McLeod Men is an association of men organized through the McLeod Health Foundation. The purpose of McLeod Men is to provide healthcare-related educational opportunities for men to develop their knowledge of the importance of philanthropy on the healthcare for our region. Membership dues create a fund to invest in projects that build and strengthen Foundation-supported programs through the power of joint philanthropy.
The membership dues for the McLeod Men are a minimum of $100 annually.
The membership dues are held in the McLeod Men Fund, which is used to support programs and services of McLeod Health with a focus on outreach efforts related to men’s health. The membership determines how the fund shall be utilized for the benefit of patients and families.
The membership meets four times a year for breakfast in October, December, February and May. A health-related educational presentation is the highlight of each meeting.
McLeod Men membership is open to all men, who are interested. To become a member, click here to join now! If you would like more information, please contact the McLeod Heath Foundation at (843) 777-2694 or email Kendra Collins.
Men’s Group Joins Forces to Impact Lives.
In 2014, a group of 60 men joined forces to become the McLeod Men – a philanthropic organization partnered with the McLeod Health Foundation. More than five years after its inception 120 men have joined, increasing the group’s impact each year.READ MORE
The McLeod Men, who meet quarterly, annually review McLeod Health programs and decide what their membership dues will support. In the past, the group has supported lung screening scholarships and funded equipment used to enhance the patient experience.
This year, Maureen Byrd, a nurse practitioner with the McLeod Home-Based Palliative Care Team, presented an exciting new effort to the McLeod Men — the Butterfly Fund.
The Butterfly Fund will provide immediate support for Hospice and Palliative Care patients who struggle to afford basic items necessary for their care. This includes medication, nutrition, minor medical equipment, and other needs requiring urgent assistance.
“In her compelling presentation, Maureen explained how providing critical support for patients can drastically change their medical outcome,” said Dr. Charlie Jordan, Chairman of the McLeod Men.
When it came time to vote, it was clear that this presentation had touched hearts. As a group, the Men approved funding to establish the Butterfly Fund.
“It took less than five minutes for us to realize the critical importance of this program,” recalled Dr. Jordan. “We knew that this is exactly what the McLeod Men are here to support.”
Through the generosity of the McLeod Men, the Butterfly Fund will provide patients with the “wings” necessary to journey through an especially difficult chapter in their life.Close
McLeod Men and the McLeod Foundation were recognized on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the City Parks and Recreation Commission monthly meeting for the donation of nine AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) for City of Florence parks and recreation facilities. AEDs will be conveniently located for use in emergency cases of sudden cardiac arrest at nine strategic locations. In service training was also provided for staff.READ MORE
Dave Stoklosa, Athletic Trainer Coordinator for McLeod Sports Medicine, leads the effort for this project. Having children participate in the city recreation programs, he learned that the parks and rec facilities did not have AEDs in place. Stoklosa shared that in high school, as a pitcher for his baseball team, he was hit in the chest with a ball and his heart stopped. He was fortunate that a nurse was on site to perform CPR until EMS arrived with an AED.
Dave wrote a grant request to the McLeod Foundation to purchase the AED units. While this grant was under consideration, the McLeod Men, a men’s philanthropy group involved with the Foundation, learned of the need. Led by Dr. Charlie Jordan, the group had heard a presentation by McLeod Electrophysiologist Dr. Rajesh Malik who shared his wishes to have AED units available for all gathering places that regularly have attendance of 50 or more people. Dr. Malik is confident that this would save lives when seconds count.
The McLeod Men agreed to fund half of the requested amount of nearly $14,000 and the McLeod Foundation funded the balance. If you are interested in learning more about McLeod Men, please call the office at (843) 777-2694.Close
Barry Wingard, Chair
Dr. Joseph Heyward
Dr. Charlie Jordan