T. Crouch

Frequent Patients See Doctor by Video for Rare Digestive Disorder

By T. Crouch

The Mannings make pizza.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE) is a life altering and rare digestive disorder.

Dr. Jonathan Markowitz, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Greenville Health System, describes the condition as an extensive food allergy. He says while the condition is rare, he sees hundreds of patients in the Southeast, some who seek him out because of his interest and research in the disorder. Additionally, the patients who see him make frequent visits, as the diagnosis can be tedious.

Student Athlete uses Telehealth to Meet Nutrition Goals

By T. Crouch

Micah, 11 years old, enjoys sharing his passion for football with his family.

At eleven years old, Micah has been interested in sports for most of his life.

"Ever since he was two years old, I would have to buy him his own helmet and he would walk around with it all the time," said Felicia Maine, Micah's mother.

With practice, games, and growth spurts, Felicia and Micah went to their long time pediatrician, Dr. James Simmons from All Children's Pediatrics, for advice. Maine says, it is not because they were unhealthy, but that they wanted to stay on track and develop good habits, considering Micah's rigorous practice schedule as he gets older.

Comforting Care: Family Uses Telehealth at Home for Baby in Hospice

By T. Crouch

Baby Jed with Dad

Abby and Richard Feistel describe their family through their Christian faith and roots in the south.

“Blessed for sure,” says Richard Feistel, describing his children.

They have three daughters and a son, filling their home with tiny voices, laughter, and sounds of lots of toys. Both youngest children have special needs. And the youngest, Jedidiah "Jed", was not expected to survive birth having a bladder obstruction, small lungs, and a high chance of failed kidneys.

"My Life Was Given Back to Me," Says Telestroke Patient

By T. Crouch

"My family is my everything," says stroke survivor Tracy Plush.

Tracy Plush suffered a stroke two days before her fiftieth birthday, leaving her to celebrate in the hospital.  

On her lunch break, as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, her arm went numb and her speech became slurred. She knew she was having a stroke because she remembered reading about stroke symptoms in a pamphlet she found in a doctor’s office.

Veteran Uses Home-Based Telehealth for PTSD Treatment

By T. Crouch

Darling working on his farm in the low country of South Carolina

After serving in the Army with multiple tours abroad, Jon Darling now spends his days on his farm in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He works with multiple organizations that connect veterans with small farms. He does it for the work, the cause, and the community.

Since his service, connecting with fellow veterans has been vital. Losing some that were close to him has been devastating.

“We kind of walk around like we don’t have problems. The one thing no one really wants to admit is ‘I need to talk to somebody before this gets out of hand,’” says Darling.

Telehealth Offers Unique Simulation Training for Emergency Responders

By T. Crouch

EMS doing simulation training

For emergency medical professionals, training is vital. Every month, EMS professionals are required to train and maintain certifications. The Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium offer a unique simulation training session. Using video conferencing, EMS professionals communicate with on-location facilitators to work through multiple emergency scenarios. This one-of-a-kind set-up challenges the participants' decision making skills and prepares them for true emergencies.

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