The Board of Trustees of Edgefield County Hospital cordially invites you to attend the Dedication and Open House of the Nicholson-Turner Patient Care Wing and 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Edgefield County Hospital Sunday, October 28, 2012 2:00pm
Edgefield County Hospital 300 Ridge Medical Plaza Edgefield, South Carolina
By MIKE ROSIER/Editor
Dr. Shane Mull took the path less traveled to a career in medicine. Instead, before even considered medical school he was “Full Speed Ahead” in the U.S. Navy. These days, his mornings (and some nights) are still spent around the glow of complicated machinery. The difference is that it’s not in the nuclear power plant of a massive aircraft carrier. But for his part, Mull — the new head of the Edgefield County Hospital’s Emergency Room — says he more than appreciates the change in pace. Sometimes slower is in fact better. “It’s a nice pace being in a small town,” he said. “You’re not sure what’s going to happen next, but it’s not the non-stop pace of the bigger ER’s that can just get crazy. It’s a small town and everybody knows everybody else. You are able to locate a problem and fix it. It’s instant gratification to an extent.” Dr. Mull (who took over the job at the start of the new year after joining ECH in July) replaces longtime ER head Dr. Paul Espinoza. Mull is an Ohio native and a 1993 graduate of the College of Charleston. Always a lover of science, Mull said he longed for the challenge a career in medicine offered. “One day I was planning on going back to school and I just loved the challenge of it,” he said. “One nice thing about it is that you find a problem and fix it and then move on to something else.” Mull said he wants to maintain the progress made in the ER during Dr. Espinoza’s tenure, which saw an upgrade in the facility’s size and technology and the compilation of the right staff for the job. “I think the staf is doing a good job of providing a great service to the community,” he said. “It’s hard to get and keep good people in a small town, but that community can also be used to draw in good people.” Dr. Mull, who is still in the Army National Guard, will also be dealing with an overseas deployment this summer to Iraq. He says that while he is deployed for four months, the ER will be managed in a “collective effort” until he returns. “We are still working on that,” he added. But while he is gone he knows that the people of Edgefield County will always be able to count on the Emergency Room for their urgent medical needs — day or night. “We have a good staff here and we are going to keep things going.”
The staff at Edgefield County Hospital recently welcomed a new colleague when Dr. John Russell, OB/GYN, saw his first patients last week.
The addition of Dr. Russell’s practice, based in Greenwood, which will see Edgefield patients on the third Wednesday of each month initially, serves as an expansion of services which will allow county residents yet another opportunity to receive care at home rather than being forced to travel. “Access to health care is a big deal,” he said. “We have patients from here in Edgefield who drive to Greenwood. Now we’re coming to them. Prevention is very important.”
Dr. Russell advised that women should stop in for a checkup visit at least once per year. He said women should have annual mammograms after the age of 40.
“We’re proud to be serving the Edgefield and Johnston area,” he added. “And depending upon the response, the goal would be to expand the number of days here. That’s definitely a possibility.”
Dr. Russell graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1987 with a degree in biochemistry.
He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and did his OBGYN residency at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania. Dr. Russell has been board certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1999. He has served as department chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Self Regional Hospital and has practiced obstetrics and gynecology in the Greenwood area for the past 11 years.
Dr. Russell is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and has been with Greenwood Obstetrics & Gynecology since 2003. He is interested in all aspects of gynecology. He enjoys travel, tennis, exercising, and spending time with his family. His wife is Dr. Kim Russell, a practicing physician with Greenwood Internal Medicine. They have three children, Whittaker, Dorothy Anna, and Peter.
Dr. Russell will see patients on the third Wednesday of each month. Please call (800) 922-1614 to make an appointment with Dr. Russell at Edgefield County
Edgefield, SC- Living a healthy lifestyle is important to everyone and it’s important to make sure that you have a physician that you trust as well as know your facts. This year Edgefield County Hospital partnered with Aiken Regional Medical Centers to provide education on health topics for our community.
Pat Robinson, CEO of Edgefield County Hospital, says that the partnership allows for availability of physician specialists such as cardiology, gastroenterology, and others to provide health information locally in Edgefield. Each quarter, ARMC and Edgefield County Hospital has teamed up to host a Lecture Series providing dinner and a talk with one of Aiken Regional’s specialty physicians. At the end of the seminar the physician welcomes questions for the participants. “We feel that it is important to reach as many citizens as possible on topics of interest to them. Our overall goal is to improve the health and quality of life for those that we serve in Edgefield and other counties,” said Pat Robinson. Our next event will be held on Tuesday, September 7 at First Baptist Church. From 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Edgefield County Hospital will provide FREE PSA testing for Prostate Awareness Month. If you would like to stay for the seminar, at 6 p.m. dinner will be provided and ARMC Urologist, Dr. Prakash Manian will discuss kidney stones. If you are interested in attending this free seminar call Direct Doctor’s, 1-800-882-7445, to RSVP. If you are interested in the FREE prostate screening but cannot attend in Edgefield, ARMC is providing screenings on Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cancer Care Institute. Appointments are necessary for this screening. Call 803-641-5808. Pat Robinson, CEO of Edgefield County Hospital, was named 2010 Business Woman of the Year at the Ninth Annual Women in Business Luncheon and Health Fair last Friday at the Strom Thurmond High School Cafeteria. “I’m humbled by this award,” she said when called to the podium. “We’ve all heard the old adage, ‘Behind every successful man, there’s a good woman.’ Well, behind this woman, there are a lot of people who deserve praise.”Robinson said she especially wanted to give credit to her family who has always been supportive and understanding, and to her staff whom she described as ‘awesome.’“They did a wonderful job of making me look good,” she said.
For the past six weeks, Edgefield County Hospital has enjoyed having bright young faces helping out around the hospital, thanks to this year’s Junior Volunteer Program.
The junior volunteers- two local high school girls, and one local high school boy, got great experience working in a hospital environment. Participants included Margaret Turner, Jessica Allen, and Cody Christie.
Some of the different tasks that the candy stripers performed included helping at the Nurses Station by answering call lights, taking phone calls, delivering mail to the patients, and helping out with the patients parties and activities. The patients were always delighted to see these young cheerful faces. One of the Junior Volunteers even updated the hospital scrapbook.
To end a successful summer program, Junior Volunteers were treated to a lunch at The Olive Garden for all of their dedicated services. “The hospital always enjoys having the candy stripers each summer. It is nice to have young volunteers supporting their local hospital.” said Leslie Seigler, Junior Volunteer Director.