Palmetto State Extra: Your Health and You

May 09, 2022

**McLeod Stroke Survivors Raise Awareness**

May is National Stroke Month a time to raise awareness of the devastating effects of stroke. In recognition of Stroke Month, video patient testimonials were created of McLeod Health Stroke Survivors.

“My type of stroke was very uncommon, but thanks to Vascular Surgeon Dr. William Jackson who performed life-saving treatment, I am still here with my loving wife and our dogs.” – John Book, Pamplico.

**McLeod Health Celebrates Nurses Week**

McLeod Health joins the American Nurses Association in recognizing National Nurses Week, which is held each year May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

We honor the work of our nurses who day in and day out lead, excel and innovate. McLeod nurses are heroes who serve with expert hands and compassionate hearts.

McLeod Health employs more than 2,700 licensed nurses (Registered Nurses; Advanced Practice Nurses – including Certified Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives; as well as Licensed Practical Nurses) and each one has a critical responsibility to uphold the highest level of quality in their practice to ensure the delivery of superior health care to patients, families and their community.

Throughout the years, nursing has progressed from traditional nursing care to more than 100 nursing specialties.

Each hospital will have ongoing celebrations recognizing National Nurses Week, including Nurse of the Year announcements, to recognize the incredible work McLeod Health Nurses do every day.

**Community Stroke Awareness Fair**

Date: May 21, 2022

Time: 9:00 am

Join Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center for a Community Stroke Awareness Fair on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9:00AM-12:00PM on the front lawn of CPRMC, 1304. W. Bobo Newsom Hwy., Hartsville.

**Marion P. Carnell Award Presented To Honor Senator Leatherman**

An award luncheon was held by HopeHealth on April 28 at the Florence Country Club, to posthumously present the Marion P. Carnell Award to Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., on behalf of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA). Senator Leatherman was chosen for the award at the 2022 SCPHCA’s Annual State Policies and Issues Forum.

The prestigious award is named after the late Representative Marion Carnell who served in the House of Representatives for more than 40 years.

**Where There Is Hope, There Is Healing CMC Acute Rehabilitation**

CMC Acute Rehabilitation provides inpatient rehab due to functional loss that has occurred from injury or illness. Our 24/7 facility offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language pathology for a minimum of 3 hours/day, 5 days/week, all under the watchful eye of CMC Physicians. Our facility provides cognitive and perceptual evaluation and training, motor skills/swallowing skills assessment, wheelchair position and mobility training, home evaluation, and much more. While the length of time our patients are with us varies, we are committed to personalized care that meets our patients exactly where they are.

**Rabid Fox Confirmed in Florence County**

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a fox found near River Bend Drive and Darlington Street in Timmonsville, S.C., has tested positive for rabies. No people or pets are known to have been exposed at this time. The fox was submitted to DHEC's laboratory for testing on April 30, 2022, and was confirmed to have rabies on May 2, 2022.

“It is very important for you to seek medical attention if you have been exposed to a wild, stray, or domestic animal. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and can be transmitted through a bite, scratch, broken skin, and the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth.