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KFF’s State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions now includes information on state vaccine and mask mandates and related school policies for the current year, including in-school mask requirements and vaccine mandates for school employees. State Data on Vaccine Mandates and School Policies

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Myrtle Beach, SC — CareNow® Urgent Care announces the purchase of seven Beach Family and Urgent Care clinics across the Grand Strand. The clinics will be rebranded to CareNow® Urgent Care, which is operated by HCA Healthcare and represents one of the largest urgent care networks in the country.

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Women who’ve lost a breast or breasts to cancer now can have their breast rebuilt, using their own tissue.  McLeod Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Dustin Eck describes this procedure.

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Francis Marion University is excited to announce the creation of the Darla Moore Scholarship, made possible by the generosity of the Darla Moore Foundation.

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As we age, our bodies wear down and become easier to injure. While a tumble in the kitchen in our 20s or 30s can be painful (and maybe a little embarrassing), the same fall for a senior living alone can be devastating, potentially leading to declining health, loss of independence, or worse –…

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FLORENCE, S.C.  – The articulation agreement between Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and Francis Marion University (FMU) now includes FDTC’s Business and Network Systems Management (NSM) students.FDTC students who earn an Associate in Applied Sciences through the Marketing, Mana…

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Sonda Jett-Clair of HopeHealth’s Diabetes and Nutrition Institute team has been recognized by the South Carolina Public Health Association as the Lifestyle Change Coach of the Year. The award is presented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control e…

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HARTSVILLE, SC -- SC Humanities recently awarded a $10,000 grant to implement the “South Carolina Civil Rights Monument Project” coordinated by Coker University Assistant Professor of Art and sculptor Jasmine Baetz and Coker Assistant Professor of Communication Jennifer Heusel.The Coker facu…

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As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Durant Children’s Center, in partnership with Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, announces the launch of Pee Dee Parent Helpline.

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Florence, SC MPD Electric Cooperative Inc. Darlington, SC donates 30 fans to help the seniors in Florence County. The fans will be distributed to clients who are on the Meals on Wheel program here in Florence County.

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FLORENCE, S.C. – HopeHealth welcomes family nurse practitioner Debbie Garrison, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, to the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence. Garrison serves patients in the Access Hope program.

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Florence, SC - The McLeod Health Board of Trustees has approved a transition to the Epic EHR (electronic health record) system. This transformational move underscores advancements that reflect the McLeod mission of improving health in our communities from the midlands to the coast.

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Francis Marion University’s dual enrollment numbers have surged heading into the Fall semester, the latest success resulting from a dynamic educational partnership at The Continuum in Lake City.

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Did you know that 600,000 military and veteran families move with the military annually? While experiencing new locations is often cited as a highlight of military service, moving so often also presents real challenges, especially when you consider the family members who move with them. The …

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Weak urine stream. Dribbling after urinating. Difficulty urinating or trouble starting the flow of urine. Slow urine flow. These are all common symptoms that men experience as they get older.And, while occasional urinary hesitancy is usually nothing to worry about, but long-term or recurrent…

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McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence has opened its new Emergency Department, which can handle 109,000 patients a year, nearly twice as many as before. The Emergency Department’s  Medical Director Dr. Thomas Lewis describes other patient-centered features.

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Francis Marion University named 548 full-time students and 33 part-time students to its President’s List for the spring 2021 semester. An additional 589 full-time students and 51 part-time students made the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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 McLeod Health is pleased to announce the opening of the new McLeod Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. Designed to serve nearly 110,000 patients a year, the new McLeod Emergency Department will dramatically improve the timeliness of care available to emergency and trauma patients,…

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Bradley Riley had his sights set on becoming an attorney but he needed a strong foundation to get him started. He decided Central Carolina would be the perfect stepping stone to help him achieve his goal. In 2015, Riley graduated from CCTC with his Associate in Arts degree. While he was at C…

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HARTSVILLE, SC  -- Coker University (Coker) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy today announced a new accelerated pathway partnership to help students become pharmacists more quicklyand at a reduced cost. The program enables highly qualified Coker students…

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Trinity Collegiate School announces that Padgett Kahn will be the school’s new guidance counselor. Padgett is a Florence native and alumnus of the IB program at Wilson High School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Citadel in 2016, and earned his Master’s in Clinic…

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On Friday, June 4, 2021, three Morris College Biology students reported to Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. for their 10-week summer research internship. In preparation for completing the internship, the students attended a two-hour virtual orientation boot camp on Thursday, June 3…

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Many nonprofit leaders say that increased financial support from funders and the government helped their organizations fare better through 2020 than originally anticipated, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds.Based on a survey conducted in February of CEP's Grantee Voic…

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South Carolina Humanities is honored to provide funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Funding for the SC Humanities Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Federal and State Partnership Division as part of …

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In early March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act which included, among many other things, $39B for child care, $15B in Child Care Development Block Grants and $24B in Child Care Stabilization Funds. In May, the Administration for Children and Families released federal …

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Florence, SC   DSS Farmers’ Market Voucher Program has been postponed. Vouchers will not be distributed during the week of Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 17, 2021. Please stay tuned for further information about the rescheduling date from SCA. For more information visit our website at www…

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If you are a nonprofit organization, IT support is more than just a luxury. It's mission-critical. As the world becomes increasingly technologically advanced, it is not enough to have an up-to-date website and social media presence. Nonprofits need 24/7 IT support to stay on top of their gam…

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“The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for everyone 12 and older,” says Dr. Benjamin. “Originally, it was only for individuals age 16 and older, but now the recommendation has been dropped to include the 12-to-15-year age range. Moderna is still for those 18 years of age or older, as is J…

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is awarding its first round of 2021 grants totaling $1,516,500 to 91 nonprofits that are working to make life better for people experiencing poverty.Each of the nonprofits are working to reduce poverty in South Carolina in one of three ways:Mee…

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We have all experienced loss in some form or another because of COVID-19. Loss triggers the grief process, known as the five stages of grief. Understanding and recognizing this process is crucial in knowing what to do when experiencing paralyzing anxiety, irritability or depression. Accordin…

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As the country has considered how it will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, child care has remained a central topic of conversation, sitting at the intersection of education, the economy, workforce, and family dynamics. Simply, the pandemic acutely highlighted that child care is foundationa…