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LEADERSHIP FLORENCE HEALTH DAY

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posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009

We've approached the end of our Leadership Florence road.  It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since many of us met for the very first time at our opening retreat in Myrtle Beach.  I remember the day very clearly.  I was a college graduate of 3 months and I was petrified of the people in the room around me.  Everyone looked so professional; certainly I stuck out like a sore thumb!  It only took a few hours for us to loosen up a bit (not to mention that we'd learned the intricacies of our personalities from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).  Since that day, I can truly say that I've developed great friendships with my Leadership Florence classmates that will last throughout my professional career in Florence.

Our session on May 12 was titled "Health Issues."  We began our day at the Floyd Conference Center at Carolinas Hospital System with a very rich breakfast: mixed fruit parfaits, endless coffee cakes, a fresh omelet station, pancakes, and an abundance of coffee (which we all appreciated at 8:30AM!)  Carolinas Hospital System CEO Jim O'Loughlin opened our session with an interesting presentation of the future of Health Care in the United States.  We also played a round of "Name That Tune" with ER physician William Cauthen.  Could you have guessed Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" performed by a string quartet?  We toured the grounds and visited many different departments of the hospital.  During our time at Carolinas, I was most impressed by the tangible enthusiasm shared by the staff.  It was everywhere!  Carolinas also places a huge emphasis on the wellness of its staff.  They even provide an in-house gymnasium to help employees get and stay physically fit!

Our next stop was the Leatherman Senior Center.  At the non-profit center, senior Florentines can participate in activities like Bridge, Canasta, aerobics, and blood pressure screenings.  The Leatherman Senior Center, named after our own Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, is also the home of the "Meals on Wheels" program.

We then traveled to McLeod Regional Hospital for another grand meal (we were spoiled on Health Issues day!)  Jumana Swindler and her marketing team toured us around the facility.  My favorite spot was the newly redecorated Children's Hospital.  At night time, the ceilings glow with little stars to give the tiniest of McLeod's patients something beautiful to help fall asleep.  We also played in the Child Life Activity Center: a huge, soft-carpeted room full of every creative toy, book, video game system, and stuffed animal imaginable!  It truly is an escape for the children.

McLeod also encourages wellness with its Health & Fitness Center, which was the next stop on our Health Issues journey.  The McLeod Health and Fitness Center encompasses a Pro Shop, Café, Spa, Activity Center for Kids, Rehabilitation Services, in-house Sports and Family Medicine practice, and incredible fitness gym.  I happen to be one of their members who hasn't been to the gym in, oh, let's say...6 months?  I admit that touring the facility made me want to get back in the routine and maybe take a few Zumba classes!

After we toured the Health & Fitness Center, we headed over to visit Gerry Madison's Granny at the Carriage House.  Granny couldn't have been happier to see us.  Now we know where Gerry gets her spunky personality!

Our last stop on our trip was the Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee.  Before we arrived, I prepared myself for what I thought I was going to experience.  My expectations were wrong!  The residents of the Methodist Manor are active, energetic seniors with plenty of exciting activities on their calendars and beautiful living quarters.  Seniors can choose from Asbury Village patio homes, spacious apartment homes, and assisted-living suites.  The Manor also has an amazing Alzheimer's and dementia wing called Magnolia Terrace.  We were blessed to be able to visit with these residents.  I especially enjoyed watching two of the residents sit in the indoor terrace while enjoying the afternoon sun out of their patio door windows.  The Methodist Manor provides a wonderful quality of life.

With the end of our Health Issues Day, I bid a fair adieu to Leadership Florence 2008-2009.  I am so blessed to have been a part of Leadership Florence during my first year out of school.  I would have never known how much Florence's business community has to offer, and I encourage you to participate next year if you haven't already.  Special thanks to Gerry, the mastermind behind it all!  We appreciate all of the hard work that she and the others at the Chamber put in to making Leadership Florence a great experience.

Whitney Meade
Executive Assistant to the CEO
HopeHealth


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Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce

LEADERSHIP FLORENCE HEALTH DAY

posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009

We've approached the end of our Leadership Florence road.  It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since many of us met for the very first time at our opening retreat in Myrtle Beach.  I remember the day very clearly.  I was a college graduate of 3 months and I was petrified of the people in the room around me.  Everyone looked so professional; certainly I stuck out like a sore thumb!  It only took a few hours for us to loosen up a bit (not to mention that we'd learned the intricacies of our personalities from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).  Since that day, I can truly say that I've developed great friendships with my Leadership Florence classmates that will last throughout my professional career in Florence.

Our session on May 12 was titled "Health Issues."  We began our day at the Floyd Conference Center at Carolinas Hospital System with a very rich breakfast: mixed fruit parfaits, endless coffee cakes, a fresh omelet station, pancakes, and an abundance of coffee (which we all appreciated at 8:30AM!)  Carolinas Hospital System CEO Jim O'Loughlin opened our session with an interesting presentation of the future of Health Care in the United States.  We also played a round of "Name That Tune" with ER physician William Cauthen.  Could you have guessed Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" performed by a string quartet?  We toured the grounds and visited many different departments of the hospital.  During our time at Carolinas, I was most impressed by the tangible enthusiasm shared by the staff.  It was everywhere!  Carolinas also places a huge emphasis on the wellness of its staff.  They even provide an in-house gymnasium to help employees get and stay physically fit!

Our next stop was the Leatherman Senior Center.  At the non-profit center, senior Florentines can participate in activities like Bridge, Canasta, aerobics, and blood pressure screenings.  The Leatherman Senior Center, named after our own Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, is also the home of the "Meals on Wheels" program.

We then traveled to McLeod Regional Hospital for another grand meal (we were spoiled on Health Issues day!)  Jumana Swindler and her marketing team toured us around the facility.  My favorite spot was the newly redecorated Children's Hospital.  At night time, the ceilings glow with little stars to give the tiniest of McLeod's patients something beautiful to help fall asleep.  We also played in the Child Life Activity Center: a huge, soft-carpeted room full of every creative toy, book, video game system, and stuffed animal imaginable!  It truly is an escape for the children.

McLeod also encourages wellness with its Health & Fitness Center, which was the next stop on our Health Issues journey.  The McLeod Health and Fitness Center encompasses a Pro Shop, Café, Spa, Activity Center for Kids, Rehabilitation Services, in-house Sports and Family Medicine practice, and incredible fitness gym.  I happen to be one of their members who hasn't been to the gym in, oh, let's say...6 months?  I admit that touring the facility made me want to get back in the routine and maybe take a few Zumba classes!

After we toured the Health & Fitness Center, we headed over to visit Gerry Madison's Granny at the Carriage House.  Granny couldn't have been happier to see us.  Now we know where Gerry gets her spunky personality!

Our last stop on our trip was the Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee.  Before we arrived, I prepared myself for what I thought I was going to experience.  My expectations were wrong!  The residents of the Methodist Manor are active, energetic seniors with plenty of exciting activities on their calendars and beautiful living quarters.  Seniors can choose from Asbury Village patio homes, spacious apartment homes, and assisted-living suites.  The Manor also has an amazing Alzheimer's and dementia wing called Magnolia Terrace.  We were blessed to be able to visit with these residents.  I especially enjoyed watching two of the residents sit in the indoor terrace while enjoying the afternoon sun out of their patio door windows.  The Methodist Manor provides a wonderful quality of life.

With the end of our Health Issues Day, I bid a fair adieu to Leadership Florence 2008-2009.  I am so blessed to have been a part of Leadership Florence during my first year out of school.  I would have never known how much Florence's business community has to offer, and I encourage you to participate next year if you haven't already.  Special thanks to Gerry, the mastermind behind it all!  We appreciate all of the hard work that she and the others at the Chamber put in to making Leadership Florence a great experience.

Whitney Meade
Executive Assistant to the CEO
HopeHealth



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