Palmetto Health February Calendar of Events

Posted on 1/31/2017

Upcoming events at Palmetto Health for February 2017

Feb. 4: Project Ready
Palmetto Health believes that since risk-taking is a natural part of adolescence, youth need the opportunity to see the consequences of their choices. This is accomplished through Palmetto Health’s reality-based education program called Project READY (Realistic Education about Dying Young), which exposes adolescents from Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties to the Palmetto Health Richland Level I Trauma Center. During a Project READY (5hr) session, participants will talk with trauma surgeons and Emergency Room (ER) doctors; touch and feel the real equipment used to treat injuries in the operating room; see inside a real ER, trauma bay and morgue; witness a pretend trauma patient scene in the ER; and interact with physical, occupational, and speech therapists and experience firsthand the daily challenges experienced by injured trauma patients. For more information or to register, call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Feb. 16: Joe Niekro Foundation Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group
If you are someone you love has been affected by a brain aneurysm or AVM (arteriovenous malformation), the Joe Niekro Foundation holds a support group for affected people to support one another and share their stories. The support group will meet Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m., Palmetto Health Richland, 5 Richland Medical Park Dr., Auditorium, first floor. For more information, please contact Mary Pat Baldauf at

Feb. 23: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar
The Weight Management Center at Palmetto Health will offer a free weight loss surgery seminar for individuals interested in bariatric surgery Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Palmetto Health Richland, 9 Richland Medical Park Drive., classroom 130. The seminar will review the various types of weight loss surgery options and what to expect during and after surgery. For more information or to register, call 1-855-391-1120.

Feb. 25: “Women at Heart” Health Forum and Exhibition
Palmetto Health’s Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, located at 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia. Women at Heart is designed to increase heart health among women in the Midlands, and attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. For more information or to register, visit

Free transportation is available for the Sumter area. When registering, please indicate you would like to use the bus transport, which will leave at 6:30 a.m. from Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Education programs:
Palmetto Health, in conjunction with Philip Michels, Ph.D., and Gary Ewing, M.D., offers a free comprehensive, adult smoking cessation program to residents of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Sumter counties. Recent results from this program show 74 percent of smokers quit smoking by the end of the three-week program. Those who continued to smoke significantly reduced the number of cigarettes consumed each day.

The program includes:

  • Free counseling and consultation
  • Free one-month supply of medication to those who qualify
  • Six sessions within three weeks

In addition to the adult smoking cessation program, Palmetto Health also offers a free tobacco education program to residents of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Sumter counties. The program is designed to teach smokers about the health effects of tobacco use and the cost associated with using tobacco products. Classes meet every first and third Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., first floor. Classes begin in January 2017.

For more information or to register for these programs, call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Bariatric Support Groups:
The Weight Management Center of Palmetto Health offers support groups designed to meet the needs of patients who are two or more years post-surgery Mondays, Feb. 13 and 27, noon-1:30 p.m., Weight Management Center, 1501 Laurel St. and Tuesdays, Feb. 14 and 28, 6:30-8 p.m., Palmetto Health Baptist, Breast Health Center, 1501 Sumter St., Meeting Room 2. For more information, call 803-376-5982.

Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings:
Palmetto Health will offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 5:30-7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 11, 8-11:30 a.m., at Palmetto Health Women’s Center, 1801 Sunset Dr. Registration is required. To find out if you qualify or to register, call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Take Five–Free Prostate cancer and Diabetes Screenings:
Palmetto Health will offer free prostate cancer and diabetes screenings Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., basement level. Registration is required. To find out if you qualify or to register, call 803-296-CARE (2273).

CPR and BLS Classes:
American Heart Association CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS) classes are offered weekly by the Palmetto Health/USC Simulation Center every Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Cost is $75. Heart Saver CPR classes are offered two Tuesday afternoons each month; cost is $50. All classes begin at 1 p.m. at 14 Medical Park, Suite 300, Palmetto Health Richland campus. Course materials and a certification card are included. For more information or to register for a course, call 803-296-CARE (2273).


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