Friday, February 12, 2016

Upstate AHEC Announces Departure of Fay Brown, Opens Executive Director Position

Upstate AHEC Executive Director Fay Brown will be stepping down this spring after nearly five years of service to the AHEC system.  During her time as executive director, Fay has guided Upstate AHEC to many notable accomplishments.

Although the introduction of online continuing education capability was initiated by Candace Luciano, the former Upstate AHEC Center Director, Fay shepherded an era of unprecedented access through the AHEC U platform to quality online enduring professional development opportunities. AHEC U saw a 35 percent increase in participation during this past year alone.


Fay was also instrumental in designing and overseeing the acquisition of the new Upstate AHEC office building and its state-of-the-art classroom. She also facilitated the involvement of the South Carolina AHEC in the introduction and implementation of the DHHS-sponsored Community Health Worker Program.

Fay and her husband will be returning to her hometown of Nashville so they can be closer to their daughter and her family. Fay has been an integral member of our South Carolina AHEC family and will be missed!

Executive Director Position Now Open

With Fay’s departure, the Upstate Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a 501c3 healthcare-related organization located in Greenville, SC, seeks an experienced and innovative executive director with proven leadership skills in program growth and development, strategic planning, and personnel and financial management.  Ideal candidates will have knowledge of the healthcare field and a minimum of five years' experience in non-profit or corporate management, a minimum of a master's degree or equivalent experience in executive management, healthcare or a related field (for a full position description, click here).  Candidates should submit a resumé, cover letter and three professional references, with at least one from a former supervisor.

Email application materials to fbrown@upstateahec.org no later than March 4.  No phone calls please. Applications will be considered when submitted and the position may be filled prior to the deadline date.

South Carolina AHEC 2015 Annual Report Now Available



The 2015 South Carolina AHEC Annual Report is now available online.  The report highlights the accomplishments of the South Carolina AHEC system during the past year and features notable achievements that address the healthcare workforce needs of our state.

Cathie Storey Named South Carolina Nurse Administrator of the Year

Cathie Storey, Coordinator of Health Services for the School District of Greenville County, has been named South Carolina Nurse Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Mrs. Storey, who has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University, coordinates health services for more than 90 schools and supervises 150 school nurses who provide services to Greenville County Schools’ 76,000 students.  Under her leadership, the district has reached the national average of one nurse for every 750 students. She played an integral role in securing a much-needed pay increase for nurses, and two years ago she hired four floating nurses to help cover schools when nurses are absent.

“Our nurses work in an environment that’s like an emergency room with no doctor,” she said. “That is why we look for someone who can react quickly and calmly in a serious situation.”

One of her greatest contributions to school nurses is the implementation of Health Office, a computer program that allows nurses to manage information and to document student illnesses safely, confidently, and quickly.

Cathie Storey has also made it possible for nurses to receive required continuing education units, or CEUs, at little or no cost so they are better prepared to meet the increasing health needs of students. She coordinates educational offerings specific to school nursing and oversees the orientation of all new school nurses.  “Continuing education is very important for a school nurse,” said Storey. “They need courses to keep their license and to learn about new trends. That’s why I pay for them to attend courses through the Upstate Area Health Education Center (AHEC).”

Congratulations to Ms. Storey!

Pee Dee AHEC HPS 2016 Interprofessional Opportunities

Pee Dee AHEC Health Professions Students (HPS) coordinators will be working with McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program to present educational sessions to HPS students from various disciplines in 2016. HPS students who are in the area for clinical rotations will be invited to participate in interprofessional learning opportunities. Pee Dee AHEC will lead team building activities, teach concepts of interprofessionalism and provide information on a variety of healthcare topics.

For any HPS student in the Pee Dee region unable to attend these sessions in person, the coordinators invite them to participate through videoconferencing technology. They can use the videoconference system to interact during the discussions with other students and presenters.

For students rotating in the Pee Dee region who are interested in attending, please contact Kam Richardson or Traci Coward, Pee Dee AHEC HPS Program Coordinators, at krichard@mcleodhealth.org or tcoward@mcleodhealth.org for more information. 

Sarah Owens joins Upstate AHEC

Sarah Owens, a native of Greenville and communications graduate of the University of South Carolina, Upstate Campus, has joined the staff of Upstate AHEC as Office Coordinator and Student Services Program Assistant.

As the Office Coordinator, Sarah will manage multiple functions of the office, including facilities maintenance of the Upstate center while providing expert customer service to program participants and partners of AHEC.   Additionally, she will provide administrative and technical support services to program coordinators of the Health Careers Program and the Health Professions Students Program. 

Sarah comes to Upstate AHEC after two overseas stints teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Rome, Italy, and Ulan Bator, Mongolia.  Welcome, Sarah, to the AHEC family!  She can be contacted at sowens@upstateahec.org or 864-349-1177.

The South Carolina AHEC Program Office Welcomes Stan Sulkowski

Stan Sulkowski joined the South Carolina AHEC Program Office on February 1 as the Program Manager for the Office for Telehealth Education. Stan comes to us from MUSC’s Office of Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources (ITFR), where he served as Director of Instructional Systems and helped manage the University’s learning management system, lecture capture system, and educational assessment system, among others. Before his career turned toward technology, Stan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Furman University and previously worked as a Research Associate and Educational Program Specialist in the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University).

Stan’s wife, Amy, works at MUSC in the Addiction Sciences Division and his daughter, Nadia, is turning 3 in February. When he is not in the office or spending time with his family, Stan is a part-time football fan and helps lead Charsenal, Charleston’s Official Arsenal Supporters Club.

Welcome Stan! He can be reached at sulkowsk@musc.edu or 843-876-7826.

IPC Update: Pharmacy Students Join the Institute for Primary Care

Since pharmacy students and preceptors joined the institute in the fall of 2015, it seemed appropriate to have January’s monthly seminar focus on the role of clinical pharmacists in the primary care setting. Dr. Scott Bragg, clinical pharmacist with the Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency and assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, was the speaker. Dr. Bragg brought with him Cristin Adams, DO, a current family medicine resident who was spending the month with him on a pharmacotherapy rotation. Another guest in the audience was Cecily DiPiro, PharmD, who was a certified diabetes educator for the Diabetes Ten City Challenge while she was practicing at the Prescription Center Pharmacy near Charleston.

Dr. Deborah Carson, the South Carolina AHEC Associate Program Director for Education and a retired clinical pharmacy faculty member, set the stage by providing a brief history of the changes in pharmacy education and practice that have led to the practice of clinical pharmacy. Dr. Bragg explained that clinical pharmacy requires a fundamental interprofessional collaborative component and is primarily patient-oriented, rather that product-oriented. He identified typical roles that a clinical pharmacist has in a primary care setting and provided an overview of current opportunities and challenges facing clinical pharmacists. The group discussed possible ways to interface with pharmacists in their communities once they begin their healthcare careers. Dr. DiPiro shared examples of how her work with the Ten City Challenge, an initiative where pharmacists met with participants to manage their diabetes and demonstrated improved standards of diabetes care and reduced healthcare expenditures, led to positive patient outcomes. Dr. Adams described how much she enjoys collaborating with clinical pharmacists in her residency and getting further training in medication management. 

Student evaluations clearly showed that they enjoyed the session and came away with a new understanding of the role of a clinical pharmacist.  Future sessions will include information on population health and value-based care.