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JULY 28, 2011 Summerville Medical Center is confident that plans of a $26 million expansion will be upheld by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. We also believe the expansion is necessary based on data from the states health plan.
The most current South Carolina State Health plan lists Summerville Medical Center as the only hospital in the area with a bed need. All others have a bed surplus.
When identifying a bed need at Summerville Medical Center, the states Health Plan took into account two additional hospitals being built in Berkeley County. Roper Hospital is using a non-existent facility (proposed to be built in Carnes Crossing) to oppose the necessary expansion of Summerville Medical Center, an existing facility with a current bed need.
When applying to build in Carnes Crossing, Roper stated its hospital would have no adverse impact on any other area hospitals. Ropers current opposition to SMCs expansion is inconsistent with its Certificate of Need application.
Medical Center is the only hospital in Dorchester County.
In 2010, Summerville Medical Center provided almost $13 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed $6.6 million in taxes.
It is estimated this expansion project will create 50 jobs within the facility and 250 construction jobs. The construction will add 30 medical/surgical beds to the 94-bed facility, and convert 18 semi-private rooms to private rooms. Construction will take approximately 36 months to complete.
Plans include a three-story patient tower that will be connected to the existing hospital on each level. Mindful consideration is being used in the design and planning in order to prevent disruption to patients who are hospitalized during construction.
We are confident that our decision to expand meets the healthcare needs of our community, Lou Caputo, Summerville Medical Center CEO, said.
The iPad ejection seat: Theres an app for that
By MARSHA GUERARD, editor
JULY 28, 2011 As our own contributing editor Peter Lucash notes below, the iPad has made a huge dent in personal computer sales nationwide. I suggest that its also making a dent in personal fitness.
I live in a Mac family. Im writing this on a big-screen iMac, I play solitaire on a Macbook while my husband checks email on his, we stay in touch on our iPhones, and we travel with an iPad. Theres no question that Apple sent PC sales in our household plummeting.
But theres something about the iPad that singles it out, even in this Apple haven. Its simple, elegant, easy to use, endlessly amusing with thousands of applications available. Its incredibly useful on trips, as we hunt for great restaurants or places to visit. And I tend to reach for it more often at home than I do my comparatively heavy MacBook.
But the last two weeks have left me uneasy. I discovered an app called Pepperplate that allows me to save recipes from several websites to my iPad for use offline. Its quick, easy, and addicting. I give it four stars, but I am saddle sore after spending hours building a library.
Then theres Words With Friends, an app that lets my best friend (I have called her Poodleface for about 25 years) and me play a Scrabble-type game all evening while were watching TV in our respective living rooms. I even play this game with strangers online.
When I went to bed last night, random words flashed across my brain and I felt as if I was caught in a metaphorical lightning storm. I was stiff and exhausted from having moved very little all evening, but still, sleep would not come while I mentally rearranged letters.
Im sure theres an app for this one designed to make me long for exercise, one that works as an ejection seat from my easy chair. Its too bad you dont have to at least take a stroll when you go to the App Store.
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. In this issue, we shine the spotlight on a featured nonprofit partner, the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. The organization provides pastoral care and counseling for employees and families of law enforcement, emergency service agencies and the general public. The Judeo-Christian organization also helps law enforcement and emergency officials in notifications about unexpected deaths, hostage negotiations and other emergency situations. It provides follow-up visitations in the home or hospital for crime victims and their families. The Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy: Providing pastoral care and counseling throughout the Charleston area 24 hours a day. More: http://www.coastalcrisischaplain.org.
2011 On Aug. 4 from noon
to 1 p.m., Scott Cave will lead a session called Building a Disaster
Recovery Plan. It will focus on building a disaster recovery plan
to protect IT systems from common threats such as utility outages, hurricanes,
earthquakes, and other disasters. No charge, lunch provided.
training program for tech/bioscience companies
sales drop as tablets roll out
keynote address Monday during the First Plenary Session of the 102nd Annual
NAACP Convention, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous challenged
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on her decision to allow the Confederate
Flag to fly in front of the South Carolina Statehouse.
one of the most perplexing examples of the contradictions of this moment
in history is that Nikki Haley, South Carolinas first Governor of
Color, continues to fly the Confederate Flag in front of her states
capitol, stated Jealous. Given the similarities between
our struggles to end slavery and segregation, and her ancestors
struggle to end British colonialism and oppression in India, my question
to Governor Haley is one that Dr. King often asked himself: What
would Gandhi do?
Local city and county officials broke ground Tuesday for the building planned to house the countys Consolidated 9-1-1 Center and Emergency Operations Center.
38,000-square-foot structure is scheduled to open at 8500 Palmetto Commerce
Parkway, North Charleston, in the spring of 2013. The new building will
enable the full consolidation of 9-1-1 and emergency dispatch operations
in Charleston County, and will also serve as the new location for the
Countys Emergency Operations Center.
Blackbaud, Inc., has opened an office in Mexico City, hired a new local team, and written a reseller agreement with EXITE.TI to support the growing Latin American philanthropic sector.
are investing in growing our presence in Latin America with a new office
and a dedicated team to better serve our existing customers and to meet
the increased demand for specialized nonprofit software, said Fernando
Ferreira, Blackbaud Latin Americas business development manager,
who is based in Mexico. We are also pleased to announce our partnership
with EXITE.TI, who will be the official reseller of Blackbaud products
in the region.
Kids can become Junior Master Naturalists this fall
Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will offer a hands-on
program for children that will be the counterpart to the popular certified
Master Naturalist program for adults. The Junior Master Naturalist
program immerses children in their natural environment, teaches them how
to make a difference and offers kid-friendly fun.
attend six out of the eight programs offered September through October
will be certified as Junior Naturalists. Adult chaperones are welcome
to attend free of charge.
A free workshop for small and disadvantaged business owners will explain small Business Administration bond procedures.
The workshop, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, is being hosted by Charleston Countys Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise programs under the Charleston County Procurement Department. The workshop will be in Council Chambers at the Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building located at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston.
of Construction Bonds Inc. in Herndon, Va., will be the main speaker at
the workshop. Paul Thomas, representing the Small Business Administration,
will also be in attendance to provide information and to answer questions
regarding SBA bonding procedures.
The August sales tax holiday will be a big help to small businesses still struggling to recover from the economic recession, says J.J. Darby, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, South Carolinas leading small-business association.
The holiday is Aug. 5-7.
country may be two years into the economic recovery, but small-business
owners are still worried, especially when it comes to consumer spending,
Darby said. Weak sales continues to rank as the No. 1 challenge facing
the nations small businesses, according to NFIBs Small Business
Economic Trends Report
The sales-tax holiday is really going to make a difference, because its going to help families stretch a dollar, and its going to put people in the mood to shop, he said. Were hopeful theyll use this opportunity to support the local economy and shop at small businesses.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 97 percent of all employers in the state and employ about half of the states private-sector workforce.
The bottom line is that the more we can encourage people to spend and to shop at small businesses, the more jobs we can save and create, and the faster our economy will get back on track, Darby said.
Founded in 1858, the State Normal School at Charleston (now Memminger School) owed its existence to a reform movement that simultaneously erected a modern public school system for the white children of the city, the first in South Carolina. The school was begun by Christopher G. Memminger, a state legislator and chairman of the Charleston school board.
Patterned after schools in the northern states, the mission of the Memminger School (as it was called after 1876) was to train female teachers for the state at large as a department of a new city high school for girls (the Charleston High School was then reserved for boys only). The first principal was Frederick A. Sawyer, a native of Boston and future U.S. senator for South Carolina.
Memminger got initial support from state funds and drew students from outside the city. However, the school came to rely primarily on local gifts and taxes. Admission depended on entrance tests and was usually free. The curriculum included courses in education theory and practice, teaching advanced studies in the humanities, mathematics, and science. Eventually, Memminger expanded its scope, providing departments of instruction in domestic science and business. After years of declining enrollments variously attributed to the admission of women to the College of Charleston and wider opportunities for women in the private economy, the flagship Normal Department was discontinued in 1932. By then the school had educated thousands of teachers, business and professional women, and housewives.
In 1933 Memminger was reorganized as a comprehensive high school for white girls, offering classical, general, and prevocational courses. In subsequent decades, as secondary schools of Charleston were integrated by gender and race, Memminger emerged as the name of an elementary school.
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5 on how to avoid being greenwashed
Greenwashing is the practice of marketing a product or company as environmentally sustainable when it is not (or isn't as eco- friendly as presented). Just as the production and availability of organic and environmentally sustainable products have grown, so has the practice of greenwashing. Here are 5 tips to avoid being greenwashed when you're shopping for legitimate environmentally friendly products:
Sharon Harvey is owner of Charleston Naturally, an eco-chic boutique specializing in natural, organic and sustainable products and gifts for home, pets, baby and beauty located online at www.CharlestonNaturally.com and 918 Lansing Drive, Mount Pleasant.
a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see."
International Thunderbird Club: Through July 31,
Sheraton Airport Hotel, 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston. The International
Thunderbird Club holds its 18th Annual Convention in North Charleston
through Sunday. Sixty to 80 cars are expected, and they will be judged
on Saturday, July 30, at the hotel. Open to the public.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 28 and 29, Hampden Clothing, 314 King St.
An exclusive trunk show with denim label Current/Elliott. Stop by Hampden
Clothing to meet Julia of Current/Elliott, enjoy an ice cold beer or refreshment,
and shop a variety of the latest denim staples and on-trend pieces with
a Hampden stylist by your side. Learn
Party at The Joe: 7 p.m., July 28, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. Presented by Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, "Party at The Joe" features $1 beer, live music, cornhole, flip cup, and Firefly and food specials. Kickball will take the place of baseball as teams from the Charleston Sports and Social Club kickball league "Be Your Own Fan" while assuming center stage on the Riley Park diamond. Proceeds benefit Windwood Farm, a non-profit organization that is a home for children. Tickets: $5. For more information, go online.
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 29, Village Spirits at Bohicket Marina.
1894 Andell Bluff Blvd., 843-789-4363.
(NEW) Farewell Solo Show: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 30, SCOOP Studios, 57 ½ Broad St. SCOOP studios Contemporary Art Gallery presents the farewell solo show Unwound and Bound by Karin Olah with a Bon Voyage Preview with the artist in attendance and treats by Sugar Bakeshop. Normal gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm or by appointment. Olah is setting out for a new adventure in Colorado. Go online for more information.
Reception - Under the Radar: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 30, The City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Marks the end of the Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar exhibit. All eight artists featured in the show will have additional works on display that are available for purchase. This event is admission free and open to the public.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
Family Fun Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays, July and August. South Carolina residents who want to enjoy a "staycation" can take advantage of reduced admissions at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Weekend admission to the gardens and a nature train ride will be $40 for each vehicle carrying up to five passengers. Free snow cones and popcorn will be served at the Peacock Café. For more information, call 571-1266
Small Business Lunch: 12 p.m., Aug. 4, Hall's Chophouse. Speaker will be Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and past president of the PGA. He'll speak about the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah's Ocean Course and how it will shine an international spotlight on Charleston. Go online for more information and to purchase tickets.
(NEW) Play Auditions for Adults: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7 and 8, South of Broadway Theatre Company (a non-profit organization),1080 E. Montague Ave.,North Charleston. Greater Park Circle Play Fest (3 plays on 3 separate weekends) audition dates for adults and older teens. Will provide sides from scripts.Minimal rehearsals (3 - 4). Performance dates will be Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 19, Blue Bicycle Books, 420
King St. Author Maurita Corcoran will sign her book, A House Interrupted,
a can't-put-it-down read about a wife's devastating discovery that her
physician husband had been living a double life. Recently, Maurita and
her husband appeared on national television on The Dr. Drew Show, where
they discussed their successful efforts to rebuilding their lives together.
Auditions for Youth Plays: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 21
and 22, and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22, South of Broadway Theatre Company
(a non-profit organization),?1080 E. Montague Ave.,North Charleston. Ages
13-18: Power Play, remounting last year's popular production, with additional
school performances in discussion. Ages 9-13: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,
a creepy musical experience. Power Play performance dates: Nov. 19 at
7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow performance dates:
Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.
(NEW) The Bridge Ride: 6:30 a.m., Sept. 17, Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. Includes a spin session at the park, as well as a bike ride across the bridge. Proceeds go to East Cooper Community Outreach. Registration is open.
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