Dreaming here

Think of it as an opportunity for the Greenville Drive and the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center to team up with the community and hit a home run for improving health care in the Upstate. That’s the goal for the “Field of Dreams Gala,” a first-of-its-kind event planned for Oct. 7 at Fluor Field […]

A cause, a cure

Leslie Crews’ husband found it on Labor Day 2006. A lump, no bigger than a marble, beneath her arm. “We were lying on the couch watching a movie, and he slid his hand up my side beneath my arm,” she said. “I won’t ever forget him asking me, ‘What’s that?’ because I sat right up.” […]

Foster care needs grow

The twins were like living dolls when they came into Heather Purtle’s life; two underweight bundles of neediness that the Department of Social Services dropped off at her house with little warning and not much in the way of instruction. The girls are thriving 17 months later and Purtle is in the process of adopting […]

Rabies case confirmed

A fourth case of rabies this year has been confirmed in Greenville County and a Pelzer woman is undergoing the painful treatment to prevent the disease, state officials have said.

Two babies. Two miracles.

Babies leave Greenville Hospital’s NICU, neonatal intensive-care unit, either as miracles or angels. Ten-month old Weston Ward, born with respiratory distress syndrome, left as a miracle. For his mother Michelle Ward, Weston, a twin, is not just a gift from God but also a life saved by research and services funded by the March of […]

Baby Boomers: health care crisis?

A bottleneck in health care is coming fast as the first wave of Baby Boomers reach Medicare age next year, obesity sends more people to the emergency room and coverage is expanded to millions. At the same time caps remain on the number of American doctors coming out of medical training each year, doctors approaching […]

St. Francis receives $1 million

  Bon Secours St. Francis Health System’s bone marrow transplant unit will soon more than double in size thanks to $1 million in donations from employees and community members. The unit is the only one of its kind in the Upstate and one of two dedicated inpatient transplant units in South Carolina. Blood and marrow […]

Upstate benefits from 2010 federal earmarks

Earmarks in the 2010 federal budget helped purchase lightweight compact medical equipment for combat medics from a Greer company, continued Milliken’s research into a moldable fabric armor to reinforce military vehicles and will improve busy intersections in the Upstate. In all, private companies and governments in Greenville and Spartanburg counties received $7.04 million in earmarks. […]

Pollen is high

Pollen counts have hit a 12-year high in the Greenville area sparking a yellow storm that has driven allergy sufferers to distraction and promises weeks of prolonged suffering unless weather patterns change. Neil Kao, an allergist who practices in Greenville is in change of the area’s pollen counting station, said tree pollens: oak, birch, mulberry, […]

Growing here: Physician education

Steve Sloate’s job is to live 15 years in the future, then figure out how to get there. What he envisions for Greenville is an expansion of medical training in an empty shell of a $20-million building on the campus of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. The idea, Sloate said, is the natural […]

Boy jumps from ambulance, dies

An autopsy is set for later this morning on the body of a 16-year-old Greenville High School student who was pronounced dead early Sunday afternoon after jumping from a moving ambulance in the northbound lane of Interstate 85 between the Laurens Road and Interstate 385 exits.

Free medicine

Tony Bell was visiting the clinic he helped set up for Spartanburg County employees recently, and the clinic’s advising physician happened to be there. “My shoulder has been bothering me forever and a day,” said Bell, sporting a blue canvas arm sling late last week. “He said, ‘Why don’t you get an MRI?’ I hadn’t […]

H1N1 recall

When it comes to H1N1, parents of small children now have something else to consider. A company that manufactures H1N1 flu vaccines has issued a non-safety related voluntary recall of some pediatric doses made for children between the ages of 6 months and three years. And some of those suspect doses came to South Carolina. […]

Schools offer swine flu shots

Young children who attend public schools in Greenville County are able to get a free swine-flu vaccine at several sites in the evenings through next Tuesday. The vaccine is available only for children in 3-year-old Kindergarten through fifth grade because these younger children are at greater risk of infection, a letter to parents said. The […]

Well, well, well

A Blacksburg, Va., medical school has asked Wofford College and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to partner in the opening of a 400-student osteopathic teaching facility on the city’s north side. If negotiations between the three parties are successful, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine will open a branch of the seven-year-old medical school in a location […]