially when it comes to personal needs,” Owens said.

Sand is a certified nurse anesthetist; doctors in the Navy told him he should go to med school, but he’s happy he chose the field he did. “It’s exciting,” he says. “When you take a lady’s pain away while she’s in labor, she’s so happy! And when people are going in for surgery and they’re nervous and you give them a little ‘verbal anesthesia’ – that’s what floats my boat!” Murphy Greene spent a few years looking for his niche. He tried the Marines but decided it wasn’t what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He also did a six-year stint at a local industry, but he didn’t want to retire in that job, either. Then he found nursing.

Tom Greenman // RN

stay-at-home dad

He admits that if he’d gone into nursing school straight out of high school, he would have “heard about it!” But the field has become more appealing to men for many reasons – not the least of which are the ability to make a

Tom Greenman was a stay-at-home dad with a master’s in business and a previous career in engineering, seeking a job that would offer flexibility and a chance to make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a “blessing to be able to offer comfort in a critical time,” he says. “The

patient may seem like he’s strong, or maybe he’s acting out, but you have to remember that no matter how tough they are, they’re probably scared. As a nurse, you can help them deal with that fear and reassure them that they’ve got a highly skilled team taking care of them.”

good living and the fact that it’s a much more technologically demanding career path. For example, Allen Vining started out in the ICU but now works in Information Systems. He isn’t directly immersed in the patients’ world anymore, but what he does affects the clinical world every day – through technology. “I do still impact patient care -- by helping the nurses do their job more easily,” he said.

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Connect with us!

Upcoming Events Women & Children Prepared Childbirth Class (Tuesday Class Series)

Provides expectant mothers and partners with information on normal labor and delivery, common complications and interventions, medicines, breathing/relaxation exercises, initial newborn care and postpartum concerns. Includes a tour of the Birthing and Women’s centers. Cost: $60 for six two-hour sessions. Call 803-774-BABY for dates.

Childbirth Retreat (Saturday Class)

Condensed version of our Prepared Childbirth Class offered in a one-day session. Great for a refresher. Cost: $50 for full-day session. Call 803-774-BABY for dates.

Labor & Delivery

Learn what to expect during labor, how to know when it’s begun and what happens during the birthing process. This class also includes a tour. Cost: $15. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.) Call 803-774-BABY for dates.


Baby Basics

Learn all the basics of caring for your newborn before you deliver! Cost: $15. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.) Call 803-774-BABY for dates.


Support Groups

Freshstart “Quit Smoking” Program

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Informal class offers instruction and discussion time for breastfeeding or expectant mothers. Babies are welcome. Cost: $15. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.) Call 803-774-BABY for dates.

Freshstart is an American Cancer Society quitsmoking program that is free of charge. It consists of four one-hour sessions and all sessions should be attended. Participants should be ready to set a “quit date” when they arrive for the first session in order for the group to support them during the time of withdrawal. It can be your start to a new life without cigarettes. Call 803-774-8680 to register and learn about upcoming meetings.

Car Seat Installation

Joint Camp

Breastfeeding Class

Learn how to properly install your child’s car seat for maximum safety. Sumter County SAFE KIDS makes car seats available at reduced rates. Call 803-774-BABY for more information and dates. Free, but you must be registered to attend

Infant CPR

American Heart Association Friends and Family course for expectant parents. Does not offer certification. Cost: $15. You must pick up book prior to class. Call 803-774-BABY for dates.

Winter 2010 | Upcoming Events

Tuomey Healthcare System’s camp designed for patients who are scheduled to undergo knee or hip replacement surgery. The camp educates patients on their surgery and lets them know what to expect after surgery. The camp is run by Tuomey Case Management, Rehabilitation and Respiratory Therapy. For more information, call Sherri Falin at 803- 774-8661 or Janelle DeLuco at 803-774-9178.

These educational groups are designed for caregivers and family members of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Both meetings are affiliated with the South Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call Melissa Linville at 803-469-7007.

Breast Cancer Support Group

Women’s Imaging of Tuomey offers this support group. They provide educational and emotional support for women dealing with breast cancer. For more information, call Phyllis Buckner at 803-774-8678 or Susan Parnell at 803-774-9047.

Stroke/Brain Injury Support Group

ARU Therapy Gym, Fifth Floor. Call Angie Jones at 803-774-9454. No registration required.

Touching Hearts Support Group A support group for families who have experienced the loss of an infant, a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth. Call Barbara Kenawy at 803-774-9077.

Hospice Grief Walkers

Exercise is an effective way to deal with grief and loss. Join this walking group for exercise and support. Call Hospice volunteer Judy Tyl at 803-775-0386 if interested in joining.

Grief and Loss Support

Tuomey Hospice offers grief support to persons experiencing the loss of a loved one. For more information, call Linda Windley or BJ Drayton at 803-773-4663.


Medical Office Building One, Suite 410. Tuomey Hospice offers GriefShare, a support group for widows or widowers who have recently lost their spouse. For more information, call BJ Drayton at 803-773-4663

Look Good, Feel Better

This American Cancer Society program teaches cancer patients new techniques to address the cosmetic side of treatment. For more information contact Janie Smith at (877) 227-9398.

In some cases, home care is a viable and beneficial option for a patient. Through Tuomey Home Health, patients can receive care from a registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, home health aide or dietitian, according to their physician-directed plan of care. Tuomey Home Health uses a holistic approach to meet the individual healthcare needs of each patient and their family. Services performed in the home range from wound care and pain management to administering IV antibiotics.

We’re here, right where you need us. For more information, please contact (803) 773-4663.


When you’re not feeling well, sometimes there’s no better comfort than home. That’s where Tuomey’s Press Gainey award-winning Home Health program can help.



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