GREER HEALTH From September 2014


Dining out can be a chore for people with disabilities
SEP 27, 2014

Kim Wooten enjoys dining in family- and disabled-friendly restaurants.

 • Q&A with Pete Pascuzzi, Divisional Chief for Ryan's

Dining at restaurants is typically a pleasurable and relaxing experience. However, sometimes it is not so pleasing for those with disabilities.

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13 AEDs purchased to cut response time between life and death
SEP 26, 2014

There are two simple steps: opening the unit and applying two color-coded electrode pads that include illustrations showing exactly where to place each pad. The unit then takes over and determines if the victim’s heart needs a shock.

Thirteen automated external defibrillators (AED) have been purchased by Greer City Parks and Recreation aimed at dramatically closing the gap between life and death in cardiac arrest events.

The AEDs are mounted inside security cabinets in city facilities and all are compatible with EMS units in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Once emergency personnel arrive, they can continue using the AED unit or plug the paddles into their unit.

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Kim's first motorcycle ride supports fallen law enforcement officers
SEP 26, 2014

Michele Fowler takes Kim Wooten on a ride in the Deputy Roger Rice Memorial fundraiser last Sunday to benefit families of fallen law enforcement officers.

With the wind hitting my face and admiring the beauty of nature I only think of how grateful I am to be able to enjoy a motorcycle ride with my best friend — despite having Cerebral Palsy.

People with disabilities are routinely told what they cannot do, or how hard and what a burden it would be to allow us to try new things.

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City awarded $400,000 judgment, ends 4-year Allen Bennett Hospital saga
SEP 24, 2014

The City of Greer was awarded $400,000 in a summary judgment against Garrick Good and his Cardinal Real Estate Group, Inc. when it failed to execute the sale of the Allen Bennett Hospital campus.

The City of Greer was awarded summary judgment for $400,000 from Garrick Good and his Cardinal Real Estate Group, Inc. from a proposed deal for the Allen Bennett Hospital campus that went from bad to worst for nearly four years. Mike Sell,  assistant city manager, briefed city council Tuesday.

Langley and Associates was also among the creditors given favorable judgment.

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Take it Back expired and unused drug campaign is Saturday
SEP 23, 2014

Take it Back expired and unused drug campaign is Saturday

The annual Take It Back expired and unused prescription drugs campaign sponsored by the Greer Police Department is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drugs may be dropped off at Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 1232 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. or Professional Pharmacy at 320 Memorial Drive.

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Faith carries Powell through personal tragedy to North Greenville
SEP 20, 2014

Landon Powell and his wife, Allyson, at North Greenville University announcing the former Gamecock as head baseball coach.

Landon Powell said meeting his twin girls on Sept. 10, 2012 was better than catching a perfect game.

Izzy and Ellie Powell were born six weeks premature, but their personalities were strong. Izzy was a spunky fighter, while Ellie was the family drama queen.

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Lt. Holcombe: 'Enough is enough' for domestic violence
SEP 19, 2014

Call 911 at the first sign of domestic abuse.

Domestic violence help guide

Here’s a sobering thought.

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Greer hero appears on Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday
SEP 17, 2014

Greer US Postal Service carrier Chris Brown saved infant's life with Heimlach maneuver.

Chris Brown, a Greer postal worker who saved an infant’s life last month, will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday at 4 p.m. on WYFF-TV.

Brown performed a Heimlach maneuver on a child who ingested a plastic bag that blocked his air passages. The child expelled the bag and did not require any medical attention.

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Getting on a bus was a lifesaver at Greer Memorial
SEP 15, 2014

Free prostrate cancer screenings were offered to men at Greer Memorial Hospital.

• Prostate Cancer Risk Profiler

Some men probably didn’t think getting on a bus would be a lifesaver. But it may have been just that on Friday at Greer Memorial Hospital.

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Free prostate screening at Greer Memorial Friday morning
SEP 11, 2014

Greer Memorial Hospital is offering free prostate screening Friday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

September is prostate cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it often can be treated successfully if caught early. 

Catching prostate cancer early is the key, and that can be done through routine prostate screening.





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Duncan Town Council tables proposed smoking ban
SEP 9, 2014

Duncan Town Council tables proposed smoking ban

Duncan town council tabled a proposed smoking ban Tuesday and said it plans to consult with other area cities and towns with smoking ordinances to observe how their respective bans are working.

Council members said the proposal will be explored in a yet to be named workshop with input from citizens.

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Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show
SEP 4, 2014

Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Chris Brown has been invited to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, Calif., later this month.

Brown, a Greer postal worker, became a hero last month when he saved the life of an infant, one week short of his first birthday, performing the Heimlich maneuver when the boy swallowed a plastic bag that became lodged in his throat, blocking his air passage. Read Brown’s life-saving story.

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MR Caring Suites help patients reduce stress during tests
SEP 3, 2014

MR Caring Suites puts patients in charge of the process.

Most people are nervous about getting an MRI.

Instead of telling patients to relax, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has invested in technology that makes it more possible to do so.

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Benson Car Show and races are fundraiser for GCM
SEP 3, 2014

Benson Car Show and races are fundraiser for GCM

The 8th annual Benson OctoberFAST Classic Car Show, Kids Fun Run and Twilight 5K is Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Greer First Baptist parking lot.

The fundraiser benefitting Greer Community Ministries (GCM) has a Car Show noon – 5 p.m., a Kids Fun Run at 5:30 p.m. and the Twilight 5K at 6 p.m.

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Birthing simulator helps Greenville Tech students perfect skills
SEP 3, 2014

Students are often surprised by the lifelike appearance and reactions of high-tech teaching tools such as human patient simulators.

The Simulation Technologies and Training (STAT) Center at Greenville Technical College provides students, from its 17 health programs, simulators to give them a chance to practice and perfect skills on human patient simulators before they work with real patients on the job.

Many of these students have never encountered the simulators before they enter the center, and they are often surprised by the lifelike appearance and reactions of these high-tech teaching tools.

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