Cardiovascular risk screenings at UMC


Part of February SRHS happenings

SPARTANBURG — February is Hearth Month and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is holding a number of heart health activities including one at the Union Medical Center.

The SRHS is hosting four cardiovascular risk screening events on the following dates at the following locations:

• Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. — Immediate Care Center Westside, Spartanburg

• Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. — Union Medical Center, Union

• Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Kirby Memorial Baptist Church, Gaffney

• Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. — Pelham Medical Center, Greer

The SRHS points out that “heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. Want to know your risk for heart disease? Join us for free cardiovascular risk screening, including a finger stick lipid profile, blood pressure, one-minute pulse check, weight/BMI, review of results and risk factors by a registered nurse, and a consultation with a dietitian. Screenings are available to anyone over age 18 not currently under the care of a cardiologist. No appointments are necessary and fasting is recommended but not required. This screening does not take the place of a visit with your physician.”

For more information about additional dates and locations, call 864-560-7999 or visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart.

Other healthcare events and happenings sponsored by the SRHS during the month of February include:

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Mondays in Feb., 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

Maintaining a healthy weight after the completion of cancer treatment can be challenging, but with the proper tools and support, you can achieve your weight-loss goals. TOPS is a weight-loss support group for cancer survivors. For more information on becoming a member, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Events.

Wealth (Walking, Eating And Learning Towards Health)

Mondays in Feb., 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

If you are a cancer survivor looking for a fun way to engage in regular physical activity, we encourage you and your caregiver to join WEALTH! WEALTH participants meet twice weekly for a 30-minute walking session, which concludes with a brief nutrition education class. For more information, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-7618.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Thursdays in Feb., 5:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Activity Room

Our registered yoga instructor teaches cancer patients and survivors to relax mind and body with gentle yoga. Beginners and those with yoga experience are welcome. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Tai Chi for Cancer Survivors

Tuesdays in Feb., 5:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Activity Room

Cancer patients and survivors learn how to improve balance, breathing and relaxation. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Nutritional Navigation: A Grocery Store Tour

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.

BI-LO Boiling Springs

Monday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

Publix Hillcrest

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

BI-LO Boiling Springs

Join dietitian Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD, for a tour of your local grocery store. She’ll share what to look for on a food label, healthy cooking tips, recipes and general advice for navigating any grocery store. Reservations should be made in advance, as space is limited to six participants per tour. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart or call 864-560-7999 for more information.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium

All leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma survivors are welcome to attend. Supper is provided. To register, please call 864-560-6530.

Look Good, Feel Better

Monday, Feb. 8, 12-1 p.m.

Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health Conference Room

This is a free makeover program open to all women receiving chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. The goal of the program is to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Call 864-560-6747 to register.

Uplift Support Group

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6-7 p.m.

Regional Outpatient Center fifth floor, Family Medicine Conference Room

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Medical Group of the Carolinas — Weight Loss Services

This free support group, led by a clinical therapist, is offered to all pre- and post-surgical weight loss patients in the Upstate. The goal is to build a strong support system for patients prior to surgery that promotes healthy lifestyle changes and behavior modification that patients can build upon after surgery. No registration is necessary.

Weight Loss Surgery Information Seminar

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Regional Outpatient Center fifth floor, Family Medicine conference room

This free class covers detailed information about gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band weight loss surgery. Since the beginning of our program in 2003 our physicians have performed more than 2,250 weight loss surgeries. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-7070 for more information.

CPR Saturday

Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WestGate Mall, Spartanburg

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in America and immediate CPR can double your chance of survival. Hands-only CPR was developed so that bystanders could feel comfortable doing something and doing it quickly. Hands-only CPR is easy and anyone can do it. Not intended for school or job requirements. Hands-only CPR is recommended for adults and children over 8 years old. An automated external defibrillator (AED) will be donated to the church that brings the most participants (based on the percentage of attendance by membership). Registration not required; call 864-560-7999 or visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart for more information.

Red Shoe Luncheon

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 393 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC

Join us for a heart-healthy meal and learn more about your health from our experts in cardiovascular care. Space is limited for this free event so be sure to register early at SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart or call 864-560-7999.

Pelham Carb Counters

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

This free support group is intended for people currently living with diabetes or who are at high risk of developing the disease. Certified diabetes educators lead the discussion and answer questions. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Pelham-Events or call 864-849-9339.

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

Diabetes affects every organ in the body, and Medical Group of the Carolinas — Diabetes Education can help you learn to manage it. Participants in this program receive a free blood glucose meter and diabetes reference book. You must have a physician’s referral to participate, and insurance will be filed for the program’s cost. Visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Pelham-Events or call 864-560-6465 for more information.

WomenHeart Support Group

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg

Led by a Mayo Clinic-trained facilitator, WomenHeart is a support group for women to express their feelings as a part of a peer group that understands the emotional toll of a heart disease diagnosis. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and is open to any woman with a history of heart disease. Lunch will be provided. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart or call 864-560-7999.

Grief Support Group

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 10-11:30 a.m.

Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive

Grief support groups provide a safe and supportive environment to talk about thoughts and feelings and to find support after the loss of a loved one. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-3856 for more information.

You and Your Heart

Thursday, Feb. 18, 12-1 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

Learn how you can take care of your heart so it can take care of you. Celebrate Heart Month and join Mathew Kalapuakal, MD, to learn how to take care of your heart. A healthy lunch will be served at this free event but registration is required. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart or call 864-560-7999.

Gibbs Wellness Café: Facts About Heart Health

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12-1 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium

Held the third Wednesday of each month, Wellness Café is a monthly conversation focusing on various topics related to cancer and the community. In February, join Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD, as she shares information about how healthy living relates to cancer and your heart. Lunch will be provided at this free event but registration is required. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart or call

864-560-7999.

Better Breathers Club

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

Part of the American Lung Association’s Better Breather’s Club, this support group is for anyone living with a chronic lung disease and their families or caregivers. The group is led by a healthcare professional who helps attendees learn how to meet the challenges chronic lung disease brings to daily life. For more information, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Pelham-Events or contact Betty Ann Riggins at 864-361-4102.

Keeping Mind Body Connections: Eating Disorder Awareness

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5-6:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium

The Center for Health and Healing’s Keeping Mind Body Connections brings education and awareness of the importance of self-care for mind, body and spirit health via guest speakers and interactive activities. January’s class will focus on eating disorder awareness. Register for this free event online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call Dawn Higgins at 864-560-6022 for more information.

Don’t Stop the Beat

Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Heart Center Auditorium

You’ve got a lot of heart! Don’t let heart disease stop your beat. Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 people every year. Join Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System to learn what you can do now to protect your heart. Come ready to try new and fun ways to exercise, including aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, dancing and more. Get tips on nutrition and advice for making healthy choices. Learn about risk factors for heart disease and how to keep a heart beating with hands-only CPR. Enjoy a healthy breakfast at this free event. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Heart or call 864-560-7999.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Part of February SRHS happenings

This story was submitted by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

This story was submitted by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

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