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LifeTimes is published quarterly by the Public Relations Department of Tuomey Healthcare System as a community service for the friends and patrons of Tuomey Healthcare System and The Tuomey Foundation.

Transcript of LifeTimes: Fall 2010

  • Insights for Healthy Living FALL 2010 //

    Insights for Healthy Living FALL 2010 //

    Insights for Healthy Living FALL 2010 //

    I Care Program



    Hospice CarecOMpassiOn FOrpaTiEnTs and FaMilY

    TeAmwork leAds To unprecedenTed resulTs

  • t Tuomey, our I Care sloganrepresents not only our core values Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence but an attitude: that our jobs as caretakers are not about punching a clock, but instead about a deep commitment to service in a respectful and comfortable environment. We strive to make the experience of our patients nothing but positive and stress-free. In a field of many great hospitals, Tuomey is consistently raising the bar on quality.

    In this issue of LifeTimes, we are happy to highlight some of the people and programs that make Tuomey remarkable. Far from doing the bare minimum, Tuomey earned outstanding scores (including a flawless report in Food and Nutrition) in both the Joint Commission accreditation inspection and the general licensing survey. In an unannounced DHEC inspection, Tuomey received an unprecedented perfect report. We are so proud to be recognized for the excellence of our staff and facilities, and we would like to thank each and every Tuomey team member for these outstanding results.

    But of course, running a hospital is not just about passing our tests and inspections with flying colors, but about meeting the needs of our patients. Youll read about Tuomey Hospice, a program unique for its ability to offer personalized, compassionate care to patients and caregivers alike. Youll also find an article about Tuomey Rehabilitation Services, a program that pairs the most state-of-the-art equipment with devoted and experienced physical therapists.

    In other news, we are thrilled to announce that Jeff Faw has been named Executive Director of the Tuomey Foundation. The Tuomey Foundation is our philanthropic branch; its work supports important causes both inside and outside our hospital walls. Under Jeffs skilled guidance, the Foundation hopes to expand the charitable efforts that support our community. We have the utmost respect for Jeff and are so pleased to have him leading this prestigious group.

    Its obvious that Tuomey is an exceptional facility, but its our people that make all the difference. The hard work and dedication of our staff consistently demonstrate our commitment to building the very best patient experience for you and your family.


    Jay Cox, FACHEPresident & CEOTuomey Healthcare System

    Volume 13 | Issue 2 LifeTimes is published quarterly by the Public Relations Department of Tuomey Healthcare System as a community service for the friends and patrons of Tuomey Healthcare System and The Tuomey Foundation.

    Editor in ChiefBrenda Peyton Chase

    Editorial Advisory BoardGregg Martin Brenda Peyton Chase

    Design SupportCyberwoven

    Art Director / DesignerTim Burke

    Contributing WritersJeff Faw Brenda Peyton Chase Traci Quinn

    PhotographyChris Moore Traci Quinn Tuomey Healthcare System

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    Tuomey Healthcare System129 North Washington Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150 www.tuomey.comCopyright 2010 Tuomey Healthcare System


    Letter from The President

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    Rehab Services:A Team EffortLifeTimes interviews Rehab Manager Jerry Shadbolt about Tuomeys physical therapy program.

    14 Golf ClassicOur annual golf tournament was a huge success!

    17 Employee Scholarship FundFive worthy students receive scholarships from The Tuomey Foundation.

    13 CVNDCVND receives national accreditationTuomeys Cardiovascular Neurodiagnostic Department goes above and beyond.

    16 Tuomey FellowsFourteen new ambassadors for Tuomey begin an incredible journey.

    Top Teams at TuomeyA look at our impressive test scores in recent inspections.



    12 Hospice CareTuomey Hospice provides compassionate care for both patients and family members.

    Strong FoundationMeet Jeff Faw, new Executive Director of The Tuomey Foundation.

    Table of


    Festival of TreesJoin us in celebrating the season! ....................18Tuomey Foundation Contributors .......19Upcoming Events ......................................20

  • 2rehAbiliTATservicesATeAmeFForT

    by brenda chase


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    by brenda chase

    Jerry shAdbolTOutpatient Rehab Manager


  • 4wheTheryoure A weekend wArrior, a high school or college athlete, or just picking up a tennis racquet on Tuesday nights, Tuomey Rehab Services is there when you need it. Rehab Manager Jerry Shadbolt and his team of experts can handle almost any situation that comes their way.

    A graduate of Indiana University, Shadbolt received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and athletic training in 1993, and a masters degree in counseling and guidance services in 1995 from Clemson.

    Shadbolt, who joined Tuomey in 2003, sat down with us recently and told us what makes the rehab team at Tuomey so special.

    What are some of the outpatient rehab services that are offered at Tuomey Medical Park?

    Our physical therapy team consists of both licensed physical therapists and physi-cal therapy assistants. Together they work closely with patients following surgery, illness or trauma to help them regain their normal physical capacities and return to an improved quality of life.

    We have individualized rehab programs for each of our patients. We have a broad range of patients, so we try to make the best of a sometimes bad situation. Rehab needs to be fun, too!

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    What about occupational therapy? Our focus is to teach and assist patients using exercise, adaptive

    techniques and equipment to regain independence for work and self-care. We use isotonic equipment for upper extremity strength tests and general exercise, plus a wide range of exercises to help regain range of motion and strength.

    How do you choose the employees who come to work here?We are extremely selective. We turn job candidates down if they are

    not the right fit for the department. They have to have an excellent set of clinical skills, but they have to be customer-service oriented as well. Its all about the patient and the quality of care. We have the most diverse team in the area, and our focus on the individual is what separates us from the rest. We have a team of therapists who specialize in just about every area.

    Tell me about your sports medicine program.The sports medicine program at Tuomey is the most comprehensive

    in the region. Our staff includes certified athletic trainers and physical therapists, enabling us to work with a wide variety of orthopaedic and ac-tivity-related injuries. Our goal with every patient is to help them reach their optimal level of functional and athletic performance.

    We work with both Thomas Sumter and Wilson Hall, and on Saturday mornings we offer clinics for the football players to assess post-game injuries. The clinic is staffed by an orthopaedic surgeon from Sumter Orthopaedics, athletic trainers and a radiation tech so that we can take X-rays. Its a program that we are very proud of.

    Are your services available to anyone? Anyone. You just need a referral from your family doctor, pain doc-

    tor, neurologist, podiatrist or orthopaedic surgeon. We will assess the situation and get you on the right treatment plan. We accept all types of health insurance, and were here to serve the community. We work with the sports teams from USC Sumter, we have a great golf fitness program, and were the only rehab center in Sumter that has a pool. We really do have something for almost everyone.

    What sets Tuomey Rehab Services apart from the crowd? Its the people. It will always be the people. Thats what keeps me

    here. We do have a wonderful, large facility. We do have the best equip-ment money can buy. But its the people who work here: they care about the patients. They try to make rehab funor at least as fun as it can be. The therapists love what they do and it shows!

  • 6By Brenda Chase

    Jeff FawThe New

    execuTive DirecTor

    of The Tuomey


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    Tuomey Healthcare System is excit-ed to announce that Jeff Faw has been named the new executive director and chief development officer for The Tuomey Foundation. Faw spent the past two years at Tuomey working as the director of Busi-

    ness Development.This is such an exciting opportu-nity for me, said Faw, a native of North Carolina. This community has been so good to me and my family, and this will be a great way for me to give something back.

    Prior to joining Tuomey, Faw was the president of Sumter Cabi-

    net Company for three years. He also served as vice president of sales and

    marketing for Sumter Cabinet, prior to being named president in 2004.

    We are so fortunate to have some-one of Jeffs caliber leading the Foundation for us, said Tuomey President & CEO Jay Cox. He will bring a business background to the Foundation as well as a heart for giving back to his community. Jeff is a man of integrity, and we are so fortunate to have him in our Tuomey family.

    Faw, 50, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from High Point University in North Carolina, where he studied business, economics and marketing. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and serves on its board of trustees. He is