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GREER HEALTH From April 2012


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Sarah's wish to be closer to her horse came true today
APR 28, 2012

Sarah McClintock's wish for a fenced yard for her horse, Aly, was granted by Make-A-Wish of South Carolina today. Terry and Beth, Aly's parents shared the occasion with a party at the family's Greer home.

By Laura MacPherson

Sarah McClintock loves her horse, Aly, given to her for her 11th birthday present. And Make-A-Wish of South Carolina loves to grant wishes like the one Sarah asked.

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Buddy Waters: 8 tips for novice gardeners to think about
APR 27, 2012

Michele Peek and Curtis Snyder were sharing information on their garden plots today. Michele was loosening some dirt and weeding. Curtis was discussing fertilization. 

BY BUDDY WATERS
Master Gardener 

I rolled the dice and lost this year.  I planted my garden March 15 and proudly announced that I thought I had beaten the frost.  On April 12 a hailstorm left me with a half acre of bare dirt and empty tomato cages.  So much for outsmarting Mother Nature.  We replanted on April 20 and I saw the first sprouts this morning.  The tomatoes survived two near misses with frost, and we're on our way.

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Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham takes root
APR 26, 2012

William Hyslop, President and CEO of MD Anderson Physicians Network, talks to the invited guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham. Dr. William Murphy, board chairman of MD Anderson Physicians Network, is to the side.
 
 

Greer got something way better than a shot in the arm from the doctor’s office today.

The Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham celebrated a groundbreaking, forced indoors by rain, for a $7 million, 10,000-square foot facility offering radiation and medical oncology in one location. The Cancer Center will employ 15-20 associates when it opens in spring 2013.

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Welch, Dr. Blestel team for free seminar on colon cancer
APR 26, 2012

Nancy Welch and Greenville Hospital System colorectal surgeon George Blestel are hosting a free seminar for a discussion about colon cancer – and how a routine colonoscopy saved Nancy’s life.

The seminar is noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Greenville Marriott at 1 Parkway East. Lunch is provided, but registration is required. To register, call 1-877-447-4636 or visit ghs.org/360healthed.

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Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham breaks ground Thursday
APR 24, 2012

Signage has been posted at the Village at Pelham to announce the addition of the Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham. The announcement is scheduled Thursday morning. 

The Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday at 10 a.m.  The cancer center, which will mirror the Gibbs Center at Spartanburg Regional, will be built on the left side of the Village Hospital and have a walking bridge connecting both buildings.

A $6 million Gibbs Center facility was opened in Gaffney recently to serve Cherokee County cancer patients. The Greer facility will offer patients the same multidisciplinary care available at the Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center.

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Puppy Eyes
APR 22, 2012

Wilson, a Maltese puppy mix, gets special service by these U.S. Army veteranians while he gets an eye exam. The Army offers scholarships for vets to pursue and they later will practice when their active duty days are over.

Wilson, a Maltese mix puppy, gets an eye exam from Army Capt. Brooke Henderson, left, while Sgt. Andrew King holds him during the procedure in Nome, Alaska. Henderson, a veterinarian, is assigned to the 993rd Medical Detachment, U.S. Army Reserves, and King is assigned to the 949th Medical Detachment.

Army veterinarians are also are responsible for providing care to Military Working Dogs, ceremonial horses, working animals of many Department of Homeland Security organizations, and pets owned by service members.

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Senior Expo offers valuable information at Praise Cathedral
APR 20, 2012

The Greer Community Ministries Senior Expo is scheduled Saturday at Praise Cathedral Church of God from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free. Lunch, catered by Fatz, is $3.

Exhibitors will be focused on providing seniors and their caregivers information about services that are available throughout the community. Sessions on Alzheimer’s, Social Security and diabetes will be featured. Participants are invited to ask questions during all sessions and exhibitors.

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Greer Earth Day Run is Saturday
APR 20, 2012

Greer Earth Day Run scheduled Saturday features a 5K, 10K and half marathon.  The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. with the 10K at 7:30 a.m., 5K  at 8 a.m. and kids run at 9 a.m.

Runners can begin picking up race day packets today at noon at City Hall.

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Heart stories are different but all somewhat alike
APR 14, 2012

Ronnie Poore remembers looking

Every heart survivor has a mental baseball card of facts and statistics.

They can tell you the date of their heart event, the hospital the procedure was done, how many stents or bypasses were performed, the percentage of the blockage of arteries, the length of their hospital stay and the days of their rehabilitation before they returned to work.

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There was a lot of heart at City Park
APR 14, 2012

Greer City Park was the starting point for the Upstate Heart Walk this morning. There were thousands of walkers. It took about 10 – 15 minutes for the walkers to clear the park’s starting point at Cannon Street.

Thousands of  residents came to Greer City Park this morning to participate in the Upstate Heart Walk. Health and food vendors were distributing information and food to emphasize a healthy lifestyle.

Many of the walkers were heart survivors and shared their stories with GreerToday.com. They will be published later this evening with photos.

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Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis symposium April 28
APR 13, 2012

A “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis” symposium is scheduled Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the T.D. Convention Center in Greenville. The free public event will provide practical information, research updates and motivation.

Greenville Hospital System (GHS) is teaming with the Parkinson's Support Group of the Upstate and the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society to host the event.

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Lower cholesterol can lead to a healthier heart
APR 9, 2012

Heart arteries blocked by cholesterol can lead to severe conditions that may require surgery.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of Americans, affecting one in three people, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And, the problem may be getting worse, as a new study from the AHA predicts that those who have heart disease are expected to increase to more than 40 percent of Americans by 2030.

This prediction doesn’t have to be reality.

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Upstate Heart Walk is Saturday at Greer City Park
APR 9, 2012

Greer City Park will host the Upstate Heart Walk Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the 1 or 3-mile walk beginning at 10 a.m. The heart expo, entertainment and awards will take place before the walks.

The American Heart Association's event raises funds to save lives from the no. 1 and no. 3 killers - heart disease and stroke – in the United States. The walk is to  promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.

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Gardeners visit their plots to review needs
APR 8, 2012

Dottie and Wayne Morrow tended to their garden and watered it  Saturday morning at the Community Garden. The land for the garden has been donated by Greer Memorial Hospital.

Dotti and Wayne Morrow tended to their plot at the community garden today.  It had been two weeks since the garden, with the land provided by Greer Memorial Hospital, had plots cleaned of rocks and debris.

The Morrows took advantage of the sunny, warm weather today to check on the soil that had been deluged by rain on Thursday night.  One week earlier heavy rains during the weekend prevented the gardeners to get in some preparation and planting.

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Village Hospital and Spartanburg Regional events
APR 6, 2012

Village Hospital Events

Diabetes Self-management Education

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Upstate residents invited to participate in cancer study
APR 3, 2012

Residents of the Upstate have an opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Gibbs Cancer Center during Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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