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Prisma Health restricting patient visitation
JAN 9, 2021

Prisma Health restricting patient visitation

Prisma Health is restricting patient visitation effective today (Jan. 9), in the wake of a growing surge of COVID-19 infections across South Carolina.

“We know that being with families is itself a healing therapy and so we wrestled with this decision. But we believe this measure is needed in the wake of the growing post-holiday surge of COVID-19, especially given the growing community spread,” said Dr. Eric Ossmann, an emergency medicine physician who is Prisma Health’s Chief of Preparedness and leads its COVID-19 response system-wide.

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Greer physician lived a storied life as a Renaissance man
DEC 29, 2020

Dr. Raymond Van Grubbs
 

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Dr. Raymond Van Grubbs lived a storied life as a Renaissance man.

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Greer Christmas Parade is Sunday
DEC 6, 2020

Greer Christmas Parade is Sunday

The Greer Christmas Parade is scheduled for 2:30 Sunday with a scaled down version because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme is “Christmas Melodies”.

A virtual grand marshal vehicle honoring frontline healthcare workers leads the 63-unit parade on its 1.1-mile route. A sensory safe zone is on the first block of the parade route on Poinsett Street between Memorial Drive and Hubert Street. The parade turns left at North Main Street and ends at Cunningham Road.

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Healthcare workers honored at Greer Christmas Parade
DEC 2, 2020

Healthcare workers honored at Greer Christmas Parade

The Greer Christmas Parade will honor frontline healthcare workers with a virtual Grand Marshal vehicle leading the parade on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

The festivities are held in conjunction with a weekend of activities organized by the City of Greer Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 4 and Greer Station Association.

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Drive-thru COVID-19 test sites on Friday
NOV 25, 2020

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Drive-thru testing will resume from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

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Free flu vaccine at Cornerstone Baptist Church Saturday
NOV 13, 2020

Free flu vaccine at Cornerstone Baptist Church Saturday

A free flu vaccine is available Saturday (Nov. 14) from 1-4 p.m., at a drive-thru clinic at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 700 South Converse St., Spartanburg.  

Doctors and health experts are reporting that this year, with COVID-19 still prevalent,  it's more important than ever to protect yourself and family from the flu.

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Blood Connection needs immediate donations
OCT 2, 2020

Blood Connection needs immediate donations

The Blood Connection (TBC), the local non-profit, community blood center, is asking for the community’s immediate support in donating blood to help meet the urgent need of blood products for area hospitals.

Officials from TBC say that COVID-19 keeping some from donating blood, combined with hospitals seeing a “recent influx of traumas, in addition to restarting elective surgeries, has created a ‘storm of sizeable proportions.”

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Presbyterian College students moving in, getting acclimated
AUG 11, 2020

Classes for Presbyterian students will be in person, on-line and a hybrid of both.
 

“This fall will look different than any semester we’ve had at PC,” said Dr. Joy Smith, Presbyterian’s College vice president for campus life and dean of students. “We’ve been working hard all summer to get to the point where students can return.

“We’ve been following the guidelines established by the CDC and are taking extra precautions in an effort to remain healthy during this time,” said Smith.

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Spartanburg community receives $4.4 million grant to combat teen pregnancy
AUG 10, 2020

Spartanburg community receives $4.4 million grant to combat teen pregnancy

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation has been awarded a three-year, $4.4 million federal grant to reduce teen pregnancy. The grant will support a coalition of organizations working together to address high teen pregnancy rates and prevent related negative health outcomes.

“We’re so excited to bring national funding to Spartanburg to support local needs,” said Kristy Caradori, executive director of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “We are grateful to our program partners because this award would not have been possible without their commitment and expertise.”

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McMaster makes previous guidelines mandatory
JUL 30, 2020

Gov. Henry McMaster announced that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. The governor’s Executive Order establishing these new measures will go into effect Monday, Aug. 3.

“These limited restrictions are temporary, they are measured, and they are targeted towards what we know works,” said  McMaster. “These measures give South Carolina the best chance to slow the spread of the virus without shutting down the state’s economy – which we cannot and will not do – as many continue to call for.”

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Spartanburg Regional offers no cost, no order COVID testing
JUL 30, 2020

Spartanburg Regional offers no cost, no order COVID testing

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is now offering no-cost, no-order testing at its COVID-19 testing facility in Spartanburg.

Those seeking COVID-19 testing can visit the former Spartanburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership, located at 1035 N. Church St., and have a specimen collected without leaving their vehicles, regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms.

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Spartanburg Medical Center gets high marks from U.S. News & World Report
JUL 29, 2020

Spartanburg Medical Center ranks as the No. 2 hospital in the state, a Best Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.  
 

Spartanburg Medical Center ranks as the No. 2 hospital in the state, a Best Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.  

“In the midst of a pandemic, it is gratifying to be recognized for our hard work,” said Spartanburg Medical Center President Phil Feisal. “Each and every day, our medical professionals work hard to provide excellent care and keep our community healthy.” 

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High school sports will begin later, have shorter seasons
JUL 16, 2020

High school football will remain played in the fall but with a later start and shorter schedule.
 

High school sports will get a later start because of the impact of COVID-19.

The South Carolina High School League Executive Committee approved Wednesday to forward the start of fall sports contests to September. The 14-2 vote was reached by the virtual meeting.

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Greer City Council proposes emergency ordinance for masks in certain businesses
JUL 14, 2020

Greer City Council proposes emergency ordinance for masks in certain businesses

Greer City Council will vote on an emergency ordinance and resolution Tuesday to mandate individuals to wear face coverings/masks within the city in certain circumstances.

South Carolina’s spiking and record-setting COVID-19 cases have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, according to Dr. Joan Duwve, Director of Public Health for DHEC. Greenville County is a hot spot with daily record cases.

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Greer Memorial offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing
JUL 6, 2020

Greer Memorial offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital began to offer hospital-based drive-through testing for COVID-19 on Monday. The testing will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., near the hospital emergency department. People seeking testing at the Greer Memorial Hospital site should enter through campus entrance No. 4, which is the Brushy Creek facility entrance, and follow the signs.

In addition, Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital will expand its hours to 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The Oconee testing site has been moved to an area adjacent to the patient tower at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

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Prisma Health offers free depression risk assessment
JUN 19, 2020

Prisma Health offers free depression risk assessment

Prisma Health is offering a free depression risk assessment, available online at PrismaHealth.org/DepressionQuiz.

“Times of stress, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, can cause fear and anxiety,” said Geoffrey Williams, director of Prisma Health-Midlands outpatient behavioral care. “People have struggled with feeling isolated, especially those with chronic medical conditions who are still encouraged to stay home. People with chronic pain or chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk for depression.”

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Prisma Health sets upstate COVID-19 community testing events
JUN 9, 2020

Prisma Health has announced near-daily COVID-19 community testing events throughout the Upstate during June 8-13.

The community testing, done in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and state agencies, will reach populations who may not otherwise have access to traditional testing or online virtual visits.

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Greer cancels Freedom Blast, summer events
JUN 3, 2020

Freedom Blast and all summer entertainment events have been cancelled because COVID-19 and recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and social distancing.
 
 

Greer has announced the cancellation of its Freedom Blast festival and all its annual summer events because of COVID-19 and recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of social distancing.

The Moonlight Movies series and Tunes in the Park are also canceled, and the street festival planned for July 10 to celebrate the conclusion of the CenterG streetscape project will be rescheduled, according to the City of Greer’s Monday announcement.

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Prisma Health launches community testing for COVID-19 this weekend
APR 30, 2020

Prisma Health launches community testing for COVID-19 this weekend

Prisma Health will launch community screening for COVID-19 at seven locations across South Carolina beginning Saturday, with more sites expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The community testing, done in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), will reach populations who may not otherwise have access to traditional testing or online virtual visits.

The initial screenings will be located in neighborhoods in Greenville, Richland and Sumter counties. Additional communities will be identified in Prisma Health’s other service counties over the next few weeks.

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Boeing delivers 1.5 million surgical masks to GSP
APR 26, 2020

Prisma Health received a shipment of approximately 1.5 million surgical masks via a Boeing Dreamlifter directly from China to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday.
 

Prisma Health received a shipment of approximately 1.5 million surgical masks directly from China to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday bypassing extensive delays as well as eliminating shipping costs. 

Prisma Health purchased the masks in late March but was unable to quickly move the shipment out of China.

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