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Friday
Apr082011

AnMed Nurses Among State's Best

This weekend, three AnMed Health nurses will be recognized among the state’s best. Martha Rush, surgery nurse manager at the AnMed Health North Campus, Andrea Briscoe, a registered nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and Megan Garner, a registered nurse with AnMed Health Home Health, are among the recipients of the 2011 Palmetto Gold Award.

The Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition and Scholarship Program is South Carolina’s only statewide recognition program for nurses from all practice settings. Palmetto Gold selects the top 100 nurses from those who have been nominated to honor during a formal awards ceremony. With more than 45,000 licensed nurses in South Carolina, it is an honor to be selected as a Palmetto Gold recipient. These nurses have demonstrated excellence in practice and commitment to the profession and have earned the respect of their colleagues and peers.

The Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition and Scholarship program is a subcommittee of the South Carolina Nurses Foundation. The program started in January 2002 with a meeting of nurse leaders. Their goal was to form a statewide nursing recognition program that showcases nurses’ contributions to patient care and raises scholarship fund for students pursing an RN. The first Palmetto Gold Gala raised enough money to award a $1,000 scholarship to each of the state’s 23 approved registered nursing programs. To date, more than $170,000 in nursing scholarships have been awarded and an endowment was established that now exceeds $100,000.

“We’re extremely proud of our Palmetto Gold recipients,” said Tina Jury, AnMed Health’s chief nursing officer. “They’ve not only made a difference to the quality of care their patients’ received, they’ve made a difference in the lives of the men and women they work alongside each day.”

The 2011 Palmetto Gold Gala will be held April 9 at the Columbia Convention Center. More information about Palmetto Gold is available online at www.scpalmettogold.org.

Wednesday
Apr062011

CAA Receives Komen Grant

The Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $42,839 grant to the Cancer Association of Anderson to assist Anderson County breast cancer patients. It is the largest single grant awarded by any foundation to CAA since its founding in 2003.

The grant from Komen for the Cure will pay treatment-related expenses of breast cancer patients suchKathryn Smith, left, Executive Director of the Cancer Association of Anderson, accepts grant funding from Tammy van Gieson, Board President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  as gas mileage, prescription bills and other out-of-pocket costs as they fight their disease. The program will also address the after-effects of treatment, both physical and emotional, by putting survivors through the AnMed Health Oncology Rehab program and Survivor School, a course taught by Dr. Chasse Bailey-Dorton and other hospital staff and managed by CAA. 

“We are thrilled to have gotten such a generous grant from the Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Kathryn Smith, executive director of CAA and a breast cancer survivor herself. “It’s good to know that the majority of the funds this affiliate is raising stay in the community it serves. Komen makes a real difference in the lives of women with breast cancer.”

Mrs. Smith said CAA will be able to help up to 120 breast cancer patients in the coming year with the funds. “That’s the majority of the women diagnosed with breast cancer in Anderson County in a year’s time,” she pointed out. 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Mountains to Midlands Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment. 

“To meet needs we have discovered right here in our community, this year’s grant slate specifically addresses access to care and screening services and provides tangible support services for breast cancer survivors,” said Liza Owens-West, Affiliate Grant Chair.

The Cancer Association of Anderson has been the recipient of Komen grants totaling more than $200,000 since its founding in 2003. “It is humbling and rewarding to be in partnership with an internationally respected organization such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” Mrs. Smith said.

Wednesday
Apr062011

Egg Hunt/BBQ to Benefit Calvary Home for Children

An Easter Egg Hun/BBQ fundraiser supporting Calvary Home for Children will be held April 16 · 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, at the Calvary Home on Simpson Road. Adult plates will be $8. Child plates $4. 100% of cost of each plate goes to Calvary Home. For more information, visit here.

Wednesday
Apr062011

Komen Mountains to Midlands Grant to AnMed

 The Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $71,500 grant to AnMed Health to provide breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women in Anderson and Pickens counties. 

The grant from Komen for the Cure will provide free screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, and educational materials. AnMed Health’s Breast Diagnostic Services and Education Program is designed to help women who would otherwise go without breast health services. Anyone who needs assistance for a mammogram should call Pat Eberhardt, RN, at (864) 512-4091 to see if she qualifies.   

“We are overjoyed to receive this grant,” Eberhardt said. “There’s great need and few resources available to help this particular population. So many families have lost jobs and are going without health coverage. This grant will help remove the financial barriers to care for many women.”

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Mountains to Midlands Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“To meet needs we have discovered right here in our community, this year’s grant slate specifically addresses access to care and screening services and provides tangible support services for breast cancer survivors,” said Liza Owens-West, Affiliate Grant Chair.

Tuesday
Apr052011

AU to Celebrate National Student-Athlete Day Wednesday

The Anderson University Athletics Department will honor its’ athletes Wednesday as part of a nationwide celebration of National Student-Athlete Day.
 
National Student-Athlete Day is sponsored by the NCAA, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and the National Federation of State High School Associations. It began in 1987 to recognize college and high school student-athletes who have excelled in balancing athletics and campus and community involvement.
 
“This is a wonderful opportunity, recognized at the national level, for us to honor and thank our student-athletes for their commitment and dedication to our university and to their chosen sport,” said Anderson Director of Athletics Nancy Simpson. “These students are the reason that we are here and this is our chance to show our appreciation to them for all that they do.”
 
Anderson’s more than three hundred student-athletes will have a picnic dinner served in their honor during the softball doubleheader versus Wingate Wednesday afternoon.

Monday
Apr042011

Council Meeting Includes Finance Discussions

Anderson County Council will discuss a number of issues before the Finance Committee Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown. The public is invited.

The agenda is here.

Monday
Apr042011

Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble to Perform at Brooks Center  

Steel drum performer and composer Tom Miller will play with the Clemson University Steel Band at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The Clemson University Percussion Ensemble also will play a variety of works showcasing field drums, timpani, xylophone and other percussion instruments.

Read the entire news release at:

http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=3430

Monday
Apr042011

AU Wins Local ADDYS

ANDERSON, SC – As a further testament to Anderson University’s outstanding graphic design program, AU design students won 13 of the 17 student awards (including Best of Show) presented at this year’s AAF (American Advertising Federation)-Greenville Annual ADDY Awards. The ceremony was held on Saturday, February 16 at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

The following Anderson design students captured awards at the event:

  •  Lindsey Dilleshaw- Taylors, SC, Senior- Student Best of Show and 2 Gold ADDYs 
  •  Beth Cooper- Russell, KY, Senior- Gold ADDY
  •  Heather McIlrath- Myrtle Beach, SC, Sophomore- Gold ADDY 
  • Ashley Ganahl- Anderson, SC, Senior - 2 Silver ADDYs
  • Hannah Leonard- Greensboro, NC, Senior – 2 Silver ADDYs
  • Kelly Johnson- Aiken, SC, Senior – 2 Silver ADDYs
  • Phil Belger- North Augusta, SC, Senior – Silver ADDY
  • Brittany McKinnish- Spartanburg, SC, Senior - Silver ADDY

According to the AAF website, the student ADDY Awards is sponsored by 

the AAF and National Ad 2 and occurs in conjunction with the prestigious ADDY awards. Student ADDYs recognize and reward creative excellence by students, and like the professional ADDYS, the student ADDY awards is also a three-tier national competition. All across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local winners compete against other winners in one of 14 district competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national ADDY Awards competition. 

Since the introduction of Student Addy’s three years ago, Anderson University has dominated the local competition including an entire sweep of the awards two years ago. Additionally, AU designers have won multiple national awards on two occasions including last year’s Best of Show.

Monday
Apr042011

CU Arts Dept. Outdoor Pops Concert April 17  

The 12th annual Clemson University performing arts department outdoor concert will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Madren Center’s Owen Pavilion on the shore of Hartwell Lake. 

Read the entire news release at:

http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=3437

Sunday
Apr032011

AC Men/Women Trojans Tennis Roll Past Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The Anderson University women’s tennis team bounced back from a disappointing setback on Friday to claim a convincing 8-1 win past Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Nichols Tennis Complex.  

With the win Anderson improved to 8-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference and remained just one match behind league-leading Wingate in the race for the regular-season conference title. Tusculum fell to 9-8 and 3-5.The Trojans open a four-match homestand on Thursday when Conference Carolinas’ member Limestone visits for a 2 p.m. match at the Max Grubbs Memorial Courts.

Meanwhile, the Anderson University men’s tennis team rebounded from a disappointing loss two days ago to earn a decisive 8-1 win past Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Nichols Tennis Complex.  

With the win Anderson improved to 8-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference and remained just one match behind league-leading Wingate in the race for the regular-season conference title. Tusculum fell to 6-11 and 2-6. The Trojans open a four-match homestand on Thursday when Conference Carolinas’ member Limestone visits for a 2 p.m. match at the Max Grubbs Memorial Courts.

Saturday
Apr022011

Review: Street Corner Symphony a Real Treat

Take a good dose of the Mills Brothers, mix it with the doo wop of Dion and the Belmonts and toss in a taste of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and you have some idea of what Street Corner Symphony brought to Anderson University’s Henderson Auditorium Friday night.

The band, runner up on NBC’s Sing-Off last year, brought a playlist ranging from Coldplay and the Beatles to barbershop harmonies and even a children’s song as part of their 90 minute concert.

It was a homecoming for band members Jeremy and Richie Lister, who grew up in Anderson and were introduced by their father, the Rev. Richard Lister, who pastors Electric City Fellowship in Anderson. Friday almost marked the first time the pair shared the stage with their grandfather and Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member Bill Shaw, who showed he still has the chops to reach the upper register in a lively standing-ovation producing cover of “I’ll Fly Away.”  Adding to the family reunion, the youngest Lister brother, Jonathan, also took the stage with his elder siblings for several songs as well.

The band, currently touring to raise capital for their first album, was clearly at home as they captured the near full house. Adam Chance laid down the bass tracks while John Martin, Richie Lister and Mark McLemore brought tight harmony. And though Jon McLemore brought strong vocals to his leads, what makes Street Corner Symphony special is the spectacular lead vocals of Jeremy Lister. Channeling the swampy “Down of the Corner” of CCR. the ethereal “Fix You” of Coldplay, to the moody Radiohead cover of “Creep,” Lister displays range and tone that is rare indeed among frontmen today, and is the chief reason the band nearly won “The Sing-Off.”  

Opening for the band were a trio of local collegiate acapella groups, Cocktails from the University of South Carolina, the Bell Tower Boys from Furman University and TakeNote from Clemson University. All three were pleasant enough, but the Cocktails tight harmonies and choreography were superior and easily the most entertaining of the bunch.

If you missed Friday night’s concert, you still have a chance to catch the Lister brothers in an acoustic set tonight at Matty’s in downtown Anderson. For more information call (864) 965-9170.

Friday
Apr012011

AnMed Welcomes Carolina Kids Practice

As of April 1, Carolina Kids Pediatrics is now AnMed Health Carolina Kids. Located in Seneca, Carolina Kids is the office of Dr. James Feiste and Dawn R. Russell, C-PNP, APRN. The practice provides individualized pediatric care, breastfeeding assistance and instruction, as well as comprehensive school and sports physicals.

AnMed Health Carolina Kids is the fourth pediatrician’s office in the AnMed Health Physician Network. Dr. Feiste is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School and completed a pediatrics residency at Keesler Medical Center in Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Dr. Feiste is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Carolina Kids is also the network’s fourth new practice since the beginning of the year. In January, AnMed Health welcomed AnMed Health John D. Ware III, M.D.; the office of cardiologist John Ware; AnMed Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, the office of Drs. Stephen H. Hand, Gowdhami Mohan, Charles A. Thompson and William W. Walker; and AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine, the office of Drs. Elizabeth Boyer and Melody Franks.
The AnMed Health Physician Network includes 30 doctor’s offices across the Upstate with specialists in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics, vascular medicine, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery and general surgery. For more information or to find a doctor near you, go to www.AnMedHealth.org .

Friday
Apr012011

22 Whitehall Students Duke Scholar Participants

Whitehall Elementary School has 22 students participating in the 2011 4th/5th Grade Talent Search through Duke University.  The students scored in the 95th percentile or higher on one or more PASS subtests or in the 95th percentile or higher on one or more MAP tests administered during the past two years.  Duke TIP works with schools and families to provide a wide array of educational opportunities to academically gifted students, such as above level testing experience (prep for SAT and ACT), writing contests, book clubs, and math and science courses.

Fourth Grade Students:  Steven Chen, Isis Cromwell, Lauren Edmonds, Drew Jacobs, Leo Pham, Greyson Madden, Mary Evelyn Stansell, Ben Van Buren, Jake Van Buren
Fifth Grade Students:  Taylor Broadwell, Preston Clinemyer, Caleb Cox, Nickolas Dunn, Grace Harbin, Kobe Middleton, Jason Norton, Brody Norton, Brenda Rodriguez, Daniel Saavadra, Sayler Schuster, Sarah Sherrell, Ashley Winn