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Dr. Patrick Kelly won the RSFH St Luke’s Lifetime Physician Award!

Congratulations Dr. Kelly on winning the RSFH St Luke’s Lifetime Physician Award!  CCMS is proud to have you as one of our dedicated members!

April 18, 2023|Categories: 2023, Member Highlights|Tags: |

President’s Corner – Happy Physician Week

Happy Physician week. Thanks for all you do. Also thanks for all your work. Happy Doctors day March 30th. Did you know that the first Doctors’ Day observance was on March 28, 1933, in Winder, Georgia? It was started by a group of the Medical Alliance. The law was passed on October 30, 1990, designating Doctors' Day as a national holiday on March 30th. Physician week was started in 2017. March 25-31. So thanks for all your hard work and go celebrate you and wish your colleagues Happy Doctors’ Day.    Kay Kay Durst, MD, FAAFP [...]

March 28, 2023|Categories: 2022, General, Newsletter, President|

Prioritizing Your Financial Future with 6 Easy Steps – Steven Huskey of Huskey Financial

Happy National Physicians Week to all the members of Charleston County Medical Society! We celebrate you every week, yet during the week of March 25-31, we really want to thank you for all you do! As a physician, it’s important to prioritize your time wisely. You are extremely busy with the ever-present demand for your attention: spending time with family, to-do lists, patient care, research, and staying current in your field. When does one have the time to prioritize their future and investing in a portfolio? Since the folks at Huskey Financial are driven to provide education to [...]

March 22, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

‘MUSC’s Match Day’: Over 100 students find out their residency placement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Med school graduate students across the nation, including in the Lowcountry, are spending the day celebrating. Over 100 students at MUSC found out where they will be spending their residency program on Friday morning at Charleston Music Hall. Exactly 159 students got their match, with 44 staying at MUSC. A total of 36% are staying in the state of South Carolina (Click Here to Read the Entire Article) Watch The Video

March 20, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Young Physicians|Tags: |

Lowcountry’s Remarkable Women: Dr. Kay Durst

Watch The Interview CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – For many, Dr. Kay Durst embodies the best in service, compassion, and achievement. She has her hands in many endeavors to help heal, uplift, and improve our communities all while continuing a family tradition of improving lives for generations of families throughout the Lowcountry.Coming from a family of doctors, Dr. Durst is a third-generational family medicine physician who has worked in a doctor’s office since her childhood — even now, she shares a practice with her father, Dr. George Durst, on Sullivan’s Island.“I just love helping people and healing, and I love [...]

March 16, 2023|Categories: 2023, Member Highlights, President, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

Wellness Program – Dr. Kay Durst

March Topic: Optimizing Blood Sugar for Mental and Physical Health and Performance Did you know blood sugar can vary widely throughout the day, impacting your mood, feelings of anxiety, and energy levels? Fortunately, you can adapt behaviors that help stabilize these effects and increase your energy and vitality. If you want to learn more about blood sugar, discover how certain behaviors influence it and understand how it impacts your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, please join Dr. Kay Durst and registered dietitian Lauren Zimmerman for an educational and insightful discussion on this topic on March 18 at 9 a.m. [...]

March 14, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Meeting|Tags: , |

40 Days Across the Atlantic with the Dreamboats

  Join Synchronicity for an intimate fireside chat with the Dreamboats, Ben Towill, and Charlie Layton, as they share the details of their incredible 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. They’ll describe what they learned about themselves along the way and show us how their journey is making a real difference in their lives and in our community. *This event is family-friendly and free to attend but is limited to the first 60 sign-ups. Register Here March 13, 2023 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

March 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|

Healthlinks March/April 2023

Check us out in the March/April 2023 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General|Tags: , |

President’s Corner March 2023

What a great month! We had so much to be thankful for as we celebrated Black History Month, Women’s Physician Day, and Red Heart Healthy Month. We had some great collaboration among our Board of Directors and members. We were able to honor some of the first African Americans that graduated from MUSC medical school. We were also able to collaborate more with Dr. Thaddeus Bell and his Lowcountry Jazz Festival, and Closing the Gap in Health Care which will be a continuing project and we will highlight the jazz festival which is held in September. The money raised [...]

March 1, 2023|Categories: 2022, General, Newsletter, President|

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell

Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, College of Medicine, Class of 1976 We are extremely proud to be able to feature our own CCMS member and chair of the Health Disparities Committee ~ Dr. Thaddeus Bell! We are also committed to be part of Closing The Gap In Healthcare's mission and vision. Below are just a few of the latest awards and accolades. Former MUSC diversity director honored Health center in Summerville named for Dr. Thaddeus Bell. Photo provided Thaddeus Bell was working at the VA hospital in 1980 when family grocery store owner Elijah Wright came to him and [...]

Good Quality Advisors Play Well With Others, With A Vision For The Future

Over the next several months I will be sharing insights from conversations I’ve had with many clients in the medical space (if there are things you’d like me to address, specifically, please leave them as comments below). In reflection, though, it strikes me that the place to start is perhaps not the most obvious—where many medical professionals fail in their financial goals is caught, in my experience, in the nuances of understanding of their own advisors—the advisors get in the way of strong retirements and strong businesses with cliché information—often from people who do not fully understand the [...]

February 15, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

Dr. Deborah Deas

Feature Photograph courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, MUSC College of Medicine Class of 1989 Deborah Deas, MD, MPH is the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Under her leadership, the UC Riverside School of Medicine has seen tremendous growth in its medical education, biomedical sciences, and clinical enterprise programs.  Dr. Deas would be the first to tell you that these achievements, and more, are a result of a [...]

Dr. Bernard Deas Jr.

Feature Photograph circa 1967-1971 courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SCObituary photographs were provided by Dr. Deas' family courtesy of Dignity Memorial First African American man graduate, College of Medicine 1971.Bernard Winford Deas, Jr., M.D., fondly known as Bernie, was born July 12, 1944, to the late Bernard Winford Deas, Sr., and Ethel Fludd Deas. He departed this life on June 29, 2012. He was educated in the public schools of Charleston, SC where he graduated valedictorian of the Burke High School Class of 1961. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he was named [...]

National Women Physicians Day – February 3, 2023

Every year, National Women Physicians Day is celebrated to honor the achievements of women in the medical profession. This day is an opportunity to recognize and thank all the female doctors who have dedicated their lives to providing care and support for patients. This year, we take special notice of African-American women physicians who have broken barriers in medicine and made a difference in countless lives. We celebrate their courage, tenacity, and commitment to excellence that has made them role models for many generations of aspiring physicians. At CCMS, we are deeply grateful for all the women physicians who [...]

Medical Mingle ~ Synchronicity

Our next Medical Mingle! ALL Charleston area physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Synchronicity in Mt. Pleasant. Light Appetizers, brief overview of services, complimentary tour, cryotherapy demonstration And, you don't want to miss this: a cold plunge demo by our President, Dr. Kay Durst! Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Masks are optional. Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Medical Mingle – Cooking Class – Space Limited

Medical Mingle! Learn how to cook nutritional meals together. CCMS invites ALL Charleston area physicians to attend a cooking class with 11 other friends/colleagues in the Synronicity Kitchen. Thursday, February 23, 2023, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm at Synchronicity in Mt. Pleasant. Space is limited to only 12 participants Register for only $30 at Heart Healthy Cooking Class PRIVATE Registration Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Masks are optional. Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Make sure you contact Heart Healthy Cooking to reserve your spot! [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Medical Mingle ~ Top Golf!

Upcoming Mingle in March! ALL Charleston area physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering in March at Top Golf. We plan to provide two hours of gameplay and appetizers. Let us know if you are interested in this event so we can book a date in March! Yes! I want to play at Top Golf! Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Masks are optional. Location: 5000 Topgolf WayNorth Charleston, SC RSVP Here [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Dr. Rose Delores Gibbs

The photographs from 1971 and circa 2010-2015 are courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC First African American woman graduate, College of Medicine 1973 Dr. Delores Gibbs was born in Moncks Corner, SC in 1946. After graduating in 1969 from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibbs applied and was accepted into the College of Medicine. She was among the first African American women accepted into the College of Medicine and was the first to obtain a degree in 1973. From 1972 to 1977, Gibbs served a residency in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital and went on [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities|

CSU PA Program Seeking to Partner with Select Local Physicians

Dear Colleagues – I write to offer a unique opportunity to help train the next generation of affiliated providers. The PA Program at Charleston Southern University is seeking to partner with select local Physicians to continue in our ongoing efforts to integrate faith into active medical practice, focused on a Christian worldview. Our mission statement says it all: The mission of the Charleston Southern Physician Assistant Program is to educate compassionate and highly motivated individuals in a Christian environment – who excel in providing patient-centered care, practicing as an inter-professional team, serving as leaders in their communities, and advancing the [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General|Tags: |

Dr. Stephen Schabel receives the Order of the Palmetto

Doctor Stephen Irwin Schabel received the Order of the Palmetto for his service to the citizens of South Carolina in addition to his capable teaching and service to the Medical University.  He has also volunteered for many years on the Board of Medical Examiners.

January 24, 2023|Categories: 2023, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Revisiting Harriet Tubman as Both a Healer & Intellectual

Join the Waring Historical Library for the 2023 Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s presentation on the Harriet Tubman community work through entrepreneurship, abolitionism, herbalism, and institution building. As a historian of medicine, Cooper Owens has documented the importance of Black women's healing practices to the development of American medicine. Herbalism is one of the foundations of their healing arts (and Harriet Tubman was skilled in this artform). In her presentation, Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to reveal Tubman as more than a courageous freedom fighter; but also, as a fierce intellectual figure. Join us to gain a new [...]

January 10, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks January/February 2023

Check us out in the January/February 2023 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

January 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

President’s Message November 2022

Dear members, Let me start by giving gratitude for all your accomplishments and dedication to serving others. Thank you for your membership and service to our organization, our community, and the health of individuals. We are so excited of our new version of the Charleston Medical Society. We are excited for all our new ideas and support. We had a wonderful annual meeting. We were able to hear from leaders in their fields and leaders in our organization. Dr. Janice Key ,one of our past presidents, and school leader of our Docs Adopt program and wellness in schools [...]

December 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Newsletter, President|

Docs Adopt

WHAT IS DOCS ADOPT? Docs Adopt partners physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with local schools to serve on the school wellness committee. This offers physicians a structured opportunity to provide support, knowledge, and motivation to schools as they implement evidence-based strategies and promote a culture of wellness. There are no clinical responsibilities or services rendered as part of this volunteer role.  Click Here to learn more.

Healthlinks November/December 2022

Check us out in the November/December 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

November 1, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

King Street Grille – Medical Mingle

Student, Elizabeth Hogue, won the raffle.  CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Dede Waring and Dr. Marcelo Hochman Drs. Richard Pierce, Susan Jones, Cleave Ham, Andrew Pappa We had a great time hanging out at the Medical Mingle on Tuesday, September 20th, at King Street Grille in Mt. Pleasant. Thanks to all who came out! Thank you to Steven Huskey Huskey Financial for sponsoring the raffle! Thank you to Scott Kier, Owner of King Street Grille, and Andrew Foster, General Manager for the location and appetizers! [...]

September 21, 2022|Categories: 2022, Event|Tags: |

SC mobile optometry bill signed into law

Congratulations to Mr. Henry Blackford, III and all the CCMS School Health Committee Members for being the driving force that enabled House Bill 4837 to be signed into SC law. Last December, the Charleston County Medical Society members of the School Health Committee, wrote a letter in support of the Vision To Learn program in Charleston County School District schools by bringing a mobile van with a South Carolina licensed optometrist to perform modified screening and full refraction on students from kindergarten through high school. [Read The Letter of Support] The letter was signed by the following: Janice [...]

September 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, School Health|Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell Receives The Order of the Palmetto Award

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the Charleston Gaillard Center on Wednesday announced that festival founder Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell will receive The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina. “Dr. Bell’s lifetime of service to his neighbors and fellow South Carolinians is something we can all celebrate, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to recognize him with the state’s highest civilian honor,” said Governor Henry McMaster. The Order of the Palmetto recognizes lifetime achievement and service by South Carolina residents and those born in the state. A prominent physician [...]

Healthlinks September/October 2022

Check us out in the September/October 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

September 1, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Medical Mingle #2 ~ Let’s Get Together!

Our 2nd Medical Mingle! Enjoy some time hanging out together with fellow physicians in a low-key environment. Drop by for free appetizers. Please share and pass this on to your physician colleagues. Thank you to our generous hosts at King Street Grille: Scott Kier, Owner and Andrew Foster, General Manager Masks are optional Masks will be available Location: King Street Grille, 1136 Hungry Neck Blvd, Mt.Pleasant. Let Dana know if you are planning to stop by so we have enough appetizers! RSVP Here

August 10, 2022|Categories: 2022, Event, General|Tags: |

2022 Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Click Here for Tickets September 2 - 4, 2022 The Lowcountry Jazz Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy, especially for African Americans and the underserved in our community, South Carolina, and the nation. The organization airs radio and television health tips, publishes a weekly e-newsletter, and provides information on social media to improve health literacy. Lectures, seminars, and youth and community activities are also provided by Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. Proceeds [...]

July 27, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: , |

SC Academy of Family Physicians – Dr. Kay Durst

Dr. Kay Durst was recognized for her years of service with the SC Academy of Family Physicians. She was honored for serving over eight years on the board and as the Vice President for two years.   The Academy serves over 2900 physicians, residents, and medical students in SC. Congratulations, Dr. Durst!

July 11, 2022|Categories: 2022, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

Healthlinks July/August 2022

Check us out in the July/August 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

July 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Telehealth Helped During Covid – Are Politicians Going to Let Us Keep The Freedom?

Read the Article Telehealth Helped During Covid – Are Politicians Going to Let Us Keep The Freedom? Marcelo Hochman MD As the world returns to pre-pandemic status, the innovations we’ve gained in the past two years shouldn’t go with it. During the COVID-19 crisis, increased access to previously restricted telehealth was one silver lining. Medicare patients were able to receive care safely in the comfort of their homes once the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services lifted long-standing bureaucratic obstacles. Patients made good use of their new health freedom. An [...]

June 28, 2022|Categories: 2022, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

CCSD Wellness Award presentation to Montessori Elementary

Pictured from left to right: Angela Wicke, Program Coordinator, MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness Dr. Cleave Ham, President, CCMS Dr. Katharyn Ouzts, Co-Director CCMS, School Health Committee Dr. Jan Key, Co-Director, CCMS School Health Committee Ruth Sword, Montessori Elementary Wellness Leader

June 6, 2022|Categories: 2022, School Health|Tags: , |

South Carolina puts hospitals ahead of patients, again

Read the Article Hospitals promise affordable, accessible care, but patients often experience something different. When they need treatment, they find themselves herded into fewer, bigger and more costly medical systems. South Carolina had a chance to change the landscape this year by passing Senate Bill 290. The measure would have ended a government regulatory regime that limits the availability of medical facilities and services by requiring a certificate of need. Essentially, a certificate of need works like a . . . (read the entire article)

May 25, 2022|Categories: 2022, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

Hospitals Shouldn’t Get to Choose Their Competition

Read the Article Somebody call an eye doctor. Two of South Carolina’s largest hospital systems have gone to war over allegations of unfair trade practices, and neither side can see the hypocrisy. A lawsuit brought by the Medical University of South Carolina accuses Trident Medical Center and its affiliate company, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare, of “wholesale poaching” and “conspiracy.” Specifically, MUSC says Trident raided its head-and-neck cancer treatment unit in 2021 and lured away several top doctors. Trident issued a statement in response, saying it merely wants to provide “exceptional care” for patients. A $1.7 million settlement with MUSC... [read the [...]

Letter to SC House of Representatives – CON Repeal

May 2, 2022 To the Members of the House of Representatives, As you consider S290, the bill that addresses the Certificate of Need (CON) regulations we ask that you keep in mind those to whom this matters most:  the people of South Carolina – your constituents, our patients. By voting to repeal CON you would be on the side of patients who for 40 years have suffered the consequences of CON.  Remember, of the five things CON was to do NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS COME TO FRUITION.  Our State has consistently made the bottom of lists with regard [...]

May 4, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

SCMA Annual Meeting Report 2022

Hot Topic presentation by Dr. Annie Andrews, “Children, Guns, and Safety” with 260 gun locks distributed to attendees (with contact information gathered for follow up) The resolution authored by Dr. Lara Wine Lee was approved with revisions. RESOLUTION NUMBER: C- 9 REDUCING UV EXPOSURE IN CHILDREN Authors: Charleston County Medical Society School Health Committee “RESOLVED; that the South Carolina Medical Association strongly encourages reducing barriers to adequate sun protection; RESOLVED; that the South Carolina Medical Association encourages schools and support legislation to allow students to access sunscreen at school without restriction and without requiring physician authorization; RESOLVED; that the [...]

Eczema sufferers in SC gear up for peak flare season as temperatures rise

For millions of people in the United States with eczema, the beginning of springtime can bring welcomed relief, especially if your skin flares in drier seasons. But some with the condition may find the warmer season is when the condition can be the most unbearable. Eczema, a chronic skin condition that causes itching and redness, affects over 10 percent of the U.S. population and usually occurs on the hands, inner elbows, knees and around the eyes. Dr. Lara Wine-Lee, an eczema expert and dermatologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, said a lot of people with the condition [...]

May 3, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: , |

Healthlinks May/June 2022

Check us out in the May/June 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

May 1, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Let’s Get Together!

Let’s Get Together! Enjoy some time hanging out together with fellow physicians in a low-key environment. Drop by for free appetizers. Please share and pass this on to your physician colleagues. Free parking is located behind Toast, the restaurant. Let Dana know if you are planning to stop by so we have enough appetizers! RSVP Here

April 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, Event, General|Tags: |

Dr. Annie Andrews to Speak at College’s Bully Pulpit Series

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host a town meeting with South Carolina 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Dr. Annie Andrews on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. in room 101 of the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center located at 58 Coming Street. Doors open for this event at 4:30 p.m. Please note that CofC has a clear bag policy for this event and only clear bags will be allowed in the building. Dr. Annie Andrews is an associate professor of pediatrics [...]

March Parent Workshop – Tough Conversations, March 17, 2022

The CCMS School Health Committee and the Charleston County School District are excited to announce the March Parent Workshop 5:.30-6:30 PM - Vaping Marijuana: What Every Parent Needs to Know Renee Richardson, BS, CPSPSarah Halse, CSPSThe Charleston Center 6.30-7:30 PM - Myth Busting Cannabidiol (CBD) Health Claims Dr. Anna Kirkland, Medical University of SC, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesSponsored By:The Charleston County School District ADAPT programThe Charleston CenterMUSC Youth CollaborativeMUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences For More Information contact Linda Ballinger at linda_ballinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

Voted Best Primary Care Doctor 2022

Please congratulate our colleague and fellow Board member Dr. Kay Durst who has been voted the “ The Best Primary Care Doctor” for 2022, presented by Healthlinks. A well-deserved award! -- Cleave Ham, MD

March 9, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: , |

Healthlinks March/April 2022

Check us out in the March/April 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 3, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

February Parent Workshop – Tough Conversations, February 17, 2022

The CCMS School Health Committee and the Charleston County School District are excited to announce the February Parent Workshop 5:.30-6:30 PM - Talking About Mental Health: Anxiety and ADHD Samantha McKenzie, LMSW and Taylor Phills, MA EdS Illumil 6.30-7:30 PM - Teen Substance Use What You Want to Know Renee Richardson, BS, CPSP Sarah Halse, CSPS The Charleston Center Sponsored By: The Charleston County School District ADAPT program Illumii The Charleston Center For More Information contact Linda Ballinger at linda_ballinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

February 15, 2022|Categories: 2022, School Health|Tags: , , |

SCMA Member Financial Benefit

The SCMA has partnered with a great Sustaining Benefactor, Resource Financial Services. Resource Financial Services is a local independently owned mortgage banker. Resource Financial has given our members VIP treatment on specialized services, reduced closing costs, and more.  They are interested in connecting with physicians and their wives as they move into the area, refinance, or move to a new home.  They have great information and would like to create sponsorships with our county chapters. I am sure all of you look for partners to donate and assist with projects, and we have found them to have great ideas [...]

February 15, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Aging for Amateurs: A little about mental health in the time of COVID

A little about mental health in the time of COVID   By Bill Simpson, MD We are entering the third year of dealing with the COVID pandemic, and I say “we” because it really is you and me. We are all living with at least some level of chronic stress due just to our being alive at this time. Questions swirl through our minds — what will come after the omicron variant? Did I just get exposed at the grocery store? Should I get the next booster? Is this just the start of a whole host of new diseases? [...]

February 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, Covid-19, General, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

Hospitals Shouldn’t Get to Choose Their Competition

Read the Article Somebody call an eye doctor. Two of South Carolina’s largest hospital systems have gone to war over allegations of unfair trade practices, and neither side can see the hypocrisy.A lawsuit brought by the Medical University of South Carolina accuses Trident Medical Center and its affiliate company, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare, of “wholesale poaching” and “conspiracy.” Specifically, MUSC says Trident raided its head-and-neck cancer treatment unit in 2021 and lured away several top doctors.Trident issued a statement in response, saying it merely wants to provide “exceptional care” for patients. A $1.7 million settlement with MUSC... [read the whole article] [...]

January 24, 2022|Categories: 2022, Medico-Legal, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

Dr. Thaddeus Bell-Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Vision Award

Read the Article Founder of Closing the Gap in Healthcare, fellow physician, CCMS Board member, and CCMS Healthcare Disparities Committee Chair, received the Joseph P. Riley Vision Award at the YWCA Greater Charleston’s 50th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Recognizing model corporate citizenship, the annual award is named for Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who served as mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016. It recognizes an individual, corporation, or institution who achieves outstanding and favorable recognition in their field or industry; promotes diversity and equal opportunity through [...]

SC senators seek to end Certificate of Need regulation for hospitals, medical facilities

CHECK OUT THE LATEST NEWS FROM COLUMBIA:  REPEALING THE CON ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE SC CERTIFICATE OF NEED BEING REPEALED

January 13, 2022|Categories: 2022, Medico-Legal|Tags: , , , |

January Parent Workshop – Tough Conversations, January 20, 2022

The CCMS School Health Committee and the Charleston County School District are excited to announce the January Parent Workshop Topics to be Discussed: 6.00 PM - Vape Talk for Parents Presented by: Megan Austin: - Smokefree SC. Communicattons Coordinator MPH candidate and Dr. Lochrane Grant, Retired Pediatrician For More Information contact Linda Ballinger at linda_ballinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

January 10, 2022|Categories: 2022, School Health|

Healthlinks January/February 2022

Check us out in the January/February 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

College of Medicine Resident Diversity – Featuring Dr. James H. Tolley

 Dr. James H. Tolley speaks in support of MUSC Diversity training. Watch Dr. Tolley Here. Watch the Entire Video Here

December 13, 2021|Categories: 2021, Member Highlights|Tags: , |

Signature Sponsor – Speciality Blood Center

An extra special thanks to Tony Bas, our generous Signature Sponsor. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Specialty Blood Center. Without your referrals, we would not be able to provide the important biological material that is needed by the in vitro diagnostic market to develop new, more accurate, faster, and cheaper diagnostic tests.

December 2, 2021|Categories: 2021, Meeting|

Annual Meeting 2021

Thank you, Dr. Marcelo Hochman, for your three years of dedicated leadership.  Welcome to our new President, Dr. Cleave Ham, and welcome, Dr. Kay Durst as President-Elect.  Thank you Rabbi Yossi Refson for the inspiring invocation.  Thank you, Mr. Michael F. Cannon, Cato Institute's Director of Health Policy Studies, for your engaging presentation.  And, as always, thank you, Dr. Biemann Othersen for your CCMS service.  Lastly, a big THANK YOU to our CCMS Members for attending the 2021 Annual Meeting. Rabbi Yossi Refson giving the CCMS Invocation Dr. Biemann Othersen [...]

December 2, 2021|Categories: 2021, Meeting|

Healthlinks November/December 2021

Check us out in the November/December 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

November 3, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

Mental Health Initiative announcement for MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness

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Healthlinks September/October 2021

Check us out in the September/October 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

September 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: , |

Janice D. Key School Health Visionary Award

Ellen Nitz, CCSD Director of Nursing, won the 2021 Janice D. Key School Health Visionary from the SC School-Based Health Center Collaborative CONGRATULATIONS!

Healthlinks July/August 2021

Check us out in the July/August 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

July 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Yaffee and Dr. Marcelo Hochman Discuss Problems in Our Healthcare System

On June 11, 2021, Dr. Hochman was interviewed by Yaffee on WVNN. Listen here

2021 Summer Newsletter

  Summertime - and the livin’ is getting’ easier! We’re all relieved that the pandemic is finally waning and our personal and professional lives are returning to normal.  Thus, ActionPPE.org, the local effort by CCMS to procure and distribute PPE to keep Doctors’ practices open and which grew to a national effort supplying over 4 million units of PPE is winding down.  We are incredibly proud of the project which showed, once again, that ‘bottom up’ solutions are the most effective in solving problems.  CCMS has benefited financially and with great national recognition (take a look at all these [...]

June 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, Newsletter|

After COVID: 3 things that states can do now to fix health care

To improve health care, there are a number of steps that states should be taking, including tax reforms and getting rid of CON laws. By Dr. Marcelo Hochman and Daryl James (Opinion contributors) Policymakers talk about comprehensive health care reform. They see a broken system and want to fix everything at once. Emergency room workers can relate, but they take a more strategic approach when patients arrive with multiple injuries. Through triage, they prioritize problems and apply isolated but related interventions to save lives. Fixing the health care system can work the same way. COVID-19 has exposed a range [...]

May 26, 2021|Categories: 2021, Medico-Legal, President|Tags: , |

Parent Workshop – Tough Conversations – Session 7

The CCMS School Health Committee and the Charleston County School District are excited to announce Parent Workshop - Session 7 Topics to be Discussed: Stress and African American Children & Adolescents Approaching Anxiety in Youth Tough Conversations For More Information contact Linda Ballinger at linda_ballinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

May 10, 2021|Categories: 2021, School Health|

Healthlinks May/June 2021

Check us out in the May/June 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

May 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: |

SCMA Firearm Safety Resolution

Congratulations to Dr. Annie Andrews, Dr. Jan Key, and the entire CCMS School Health Committee! Their resolution regarding firearm safe storage counseling, which was sponsored by CCMS and submitted to the SCMA House of Delegates at the 2021 SCMA Annual Meeting, was adopted by the SCMA delegates on April 25. This resolution encourages practicing physicians in South Carolina to use patient encounters as an opportunity to discuss firearm safety and safe storage practices and supports efforts to inform the public about safe storage of firearms.

April 26, 2021|Categories: 2021, Meeting, School Health|Tags: , , |

Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed!

Research confirms that CON laws lead to higher costs and less access for patients. Both sides of the aisle agree! Tell your lawmaker that these anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed by signing this petition today! View full info packet The Certificate of Need (CON) conversation is back up in the South Carolina Senate! Senator Wes Climer proposed a full repeal of CON on the Senate floor today (Tuesday) and now also receives support from Democratic Senator Dick Harpootlian. The issue is expected to resurface as soon as tomorrow in the Senate. The time to engage is today. Now is the time to contact members of the [...]

April 21, 2021|Categories: 2021, Medico-Legal|Tags: |

Message from the School Health Committee

The Vaccines for Children program (VFC) provides federally purchased vaccines to approximately 50% of children in the United States, including children who are enrolled in Medicaid or who are uninsured or underinsured. CCSD is able to provide vaccines to students through VFC (thanks to Dr. Key), so that they can be up to date and eligible to attend school each year. The VFC was created in 1993, though, so it needs some updating. There’s a new federal bill called The Strengthening Vaccines for Children Program Act of 2021 (just introduced in the House as H.R. 2347, about to be introduced in the Senate) [...]

Parent Workshop – Tough Conversations – Session 6

The CCMS School Health Committee and the Charleston County School District are excited to announce Parent Workshop - Session 6 Topics to be Discussed: Medication Misuse in Teens Recognizing Depression in Adolescence Tough Conversations For More Information contact Linda Ballinger at linda_ballinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

April 14, 2021|Categories: 2021, School Health|

Statewide Virtual Be SMART Presentation

Dr. Annie Andrews, CCMS School Health Committee Member, to volunteer at statewide BeSMART Presentation on April 13th at 8pm Be SMART is a national AAP-aligned program that aims to reduce pediatric firearm injuries and deaths through adult-directed education on responsible firearm storage. You will learn how you can incorporate the Be SMART program into your practice or how to share this life-saving information with your neighbors. RSVP Here

April 6, 2021|Categories: 2021, Member Highlights, School Health|Tags: , |

The Roots of Racism and Ethical Bias in American Medicine

Time:  8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 25 Location: Zoom Livestream Only **Please Do Not Come to 300 CSB- Online Only**Streaming: www.musc.edu/gr/dom “An Introduction and Difficult Discussion.  The Roots of Racism and Ethical Bias in American Medicine” Presenter: Richard D. deShazo, MD MACP Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Billy S, Guytom Distinguished Professor University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson; Adjunct Professor of Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Alabama in Birmingham Learning Objectives: To familiarize physicians with the history of institutional racism in America. To familiarize physicians with the history of institutional racism in American Medicine. To [...]

March 23, 2021|Categories: 2021, General|Tags: |

2021 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest Application

Essay Contest Application James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

March 9, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Young Physicians|Tags: |

The Waring Historical Library-March 2021 Event Calendar

WLS 2021 March Events James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

March 9, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Public Health|Tags: |

Parent workshop – Session 5 – Rescheduled

The CCMS School Health Committee and the Charleston County School District are excited to announce Parent Workshop - Session 5 Teen Anxiety and Youth Vaping will be Discussed Tough Conversations For More Information contact Linda Ballinger at linda_ballinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

March 8, 2021|Categories: 2021, School Health|

PEDIATRIC PRACTICES FOR SALE

TWO INDEPENDENTLY OWNED PRACTICES FOR SALE Physician Solutions, Inc. is pleased to represent an independently-owned pediatric practice for sale in South Carolina. This practice is an established pediatric practice located in the beautiful Lowcountry area of South Carolina. This practice has been in the area for over 20 years. Located in a modern 2 story office building containing approx. 2,000 sq. ft. Ground floor is approx. 1,100 sq. ft. and the second floor is approx. 900 sq. ft. The practice comes furnished. The office contains a waiting room, office admin area, four exam rooms, 2 bathrooms, and a [...]

March 8, 2021|Categories: For Sale|

Healthlinks March/April 2021

Check us out in the March/April 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 3, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Mental Health Resource slides from Mayor’s Wellness Committee

Annie Lintzenich Andrews MD, MSCR CCMS Liaison with the City of Charleston Wellness Committee Due to COVID-19, more individuals are seeking mental health services. Click the link below for mental health resources available throughout the tri-county area.

March 3, 2021|Categories: 2021, Covid-19, Member Highlights, Public Health|Tags: |

Commentary: Take it from pediatricians, open-carry gun law will endanger SC children

Dr. Betsy Oddo is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellow and a member of the CCMS School Health Committee. Read the Article

March 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights, School Health|Tags: |

Meet the CCMS Scholarship Recipients

CCMS awarded a $2,000 cash scholarship to each of these five medical students: M. Caroline Spitznagel, M4 Turner Rainwater Byers, M3 Austin McCadden, M4 Ryan Wilkins, M1 Lauren "Evey" Adams, M2 We are so proud of all of your accomplishments and perseverance! Please continue to invite medical students to join CCMS for free. They are the future of CCMS!

February 2, 2021|Categories: 2020, Young Physicians|Tags: , |

Black History Month Lecture Featuring Dr. Rana Hogarth

REGISTER HERE “Professional Pursuits and the Making of Race: Medicalizing Blackness in the American Atlantic.” Dr. Rana Hogarth focuses on the medical and scientific constructions of race during the era of slavery and beyond. She is the author of Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). She received her PhD from Yale University and currently is an associate professor at the University of Illinois in the Department of History.

January 25, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Healthcare Disparities|Tags: |

Gun locks soon to be distributed to Charleston County School District nurses

 Dr. Annie Andrews, CCMS, School Health Committee Member, in the News View Story

January 21, 2021|Categories: 2021, Member Highlights, School Health|Tags: , , |

PRESS RELEASE Black and Hispanic/Latino faculty urge communities of color to take the COVID-19 vaccine

IMPORTANT Reminder from MUSC PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES

January 14, 2021|Categories: 2021, Covid-19, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

CCMS in the News

An SC doctors’ group banded together to crack its PPE problem. The idea caught on. Amid ongoing PPE crisis, doctor-led efforts focus on needs of smaller healthcare entities Charleston County Medical Society Forms Buying Group to Help Doctors Get Essential PPE DOCTOR-LED COLLECTIVE BUYING GROUP ACTIONPPE GIVES DENTAL PROFESSIONALS ACCESS TO NEEDED PPE

January 13, 2021|Categories: 2021, Covid-19, Marcelo Hochman MD, ppe-project|

ANNOUNCEMENT: Waring Library Society Spring 2021 Events!

WLS 2021 SPRING EVENTS James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

January 7, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks January/February 2021

Check us out in the January/February 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

January 5, 2021|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: |

URGENT: COVID Vax for All Phase 1a HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Click the link below to schedule directly: https://mychart.musc.edu/mychart/openscheduling/SignupAndSchedule/EmbeddedSchedule?vt=11353&id=38335 Reason for visit: COVID VAX Insurance info - This is not a hard stop on the form.  Enter something. Use your mobile phone number as the contact number Take a screenshot of the appointment confirmation for your records. Bring some sort of identification that shows you are a healthcare worker (employment badge, a letter from medical practice, healthcare license), etc.  This is an honor system. -- Marcelo Hochman, MD President, CCMS

January 3, 2021|Categories: 2021, Covid-19, Public Health|Tags: , , |

End of the Year President’s Message

From the President: As we wind down 2020, this short newsletter is to alert you to some very important information. Again, as with PPE, non-employed Doctors seem to be having trouble figuring out how to get COVID vaccines for themselves and their Staff. We have worked with SCMA to get the information linked in this newsletter. In recognition of CCMS’ effort to obtain PPE for the Doctors in SC and in launching a national project for Doctors around the country, we have been honored as Healthcare Heroes in the COVID 19 response category. The links will take you [...]

December 22, 2020|Categories: 2020, Marcelo Hochman MD, President|Tags: |

Medical Students Scholarship

We are delighted to have over 60 medical students as CCMS members. At the Annual Meeting, we will be awarding $2,000 scholarships to five medical students. The recipients may use these funds at their discretion. Please continue to invite medical students to join CCMS for free. They are the future of CCMS!

December 21, 2020|Categories: 2020, Young Physicians|Tags: , |

Annual Meeting

The CCMS Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in a new virtual format. The meeting will include: President's Report Officers Elected $10,000 Scholarships Awarded Discussion CON/Non-Compete Clauses Remember Physicians That Passed Away In 2020 To access this virtual event on your mobile device, follow the instructions below. DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE EVENTEE APP ON YOUR iPhone or Android. SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH EVENTEE OR:If you prefer to watch the annual meeting on your computer, click here.

December 21, 2020|Categories: 2020|

How Do Independent Physicians Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The SCMA has been sending out information on registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for several weeks. With the arrival of the vaccine this week, physicians have had many questions these last few days. Below is a list of the questions we are getting a lot of, along with the answers, in hopes of helping everyone through this process. Please note #3: How does my office receive the vaccine for our practice - physicians and staff? First and foremost, you cannot be in the pool to receive the vaccine if you do not enroll in the vaccine program. To [...]

December 21, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Physicians and Staff

Please see the latest information from DHEC regarding physician and staff enrollment for the COVID-19 Vaccine Read: Vaccine Enrollment Letter (11-19-2020) Read: COVID19 Vaccine Enrollment Letter Dr. Linda Bell (10-28-2020)

December 16, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

SCMA Involvement COVID/Vaccine/Planning Update

From: Richele Taylor, SCMA, General Counsel & Senior Vice President Of Advocacy & Communications ---- I know that everyone is busy, so I want to take a moment to highlight a few items the SCMA is currently working on/involved in. I have forwarded our last Alert that featured the top two items, as well as attaching a PDF on the third item of interest below. Please forward this email to other physicians and let them know the great things that the SCMA is involved in on COIVD-19 issues and the vaccine distribution. First, the SCMA is part of the [...]

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, Public Health|Tags: |

Scholarships

CCMS Members can feel proud of the fact that due to the success of our PPE PROJECT CCMS is able to award .... As the founder of the PPE PROJECT CCMS receives an ongoing donation reflective of sales – which is used for scholarships for deserving medical students. CCMS is pleased to announce that we will be awarding five cash scholarships to MUSC Medical Students. [Did you know that students can join CCMS for free?] Each student will be given a $2000 check directly to be used toward whatever needs they may have.  We feel that this direct aid [...]

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Young Physicians|Tags: , |

Speaker’s Bureau

The CCMS School Health Committee in conjunction with the Charleston County School District has developed a Speaker's Bureau. This is designed to allow physicians to virtually speak to parents and students about any health-related issue. The subject matter varies widely from gun safety to sun exposure. Please contact Dr. Janice Key or Dana Holladay if you are interested in speaking to the community through this unique program.  Or feel free to fill out the Substance Abuse/Mental Health Survey and we will contact you.

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, School Health|

PPE Liquidation

WE HAVE PPE FOR OUR MEMBERS! Thanks to several generous donations and our PPE Project group buying initiative, we now have an ample supply of PPE we are offering at a significantly discounted MEMBERS ONLY price. We are giving our members first dibs. (Not a member yet? JOIN NOW!) PPE for sale at a significant discount (average discount 50%) for MEMBERS ONLY.KN95 Masks (50 pack) $1.00 each - $50.00 BoxDisposable Tri-Fold Masks (50 pack) .15 each - $8.00 Box Disposable Non-medical Isolation Gowns (15 pack) $1.33 each - $20.00 BoxFace Shields (50 pack) .84 each - $42.00 BoxTo place an [...]

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Public Health|Tags: , , |

We’ve Been Nominated!

CCMS was nominated as a Healthcare Hero for our COVID response  - the PPE PROJECT which continues to this day! As the founder of the PPE PROJECT, CCMS receives a donation reflective of sales – this allows us to award scholarships to local medical students. CCMS is excited to report that we have been nominated as a Health Care Hero in the COVID Response Category. Get your free tickets to this event today!

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, Public Health|Tags: , |

Success! Townhall!

Our recent Townhall proved to be very informative and well-liked. The site had over 600 visits in the span of a week. That is an amazing increase of more than four times the normal visiting rate. The candidates graciously shared their time with us to answer your questions. Thank you for your input and interest.

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Legislative Affairs|Tags: , |

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board Brochure

November 4, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks November/December 2020

Check us out in the November/December 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

November 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: |

November’s SHC Lunch Lecture -Dr. Zoher Kapasi

Register for the SHC Lunch Lecture here. Dr. Kapasi will be discussing the history of the College of Health Professions at November’s SHC Lunch Lecture.

October 21, 2020|Categories: 2020, General|Tags: , |

The Pandemic Century

REGISTER HERE The Waring Historical Library is co-sponsoring this event with the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival. 

October 20, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , , |

Waring Library Society Summer 2020 Newsletter

James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board Read Entire Newsletter Here

September 3, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Member Highlights, Public Health|Tags: , |

Healthlinks September/October 2020

Check us out in the September/October 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

September 3, 2020|Categories: 2020, General, Public Health|Tags: |

PPE Donated to the Charleston County School District

Ellen Nitz Director of Nursing Services   CCMS was pleased to be able to donate 1000 non-sterile surgical gowns to the school nurses for CCSD! It is always a pleasure to be able to give back to our community.

September 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , , , |

Independent health practices in SC using group buying power to get PPE by Jason Raven

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - As state governments, large health systems, and others scrambled to stockpile personal protective equipment (PPE), small independent health practices in the state struggled to keep up. Read the full story.  ActionPPE.org is the brainchild from CCMS and has delivered over 2.5 MILLION PPE across the nation. Purchase PPE at ActionPPE.org (Free shipping at $500)

August 19, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, Public Health|Tags: , |

250,000 KN95 masks donated for frontline workers and first responders CHARLESTON COUNTY

The donation was made by Josh Lambert and his team at inFocus Healthcare Consultants. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Dr. Robert Ball, MUSC I.D. Epidemiologist, Dana Holladay, Charleston County Medical Society Administrator, Josh Surratt, Seacoast Church Lead Pastor, and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) joined Josh Lambert, inFocus Healthcare Consultants President, for the event. 20,000 of these KN95 Masks were donated to the Charleston County Medical Society. Thanks to Mr. Lambert for his donation in coordination with Mayor Tecklenburg, Senator Scott, and Rep. Joe Cunningham, CCMS will distribute these 20,000 [...]

Healthlinks July/August 2020

Check us out in the July/August 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

July 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

Member Highlights

Jessica Tolley-McLendon ’08 Tolley-McLendon, an emergency medicine physician in Savannah, Georgia, spoke of her pride in the team of health care workers and first responders with whom she works: “We have seen decreased Emergency Department visits but higher acuity (sicker) patients. This has been a very scary time, but I am very proud of our “front liners” (health care workers and first responders). We have been very brave through this pandemic and have stepped up to the task at hand.” Like many health care providers, she takes many precautions to protect her family. “I am sure to always wear [...]

June 29, 2020|Categories: 2020, Member Highlights, Retired Physician|Tags: , |

Letters to the Editor: Charleston County Medical society denounces racism, violence

Photo by Grace Beahm Alford gbeahm@postandcourier.com Read the Letter

June 16, 2020|Categories: 2020, Marcelo Hochman MD, President|Tags: , |

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for PPE Distribution this Saturday

PLEASE BRING THE RECEIPT(S) YOU RECEIVED BY EMAIL WHEN YOU PLACED YOUR ORDER(S).  Preferably pull up and save on your phone.  We want to make sure we have everyone covered for all the items pending.  If someone is picking up your supplies, make sure they have the receipt(s) information.  This is very important. This Saturday, June 13, 2020, we will complete our final bulk distribution.  The distribution times are from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please plan to pick up your supplies from the site you indicated when the order was placed. SITES: Charleston:  4400 Leeds Ave; North Charleston, SC 29405 [...]

June 11, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

Update : PPE Project – Final Bulk Distribution

The last major shipment of PPE is on its way to Charleston!  This bulk distribution is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please plan to pick up your supplies from the site you indicated when the order was placed. SITES: Charleston:  4400 Leeds Ave; North Charleston, SC 29405 Columbia:     9710 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 Greenville:   1000 Executive Center Drive, SC 29615 WHY LAST?!  Because … we will soon be able to provide Direct shipping!  PPE products will be picked/packed/shipped from a central warehouse in the US and sent directly to our offices!   We plan to roll out the new system [...]

June 9, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

Update : PPE Project – President’s Message

What started as a local solution exactly 2 months ago to address the acute need for Doctors to obtain PPE has morphed into a national project!  Working with groups like ours, ActionPPE.org has coordinated and delivered 1.2 million units of PPE to Doctors and other care providers to over a dozen organizations to date!  New groups are joining weekly.  Great things are coming for CCMS as the founding group of this growing project.  The last major shipment of PPE is on its way to Charleston!  We plan the last bulk distribution on Saturday June 13th.   WHY LAST?!  Because … [...]

June 4, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

Update : PPE Project Shipment

Our next shipment has arrived in Dallas.  The supplies are waiting for clearance from Customs in preparation for shipping to Charleston.  Once we receive the shipment, we will confirm that all the supplies have been sent. We will then allocate and plan the 3rd distribution. This should be our final distribution before we transition to direct shipping from the warehouse to your doorstep! Stay tuned for updated information.

May 28, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

Tomorrow (SATURDAY MAY 16th) Important Update

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON 2ND PPE DISTRIBUTION TOMORROW PLEASE NOTE – THIS MAY AFFECT YOU Not all the FACE SHIELDS have arrived in time – they are still in transit from Chicago. We will distribute those next week. The Type IIR Surgical Masks have still not arrived – we have sourced from a new supplier and should be here next week. REMINDER: All Sites will be open TOMORROW (Saturday) from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm. We only have access to the facilities during this time window. Your order will be ready for pickup at the SITE you designated when placing [...]

May 15, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Project Distribution Update

Our truck is scheduled to arrive in Charleston at the warehouse tomorrow - Friday morning. The supplies will be unpacked and allocated tomorrow. We plan to distribute the PPE in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Please continue to check your emails and our website for updates regarding the details. https://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/actionppe/status/ -- Dana Holladay Administrator Charleston County Medical Society

May 14, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Project Distribution Update

We don’t have 3 Dreamlifters but we have a big ol’ truck on its way from Texas with 89,000 Disposable Masks; 95,000 KN95 Masks and 2000 isolation gowns!  As you can see, our Distributor takes great care to shepherd our shipment through the US Customs process. We have added BLUE NITRILE GLOVES to the site.  A limited quantity is available for distribution this weekend as well – you can order HERE There are still some FACE  SHIELDS available as well:  Order Faceshields Here As we ramp up our practices, clearly our effort will pay off with a steady supply.  [...]

May 13, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Project Distribution Update

Our entire shipment has cleared customs in Dallas.  We will have details regarding distribution within 48 hours.  Please continue to monitor this site and check your email. Again, thank you for your understanding and patience. Marcelo Hochman MD President 843.819.4666 mobile

May 11, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Project Distribution Update

We have confirmed that another flight has arrived in the U.S. with PPE.  We are planning to distribute the supplies next Saturday, May 16, 2020.  More details when the truck departs Dallas.  Please continue to check this site for more details. Again, thank you for your understanding and patience. Marcelo Hochman MD President 843.819.4666 mobile

May 7, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Distribution Update

Good News: We received a shipment that has cleared US Customs! Bad News:  it did not contain the balance of our entire order as we had hoped.  In order to maximize resources (and the goodwill of our Volunteers) we have decided to wait for the flight expected this week.  The plan is to distribute the combined shipments the weekend of May 15th – we will keep you posted.  This should cover 95% of the orders to date!  Check this site and your email daily. I’d like to address some questions we’ve received about the masks and shields. REGARDING MASKS [...]

May 5, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Distribution Update

WE DID IT!  OUR FIRST DISTRIBUTION OF PPE FOR SC DOCTORS IS DONE!   Doctors were greeted by amazing Volunteers and glorious weather throughout the state.  A GRATEFUL THANK YOU to South Carolina Council on Competitiveness for organizational support; Sunland Logistics for use of their warehouse, Smith Dray Line for trucks and drivers, and Blue Cross Blue Shield SC for volunteers, facilities and overall cooperation. There will be details later today for those of you who missed picking up your boxes both by email and on this site. Our second shipment has arrived and as it clears Customs today we [...]

May 4, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Distribution Update

May 1, 2020 Tomorrow (SATURDAY MAY 2nd) is our first PPE PICKUP DAY!  The sites in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville were set up today.  Not all of the PPE we expected was in the pallets we received this morning.  A fair distribution is being allocated into each individual order by our volunteer logistics team.  Each order is being boxed individually with care by our volunteers.  There is plenty of material for everyone and all the orders will be filled as our process becomes more streamlined.  Another flight arrived in the US last night and more products headed our way [...]

May 1, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

Healthlinks May/June 2020

Check us out in the May/June 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

PPE Shipment Update

April 30, 2020 Our supplies are safe in Charleston!  Tomorrow (Friday) the shipment will be separated into individual orders and routed to the Distribution Sites in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville. Pickup of orders will occur at the Distribution Sites on SATURDAY MAY 2, 2020.  Where and When will be disclosed via email and on the PPE PROJECT STATUS PAGE tomorrow. NOTE: Everyone who has ordered prior to April 30th will be receiving their entire order of Disposable Masks and Shields. Everyone who has ordered prior to April 30th will be receiving a portion of their KN95 masks. Everyone who has [...]

April 30, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

The truck with our supplies is en route to Charleston with an expected arrival time of Friday morning.  The supplies will be secured in a warehouse in North Charleston. The Distribution of PPE is scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at a location to be announced soon. All orders of disposable masks and face shields will be distributed.  A portion of the KN95 masks that were ordered will be distributed from this shipment. Please continue to check this site daily as well as your email inbox.

April 29, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

The truck with our shipment is on its way from Dallas.  We expect to distribute the supplies on Saturday in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville.  Times and locations will be announced in the next couple of days. Please continue to daily check this site for updated information.

April 28, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

Our initial shipment has cleared Customs in Dallas.   Stay tuned for details. Please check this site daily.

April 27, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

Our initial shipment has arrived in Dallas! We are waiting for Customs to open on Monday at which time we will have more information. It will be important to keep checking this site for updates.

April 25, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

President’s Message – PPE Update

President’s Message Marc Andreessen, the famous entrepreneur and software engineer, wrote an essay over the weekend decrying our country’s disorganized and inadequate response to the current pandemic. He writes about a financial system that is perfectly geared to receive our money yet inadequate in sending it back to us.  He is incredulous that ‘we don’t have enough surgical masks, eye shields, and medical gowns’ or test materials nor the ability to ramp up production.  He pinpoints the problems to a failure ‘to build’, not only acutely but long before the crisis -to create solutions so we won’t have ‘to do’ [...]

April 22, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

We have received confirmation that our first shipment is on its way.  Within 24 hours we hope to share preliminary delivery information.  We are all anxious as we await our supplies.  Thank you for your patience. We have added a new face shield to the order form.  Click here for more information.

April 20, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

The first shipment of PPE is scheduled to leave Beijing on Sunday, April 19, 2020.  Arrival and distribution information will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available. Please continue to check this site daily for further updates.

April 16, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update!

Our shipment is at the airport in Beijing and and is coordinated to be flying into Dallas and then will be driven directly to Charleston.  Details to follow soon.

April 15, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Shipment Update

Our Vendor reports that some of our products are waiting on the tarmac to be loaded on a plane headed to the U.S.  Updates as soon as we hear more.

April 14, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

PPE Order Update from the CCMS President

April 10, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

We are Excited to Report that We Have Placed a Significant Order for More PPE!

We have placed a significant order for more disposable masks and disposable non-medical gowns.  Arrival date to be announced soon. 

April 9, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |

We Have Placed Our Second Order of Type 1 Disposable Masks!

We have placed our second order of  Type I masks! Total amount ordered is 24,000.  Arrival date to be announced soon.

April 7, 2020|Categories: ppe-project|Tags: |