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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: Summer 2009

  • LifeTimesInsights for Healthy LivingSummer 2009


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  • Volume 12 | Issue 1 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 Erik Whaley Brenda Peyton Chase

    Design SupportCyberwoven

    art Director / DesignersWill Gettys Larry Thacker

    Contributing WritersBrenda Peyton Chase Kathryn Lentz Traci Quinn

    PhotographerGeorge Fulton George Fulton Photo Imagery

    Feature PhotographyGeorge Fulton George Fulton Photo Imagery

    Contributing PhotographersTuomey Staff

    PrinterState Printing Company

    tuomey healthcare System129 North Washington Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150 www.tuomey.comCopyright 2009 Tuomey Healthcare System

    LifeTimesIf you have a question or a story idea, please contact:Brenda Peyton Chase Director of Public Relations Tuomey Healthcare System 129 North Washington Street Sumter, S.C. 29150 (803) 774-8662 Tuomey Regional Medical Center 774-9000

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    accredited by:Joint Commision on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

    MemberAmerican Hospital Association, South Carolina

    Board of trustees administrationJay Cox FACHE, President & CEOGregg Martin FACHE, Senior Vice President & COOPaul Johnson Vice President & CFOTerrie Carlton Vice President & CNODr. Gene Dickerson Vice President of Medical AffairsMichelle Logan-Owens Vice PresidentWilliam Renwick Vice President

    Bobby Boykin ChairmanChal Glenn Vice ChairmanGreg Thompson TreasurerStephen Creech SecretaryDr. Andy McFaddin Chief of Staff

    Rev. Dr. James BlassingameJohn Brabham Jr.Jay CoxDr. Henry MosesPhil PalmerDr. Kay RaffieldDr. Sam RiddleDr. Charlie WhiteMitch Williams


    xciting things are happening at Tuomey! In our quest to bring Sumter the best healthcare, we continue to offer new pro-grams, new technologies and new forms of outreach for this community. We are proud of the work we do and what we have to offer to the city of Sumter.

    This issue of LifeTimes highlights many of those exciting things. It introduces new op-portunities like the Tuomey Golf Fitness Institute, which seeks to use physical therapy methods to help correct golfers form, protect them from injury and improve their game. It discusses new technology like the Bal-loon Sinuplasty technique offered by Sumter ENT and available at Tuomey, which promises to provide a minimally invasive option for symptom relief of chronic sinusitis. And it introduces new programs like Tuomey Medical Professionals Industrial Medicine and Wellness SMARTbeat, which aims to provide lower-cost preventa-tive screenings for cardiovascular problems. All of these things are wonderful additions to the high-quality care offered by Tuomey, and we are happy to share them with you here.

    Perhaps most significantly, this issue of LifeTimes fo-cuses on the efforts of the Core Institute, an exciting new

    program available in Sumter. The Core Institute offers an educational method that combines both athleticism and academics, in the hopes of strengthening both bod-ies and minds. It promises to serve both students who perform well academically but are under-challenged and those who are having difficulties in their studies. The Core Institute offers the children of Sumter a unique and highly beneficial opportunity to build a strong founda-tion for success.

    Finally, this issue of LifeTimes serves as a reminder of some of the things Tuomey continues to do well. This issue profiles Bunny, one of Tuomeys pet therapy dogs, who recently received top honors for her breed at the Westminster Kennel Club. Furthermore, this issue high-lights the continued work of The Tuomey Foundation, Tuomey Healthcare Systems strongest ally and partner. With the support of our donors and volunteers, we are able to continually make Tuomey a better place for our community.

    I hope you enjoy this issue of LifeTimes. As always, I thank you for your support. And I encourage you to explore the many things Tuomey has to offer, right here in Sumter.


    Letter from The President

    Exciting opportunities at Tuomey

    Golf Fitness Institute:Course CorrectionTuomeys Golf Fitness Institute teaches golfers how to improve their swing and their game, while simultaneously helping golfers become more fit, have better coordination and a better quality of life.

    Balloon Sinuplasty:New Relief for Sinus SufferersA clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Tuomey Healthcare System.

    The Tuomey Foundation:A Message From Erik WhaleyThe first few months of 2009 have seen lots of events for The Tuomey Foundation, including the 12th Annual Sumter Arts Showcase, the Eighth Annual Tuomey Society Gala and the graduation of Class IX of the Tuomey Fellows.

    Cover Story: Stronger Bodies, Fitter Minds...Committed to helping students reach their maximum physical and intellectual potential, the Core Institute programs strengthen both academic and athletic foundations. The intended result?

    Success that lasts a lifetime.

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    06 Top Dog:Therapy Dog Wins at WestminsterTuomeys own pet therapy dog, Bunny, wins top honors at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club.

    Health and Prevention:Smart BeatTuomey Medical Professionals Industrial Medicine and Wellness program introduces SMARTbeat, a four-part screening mechanism designed to detect cardiovascular problems in an economically accessible way.

    Calendar of EventsUpcoming Events at TuomeyFind out what exciting things are happening at Tuomey in the upcoming months.

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    Jay Cox, FACHEPresident & CEOTuomey Healthcare System



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  • 2 Golf Fitness Institute | Course Correction 3LifeTimes | Summer 2009

    That makes the new Tuomey Golf Fitness Institute a great investment on several levels.

    The Institute can teach golfers how to improve their swing and, ultimately, their game, but its primary goal is to help golfers become more fit, have better coordination and a better quality of life. Our goal is to make you feel bet-ter, says golf fitness instructor Jimmy Sease, a physical therapist whos been golfing since high school.

    There are lots of reasons golfers hit poor shots, Sease notes. Among the most common is poor swing mechanics. But what the instruc-tional DVDs dont tell you is that those poor mechanics are often a result of the bodys physi-cal limitations.

    Some people have back pain after a round of golf. It may be related to poor posture or muscle imbalance, Sease says. You may play golf because you believe its a great way to exercise, but if you take bad posture with you, youre not helping yourself at all. Youre just creating more problems.

    Sease can perform a medical golf fitness evaluation to assess your flexibility, stabil-

    ity, balance and coordination as they relate to your golf game. This evaluation was designed through the research of the Titleist Perfor-mance Institute, the leading researcher in golf fitness. The benefits? Improved core strength and stability, increased flexibility, improved balance and coordination, decreased risk of injury, decreased back and shoulder pain during rounds, and, best of all, better scores.

    Well plan a specific strategy based on what your body can do and help you play longer, better and without pain, Sease says. Were not necessarily trying to teach you a better golf swing but to show you how to allow your body its optimal performance.

    Clients will receive, at minimum, a medical evaluation, test and screens related to their individual body and swing. Then Sease can cre-ate a virtual trainer to set up workout sessions. Its a great program for recreational golfers, the retired golfer with the time to invest, and even high school golfers who want to improve their game and be able to play longer and stronger.

    For more information about the tuomey Golf Fitness Insti-tute or to set up evaluations, one-on-one sessions, virtual training and even a Fit Foursome group session, contact Jimmy Sease at 803.774.5240.

    take your 2-iron and call me in the morning.

    Golfers will often shell out $300 on a new driver to get an extra 20 yards on their drive, but physical therapists know that the greatest piece of equipment the golfer has is the body.Course Correction

    By Traci Quinn

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 103,000 golf-related injuries in

    2007 alone. As a result, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises golfers to take special

    care to avoid bone, muscle or joint injuries resulting from improper golfing technique.

    Although all golfers can be assisted by the program, if you experience any of the following common symptoms, please contact Tuomeys Golf

    Fitness Institute.

    hand tenderness or numbness

    Shoulder pain (including rotator cuff tendonitis)

    Neck strain

    Back pain

    Knee pain

    elbow pain (including golfers elbow)

    Wrist injuries (including tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome)

    The most common golf-related injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.


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