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Gibbs Cancer Center in Greer a year away from completion
MAR 22, 2019

A construction worker prepares to hang glass Thursday on the outside of the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute at Pelham expansion. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System began expanding the cancer center, a division of Spartanburg Medical Center, in 2018. The 190,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be complete in spring 2020. The cancer center is located next to Pelham Medical Center at 250 Westmoreland Road in Greer.
 
 

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- Five ways pets can improve your mental and physical health
MAR 19, 2019

By Jennifer Bonham

 Pet parents know that fuzzy companions bring happiness to their lives but many are unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that also accompany the enjoyment of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, have put together five ways how bringing a pet into your life can improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

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Trebek inspires world after pancreatic cancer announcement
MAR 11, 2019

Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
 
 
 

 

By ALAN JENKINS

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Mayor Clyde Rogers: Double amputation wasn't a handicap in election
MAR 10, 2019

Clyde Rogers, Jr. had his second leg amputated weeks before he was sworn in as Duncan’s mayor in July 2016.
 
 

By BRIAN PEAHUFF

Clyde “Rog” Rogers, Jr. had his second leg amputated weeks before he was sworn in as Duncan’s mayor in July 2016. But that didn’t stop him from taking his oath of office.

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Doug Forbis: A role model from love, perserverance
FEB 24, 2019

Kat and Doug Forbis.
 

Editor’s Note: Today’s story on Doug Forbis is a bi-monthly feature by Brian Peahuff to share inspirational, powerful stories about people who have overcome life-changing events and are now making contributions in our communities. We will also be reporting issues that affect our disabled society.

By BRIAN PEAHUFF           

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Kevin Krause turned to education to give his life meaning
FEB 9, 2019

Kevin Krause turned to education to give his life meaning

Editor’s Note: Today’s story on Kevin Krause is the first of a bi-monthly feature by Brian Peahuff to share inspirational, powerful stories about people who have overcome life-changing events and are now making contributions in our communities. We will also be reporting issues that affect our disabled society.

By BRIAN PEAHUFF

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Meet Brian Peahuff: Author to our most unsung heroes
FEB 9, 2019

Brian and Amy Peahuff.
 

I’m Brian Peahuff, a 46-year-old incomplete quadriplegic, who has dealt with a lot of stereotyping and faced a lot of challenges for nearly 28 years to get to where I am today.

Three months after I graduated from Broome High School, I was the passenger in a car accident that ultimately led to me having a brain stem stroke and my entire body was paralyzed. I was later classified as “incomplete,” because I regained some movement in all of my limbs, but I was still dependent on a motorized wheelchair at all times. And to this day.

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Prisma Health-Upstate sets visitors restrictions
JAN 24, 2019

Due to a significant increase in flu activity, individuals 18 years of age or younger are asked not to visit with patients in any Prisma Health–Upstate facility.
 

Due to a significant increase in flu activity, individuals 18 years of age or younger are asked not to visit with patients in any Prisma Health–Upstate facility.

Visitors of any age showing signs and symptoms of flu-like illness should also refrain from visiting patients.

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It's a boy! First baby of 2019 at Greer Memorial
JAN 2, 2019

Daniel Sidikov, born to parents Daniel and Yuliya Sidikov, is the first baby born at Greer Memorial Hospital.
 

Daniel Sidikov, born to parents Siroj and Yuliya Sidikov, was the first baby of 2019 born at Greer Memorial Hospital.

Daniel was born at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and is 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches long.

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Spartanburg Regional, Mary Black become one locally-owned healthcare system
DEC 31, 2018

By SHARON JACKSON

For almost a century, two hospitals have operated in the community bonded by a common mission – to provide the best health care for the people of Spartanburg. 

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Spartanburg Regional Hospice honors those who have died in past year
DEC 9, 2018

Spartanburg Regional Hospice held its annual Light Up A Life ceremonies on Dec. 6.
 

Spartanburg Regional Hospice and the Spartanburg Regional Healathcare System partnered for the annual Light Up A Life ceremonies on Dec. 6. The ceremony honors those who have died in the past year and their families.

The event featured music and speakers, who reflected on themes of love and hope, and culminated with the release of dove-shaped balloons into the sky above Spartanburg Regional’s administrative offices in the former Beaumont Mill on Pine Street. During the service, the names of those who have passed away were read aloud.

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Don't let picky eaters ruin your holidays
NOV 19, 2018

 Don't let picky eaters ruin your holidays

It's every parents' niightmare: you sit down to a holiday meal with family and friends, and your picky eater throws a mealtime tantrum. Many parents give in and serve kid-friendly dishes (dry cereal and chicken nuggets, anyone?) on the side, reinforcing the picky eating and risking eye rolls from their guests. 

For 35 years, Chef Gigi Gaggero has coached thousands of children and adults in how to cook (and eat) better. She has six proven tips to ensure you and your picky eater enjoy the holidays without drama.

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Don't follow everything you see on the internet
NOV 16, 2018

By T.J. Mack
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

The ice bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the Tide Pod challenge, the fire challenge, the “In My Feelings” challenge … the list of internet fads goes on and on.

A quick internet search will give you access to scores of challenges. Each challenge is becoming more difficult than the one before and each one with the same goal in mind; for the person in the video to obtain viral fame.

Most are ridiculous and some are harmless and laughable. Others, however, can end with a hospital visit.

Today, emergency centers across the world are treating patients due to the injuries obtained in the attempt of viral fame.
Below are some of the more recent challenges and the risks involved:

Tide Pod challenge

Tide Pod – a pre-measured laundry detergent packet, designed to dissolve in water during the machine’s use.
Challenge – to place one of the brightly colored packets in your mouth until it dissolves. Once dissolved you either spit out or ingest the contents.

Risks – The contents of the packet are not made for human consumption and are considered extremely dangerous. If ingested, one may have difficulty breathing, burns to the mouth, esophagus, lining of the lungs and/or GI tract, or swelling of the airway.

This has a danger of blocking airways and choking. If we occlude (block/close off due to swelling or foreign material) our airway brain damage or death will occur within minutes.

 ‘In My Feelings’ challenge

“In My Feelings” song and dance – a song written by popular singer, song writer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Drake. The song, “In My Feelings,” is written and performed by rap star Drake. The song is hot … and it got hotter when comedian Shiggy went viral with a dance he made up for it.

Challenge – Do the Shiggy dance to “In My Feelings” and post it to Instagram.

Risk
– The first videos were harmless, as movie and music stars posted their own videos. Then, people started getting out of their cars. Some of the most popular videos involve people exiting their moving vehicle while someone is recording, then doing the dance and hopping back in.

It should not be surprising to tell you these videos, many of which have gone viral, come with a price. Emergency centers are treating injuries due to these failed challenges (or widely successful, depending on your perception) are injuries sustained due to blunt force trauma or crush injuries.

Many of the people are either being struck by a vehicle in the opposite lane of traffic, are dancing into stationary objects, or they have been run over by their own vehicle.

When operating a moving vehicle, it is highly recommended that you wear a seat belt and stay behind the wheel of the vehicle. Never exit a moving vehicle, especially if you are the driver. This is for your safety, the safety of your passengers and the safety of the others on the roadways.

Fire challenge

Challenge
– dowse yourself with flammable liquid, then ignite it (light yourself on fire)

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Don't let yourself be the target of an abusive person; seek help immediately
NOV 5, 2018

Don't let yourself be the target of an abusive person; seek help immediately

By GEORGIA GAY

 The victim asked for anonymity.

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Five tips to help ward off children's nightmares
OCT 29, 2018

Five tips to help ward off children's nightmares

 Nightmares not only disrupt sleeping patterns but can also cause stress and anxiety depending on the frequency. For children, most nightmares occur due to something that they saw or heard that seemed frightening or they didn’t understand — leaving their imagination to fill in the pieces.

 The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, share five tips to help you help your kids keep nightmares at bay.

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80 pounds of drugs turned in to GPD during 'Take Back Day'
OCT 29, 2018

A driver drops off some unwanted drugs.
 

Eighty pounds of unwanted medicine was collected by the Greer Police Department during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Overall 192 pounds of drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The total includes:

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TB case confirmed in someone associated with USC Upstate
OCT 17, 2018

A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed in someone associated with the University of South Carolina Upstate campus, according to news report.

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Spartanburg Regional to buy Mary Black Health System
OCT 11, 2018

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has reached an agreement with Community Health Systems to purchase the Mary Black Health System.
 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has reached an agreement with Community Health Systems to purchase the Mary Black Health System including its 207-bed Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg and the 125-bed hospital (MBMH) in Gaffney.

The purchase price was not announced.

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Unbelievable! Wade Hampton Spirit Week fundraiser is a jaw dropper
OCT 6, 2018

Wade Hampton High School students celebrate raising more than $306,000 during Spirit Week.
 

By GEORGIA GAY

Jaws dropped as a check for $306,379.48 was presented on behalf of the Wade Hampton High School students at halftime of Friday night’s football game.

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Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health to become Prisma Health in early 2019
SEP 25, 2018

Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health to become Prisma Health in early 2019

Greenville Health System (GHS) and Palmetto Health will unite under a new brand, Prisma Health, in early 2019.

 Since November 2017, GHS and Palmetto Health have been operating as the Upstate and Midlands affiliates of SC Health Company, a not-for-profit, locally governed parent company. SC Health Company has served as an interim name. The parent company is being rebranded now under the new name, Prisma Health. Both affiliates will be rebranded as Prisma Health in early 2019. Campuses and hospitals will retain their core name identities like Baptist, Greenville Memorial, Laurens County, Richland and Tuomey.

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