Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dr. Oscar Lovelace Named 2015 Family Physician of the Year

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has named Oscar F. Lovelace, Jr., MD, the national 2015 Family Physician of the Year at its annual Assembly. The award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in his or her community, to other health professionals, and to residents and medical students.

Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Lovelace has been a practicing family physician for more than 26 years. In 1988, he founded Lovelace Family Medicine in his grandparents' hometown of Prosperity, South Carolina, a small, rural farming community in Newberry County.

Currently the practice employs 38 staff, including three board certified family physicians, 11 nurses and three nurse practitioners. Lovelace Family Medicine provides 8,000 patients with the full scope of family medicine services for patients of all ages, from obstetrics to geriatrics, as well as office-based and hospital care. Practice services include comprehensive wellness and preventive care, prenatal care, acute care, chronic disease management, weight management counseling, a full service laboratory and corporate wellness programs.

Lovelace and his colleagues have hosted more than 200 students and residents from all areas of the country for a four-week elective during which they encounter the challenges and rewards of practicing rural family medicine. The goal of this program is to increase interest in practicing in an underserved area. Many of Lovelace's former students and physician colleagues have served on medical missions, both at home and abroad.
Lovelace is committed to ensuring that all people, especially the underserved, have access to high quality primary care in a patient-centered medical home. During Lovelace's second year of solo practice, Newberry County's only OB-GYN died. This left Lovelace as the only physician in three contiguous rural counties practicing obstetrics, and he delivered more than 220 babies.

Dr. Lovelace has been a preceptor with South Carolina AHEC for many years. Because of his outstanding involvement, Dr. Lovelace was an inaugural member of the South Carolina AHEC Institute for Primary Care (IPC), which began in 2012. He remains active in the program and Lovelace Family Medicine is one of the most sought after sites for rotation. As an IPC Preceptor, Dr. Lovelace shared his model for an interprofessional community-based weight management program that has become the basis for an MUSC/SC AHEC telemedicine weight management project, Wellness Connect, which began in April 2014. In addition, he and his wife also have hosted IPC social events for medical, advanced practice nursing, and PA students interested in joining the Institute. Over the years, many practitioners have been attracted to the practice established by Dr. Lovelace in Prosperity. Six physicians and one nurse practitioner have received funding from the SC AHEC Rural Physician Program to practice at Lovelace Family Medicine.

South Carolina AHEC congratulates Dr. Lovelace on this prestigious recognition of he many years of outstanding work!

To find out more about Dr. Lovelace, watch his speech from the assembly, and view his introduction video, visit http://www.aafp.org/events/assembly/about/2014-assembly-highlights.html.

McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program Receives Grant from McLeod Health Foundation

The McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program, part of the South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Training Programs, is taking a comprehensive approach to preventing childhood obesity through a McLeod Foundation grant awarded in the amount of $5,275 for the proposal “Empowering Positive Parenting in Early Childhood.”  The proposal was submitted by residents Tareq Haidary, M.D.; Joseph Hoyle, M.D.; and faculty member Benjamin Elder, M.D.  The project focuses on the implementation of a proven early childhood literacy practice-based intervention, Reach Out and Read, along with additional innovative components that improve the delivery of clinical preventive services, such as the prevention of dental carries. 

Reach out and Read serves families with children ages six months through five years who come for well child visits.  Practitioners promote reading as a safe, engaging activity that promotes a positive learning environment.  Using age-appropriate books, primary care physicians can promote realistic expectations for parent-child interactions.  The program was endorsed in May by the American Academy of Family Medicine, and has been endorsed for several years by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  In summary, the approach involves three steps during well child visits:
  • Give each child a developmentally and culturally appropriate book as part of each well visit.
  • Provide appropriate anticipatory guidance about how best to enjoy the book with the child.
  • Emphasize that reading aloud stimulates language development.

The residents chose this program to be the focus of obesity prevention efforts at the Family Medicine Center for the next five years, with a vision for adding additional components and supporting program alumni and regional family medicine practices to implement the program.  The residents developed an acronym for the program, inspired by the title, REACH: Read out loud with child Every day, daily physical Activity, choose Clinical preventive services, and discuss the five Healthy developmental domains for school preparedness.

Dr. Hoyle explains, “preventing childhood obesity requires a comprehensive, collaborative approach with parents and community organizations.  We see this challenge as an opportunity for family physicians to provide leadership on a leading community health indicator.  In my opinion, our faculty’s stability and commitment to the care of children will be the keys to the long-term success of this approach.”  The program will be overseen by a leadership team that includes representatives from practitioners, staff, administration, community literacy organizations, and families served.   The Family Medicine Residency Program is already exploring additional sites for program dissemination and welcomes anyone interested in joining. 

To find out more information, please contact Dr. Haidary at thaidary@mcleodhealth.org. 

Ebola 101 Video For Providers Available Online


To address the questions and dialogue surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa and care of patients infected with the virus, MUSC has created Ebola 101 for providers.  The video, presented by Dr. Cassandra Salgado from the Infectious Diseases Division, covers information about the virus as well as current treatment protocols. Click below to view the videos.



Summer Internship Applications for Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program Open in November

2014 Interns, left to right: Morgan McDaniels (Francis Marion University), Matt Holt (Coastal Carolina University), Angelica Bostick (University of South Carolina), Brianna Lewis (Coastal Carolina University), and Eric Robles (Coastal Carolina University) (Not all interns pictured)
High school and college students in the Pee Dee region interested in applying for the Summer Internship Program for 2015 can get an early start this fall. The Summer Internship Program application will open in November instead of in February, as it has in the past.

 “Our hope is that more students will apply for this wonderful opportunity and that this change will help us refine the way we take selected students through all the required steps to get started with their internships,” says Health Careers Program Coordinator Larrissa Clavon.

More applicants applied for the 2014 Summer Internship Program than in 2013. Application numbers for 2015 are expected to be even higher with recruiting efforts being made on the regional high school and college levels, including South Carolina AHEC’s Bench2Bedside Program, and through work with community organizations such as the Workforce Investment Act Office of Darlington County School District.

The 2015 application can be downloaded online at https://www.peedeeahec.net/hcp/hcpforms.aspx.  The application process is competitive and students seriously considering health professions are encouraged to apply. The Summer Internship Program is a four to six week educational and work experience designed to help underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged high school and college students explore health professions in a healthcare facility.


For more information contact Larrissa Clavon, Program Coordinator at lclavon@mcleodhealth.org.

Coastal Carolina Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association Receives National Recognition

Pee Dee AHEC is proud to announce that the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association is the deserving recipient of the 2014 Board Certification for Emerency Nursing (BCEN) Honorary Certification Recognition Award.  This award is an unprecedented achievement; no state council has ever been awarded this honor and all previous recipients have all been from large “Magnet” health care facilities. The award is based on the large number of certifications among its members. Many members have attended the CEN Certification Review and other educational offerings by Educator Pam Bartley, RN, BS, CEN, CCRN, CPEN and conducted through Pee Dee AHEC. The mission of this chapter, consisting of emergency nurses from Horry, Georgetown, and Marion Counties, is to promote education, professional networking, magnetic mentoring, and ending lateral hostility. 

Past achievements of this chapter include sponsoring members to become certified “Car Seat Technicians” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  They serve as an official car seat check off station for the community and have sponsored car seats when children were found to be in unsafe conditions. In addition, the chapter has sponsored five of its members’ attendance to the didactic portion of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training and the national SANE-A (Adult) certification exam.  The chapter also maintains presence in their community Sexual Assault Response Team.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the achievements from a small group of dedicated nurses in a little over a year and a half,” stated Gina Carbino, BSN, RN, CEN and SCENA Coastal Carolina Chapter President. We salute the achievements of this dedicated Coastal Carolina Chapter.

For additional information or interest in joining the Emergency Nurses Association, please call: (843) 732-1639 or (843) 353-2194 or email www.sc-ena.org

For additional information about conducting or attending a CEN Certification review, please contact Pee Dee CE Nursing Coordinator Cheryl Neuner, BSN, RNC, at cneuner@mcleodhealth.org.

Upstate AHEC Welcomes Amie Snell

Upstate AHEC is pleased to welcome Amie Snell, a Greenville resident and North Carolina native, as Financial and Human Relations Manager.  Amie, a certified public accountant, was previously a general accounting manager, internal auditor and controller with businesses in North Carolina and New Jersey. Amie has worked for the past year with another Greenville not-for-profit agency. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Guilford College.   

She and her husband Greg, a banking professional, relocated to South Carolina three years ago when he was transferred to the Upstate area. The couple plans to make Greenville their permanent home. Amie and Greg have a 12-year-old daughter Madeline, who is an avid swimmer and keeps her parents busy attending swim meets.

Lowcountry AHEC Offering Nurse Executive Certification Review Course

Lowcountry AHEC will be offering a Nurse Executive Certification Review Course entitled, “Nurse Executive/Nurse Executive Advanced Workshop” on February 16-17 at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare Professional Development Offices in Charleston, SC. 

This workshop is produced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Credentialing Knowledge Center.  The ANCC provides 14 continuing education contact hours, valuable study tips, and information to be utilized in preparing for the certification exam. Domains of practice in the Nurse portion include:  Nurse Executive, Delivery of Care, Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues, Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Environment, and Professional Practice.  The Nurse Executive-Advanced portion includes: Quality Management/Care Management, Professional Practice Environment, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Systems Management, and Communication/Collaboration. 

Visit www.lcahec.com for more information.

Pee Dee AHEC Successful in Recruitment for Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program

Pee Dee AHEC successfully recruited and approved 19 physical therapists and physical therapy assistants for its fifteen-hour Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) for rehabilitation professionals on November 14-15 at the Horry Georgetown Technical College - Grand Strand Campus in Myrtle Beach. Dr. Tammy Marcin, Academic Chair/Professor of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program of the Horry Georgetown Technical College, Grand Strand Campus Myrtle Beach, and Scott Montgomery, Director of Physical Rehabilitation of McLeod Loris Seacoast, Loris have partnered to provide the program. Participants come from various facilities, including Horry Georgetown Technical College - Grand Strand Campus, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Genesis Healthcare, Georgetown Hospital System, Carolinas Hospital System-Marion, and Central Carolina Technical College.

To be eligible to attend this course, all participants completed and submitted a participant dossier and accompanying documentation to the credentialed trainer. The credentialed trainer reviewed all documentation to determine each individual's acceptance into the course based on specified criteria (e.g., current license as a PT or license/registration/certification as a PTA).

 With coordination through Pee Dee AHEC, this program is designed primarily for professional rehabilitation staff who are interested or involved in clinical education.  Center coordinators of clinical education, academic coordinators, and clinical instructors have the opportunity to receive specialized training that is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. This program addresses issues of:
  • Planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences
  • Developing learning experiences
  • Supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback
  • Developing skills of performance evaluation
  • Identifying and managing students with exceptional situations
  • Identifying legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation

Barbara Wilson, Senior Physical Therapist, CCCE, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Columbia, is the APTA approved instructor who will conduct this training.  For more information, contact Continuing Education Program Coordinator Kay Lambert at klambert@mcleodhealth.org.

Extreme Nursing Conference Focuses on Bedside Care

Lowcountry AHEC and Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BHM) partnered to educate Lowcountry area healthcare professionals at the Tenth Annual Extreme Nursing Conference on October 3 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, SC. Breakfast, lunch, and continuing education credits were provided.The topics discussed were designed to empower all providers of healthcare. The focus for this year was quality and the theme was Promoting Excellence at the Bedside

The topics presented included: Eradicating Hospital Acquired C-Diff, How Social Media Impacts Quality, The Cost of Quality, Becoming a High Reliability Healthcare Organization, Preventing Medical Errors, Key Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals and the Impact of Humor on the Patient and Healthcare Provider.  International motivational speaker, Glen Ward presented, along with Shana Dykema, MHA, CPPS from the South Carolina Hospital Association; Susan Chewning, RN, BSN; Sharon Beasley, RN, PhD; Mary Scott, RN, BSN; Antionette Carron, RN, BSN; with expert panelists from BMH and quality improvement poster presentations by senior nursing students from the Technical College of the Lowcountry. 

Pee Dee AHEC Health Professions Students Fall Highlights 2014

HPS Students at the JDOH Presentation with Mrs. Arnold's Class
Rural Interprofessional Student Experience   
The MUSC Physician Assistant Program requires the students to participate in a two week Rural Interprofessional Student Experience (RISE) prior to beginning their clinical year of rotations. Pee Dee AHEC coordinated with seven hospitals in its twelve county region to host 17 students. The students enjoyed gaining experience in the rural communities and the infrastructure of the various hospitals.

Community Health Worker Program
The Community Health Worker (CHW) Program is a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. During the second year of the initiative, the five sites in the Pee Dee region have expanded to include nine CHWs. The CHWs are serving patients in Chesterfield, Florence, Horry, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg counties. Pee Dee AHEC hosted the fall quarterly meeting in September and is planning the next regional meeting for December.

Junior Doctores  of Health           
Pee Dee AHEC began a new community collaboration with Florence School District One’s McLaurin Elementary School in October. Seven HPS students presented the Junior Doctors of Health (JDOH) curriculum to 64 first through fourth grade students. Topics presented included nutrition, exercise and different health professions. The elementary students not only learned valuable information but were able to meet and interact with the HPS students.

Enduring Services  
Pee Dee AHEC HPS coordinators continue to address the need for preceptors in the Pee Dee region, especially in women’s health and internal medicine disciplines.  Additionally, the coordinators continue to place nurse practitioner, physician assistant, third and fourth year medical, and other health professions students in clinical rotations throughout the twelve county region.

For more information, contact Pee Dee AHEC HPS Program Coordinators Kam Richarson (krichard@mcleodhealth.org) or Traci Coward (tcoward@mcleodhealth.org).

South Carolina Recognizes Corps Community Day

On October 9, health professions students from the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus were invited to attend South Carolina’s recognition of “Corps Community Day.”  A presentation was held on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina and faculty and students at the other institutions were able to participate via videoconference. This program provided information about the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which exists to increase access to primary care where it is needed most.  The NHSC is a federal program that provides scholarships or repays the educational loans of healthcare providers who agree to serve a minimum of two years in a federally designated health professional shortage area.

South Carolina AHEC Executive Director David Garr, M.D., served as moderator for the program and shared his experiences practicing in a NHSC site in rural Utah.  Director of the South Carolina Office of Primary Care Mark Jordan provided an overview of the NHSC and shared information on scholarship and loan repayment opportunities.  Next, attendees viewed four short videos that showcased NHSC member stories.  The videos generated awareness about the NHSC and demonstrated the contributions NHSC clinicians are making in their communities.  Sean Boynes, DMD, one of the dedicated professionals featured in the videos, attended the event and discussed the benefits, working environment, gratification, and experiences he has had working at CareSouth Carolina, a NHSC site.

The program was sponsored by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, and the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association.  For additional information on the NHSC, please visit the NHSC web page http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/ or contact Mark Jordan, NHSC state coordinator, at (803)898-0766 or jordanma@dhec.sc.gov.  The presentation is available online at http://news.scahec.net/2014/10/national-health-service-corps-community.html

Strengthening the Lowcountry AHEC Health Careers Program through Professional Development

Lowcountry AHEC Health Careers Program (HCP) Coordinator Natasha Chatman participated in the 2014 Diversity Conference sponsored by the College of Charleston & the National Association of Holmes Scholar Alumni in September at the College of Charleston. The theme was “Building Partnerships to Support Youth of Promise.” Attendees participated in conference sessions, workshops, and community celebration that addressed ways educators can meet the needs of diverse learners through building community, student advocacy, and higher education partnerships. The keynote speakers were Freeman Hrabowski, III, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Meta VanSickle, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair for Teacher Education at the College of Charleston; and Margaret Olmos, M.A., the Chief of Staff in the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education.   The speakers shared compelling messages that urged educators to meet the needs of diverse learners through building positive student communities and addressing the challenging issues in education.

The information gained from this conference will enhance the services provided to HCP students in the Lowcountry.  Mrs. Chatman strives to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged high school students entering the health professions in South Carolina. Mrs. Chatman learned tools to create a culturally sensitive learning environment; and she has insight on opportunities for additional services and support once students matriculate to post-secondary institutions, such as, the nationally known Federal TRIO Programs and the Call Me Mister (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) initiative.

To learn more about Lowcountry AHEC’s Health Careers Program, contact Natasha Chatman at chatmann@lcahec.com.