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Summer 2009

LifeTimes Insights for Healthy Living


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Table of

Letter from The President


xciting things are happening at Tuomey!

program available in Sumter. The Core Institute offers

In our quest to bring Sumter the best

an educational method that combines both athleticism

healthcare, we continue to offer new pro-

and academics, in the hopes of strengthening both bod-

grams, new technologies and new forms

ies and minds. It promises to serve both students who

of outreach for this community. We are

perform well academically but are under-challenged and

proud of the work we do and what we

those who are having difficulties in their studies. The

have to offer to the city of Sumter.

Core Institute offers the children of Sumter a unique and

This issue of LifeTimes highlights

many of those exciting things. It introduces new opportunities like the Tuomey Golf Fitness Institute, which

highly beneficial opportunity to build a strong foundation for success. Finally, this issue of LifeTimes serves as a reminder of

seeks to use physical therapy methods to help correct

some of the things Tuomey continues to do well. This

golfers’ form, protect them from injury and improve

issue profiles Bunny, one of Tuomey’s pet therapy dogs,

their game. It discusses new technology like the Bal-

who recently received top honors for her breed at the

loon Sinuplasty™ technique offered by Sumter ENT

Westminster Kennel Club. Furthermore, this issue high-

and available at Tuomey, which promises to provide a

lights the continued work of The Tuomey Foundation,

minimally invasive option for symptom relief of chronic

Tuomey Healthcare System’s strongest ally and partner.

sinusitis. And it introduces new programs like Tuomey

With the support of our donors and volunteers, we are

Medical Professional’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness

able to continually make Tuomey a better place for

SMARTbeat, which aims to provide lower-cost preventa-

our community.

tive screenings for cardiovascular problems. All of these things are wonderful additions to the high-quality care offered by Tuomey, and we are happy to share them with you here.

Photo: George Fulton, George Fulton Photo Imagery

Exciting opportunities at Tuomey

Cover Story:

Stronger Bodies, Fitter Minds...

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cuses on the efforts of the Core Institute, an exciting new


I hope you enjoy this issue of LifeTimes. As always, I thank you for your support. And I encourage you to explore the many things Tuomey has to offer, right here Sincerely,


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.

Editor in Chief Brenda Peyton Chase

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Editorial Advisory Board Gregg Martin Erik Whaley Brenda Peyton Chase

Art Director / Designers Will Gettys Larry Thacker Contributing Writers Brenda Peyton Chase Kathryn Lentz Traci Quinn

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Tuomey Healthcare System 129 North Washington Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150 Copyright ©2009 Tuomey Healthcare System

Contributing Photographers Tuomey Staff

The Tuomey Foundation: A Message From Erik Whaley

Health and Prevention: Smart Beat

Tuomey Medical Professional’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness program introduces SMARTbeat, a four-part screening mechanism designed to detect cardiovascular problems in an economically accessible way.

President & CEO Tuomey Healthcare System

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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 774-9000

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Success that lasts a lifetime.

Balloon Sinuplasty: New Relief for Sinus Sufferers

A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Tuomey Healthcare System.


Top Dog:

Therapy Dog Wins at Westminster Tuomey’s own pet therapy dog, Bunny, wins top honors at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club.

The first few months of 2009 have seen lots of events for The Tuomey Foundation, including the 12th Annual Sumter Arts Showcase, the Eighth Annual Tuomey Society Gala and the graduation of Class IX of the Tuomey Fellows.

Jay Cox, FACHE



Tuomey’s Golf Fitness Institute teaches golfers how to improve their swing and their game, while simultaneously helping golfers become more fit, have better coordination and a better quality of life.

in Sumter.

Perhaps most significantly, this issue of LifeTimes fo-

Golf Fitness Institute:

Committed to helping students reach their maximum physical and intellectual potential, the Core Institute programs strengthen both academic and athletic foundations. The intended result?


Calendar of Events Upcoming Events at Tuomey

Find out what exciting things are happening at Tuomey in the upcoming months.

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

Golfers will often shell out $300 on a new driver to get an extra 20 yards on their drive, but physical therapists know that the greatest piece of equipment the golfer has is the body.

Course Correction By Traci Quinn

That makes the new Tuomey Golf Fitness

ity, balance and coordination as they relate to

Institute a great investment on several levels.

your golf game. This evaluation was designed

The Institute can teach golfers how to

through the research of the Titleist Perfor-

improve their swing and, ultimately, their game,

mance Institute, the leading researcher in golf

but its primary goal is to help golfers become

fitness. The benefits? Improved core strength

more fit, have better coordination and a better

and stability, increased flexibility, improved

quality of life. “Our goal is to make you feel bet-

balance and coordination, decreased risk of

ter,” says golf fitness instructor Jimmy Sease, a

injury, decreased back and shoulder pain during

physical therapist who’s been golfing since

rounds, and, best of all, better scores.

high school.

“We’ll plan a specific strategy based on what

There are lots of reasons golfers hit poor

your body can do and help you play longer,

shots, Sease notes. Among the most common

better and without pain,” Sease says. “We’re

is poor swing mechanics. But what the instruc-

not necessarily trying to teach you a better golf

tional DVDs don’t tell you is that those poor

swing but to show you how to allow your body

mechanics are often a result of the body’s physi-

its optimal performance.”

cal limitations.

Clients will receive, at minimum, a medical

“Some people have back pain after a round of

evaluation, test and screens related to their

golf. It may be related to poor posture or muscle

individual body and swing. Then Sease can cre-

imbalance,” Sease says. “You may play golf

ate a virtual trainer to set up workout sessions.

because you believe it’s a great way to exercise,

It’s a great program for recreational golfers, the

but if you take bad posture with you, you’re not

retired golfer with the time to invest, and even

helping yourself at all. You’re just creating

high school golfers who want to improve their

more problems.”

game and be able to play longer and stronger.

For more information about the Tuomey Golf Fitness Institute or to set up evaluations, one-on-one sessions, virtual training and even a Fit Foursome group session, contact Jimmy Sease at 803.774.5240.

Sease can perform a medical golf fitness

Photos: George Fulton, George Fulton Photo Imagery

evaluation to assess your flexibility, stabil-


Golf Fitness Institute | Course Correction

Take your 2-iron and call me in the morning. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 103,000 golf-related injuries in 2007 alone. As a result, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises golfers to take special

The most common golf-related injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Hand tenderness or numbness Shoulder pain (including rotator cuff tendonitis) Neck strain

care to avoid bone, muscle or joint injuries resulting

Back pain

from improper golfing technique.

Knee pain

Although all golfers can be assisted by the program, if you experience any of the following common symptoms, please contact Tuomey’s Golf Fitness Institute.

Elbow pain (including golfer’s elbow) Wrist injuries (including tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome)

LifeTimes | Summer 2009


The Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent is a clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation.


inusitis is one of the most

chronic sinus inflammation, Bal-

common chronic health prob-

loon Sinuplasty™ is now available at

lems in the U.S., affecting more

Tuomey Healthcare System and of-

than 37 million Americans each

fered by Sumter ENT.

year. Affected patients suffer from symptoms



flexible balloon catheter is placed

congestion and fatigue. For many,

through a nostril into the blocked si-

this condition significantly impacts

nus passageway. The balloon is then

physical, functional and emotional

inflated to gently restructure and

quality of life.

open the sinus passageway, restor-

Historically, sinusitis patients

ing normal sinus drainage and func-

were limited to two treatment op-

tion. It is a much less invasive meth-

tions: medical therapy such as anti-

od than traditional FESS methods,

biotics and topical nasal steroids, or

and therefore offers a much better

conventional sinus surgery such as

option for patients seeking relief of

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Sur-


gery (FESS). While medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms in as many as 80


Balloon Sinoplasty | New Relief for Sinus Sufferers

Photo: George Fulton, George Fulton Photo Imagery

percent of patients, it is inadequate

By Brenda Peyton Chase

In Balloon Sinuplasty™, a small,

for the rest. For them, sinus surgery is often the best option. FESS is a conventional surgery that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways.

“many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours and have had significant improvement in their symptoms.”

“The Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a true advance in sinus care because, in many cases, it can be done without removing any tissue or bone,” said Dr. David Lovice, a partner with Sumter ENT. “This means faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. In fact, many of my patients have been able to return to

Approximately 900,000 patients each year elect to live with painful

normal activities within 24 hours and have had significant improve-

sinus conditions rather than commit to surgery.

ment in their symptoms.”

Thankfully, there is now an alternative solution to traditional sinus surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent. A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating

Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent by contacting Sumter ENT at (803) 778-5970 or by visiting

LifeTimes | Summer 2009


A Message From Erik Whaley

Tuomey Fellows Graduation

Building relationships while serving our community.

It’s hard to believe that Class IX of the Tuomey Fellows recently completed their requirements and

The first few months of 2009 have been very

course work to become “official.”

The 12th Annual Sumter Arts Showcase

What began with 16 candidates in

exciting in the life of The Tuomey Foundation.

September came to its culmination with our annual graduation

We have been very busy building relationships

ceremony at the home of Sheri and

and raising dollars for the betterment of healthcare



Joe Singleton’s Neverdun Farms. It


was a special day for the graduates as they heard remarks from Tuom-

community. As always, we are

ey Fellows Stephen Dinkins, Me-

blessed and overwhelmed by

lissa White and Dabney Sharp. The

your tremendous support.

three past graduates shared their

The events following are just some of the many Foundation, along with Board of Governors, serves the community.

experiences with the program with a common theme of the importance

ey Fellows program now has 147 graduates who are very much a part of

of supporting their hospital in whatever way possible, whether as an am-

the Tuomey family. Thanks to the experiences they encountered as part

bassador, financially or both. Following their remarks, Dr. Kay Rhoads,

of this intensive educational program, Tuomey Fellows graduates are

Tuomey Fellows Board of Regents Chair, presented the candidates for equipped with more knowledge of their hospital. They serve as ambassadors, share with their peer group the many exciting things that are takconfirmation to the Foundation Board Chair, General Tom Olsen.

ways that The Tuomey guidance from The

Class IX of the Tuomey Fellows graduated in May and enjoyed a celebration luncheon at Neverdun Farms, thanks to the generosity of hosts Joe & Sheri Singleton.

After the ceremony, the graduates and the many others in attendance were treated to hamburgers, brats and homemade desserts. The Tuom-

Once again, our dear friends from Miss Libby’s School of Dance showcased the finest talent in the area to benefit the Bell Women and Infants Pavilion at of spectacular performances from students at Miss Libby’s and members of

It is hard to imagine that it has been nine years since we started our

our community.

annual Tuomey Society Gala. The Tuomey Society, also referred to as

It was a year of transitions for Miss Libby’s. Jennifer and Seth Reimer became

the Caduceus Society for our physicians, recognizes individuals that

owners with Libby Singleton, and a special tribute was given to Debbie Bowen for

contribute $1,000 or greater annually to The Tuomey Foundation.

her incredible support and service to Tuomey through the years.

This year, Dr. and Mrs. David Lovice opened up their home in the

In addition to dance performances, the showcase featured the Sumter Com-

historic downtown area of Sumter to enable us to honor those who give

munity Concert Jazz Band, Sumter High School Show Choir, solo performances,

so generously. We could not have asked for a more beautiful evening to

Double Dutch Jump Mix and a dramatic presentation from the Sumter High

The Sumter Arts Showcase continues to raise the bar year after year and has become one of the most anticipated events for our community. With our friends from the Sumter Junior Welfare League as our presenting sponsors for the third straight year and the many others who sponsor at various levels, we are able to make a difference in the quality of services we deliver to the women and children served by Tuomey. When the curtain fell, well over $13,000 was raised and the Tuomey story had been shared with those in attendance. What a difference Miss Libby’s makes for this foundation, hospital and community.

celebrate the importance of philanthropy in healthcare. Those in atPhoto: George Fulton, George Fulton Photo Imagery

tribute to the servicemen and women of this great community.

Tuomey’s continual improvement.

The Eighth Annual Tuomey Society Gala

Tuomey. Those who attended this annual extravaganza were treated to two days

School Drama Department. The show concluded with an incredible second act

ing place in the healthcare arena and share with administration ideas for

tendance were treated to the very best in food, fellowship and sounds, as a string quartet from Sumter High School provided background music for our guests. The Tuomey/Caduceus Society has seen great growth through the years. We began with 100 members in 2001, and in 2008 we had a record number of 272 members. This is a tribute to the many volunteers who

Welcoming Tuomey Society members to the 2009 Gala are Jay & Susan Cox, Dr. David & Leanne Lovice, Ann & Erik Whaley and Gen. (Ret.) Tom Olsen.

serve on The Tuomey Society Steering Committee and other leadership

Every gift to The Tuomey Foundation, no matter the amount, makes

committees for specific events; it is their efforts that help grow our mem-

a difference for the health of Sumter. An investment, whether financial

bership totals.

in nature or one of advocacy, affects us now and for generations to come.

Thank you again to the Lovices for their effort in creating a very special night, one which allowed us to continue building relationships with our

Please know how grateful we are for your support and what you mean to us. We hope you have a great and safe summer.

ever-extending Tuomey family. 6

The Tuomey Foundation | A Message from Erik Whaley

LifeTimes | Summer 2009


January through April 2009

The Tuomey Foundation Contributors Doctor’s Day Honorary Gifts: Dr. Carol B. Alan Sumter Family Health Center Midwifery Service Dr. Pauline Anderson Angela McKinney-Yates

Dr. Garrett M. Clanton, II Kenya Logan Lettie and Barry Logan Michelle Logan-Owens Dr. Billy W. Clowney Sylvia C. James Michelle Logan-Owens

Charlene H. Smith

Brenda W. Riley

Allison and Craig Stevens

Charlene H. Smith

Dr. Jonathan Ashley Lynn Sherrill Dr. Kimberly Ashley Lynn Sherrill Dr. Ryan T. Bakelaar Sumter Family Health Center Midwifery Service Dr. Jodi Belinski Lynn Sherrill Dr. Mary Elizabeth Blanchard Dr. and Mrs. William A. King Dr. Philip H. Brandt Virginia H. Brogdon Mr. and Mrs. Larry Crolley Nicole Floyd Virginia A. Green Elaine and Robert Hynes

Tuomey Healthcare System Oncology Unit Staff Dr. Samuel J. Corbin, Jr. Loretta H. Williams Dr. Linda S. Crabbe Susan and Jay Cox Dr. Mark M. Crabbe Claire and Powell Black Blondell Cousar Susan and Jay Cox Sheila E. Geddings Annie Laurie and Ricky McLeod Yoshiko U. Mullins Charlene H. Smith Dr. Timothy E. Crouch Don Z. Dixon

Alice H. Kamin

Dr. Frank Cucé Amy Atkinson

Hattie M. Lewis

Paula Bledsoe

Dot and Gene Machen

Susan and Jay Cox

Jeannette and Bill Price

Rachel Caples-Geddings

Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Rivers

Tina and Will Silvester

Dr. Hans A. Brings Peggy and Charles McCreight Leslie Mitchum Dr. Allan P. Bruner, III Maurine C. Ching Temisha Budden Sherri J. Johnson Dr. Teresa D. Buschor Madison and Jones DesChamps Caroline Pruden Dr. Eric R. Byrd Letitia Pringle-Miller Dr. James R. Cain Cynthia McKenzie and Family Dr. J. Dale Cannon, Jr. Susan and Jay Cox Sarah and Don Dixon DeAnna and Jack Galloway Cindy and Bob Laumer


Dr. Gary R. Culbertson Charldeen L. Bozanek Dr. Kent N. Cunningham Charles F. Denny Don Z. Dixon Janet B. Sublette Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. Doug deHoll Amy Atkinson Susan and Jay Cox Pat Langer Peggy and Charles McCreight Jeannette and Bill Price Dr. Gene F. Dickerson Susan and Jay Cox Renae K. Chadwick

Charlene H. Smith

Brenda and Kent Mims

Macaulay and Murrell Smith

Brenda Wisdom Riley

Ann and Erik Whaley Jill C. Williamson Dr. G. Scot Dilts Susan and Jay Cox Michelle Logan-Owens Diane M. Ressler Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. Michael K. Drakeford Amelia D. Simon Charlene H. Smith Dr. E. MacDonald DuBose, Jr. Sheila E. Geddings Candi and Russ McLeod Dr. M. Mayes DuBose Sue and Chuck Fienning Sheila E. Geddings Geraldine F. Ingersoll Hayes and John Jones Dr. Edward W. Duffy, Jr. Michelle Logan-Owens YMCA Thursday Noon Running Club Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. James M. DuRant, Jr. MeMe and Luci Anderson Marijon Ardis Jane and Jim Chandler Susan and Jay Cox Tyler, Dylan and Molly Jones Dr. James W. Ellett Charlene H. Smith Dr. Paul A. Evangelisti Anonymous Charlene H. Smith Dr. Brandon F. Fites Amy Atkinson Susan and Jay Cox Sylvia Miles Dr. Terri Fites Sonja F. McLendon Dr. John R. Fleming, Jr. Kathryn R. Durgin Sheila E. Geddings Dr. Danny H. Ford Amy Atkinson

Janelle DeLuco and Bud Smith

Claire and Powell Black

Michelle Logan-Owens

Susan and Jay Cox

Sonja F. McLendon

Sue and Chuck Fienning

Julia G. Mims

Rachel Caples-Geddings

Debbie Mixon

Sheila E. Geddings

Diane M. Ressler

Dr. Andy McFaddin

The Tuomey Foundation | Contributors List

Dr. Aaron Garrett Vernessa LeSane Dr. Andy McFaddin Dr. James E. Gee Letitia Pringle-Miller Dr. Lea B. Givens Iris H. Edens Kay and Robert Hancock Martha and Boyce Huggins Maj. Gen. (Ret.) and Mrs. Thomas R. Olsen Peggy and Charles McCreight Maizie and Gordon Prestwich Jeannette and Bill Price Charlene H. Smith Dorothy R. Toney Dr. Felicia L. Goins Carolina Children’s Dentistry Staff Dr. M. Francisco Gonzalez Vicky G. Maloney

Dr. David Justice Sylvia C. James Dr. William A. King Sue and Chuck Fienning Dr. Kamran Koranloo Minou Khazan Dr. Helen D. Latham Don Z. Dixon Alice H. Kamin Sonja F. McLendon Dr. Steven C. Lauzon Sheila E. Geddings Dr. Jason Leonard Catie Dargan Dr. Usah Lilavivat Sylvia C. James Alice H. Kamin Charlene H. Smith Dr. David B. Lovice Susan and Jay Cox Ann and Erik Whaley Jill C. Williamson

Tuomey Healthcare System Oncology Dr. Clayton R. Lowder, III Unit Staff Charldeen L. Bozanek Dr. James A. Goodson, III Susan and Jay Cox Susan and Jay Cox Laura Haygood Ann and Erik Whaley Candi and Russ McLeod Dr. Jason Grier Michael C. Watson Lynn Sherrill Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. Mitchell R. Grunsky Susan and Jay Cox Dr. Thomas E. Hawkey Sherri J. Johnson Dr. Thomas W. Hepfer Susan and Jay Cox Kathryn B. Durgin Lethia Graves Sonja F. McLendon Charlene H. Smith Ann and Erik Whaley

Dr. Sharlene Martin Carolina Children’s Dentistry Staff Dr. Wilmot S. McCollough, III Rebecca R. Ekpo Elaine Hinton Cynthia McKenzie and Family Charlene H. Smith Dr. Ansel R. McFaddin, III Renae K. Chadwick Suzanne C. Cordle Susan and Jay Cox

Dr. James R. Ingram Sue and Chuck Fienning

Kathy and Steve Creech

Dr. Mitchell W. Jacocks Kandie and Rick Norred

Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Gaddy

Mary S. Staggs Dr. Jennifer Jones Amy Graves Sonja F. McLendon Dr. H. Alton Jordan, Jr. Kathryn B. Durgin Sarah and Billy Freeman Dr. Andy McFaddin Mary and Tom Saunders

Charles F. Denny Rachel Caples-Geddings Julia G. Mims Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mixon Diane M. Ressler Arthur K. Smith, II and Family Shirley and Sonny Thompson Dr. Michael R. Mease Bruce Andrews

Dr. Mark J. Mitchiner Susan and Jay Cox Jill C. Williamson Dr. Henry P. Moses Cynthia L. Carraway Jane G. Collins and Leslie Mitchum Susan and Jay Cox Yoshiko U. Mullins Mary and Thomas Saunders Charlene H. Smith Joyce Smith Dr. Win Myat Suzanne C. Cordle Sylvia C. James Letitia Pringle-Miller Dr. Janice M. Neuner Lorraine P. Felder Dr. Timothy L. Pannell Bruce Andrews Dr. Gilbert E. Parker, Jr. Bruce Andrews Susan and Jay Cox Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. Richard T. Patrick, Jr. Bruce Andrews Brian Huskey Dr. Charese Pelham Lynn Sherrill Dr. Lisbeth W. Poag Carolina Children’s Dentistry Staff

Julia G. Mims Jeannette and Bill Price Glenna B. Robertson Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. Samuel M. Riddle, III Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. M. Kenneth Rosefield, Jr. Bruce Andrews Dr. G. Murrell Smith, Sr. Susan and Jay Cox Michelle Logan-Owens Charlene H. Smith Ann and Erik Whaley Dr. Jeffrey W. Smith, II Sylvia C. James Dr. Triz Smith Hayes and John Jones Dr. Jon L. Stanford Kathryn B. Durgin Charlene H. Smith Dr. William S. Stavrou Kathryn B. Durgin Michelle Logan-Owens Dr. Hugh T. Stoddard, Jr. Claire and Powell Black

Tuomey Healthcare System Case Management Staff Dr. Cynthia S. Reese Robin Beaufort Renae K. Chadwick Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Glasscock, Jr. Pat Langer

Sylvia C. James Dr. Barney L. Williams, Jr. Carolyn and John McCoy Charlene H. Smith Dr. Brenda C. Williams Winoma and Leroy Dyson Rebecca R. Ekpo Michelle Logan-Owens Charlene H. Smith Dr. Joseph C. Williams Julia A. Ballard Carolyn Commander and Lou Ella Holliday Winoma and Leroy Dyson Rebecca R. Ekpo


Dr. Pusadee Suchinda Sarah and Don Dixon Sylvia C. James Alice H. Kamin Charlene H. Smith Sumter OB/GYN, P.A. Joyce Smith Sumter Orthopaedics Danita M. Goodson Dr. Derek R. Thomas Catie Dargan

Julia G. Mims

Sylvia C. James

Amelia D. Simon

Carolyn B. Levenson

Darlene W. Williams

Michelle Logan-Owens

Cindy and Bob Laumer

Dr. Charles H. White, Jr. Susan and Jay Cox

Letitia Pringle-Miller

Lethia Graves

Alice H. Kamin

Cynthia McKenzie and Family

Michelle Logan-Owens

Amberly Durham

Cynthia McKenzie and Family Dr. Richard Wall Don Z. Dixon Emily Grace Dunlap

Endowment Contributions: Elaine D. Korn Charitable Trust Grants Contributions: The Duke Endowment

Pam and Bill Eaker

Sylvia C. James

Sonja F. McLendon

Dr. Andrew J. Reynolds Renae K. Chadwick

Dr. David G. Whaley, Jr. Geraldine Anderson

Debra G. Mixon

Susan and Jay Cox

Tina and Will Silvester

Webster Jose Sessions

Eleanor M. Gibson

Dr. Charles R. Propst Peggy and Charles McCreight

Sylvia C. James

Jeannette and Bill Price

William P. Harrison

Dr. Kurt T. Stroebel Amy Atkinson

Dr. Catherine E. Rabon Lethia Graves

Carla R. Merolli

DeAnna and Jack Galloway

McKaleigh and Bo Norred

Ann and Erik Whaley

Dr. M. Todd Warrick Angela McKinney-Yates

Brenda Wisdom Riley Charlene H. Smith Dr. Theophilus D. Williams, III Susan and Jay Cox Dr. Emanuel S. Willis Charlene H. Smith Dr. William F. Young Sue and Chuck Fienning Ann and Erik Whaley Memorials: Dr. S. Perry Davis Jane and Jim Chandler Elaine Hinton Dr. James E. Kay Susan and Jay Cox Dr. Rafael W. Luebbert Maurine C. Ching Sonja F. McLendon Linda A. Stuckey Dr. Constantine Y. Stevens Cynthia L. Carraway Robin L. Davis

Hospice Contributions: Concord Presbyterian Church Clara Ellen Fowler Memorials: Charlie R. Boyle, Jr. Deane and Roger Ackerman Mae W. Brown Rose Marie and Rudy Newman Lt. Col. Jack Buchanan Dr. J. Grady Locklear Sophie C. Burke Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cox Betty Jo Davis Cynthia M. Fowler

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

Farmer’s Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Memorials:

Tuomey Healthcare System CRNAs

Ann and Paul Johnson

Dr. Timothy M. Wilson

Honorary Gifts:

Lynam Construction

Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus D. Williams, III Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr.

Cheryl and Gregg Martin


Drs. Mark and Linda Crabbe


Danny’s Trophy Shop, Inc.

Contributions: Anonymous

Jean L. Crabbe Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr. Jewell E. Cubbage Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Durgin Dr. James E. Kay Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr. Rosa W. Schwartz Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr. Nursery Contributions: Carolina Children’s Dentistry Our 365 (3)

Robbie McCombs

Contributions: AMR (6) Market Strategies, Inc.

Emily and Parkin Thomas

Virginia Helms Martha G. Dunson Ira M. Griffith, Jr. Mary L. Griffith Jo Ellen and Lynwood Hodge Walter G. Newman Dr. James E. Kay Deane and Roger Ackerman Lila Mae B. Marsh Louise B. Brock Wilbur McCall James D. Boan and Family Virginia S. Mood Cleo G. Jackson Stacy and Julian Jackson

Safe Kids Contributions: Sumter Chrysler-Dodge Sumter Arts Showcase Platinum Sponsor: Junior Welfare League of Sumter, SC Gold Sponsors: Tuomey Healthcare System Wachovia Silver Sponsors: ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. – Robert E. Wilder Limelite Photography Russell & Jeffcoat – Robert A. Galiano, Jr. Bronze Sponsors: Claire and Powell Black

William G. Peterkin, III

Miller Communications, Inc.

Allison and Lee Reaves

Dr. Luns C. Richardson

Kat Somers

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Carol and Lew Wallace Rosa W. Schwartz Dr. J. Grady Locklear

Mr. and Mrs. D. Gregory Stone

Jane G. Collins


Delores Gardner Melissa and Ronnie Bradley

Troy W. Roberts

Dr. and Mrs. William F. Young Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr.

Linda A. McCombs

Joseph S. Dukes NBSC General Services Department

Donors: Black River Electric Cooperative Inc.

Edward Halsell Roberts Jo Roberts

Contributors: Aberdeen Catery LLC Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cox

Edward Jones Drs. John and Kelly Fleming Forms & Supply, Inc. Dr. Johnny Hilton Mr. and Mrs. George W. Howard Inside Comfort Gray and Keith Maklary Maj. Gen. (Ret.) and Mrs. Thomas R. Olsen Jennifer and Buddy Rogerson Saint Leo University Sifco Mechanical, Inc. Michael Sigworth and Tiffany Fowler Mary and Craig Simmons Sonny Hall Custom Cabinets Leroy Staggers Sumter Packaging Corporation Ann and Erik Whaley Other Contributions: Elizabeth B. Tiller Reception Caterer: Chef Allen and Tuomey Food Services Wine Servers: Janet Beasley Judy Croskey Ticket Booth – Friday: Janis and Don Trawick Ticket Booth – Saturday: Margie Springs Tuomey Pride Contributions: Carolina Children’s Dentistry Mr. and Mrs. Roy N. Flynn, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Lea B. Givens Dr. and Mrs. Clayton R. Lowder, III Midlands Emergency Physicians, PA Dr. and Mrs. J. Mark Mitchiner Janet and Bill Odom

Gold Coast Promotions, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. W. Andrew Dowling Jean and Ruben Gray Mr. and Mrs. Kyle B. Osteen Dr. and Mrs. Richard T. Patrick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. M. Perry Randle Honorary Gifts: Dr. Philip H. Brandt Camille, Doc and Kim Jolly Jeffery H. Faw Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Chapter McCoy Betts Whaley Millie and David Betts

Jewell E. Cubbage Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt William Green DesChamps, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Joseph S. Dukes Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

T. Douglas Tuomey, Sr. Murphy Tuomey Wilson T. Douglas Tuomey, Jr. Murphy Tuomey Wilson Edward L. Warmoth Christine and Pete Flanagan Robert J. Wingate Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Faye A. Fishburne Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Jeanne C. Watson Oncology Endowment

Mary M. Foreman Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt


J. Thomas Glasscock Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Christine and Pete Flanagan Lillian High Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Dr. James E. Kay Dr. and Mrs. Gene F. Dickerson Dr. W. Mitchell Levi, III Dr. and Mrs. Laurie N. Smith Dr. Timothy M. Wilson

Charlie R. Boyle, Jr. Michael C. Watson Jean L. Crabbe Michael C. Watson Gloria W. Douroux Michael C. Watson J. Thomas Glasscock Michael C. Watson Elizabeth T. McElveen Elizabeth D. Brogdon Kathy and Steve Creech

Virginia Grace Whaley Millie and David Betts

Agnes S. Lyles Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

William Emerson Whaley Millie and David Betts

Patricia A. Mitchell Dr. and Mrs. Laurie N. Smith

Charles H. White, Sr. Cardiac Endowment


Virginia S. Mood Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Contributions: Lynn and Wilson MacEwen

Louise Newman Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Honorary Gifts:

Esther M. Ardis Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Violet Barwick Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Theo Tuomey Baxter Murphy Tuomey Wilson Ruby Beard Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Col. (Ret.) Ralph J. Beardsley Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Col. (Ret.) Felix A. Blanchard Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cox Anthony P. Bracalente Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Christine and Pete Flanagan Audrey Brown Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Jean L. Crabbe Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

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

Dr. and Mrs. Gene F. Dickerson

James E. Wilson

Dr. W. Mitchell Levi, III

Dr. and Mrs. William F. Young

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Sublette

Christine and Pete Flanagan

Jonathan Prince Tuomey Healthcare System Administration Harry Pritchard Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt James Reed Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Ernest O. Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Rosa W. Schwartz Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Dr. and Mrs. Eddie C. DuRant Christine and Pete Flanagan Martha, Terry, Elizabeth and Tyler Horne

Margaret L. McElveen

Dr. G. Murrell Smith, Sr. Macaulay and Murrell Smith Dr. Triz V. Smith Macaulay and Murrell Smith Dr. Charles H. White, Jr. Macaulay and Murrell Smith Memorials: Mary G. Dunn Richard M. White Dr. James E. Kay Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. White, Jr. Dr. Charles H. White, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Propst Macaulay and Murrell Smith

Constance M. Spencer Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt George W. Steele, III Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt Ruth A. Stone Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Brandt

Sumter Surgical Associates, P.A.

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At the Core Institute we build stronger bodies, fitter minds and better attitudes. The combination of strengthening academic and athletic foundations creates success that lasts a lifetime.


Cover Story | The Core Institute


Stronger Bodies. Fitter Minds. Better Attitudes. By Cindy Charles

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The brain loves structure and routine, but it flourishes with novelty.

What the Experts Say: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 2.5 million children are currently taking prescription medication to be successful in the education setting. The CDC also reports that mental disorders including depression and anxiety are now consuming more healthcare resources than the next three pediatric health issues combined. In addition, The New York Times reports that more than 32 percent of all American children are overweight or obese. Research has proven that exercise has profound positive effects on the body, including reduced obesity, increased longevity, fewer illnesses, reduced recovery time from injuries and illnesses, decreased blood pressure and increased overall well-being. Lesser-known benefits of exercise include: increased growth of new brain cells, increased connectivity of brain cells, increased release of glucose (the brain’s fuel source) and increased release of important brain chemicals such as dopamine (the “Yahoo”


Cover Story | The Core Institute

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It’s no wonder that Einstein said, “Nothing happens until something moves.” So let’s get moving! happy chemical) and serotonin (the “ahhh” re-

After a year with Core, 21 of those 22 students

laxation chemical). It’s no wonder that Einstein

were medication-free and finding increased

said, “Nothing happens until something moves.”

academic success along with a positive attitude

So let’s get moving!

toward learning. The class went on to win the

Hope and Help The Core Institute began with a passion to find alternatives to prescription medication for children with attention deficits who were struggling in the classroom. Getting kids off the couch, the computer and their favorite video games was the first step. Developing a mindset

Golden Apple award for their school, taking top honors for the most improved students, as well as the Jensen Learning international award for best implementation program for brain-based learning.

The Next Step: The Core Institute’s focus has now expanded

Mix it Up The brain loves structure and routine, but

CORE-tastic! As parents, we are always seeking oppor-

“heart” experts as well. Building a positive rela-

it flourishes with novelty. If your student is

tunities to provide our children with the best

tionship with each student who joins our Core

already athletic and faring well academically,

possible future. It’s never too early or too late to

family is what we do best. Our goal is to create

challenge him or her with something new. The

help our children make the shift from the hyper-

meaning and purpose and to challenge students

addition or change to the current schedule of

focused, multi-layered world of electronics to

of all ages to begin closing the gap between

activities or home school curriculum will actu-

a deeper, more meaningful, healthier, brain-

their current performance and their maximum

ally stimulate new neural growth! At the Core

friendly way of life that will lay a foundation of

potential. Open your mind and “CORE” to the

Institute, you can expect new surprises and

physical health as well as mental wellness.

endless possibilities success has to offer.

challenges. Our Jungle Gym and Vortex Gym

Core is the Latin word for “heart.” When work-

change weekly, as do our academic energizers, to

ing at the “heart” level, a foundational shift

ensure you never hear the dreaded words, “I’m

occurs that changes not only bodies and minds,

bored” or “Do we have to go today?”

but lives. Our staff, teachers, coaches, and trainers are not only brain and body experts but

What do kids do at the Core Institute? Climb to greater heights on our rock walls Spin on our astro boards Dodge flying soccer shoes on the Wii Fit Break the world’s record on the Interactive Metronome

of health and good nutrition, paired with senso-

to include prevention. It’s never too early to be-

Complete the woggler obstacle course

ry-core fitness activities and energized learning

gin building healthy bodies and minds. Our goal

proved to be a winning combination.

is to provide enriching sensory-core classes for

Find out what’s inside “Ned’s Head”

We began with my son, who went from being

toddlers to adults in a fun, energizing environ-

a non-athletic kid with behavior and academic

ment. We offer quarterly academic enrichment

problems to being a medication-free, honor roll,

programs including: gifted and talented classes,

starting lineman who was recently named a S.C.

home school classes for academics and physical

Junior Scholar and continues to win both ath-

education, SAT preparation, writer’s workshops,

letic and academic awards. Next, Core focused

and math, reading and spelling boot camps

on groups of students, including a “response to

to move the already successful student even

intervention” class of struggling third-graders.

further ahead.

Scale the 18-foot rope wall Balance on a Bosu Play Multiplication Boot Camp Baseball Publish a writer’s workshop article Crawl through tunnels Win a glider relay challenge Learn to write without tears on our Promethean boards Learn to love learning and fitness

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Tuomey Healthcare System knows it has some of the best therapy dogs in the business. We just didn’t know quite how great they were until Bunny hit the floor at Madison Square Garden.


arolina’s Wild March Hare, a.k.a. “Bunny,” was ranked first in the

American Water Spaniel breed in the show ring in 2008, acting as the breed’s ambassador by winning Best of Breed at the prestigious Eukanuba Show in Cali-

fornia. This title won her an invitation to the very prestigious Westminster Kennel Club,

where she was chosen as the 2009 Best of Breed winner. “We were so thrilled with her placement,” said owner and handler Lois McCracken, who also works at Tuomey as the manager of regulatory preparedness. “It was such a great experience.” McCracken’s sweet pup is multi-talented. In addition to her show placing, she has earned several hunt test titles, duck hunted in the Wateree Swamp in sub-freezing temperatures and retrieved wounded snow geese in the Arkansas rice fields. Bunny has also won a Rally Novice title in the obedience arena. For the immediate future, Bunny’s focus is on dog agility. On her first time out, she won first place in Novice Agility in her division. And there’s always her role as a pet therapy dog at Tuomey. “She is such a sweet dog,” McCracken added. “She brings such delight to the patients at Tuomey.” Lois McCracken leads Bunny to her Best of Breed Title at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square Garden

Tuomey Pet Therapy Dog wins at Westminster KC By Brenda Peyton Chase


Top Dog | Therapy Dog Wins at Westminster

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It’s All In The Family Bunny is not the first of Lois McCracken’s dogs to be involved with the pet therapy program at Tuomey. Bunny’s mother, Gurley, was one of Tuomey’s first pet therapy dogs. An American Water Spaniel, Gurley was a blue ribbon and field trial award-winning champion at competitions throughout the country. Gurley was incredibly calm, friendly, compassionate and intelligent – qualities that made her a natural at her role in pet therapy. Like the other dogs who work at Tuomey, Gurley was a certified therapy dog, having completed a special testing and certification program that familiarized her with typical hospital and nursing home situations. Sadly, Gurley recently passed away, but her legacy is alive in the continued success of the pet therapy program at Tuomey. She will be missed.

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Smart Beat By Traci Quinn








heart disease in the nation. MOST WILL HAVE Nearly 2 million Americans will have a heart attack or stroke this year.

NO WARNING . A new scanning procedure however, can uncover potential problems

BEFORE they become LIFE

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Health and Prevention | Smart Beat

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Tips for a Healthy Heart

Who doesn’t know that you can live a healthier life by exercising, avoiding tobacco and eating well? HandsOn Health South Carolina offers some specific steps to help you stay healthy and reduce your risk for heart disease. For more information, please visit Hands On Health South Carolina, .

“We have technology that can result in early detection of... the number one killer in America, and it’s painless, non-invasive and cost-effective.” Dr. Dale Cannon | Cardiologist

The Problem With Traditional Screening The problem is multifaceted. Our high-fat, carb-rich Western diet, relatively inactive lifestyles and smoking habits leave South Carolinians at greater risk for these deadly health issues. But just as importantly, our

Why SMARTbeat is Different The program is still in its preliminary stages, but Cannon and Ackerman agree it’s a natural partnership. “If you can take care of an industry, you can take care of a community,”

major surgery or rehabilitation stay. “Preventive medicine is so important,” Cannon continued. “Whatever we

Ackerman said. “It costs a company money when employees are sick, both

can do to enhance prevention, we should. But insurance as a whole is directed

physician isn’t likely to perform intensive cardiovascular screening. And

in rising insurance and loss of productivity.”

to the treatment of disease and rehabilitation.” As a result, he said, “We’re

unless you’ve been diagnosed, your insurance company isn’t likely to Tuomey Medical Professional’s Industrial Medicine and Wellness program, under the medical direction of local cardiologist Dr. Dale

“We have the technology that can result in early detection of cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 killer in America,” Cannon said, “and it’s painless, non-invasive and cost-effective.” Once an industry agrees to participate, Cannon and the Industrial

woefully behind in our early detection of cardiovascular disease.” “These tests are ones that a doctor would not normally do on an a-symptomatic patient,” Cannon said. “Most people won’t have a physical symptom

Medicine team take the screening equipment to the site, and employees

hope is that we’ll be able to find the disease early on and then let the employ-

called SMARTbeat, a four-part screening mechanism designed to detect

are given time to take the tests. For less than $100, employees are given

ee use the results to begin a dialogue with his physician.”

cardiovascular problems in an economically accessible way. And they’re

several sophisticated screenings -- a carotid artery scan, an aortic scan

getting ready to take the program to local industries, to screen employees

and an ankle brachial index -- as well as an electrocardiogram.

“A healthy workforce is a healthy business,” said Curt Ackerman, director of the Tuomey Industrial Medicine & Wellness department. “If we screen 50 people and catch two of them on the red hot edge of heart attack or stroke, we’ve saved that company money for the more major

to a doctor and I get treatment. And that’s where the real cost comes

treatment that would have come down the road. And we’ve raised a red

in: Healthcare gets expensive when active care or treatment for a heart

flag for someone on something that could have been a ticking time bomb.”

attack or stroke begins.”


Health and Prevention | Smart Beat

four tons of cure.”

detecting problems early on and eliminating the need for huge treatment “Medicine is traditionally reactive,” Ackerman said. “I’m sick, so I go

Eat a balanced diet, including a wide variety of foods. You know the drill: Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day and six servings of whole grains -- bread, pasta, cereal and brown rice.


Increase fiber to 25-35 grams each day. Fiber-rich foods (whole grain cereals, veggies, oats, beans and peas, apples and citrus fruits) slow the rate of sugar being absorbed into your bloodstream. They can also help you lose weight and prevent constipation.


Limit protein. Most people need only about 50 grams of protein a day. This comes from meat, poultry, fish, milk, dairy products, eggs, beans, seeds, nuts, grains and soy products. (Four ounces of meat can supply 25-35 grams.)


Reduce fat intake. Read the label: How many of the calories in the food you eat come from fat? Reducing fat helps with weight and cholesterol.


Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. Dehydration affects brain function, digestion and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.

As Ackerman said, “A penny’s worth of prevention is, in this case, worth

The screening program could ultimately save businesses money by and rehabilitation costs down the road.


great enough to warrant a carotid artery test in a doctor’s office. What we

Cannon, is hoping to change that. They’ve implemented a new project

for a fraction of what it might cost them otherwise.

Exercise. Even just a little bit. Walk 30 minutes a day. Swim, ride a bike, lift some weights, work out in front of the TV. This will help you bring down high blood fat levels and raise your “good” cholesterol levels.

The company also loses when an employee has to be out for weeks after a

standard screening processes are poor. Unless you’re symptomatic, a

cover it.


FOR MORE INFORMATION on Tuomey Industrial Medicine and Wellness or the SMARTbeat screening program, contact Curt Ackerman at (803) 774-5293. Or ask your employer to contact Tuomey.

7. 8. 9.

Quit smoking. Quit smoking! Get your vitamin D levels checked. There’s a connection between low vitamin D levels and diabetes, a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.

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Upcoming Events Prepared Childbirth Class

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. Check tuomey. com for dates. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.)

Childbirth Retreat (Saturday Class)

Saturday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Condensed version of our Prepared Childbirth Class offered in a one-day session. Cost: $50 for full-day session. Check for additional dates. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.)

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. Check tuomey. com for dates. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.)

Baby Basics

Thursday, July 16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Learn all the basics of caring for your newborn before you deliver! Cost: $15. Check for additional dates. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.)

Breastfeeding Class

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.) Check for dates.

Car Seat Installation

Monday, July 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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 774-BABY for more information and additional dates. Free, but you must be registered to attend.

Families Fighting Prostate Cancer

Next meeting: July 23, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Private Dining Room at Tuomey. All men 40 years and older are invited to attend.


Infant CPR

Monday, July 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 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 774-BABY for more information. (The women and children’s classes are held in the Bell Women and Infants Pavilion in the Williams-Brice-Edwards Conference Room on the first floor.)

T.E.A.M. Class (Teen Education About Motherhood) Class meets monthly for a full-day retreat. Call for dates, or check Teens and their support members get the entire birth experience from pregnancy through childcare in a one-time Saturday class. A real-world look at how teen moms and dads can successfully meet the challenges of being young parents. This could be the first step to creating a bright future for a child. No charge. Call Kim Gardner 774-8828 to preregister.

Joint Camp

Every Wednesday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 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 operated by the Tuomey Case Management, Rehabilitation and Respiratory Therapy departments. For more information, call Sherri Falin at 7748661 or Janelle DeLuco at 774-9178.

Hospice Volunteer Training

Tuomey Hospice is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with end of life care in the community. Orientation and training can be provided to a group of five or more people at your church, organization or agency. We need Patient Visitation Volunteers, Bereavement Volunteers, Administrative Volunteers, Family Support Volunteers, Homemaking Volunteers, Transportation Volunteers and Hobbies/ Activities Volunteers. Call B.J. Drayton at 773-4663 for specific dates and more information on training.

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 775-0386 if interested in joining.

Summer 2009 | Upcoming Events

Alzheimer’s Support Group (Two Meetings) Covenant Place (2825 Carter Road) and McElveen Manor (McCray’s Mill Road). These classes are designed for the caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients to share experiences, help each other and get information for the family. Both meetings are affiliated with the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association. Call Judy Jernigan at 773-5293 or Tom Cope at 499-9063 for specific dates and times.

Breast Cancer Support Group

July 20, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Conference Room 1, Tuomey. Women’s Imaging of Tuomey offers this support group. They provide educational and emotional support for women dealing with breast cancer. For more information and additional dates, call Phyllis Buckner at 774-8678 or Susan Parnell at 774-9047.

Stroke/Brain Injury Support Group

July 21, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ARU Therapy Gym, Fifth Floor, Tuomey. Call Angie Jones at 774-9454 for more information and additional dates. No registration required.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

July 25, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Conference Room 1, Tuomey. A self-help support group for patients, family members and care partners. Call Ranva Wilson at 494-8120 or Kristen Blanchard at (803) 840-9362 for more information and additional dates.

Touching Hearts Support Group

The Core Institute is now open at our new location! 1224 Alice Drive, Suite B, Sumter (In the old Winn Dixie Shopping Village.) We are offering a variety of fun weekly classes for your children. Come let your children “hang out” with us in our Jungle Gym! We have a rock climbing wall, Wii Fit, swings, ropes, balance beams, trampolines and lots of brain “aerobic” challenges! Each class costs only $15!

Business Hours:

8:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday-Thursday and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Fridays

AGE RANGES FOR CLASSES: TODDLERS TO ADULTS. There is something for everyone. Just call ahead and let us know what class you’ll be attending. It’s that easy! Call us at 469-2673.

Coalition for Health & Wellness

July 28, 6:00 p.m., Private Dining Room at Tuomey. A network of healthcare ministries, organizations, groups, resources and information within the community who work to serve others in faith, hope and love. The focus is on “Health and Wellness within the community of faith.” Speaker: Brett D. Lynam, RN, BSN Tuomey Health Guides Care Manager. Representatives from local congregations, lay ministers, parish nurses, health ministers, are encouraged to attend. Call BJ Drayton at 773-4663 for more information and additional dates.

Getting Ready to be a Big Brother or Big Sister

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

Adding a new member to the family means big changes for everyone. But with a little planning, you can help ease this transition. Tuomey’s Sibling Class is designed for children, ages 4 to 11. Topics covered include newborn appearance, what to expect on the child’s level and how to adjust to this new family member. Cost: $15. (Fee is waived for moms who deliver at Tuomey.) If interested, please call Kim Gardner at 774-8828 for more details and a schedule of dates.


Look Good, Feel Better

July 13, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. A support group for families who have experienced the loss of an infant, a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth. Call Barbara Kenawy at 774-9077 for more information and additional dates.

Grief and Loss Support

Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon, 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 773-4663.

I am a student. I am an athlete. I am a success story.

July 20, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Private Dining Room at Tuomey. This American Cancer Society program teaches cancer patients new techniques to address the cosmetic side of treatment. For more information and additional dates, contact Janie Smith at (877) 227-9398.


CPR Classes

The American Heart Association CPR Classes are now available. Call 774-5241 for more information.

Personal Wellness Profile

Assessment of current health status. Identifies health risks and makes recommendations. Includes health history, body fat, cholesterol, glucose, cardiovascular, flexibility and strength testing. Cost: $50. Call 774-5289 for an appointment.

Complete Lipid Profile

Report of cholesterol levels: Triglyceride, HDL, LDL and risk ratio levels.

Cost: $30 Call 774-9040 for appointment.

Prepare for Birth with Gentle Prenatal Yoga

Yoga builds strength and confidence in the body and stimulates the relaxation response, releasing fear, tension, and stress that can be a barrier in childbirth. You will learn skills that will help you most as you move through your labor. If you are interested in Prenatal Yoga, call Kim Gardner at 774-8828.

Success begins at the core. At the CORE Institute, we help children realize their full potential by improving their motivation, confidence and attitudes toward learning. By building on your child’s core strengths, we’re preparing students for life— both inside and out of the classroom. Call the Core Institute today, and help your child start reaching his or her full potential.

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