Jack Mansure, son of Greer Memorial Hospital CEO John Mansure, passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning, July 14th, 2015. The Mansure family, who are deeply active in the community, have received an outpouring of love and support from the town of Greer during this most difficult time.
"John and his family are near and dear to the Greer community," said Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Owens. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. He's such a great family man and always quick to tell a fun story about his family or share pictures."
Greer Memorial Hospital has received the Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines program.
Greer earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period of time.
The launch of the fourth campaign for The Partnership for Tomorrow was presented with a warning.
“Folks we find ourselves at a critical crossroads at being mediocre or great,” Mayor Rick Danner told a gathering of contributors. “How far we’ve come in the last 15 years, it doesn’t hold one-tenth of where we will be in the next 10-15 years.”
The Greater Greer Education Foundation raised $42,235 at its Education Gala held Oct. 26 at the Cannon Centre.
The Gala is the Foundation’s only fundraising event.
Capt. Ashley Blessums has had only one order from her mother during two tours in Afghanistan.
Freedom Blast returns at Greer City Park on Saturday, June 30. It's the biggest event scheduled next weekend to celebrate the country's Independence. The event, with Greer Memorial Hospital as the presenting sponsor, begins at 5 p.m. and ends with a 15-minute fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Greer Idol competition will move to Saturday. It will be the biggest crowd the Teen and Greer Idol performers will face thus far this season. Teen Idol will be trimmed to six finalists this week and Greer Idol will be showcasing its eight finalists.
The Greenville Hospital System has scheduled the following health events in June. The public is invited.
Smoking Cessation Support Group
Several free smoking cessation support groups are available. Call 455-9355 for dates, times and locations.
BY BUDDY WATERS
The Community Garden is starting to look like a garden now. Plants have matured and are beginning to bloom and set fruit.
1. Watch your tomatoes and squash for signs of blossom end rot caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. You can add calcium with bone meal or gypsum. Both of these amendments are available in small (1-2 pound) packages at the home improvement stores and garden shops. The feed and seed stores will have those products in larger packages. Do not take up your plants if you see blossom end rot (black or grey spots on the end of the fruit away from the stem). Simply pinch off the damaged fruit and dispose of it in the compost pile.
2. Tend your plants each time you go to the garden. Look for insect damage. Remove wilted stems or branches. Continue to sucker the tomatoes and pinch off excess blooms for larger, faster growing fruit. If you planted a determinate variety of tomato it will set an exact number of fruits. Removing a few will make for larger healthier plants and harvest.
City officials gave a sneak preview of the Greer Memorial Hospital Freedom Blast today with Whitney Walters of the Groove Planet band singing the national anthem while military representatives presented the colors.
The 4th annual Freedom Blast is scheduled Saturday, June 30 at Greer City Park from 5-10 p.m. and will feature a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. The evening finale will be a fireworks show presented by internationally renowned Zambelli Fireworks.
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.
The cold overnight temperatures caused some tall tomato plants to have black leaves and a few to wild at the Greer Community Garden, reported Master Gardener Buddy Waters. “We didn’t have a freeze and only a few of the plants were harmed,” Waters said. “The gardeners need to pull off the black leaves on the plants that have not been harmed.
Waters is overseeing the community garden on land Greer Memorial Hospital has provided for 54 gardeners and their plots. “I noticed bags and buckets over plants and that’s the best that needed to be done,” Waters said.
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.
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.
Gardeners from the greater Greer area began planting The Community Garden today at the former site of Woodland Elementary School on West Road.
Overnight rain didn’t hamper the 75 gardeners who came to cultivate their plots for their personal use or community agencies. The 54 garden plots, 10-by-16 feet each, doubled since the project was announced earlier this year.
Barney Fife came close to offending some people in front of the wrong crowd tonight.
Fife was the featured entertainment at the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner at Greer City. Police, fire and emergency medical responders were honored with a free dinner and all the ridicule from Fife they could handle, in good-natured fun.
Greer will honor its city of police, fire and first responders with a Public Safety Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is partnering with MD360 of the Greenville Hospital System for the event scheduled at City Hall.
Dinner and entertainment, an appearance from a Barney Fife impersonator, is included in the $30 ticket price. The chamber's goal is to provide this event at no charge to the public safety professionals. Sponsorship for a public safety person costs $30 with no limit to the number requested.
The new Lab21 Clinical Genomics Center at ITOR will allow cancer patients to benefit from new technology to receive real-time feedback and treatment plans tied to their cancer's specific DNA signature. Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center will be one of the first sites in the country to bring Ion Torrent next-generation gene-sequencing technology into a clinical environment for personalized oncology medicine studies.
"Bringing this leading-edge technology to the cancer clinic represents a significant breakthrough and the culmination of a seven-year journey," said Dr. Joe Stephenson, medical director for GHS' Institute for Translational Oncology Research. "This genomics center is another major step towards fulfilling our vision to provide personalized cancer care – better enabling us to offer the right drug, at the right time, to the right patient."
Nancy Welch and Dr. George Blestel can be excused for having a private, light moment with both giggling during the First Friday luncheon at Greer City Hall.
Just seeing them both together, at the Greer Chamber of Commerce, one year after Welch and Blestel began their public crusade in battling colorectal cancer, was reason for a celebration. Welch has undergone surgery, chemo treatments and an intensive rehabilitation from the disease. The timeliness of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was appropriate for Blestel's presentation and Welch's confirmation of the wisdom of prevention.
Cindy and John McCall waited 12 years for their third child to be born. They don't intend to wait four years to celebrate Lauren Marie McCall's birthday.
Lauren is Greer Memorial Hospital's Leap Year baby. She was born Wednesday at 9:32 a.m. weighing 6-pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 22 inches. Lauren's middle name is taken from her great-grandmother, Marie Brooks, now living in Greenville.