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South Carolina Senator Bright-Matthews Gives Welcome at 2017 South Carolina AHEC Annual Meeting

Lowcountry AHEC Center Director Diane Mathews,
Senator Bright-Matthews and South Carolina AHEC
Executive Director Dr. David Garr
Lowcountry AHEC was honored to host Senator Margie Bright-Matthews for the welcome address at the 2017 South Carolina AHEC Annual Meeting in March.

Senator Bright-Matthews, who received her Bachelor of Science and her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina, serves as Senator of District 45, which includes Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. She was elected in a Special Election on October 20, 2015, to fulfill the unexpired term of Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was killed while in bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015.

Senator Bright-Matthews spoke of the people and communities from the district she serves and connected their healthcare needs with the work that South Carolina AHEC is doing in her region and the state. Her opening message set an inspiring tone for a day of workshops and collaboration for South Carolina AHEC System staff.

In appreciation of her work and contributions, Lowcountry AHEC Center Director Diane Mathews announced that a donation was made in the senator’s honor to the MUSC College of Health Professions Kim Martino Minority Scholarship Fund. Ms. Mathews and South Carolina AHEC Executive Director Dr. David Garr also presented Senator Bright-Matthews with a framed fabric postcard designed to honor the 14 men, women, and children who were present in Mother Emmanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. 

South Carolina AHEC thanks Senator Bright-Matthews for her continued service to the lowcountry!

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