• Lorene Godbold
  • Shirley Simon
  • Brenda Kelly
  • Suné Watts
  • Pam Palmer
  • Second Chance at Life
  • Where the Road Leads
  • Walking the Right Path Together
  • Ready for the Next 70 Years
  • Finding the Heart to Help Others
  • A Community Generously Responds
  • The Caring Hearts of Staff
  • The Gift of a Scholarship
  • Lorene Godbold

  • Shirley Simon

  • Brenda Kelly

  • Suné Watts

  • Pam Palmer

  • Second Chance at Life

    By Carrie Anna Strange

    Manning resident Ethel Starks, a wife, mother of three and grandmother of five, has been active all her life. As a 19-year breast cancer survivor, Ethel knows the importance of taking good care of herself and keeping an eye on her health.

    But in the summer of 2015, Ethel noticed she felt more fatigued and short of breath with only small amounts of activity. There were other signs as well – weight gain and a cough that would not go away.

    She initially blamed the symptoms on soaring summer temperatures, but she knew that there may be more to her worries.

    At her next appointment with her primary care physician, Ethel shared her concerns. “With my heart history and my current symptoms, she admitted me to the hospital that same day. That is when I first met McLeod Cardiologist Dr. Ryan Garbalosa with McLeod Cardiology Associates Sumter. After learning about my symptoms, Dr. Garbalosa started ordering tests to check my heart,” said Ethel.

    One of the tests ordered by Dr. Garbalosa was an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to allow physicians to see how the heart moves and pumps blood. This test can show how the heart functions and can detect fluid around the heart. When the test is complete, an “ejection fraction” or “EF” is calculated which is an estimate of how the heart is functioning.

    “Normally, this is somewhere around 50 to 70 percent,” explained Dr. Garbalosa. “For Ethel, it was only 13 percent, showing that her heart was very weak. A low ejection fraction, one of the causes of congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart is not working well enough to keep your blood circulating correctly. This was the cause of Ethel’s symptoms.

    “A decrease in ejection fraction can be caused by several things,” said Dr. Garbalosa. “The most common causes are not getting enough blood flow to the heart due to a blocked blood vessel or having an uncontrolled blood pressure. However, there are many other reasons such as infections, certain medications, or problems with the electrical signals in the heart.

    “Ethel already had some heart problems from a previous heart attack, but it seemed that her symptoms were getting much worse. It got to the point where she could not lay down to sleep or walk across the room without difficulty breathing. It was tough going at first because her symptoms were severe and her heart was so weak, but I told her that I would not give up on her,” added Dr. Garbalosa.

    “My heart and lungs had fluid all around them,” Ethel recalled. “I needed medications to remove the excess fluid and strengthen my heart but my blood pressure kept dropping. I was told that if the medications did not work I might need a heart transplant.”

    “There are many medications available to treat congestive heart failure,” Dr. Garbalosa said. “Some of them can dramatically improve symptoms and keep our patients out of the hospital and at home doing the things they love. Ethel was given the best and most modern medicine available and after a little time, things started to turn around.”

    “I was worried about my health, but even more so about my family,” Ethel stated. “What if my heart stopped while I was sleeping? What about my husband, my children, and my grandchildren? What if I missed my grandchildren growing up?” These worries became her reasons to fight.

    One of the reasons that Ethel’s symptoms were so significant was that the electrical signals in the heart were not working properly. Dr. Garbalosa performed an ECG, or electrocardiogram, which indicates the electrical activity of the heart. “It was abnormal and showed that both sides of her heart were not squeezing at the same time. At this point I referred Ethel to McLeod Electrophysiologist Dr. Rajesh Malik,” said Dr. Garbalosa.

    Dr. Malik implanted a special kind of pacemaker called a bi-ventricular pacemaker/defibrillator that would pace both sides of Ethel’s heart so they squeezed in unison as well as to prevent her from having an abnormal heart rhythm. After the procedure, Ethel spent the next few days at McLeod Regional Medical Center surrounded by staff that she says joined her in her fight.

    For the next year, Ethel was followed closely by Dr. Garbalosa. At first, she saw him every few weeks, then every few months. Each time, Dr. Garbalosa adjusted her medications and made sure she was avoiding salt. Slowly Ethel started walking more and continued increasing her activities. “I felt like I had been given a second chance,” said Ethel.

    Today, more than three years after Dr. Garbalosa began assisting Ethel in taking control of her heart health, she remains grateful to him and the McLeod team for helping her regain her quality of life. She says that she is able to do some activities now that she hasn’t done in years, even the small things that many take for granted.

    “I can enjoy a family vacation and keep up with my five grandchildren. I’ve also returned to work and I’m able to do more around the house,” Ethel added. “My faith in God, my family, and Dr. Garbalosa are why I’m doing so well.

  • Where the Road Leads

    By Jennifer Hulon

    Jerry Burkhart loved traveling the country every summer. During the two months
    that Jerry’s wife, Jeri, was not teaching school, they would set off in their RV from
    their home in Lexington, North Carolina, stopping at various places across the
    United States. When Jeri retired in 2017, they decided to sell their RV and move
    to North Myrtle Beach.

    A few months after settling into their new home, Jerry walked into the kitchen where Jeri was sitting at the table and he began mumbling, saying he didn’t feel “right.” Knowing something was wrong and fearing a stroke, Jeri made the decision to take her husband to the McLeod Health Seacoast Emergency Department (ED).

    Upon evaluation, the Burkharts were told Jerry had experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also referred to as a mini-stroke. A temporary blockage in the brain, the symptoms of a TIA are similar to a stroke, but are not permanent. However, a TIA is a warning sign of a stroke, so immediate evaluation of the cause is needed.

    The ED Physicians made the decision to transport Jerry to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence for further evaluation and treatment. Because of his strong risk factor profile for heart disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other known arterial disease, Jerry understood the importance of being monitored by a vascular surgeon and cardiologist.

    After his hospitalization in Florence, Jerry scheduled appointments with McLeod Health Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham and McLeod Health Cardiologist Dr. Gavin Leask. Dr. Cunningham is a member of the McLeod Vascular Associates team. Dr. Leask treats patients at McLeod Cardiology Associates.

    To assess Jerry’s heart function and risk of obstructive coronary artery disease, Dr. Leask ordered an echocardiogram and nuclear stress test. Both tests returned with normal readings.

    Prior to his first visit with Dr. Cunningham, Jerry began to experience slurred speech. Based on this new symptom, Jerry’s appointment with Dr. Cunningham was sooner.

    A computed tomography angiography (CTA) scan, a special kind of CT exam that focuses particularly on the blood vessels, was performed.

    Dr. Cunningham examined Jerry and reviewed the results of his CTA scan. He explained to Jerry that the slurred speech occurred because his left carotid artery (located in the neck) showed a tight stenosis, a narrowing in a blood vessel. Dr. Cunningham scheduled Jerry for a carotid endarterectomy, a surgical procedure to reduce his risk of a future stroke. During an endarterectomy, plaque is removed from inside the artery correcting the stenosis. Jerry’s surgery went well and he returned home within 24 hours.

    At his follow-up appointment with Dr. Cunningham, Jerry mentioned that he struggled walking for any distance. He shared that he could not even walk the length of a football field. This difficulty interfered with Jerry’s ability to exercise. He explained to Dr. Cunningham that the symptoms had progressed over the past several years.

    “Dr. Cunningham felt for the pulse in my leg and identified a blockage,” said Jerry. “He quickly determined the problem which impressed me greatly.”

    A second CTA scan was administered which detected an arterial occlusion, or blockage. Dr. Cunningham scheduled Jerry for an angioplasty, a surgical procedure that removes plaque in an artery. A couple of hours after surgery, Dr. Cunningham discharged Jerry home after he observed him walking normally.

    “Two weeks after the surgery, an ultrasound showed all blocked areas treated in Jerry’s leg were wide open with normal pulses,” said Dr. Cunningham. “I could not be more satisfied with his results.”

    Stroke patients remain under life-long care by a physician.

    Dr. Cunningham and Jerry have created a friendship and bond through all of Jerry’s procedures.

    “We have encountered a number of surgeons through the years, but I’ve never had as much confidence in one like I do with Dr. Cunningham,” said Jerry. “He speaks to me so I understand what the procedure will involve from start to finish. He overshadows all the other surgeons I have ever seen.”

    Today, Jerry and his wife are appreciating retirement and living a healthier life. He is also back in the gym enjoying what he loves. Through his many travels, Jerry chose to make North Myrtle Beach his home and says he is blessed to have McLeod Health right around the corner.

    “I highly recommend McLeod Health,” added Jerry, whose excellent outcomes have brought quality to his life and retirement.

  • Walking the Right Path Together

    By Shaw Thompson

    Seeing a Primary Care Physician Regularly May Save Your Life

    To look at Bob Sillman, one would have thought he was the picture of good health. Energetic and active at 60 years of age, Bob and his wife Charlotte start most mornings with a brisk walk before breakfast and getting ready for work.

    However, the morning of August 7, 2018 did not proceed according to their normal schedule. Prior to their walk, Bob began his morning ritual of brushing his teeth and shaving before walking. As he was getting ready, he noticed something odd about his right hand. When he reached to flush the toilet, he missed the handle twice. Finally, he succeeded on his third try.

    “It was 5:30 in the morning and I chalked up the problem to not being fully awake,” said Bob. “I am left-handed, so I shaved and noticed nothing unusual. But, as I reached for a towel with my right hand to wipe my face, I missed the towel. Then after brushing my teeth, water dribbled from my mouth when I attempted to rinse out the toothpaste.”

    A 15-year member of the McLeod Health team, Bob’s mind leapt to a message he had seen often on flyers and billboards. F.A.S.T. (Face, Arm, Speech, Time), the acronym for recognizing signs of a stroke, explained the symptoms he was experiencing.

    “My next thought was to ask my wife if my speech seemed odd,” said Bob. “When I opened my mouth and gibberish came out, I knew the answer.”

    Bob’s wife Charlotte, an occupational therapist at McLeod Health Darlington, said, “As soon as I saw his face, I knew he was having a stroke.” Knowing that time was crucial, they rushed to the McLeod Regional Medical Center Emergency Department for treatment.

    An examination by the emergency medicine team revealed that Bob had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but more alarming was the discovery of an elevated blood sugar level of 302. That number triggered Bob having a test called an A1C, a measurement of the blood glucose levels in hemoglobin used to diagnose diabetes. Normal ranges for non-diabetics are below 5.7 percent. Bob’s level was 12.9 percent, making him a diabetic.

    “In a matter of hours, I went from thinking I was healthy to having a stroke and being a diabetic,” said Bob. “I was not aware of any family history of diabetes, and I felt fine. I knew my life was changed forever, and that these concerns, in all probability, had been fully preventable.” In addition, Bob’s work-up showed a 99 percent blockage of his right carotid artery (the artery supplying blood to the right side of his brain). This blockage also had small particles of blood clot in it, significantly increasing Bob’s risk for yet another stroke. Because of this, McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Carmen Piccolo was consulted.

    “Given the amount, location and type of blockage in his carotid artery, Bob needed the more traditional open endarterectomy. During this procedure, we make a cut in the neck, open the artery, clean out all of the blockage and then place a patch on the artery to make it bigger,” explained Dr. Piccolo.

    The carotid surgery was performed on August 10 -- only three days following Bob’s stroke. While preparing for his surgery, Bob was visited by McLeod Neurologist Dr. Timothy Hagen. Dr. Hagen confirmed the initial stroke diagnosis and was monitoring Bob’s care as his stroke symptoms subsided. They had a conversation Bob will never forget.

    “Dr. Hagen remarked to me that I was only 60 years old,” said Bob. “The other patients on the floor with the same concerns were in their seventies, eighties and nineties. What was I doing here?”

    That moment sparked more reflection: how had he gotten here? What could he have done to prevent it, and what should he do going forward?

    “During my whole experience, from the emergency room physicians to Dr. Hagen and Dr. Piccolo, all of them asked me ‘Who is your primary care doctor?’ The answer was simple. I did not have one.”

    Bob had not seen a doctor for an annual check-up or even brief illness for more than a decade. He had no established relationship with a family medicine or internal medicine physician, and had not taken advantage of free occupational health programs provided by his employer. Unfortunately, working in healthcare and having access to physician practices did not lead to his seeking a primary care provider.

    “I felt fine, I was not sick -- I did not think I needed to go to the doctor,” said Bob. “It took a life-threatening event, a stroke, for me to see how going to the doctor, even when you do feel fine, is important.”

    At a post-surgical appointment with Dr. Piccolo, Bob discussed his questions and lack of a personal physician. At Dr. Piccolo’s urging, Bob set up an appointment with McLeod Family Medicine Physician Dr. Stephanie Strickland.

    “Many of the new patients I see come following an emergency or major health scare,” explained Dr. Strickland. “We have a picture in our minds of the stereo - typical person who has high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. People walk around feeling fine, not aware of what issues our bodies may be gradually adjusting to over time. It is not until the system breaks that they know something is wrong. If we do not personally recognize symptoms, we do not see ourselves fitting those stereotypes.”

    Those misconceptions are why having an established relationship with a primary care physician is so important for people of all ages and health levels. “Our goal as primary care physicians is keeping people healthy,” said Dr. Strickland. “Half of good health is genetics; the other half is what we do on our own to maintain it. Often, we can take care of sicknesses and conditions ourselves, or we can be a gateway to specialists, surgeons, or other services as needed. Working together, we can prevent major health concerns before they happen.”

    Under Dr. Strickland’s care, Bob now has a physician dedicated to addressing his concerns directly, especially his new challenge of diabetes.

    “Dr. Strickland works with me on medications, diet and lifestyle changes,” said Bob.

    “Before my stroke, I rarely ate fruit and vegetables, mostly just starches like pasta and meats. Little did I know that the carbohydrates and hidden sugar in my diet put me on the path to diabetes.

    That diagnosis could have been discovered with routine lab tests had I been under the care of a physician. With only changing my eating habits, I have lost 30 pounds and feel much better. I know I am a diabetic now, but I hope, in time, I may not be one forever.”

    If he ever needs motivation to continue those changes, Bob only has to look in the mirror. The scar on his neck is a permanent reminder of the close call that gave him a second chance.

  • Ready for the Next 70 Years

    By Tammy White

    Heart Surgery Provides New Lease on Life

    One cold, crisp morning, Dwight Lindley stepped outside and breathed in the fresh air. He noticed that his lungs felt a little sensitive from the bitter temperature. Dwight considered the achy feeling in his lungs that he experienced whenever going out into the cold air as normal. However, when the season changed, and the temperatures rose, the achy feeling did not go away.

    A family history of heart disease and being diabetic prompted a referral by Dwight’s primary care physician to Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Fred Krainin of McLeod Cardiology Associates.

    Diagnostic testing, including a heart catheterization performed by Dr. Krainin, revealed five coronary artery blockages, all more than 90 percent blocked. Due to the seriousness of his condition, Dr. Krainin did not release Dwight to go home following his catheterization. Dwight needed immediate open heart surgery to repair the blockages.

    Dr. Krainin referred Dwight to Dr. Robert Messier, a Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon whose areas of expertise include Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Repair, and Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery. Dr. Messier, along with his partners, Dr. Wayne Holley, Dr. Cary Huber and Dr. Scot Schultz, bring world class heart care to patients in Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina.

    Dr. Messier met with Dwight and his family in his patient room at McLeod Regional Medical Center. “I felt very comfortable with Dr. Messier,” said Dwight. “He answered all of our questions and reassured me to the point that I did not feel overly anxious about undergoing surgery.”

    On March 13, 2018, Dr. Messier performed Dwight’s quadruple Coronary Artery Bypass surgery. Dwight had four blockages that could be bypassed. The fifth blocked artery was too small to bypass, but it would not affect the performance of his heart, according to Dr. Messier.

    “As I lay on the surgical table in the operating room, I had an expectation I would be asked to count backwards,” said Dwight. “I thought the anesthesiologist would ask me to do this to help put me to sleep for the surgery, but the counting never took place.

    “One minute I was involved in a conversation with Dr. Messier and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. I believe Dr. Messier helps relieve last minute anxiety for his patients by engaging them in conversation like he did with me.

    “After surgery, I experienced very little pain except when I had to cough,” added Dwight.

    Patients who have undergone surgery require breathing exercises, using an incentive spirometer given to them while they are in the hospital, as well as deep breathing and coughing every couple of hours to ensure their lungs stay fully inflated. These exercises can be painful for open heart surgery patients because of their large chest incision. For this reason, they are given a heart hugger pillow to hold against their chest whenever they cough or move.

    “During open heart surgical procedures, I use a special retractor,” said Dr. Messier. “A retractor holds the chest open for performing the surgery. A standard retractor will hold the chest open in a square shape. The one I utilize holds it open in a pie shape. This smaller opening reduces the post-operative pain for the patient.”

    Once Dwight sufficiently recovered from surgery, he began Cardiac Rehabilitation at the McLeod Health and Fitness Center. He admits exercise, a nonexistent entity in his life prior to surgery, has now become more of a focus. Dwight exercises three times a week at the McLeod Health and Fitness Center and uses a stationary bike at home.

    “I also carefully watch what I eat,” said Dwight. “My wife, Becky, and I rarely eat fried foods but when we do, we use a hot air fryer. I also look at sodium levels, which is important for anyone on a cardiac diet.”

    One of the proudest moments since Dwight’s recovery occurred on July 21 when he officiated his daughter Rebecca’s wedding at Immanuel Baptist Church in Florence. “She waited 42 years to meet the man of her dreams,” said Dwight. “I felt so happy to see how much she smiled that day.”

    Today, Dwight is grateful he made the decision to see his primary care physician in March. “I had no idea my diagnosis would end up being heart-related,” said Dwight. “I encourage anyone feeling something they find troublesome to not take it too lightly. It could be more than you expect. Fortunately, I didn’t let it go or it may not have been such a positive outcome for me.

    “During my heart journey, I felt like I had my own personal team handling my care – from Dr. Krainin and Dr. Messier to the McLeod Home Health team, who provided post-surgery home care, and McLeod Cardiac Rehabilitation. They all worked so well together. I am now ready for my next 70 years,” added Dwight.

  • Finding the Heart to Help Others

    Ten years ago, while enjoying retirement, Ray Bellamy was working on a porch project when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. As a result, Ray learned firsthand the importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation for heart patients.

    When Ray and his wife moved to the Methodist Manor in Florence about eighteen months ago, he decided to get involved with the Level III Cardiac Rehab Program at the McLeod Health and Fitness Center. Not only does Ray participate in the program weekly, but he also volunteers his time to assist other cardiac rehab patients daily.

    “Our region has a high occurrence of heart disease, so it is important to keep our heart healthy,” says Ray.

    Ray also believes in the significance of Cardiac Rehab scholarships.

    Because of the opportunities Ray was afforded in life, he gives to the McLeod Cardiac Rehab program each year and sees how the generosity of others

    Cardiac Rehab Scholarships The McLeod Foundation provides scholarships for Cardiac Rehab patients who are not financially able to continue their path of recovery and wellness. Cardiac Rehab Phases III and IV are not paid for by private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. These scholarships are available in Florence, Dillon and Cheraw.

  • A Community Generously Responds

    After suffering a thoracic aortic aneurysm, Joe Luckey began Cardiac Rehabilitation at McLeod Dillon confined to a wheelchair. Today, he can walk independently and spends 30 minutes on the treadmill as part of his exercise routine. The McLeod Foundation Cardiac Rehabilitation Scholarship has played a significant role in his recovery.

    Following a heart attack, patients often benefit greatly from participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation. This form of rehabilitation involves a prescribed exercise, education and diet program that helps an individual with heart disease return to a more normal and productive lifestyle. Patients receive many benefits, such as reduced body fat, slowed heart rate, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improved muscle tone.

    The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is offered in several phases of supervised exercise and education sessions. At McLeod Dillon, Phase II begins after a patient is discharged from the hospital with a heart-related illness or procedure. During this phase, patients come to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department three days a week to participate. During exercise, their blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen levels are monitored to ensure they stay within safe levels.

    Phase III begins after the patient has been in Phase II for eight to 12 weeks. This phase is followed by Phase IV which is designed for patients that are at risk for heart disease. A patient in Phase IV may or may not have been in any other phase of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

    While significant in a patient’s journey to a healthier lifestyle and preventive by design, Phase III and Phase IV are unfortunately not covered by insurance. However, thanks to generous donors in and around the Dillon community, the McLeod Health Foundation has been able to grant funding since 2001 to provide scholarships for Phase III and Phase IV to those patients who show a true desire to protect their life by participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation but are faced with economic barriers.

    In 2006, Dillon Family Medicine contributed to the scholarship program and worked with the Foundation to designate it as the Dr. Douglas Jenkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Scholarship Fund. Dr. Jenkins is remembered as a pioneer in the field of medicine in Dillon County and because of his great interest in heart disease, this fund honors his memory.

    Over the years and with many patients serving as evidence of the program’s impact, the numbers of patients whose physicians have urgently recommended that they participate in this life-saving care has increased dramatically. The average monthly visits to Cardiac Rehabilitation in 2011 was 779 and in 2013 that rose to 849. With much strain being placed on the Dr. Douglas Jenkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Scholarship Fund to meet the growing need, the Dillon community generously responded in 2014 to requests to financially support the program so that patients would not go unserved.

    Many physicians, McLeod Dillon employees, community groups, businesses, local foundations, Cardiac Rehabilitation patients, and individuals in the Dillon community rallied around to support the Dr. Douglas Jenkins Scholarship Fund. These community members showed how deeply they care about the health care struggles of their patients and neighbors.

    “These donors realized that Heart Disease in Dillon County is life-threatening and for those who survive, Cardiac Rehabilitation is a life-line,” said Abby Lambert, RN, Supervisor of the McLeod Dillon Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. “For many in our community who struggle financially every day, this life-line is out of reach.

    “Most of our patients share the fear and anxiety associated with their heart condition,” explained Abby. “But by participating in the program they offer reassurance to each other. We also extensively educate and monitor patients. They soon realize that while they have experienced a temporary setback, their quality of life can be improved.”

    Thanks to donors who made gifts to the Dr. Douglas Jenkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Scholarship Fund through the McLeod Health Foundation, patients are receiving the life-saving resources they need to continue their journey to health in a safe, supervised environment for years to come.

  • The Caring Hearts of Staff

    McLeod Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer Chalandra Hart performs an Echocardiography Ultrasound in the McLeod Plaza Radiology Department.

    A servant’s heart is reflected in the faces of the McLeod Health staff, and demonstrated in their response to a calling in healthcare.

    This caring nature recently led one team to approach the McLeod Foundation on behalf of their patient population. Their concern was for patients with cardiopulmonary problems who had to walk a considerable distance from Registration to the McLeod Echocardiography Department in the McLeod Tower. The request was to purchase a second Echocardiography Ultrasound machine for use in an outpatient location that was both convenient and easily accessible for these patients. An Echocardiography Ultrasound provides images of the wall motion and valve function of the heart. The test is painless and non-invasive. It also helps the physician determine a diagnostic and treatment plan for the patient.

    In 2009, the McLeod Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $161,330 to the Department of Echocardiography for the purchase of a second Echocardiography Ultrasound machine.

    The new Echocardiography Ultrasound machine is located in the Radiology Department on the first floor of the McLeod Plaza, where patients can enter through either entrance and go directly to Registration and straight into the Echocardiography area all within a few convenient steps. This additional machine has also doubled the amount of screening times that are available for Outpatient Services, and relieved scheduling issues.

    The caring hearts of the McLeod Echo Department is a reflection of how even one person can have a powerful impact on the lives of patients.

    An Echocardiography Ultrasound provides images of the wall motion and valve function of the heart.

  • The Gift of a Scholarship

    Naomi Thompson looks forward to her Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions at McLeod Medical Center Dillon.

    Douglas W. Jenkins, M.D. is remembered as a pioneer in the field of medicine in Dillon County. Today, his legacy lives on as a scholarship established in his name provides for cardiac rehabilitation to those in need.

    After the passing of Dr. Jenkins in 2006, Dillon Family Medicine, P.A. established the Dr. Douglas Jenkins Scholarship Fund through the McLeod Health Foundation to provide funding for patients who would not otherwise be able to afford participation in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at McLeod Medical Center Dillon. Cardiac Rehabilitation is the recommended therapy for individuals after suffering a heart attack or cardiac intervention.

    “Dr. Jenkins’ great interest in heart disease is why Dillon Family Medicine established a scholarship fund that would benefit cardiac patients and honor Dr. Jenkins’ memory,” said Dr. Michael Brown with Dillon Family Medicine.

    In August of 2009, a generous gift of $3,000 was contributed to the McLeod Health Foundation by Dillon Family Medicine to provide continued funding for the Dr. Douglas W. Jenkins Scholarship Fund.

    The McLeod Health Foundation has supported the McLeod Medical Center Dillon Cardiac Rehabilitation program since 2001. In the interest of participants’ continued health and wellness, $56,000 in grant funding has been provided for patients needing assistance.

    At any given time, there are approximately twenty patients enrolled in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program that are benefiting from the Dr. Douglas W. Jenkins Scholarship Fund provided through the McLeod Health Foundation.

    “Dr. Jenkins’ great interest in heart disease is why Dillon Family Medicine established a scholarship fund that would benefit cardiac patients and honor Dr. Jenkins’ memory.”

    – Dr. Michael Brown,
    Dillon Family Medicine