Local Charleston area businessman Gene Reed Jr. donates $5 million to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

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Pediatric heart treatment program, inpatient floor named in Reed’s honor

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Local businessman Gene Reed, Jr., joined Medical University of South Carolina Health CEO Patrick J. Cawley, M.D. and other MUSC Children’s Health leaders in the current children’s hospital atrium to present $5 million in support of the pediatric heart treatment program and inpatient floor in the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, located on the Charleston peninsula. The new hospital is set to open for patients in the fall of 2019.

“I saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help some of the most vulnerable patients who come to MUSC for medical help: children with heart problems,” Reed said. “It’s an honor to be involved with something that will have such an important impact on the lives of these young people and their families.”

A donor to the MUSC Children’s Hospital since 1996 with gifts totaling more than $250,000, Reed listened closely to his own heart when deciding how to further support children and their families in the new facility. In recognition of this transformative gift, the children’s heart program floor in the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital will be named for him. Reed has a track record for supporting children’s causes, including organizations such as Camp Boggy Creek, Darkness to Light, the Boys & Girls Club and Save the Children.

“We are incredibly grateful for this gift and what it means for our patients and their families,” Cawley said. “Since the late 1980s, our children’s heart program has cared for all children in the state of South Carolina who need complex, high-quality heart treatments, interventions and monitoring. Mr. Reed’s support of this important program demonstrates a real commitment to the health and wellness of children in the Lowcountry and beyond.”

When children have a serious heart condition, they need highly specialized care delivered by an entire team of medical, surgical and support staff with extensive experience in intensive-care settings. MUSC Children’s Hospital has been consistently recognized as having one of the best children’s heart programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report, with patient outcomes that rival or are superior to any other children’s heart center in the world. Although it treats the most lethal and complex heart defects, the program maintains a 30-day operative survival rate of 99 percent. Annually, the program’s providers perform more than 400 surgeries and 600 cardiac catheterizations.

The new facility’s Gene Reed Jr. Heart Floor will encompass the most comprehensive children’s heart center in South Carolina, including two catheterization/electrophysiology suites and two cardiac-specific operating suites. It also will allow for hybrid catheterization procedures for the diagnosis and advanced treatment of children born with congenital heart defects. Designed to promote family-centered healing, the new floor will offer private rooms, comfortable furniture, sleepers and other amenities for visiting family. The floor also will include three child life rooms where children can relax and play while not undergoing treatment.

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About MUSC Children’s Health

At MUSC Children’s Health we are imagining what’s possible for each and every child by providing the pediatric expertise your child deserves and needs. From promoting healthy lifestyles to offering life-saving treatments, we deliver comprehensive and compassionate care to children throughout South Carolina and beyond. Our integrated health care system consists of a 186-bed pediatric hospital providing the most advanced care possible in more than 26 specialty areas. We also provide the same depth and breadth of expertise in multiple neighborhood locations throughout the Lowcountry, offering primary, urgent and specialty care.  As a Level 1 Trauma center, our pediatric emergency department specializes in providing emergency care for any serious injury or illness your child may experience at home, at school, or at play. Working collaboratively with pediatricians throughout the community, MUSC Children’s Health also provides after-hours care to children from birth to seventeen years of age in three different locations on weeknights, weekends and holidays. In addition to the clinical care MUSC Children’s Health provides, we are a major pediatric clinical research center conducting significant and ongoing research efforts through the Charles P. Darby Research Institute. This involvement allows us to enhance our ability to provide the highest level of care to children by translating laboratory advances to bedside, developing new technologies and providing clinical trials.  

Catawba Brewing Co. Hires Manager for Palmetto Tasting Room

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Catawba Brewing Co. announces the hiring of Rick Rice as Location Manager at their Palmetto Brewing Tasting Room, 289 Huger Street, Charleston, SC.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Rick attended Gannon University in Erie, PA, where he graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts, and entered into the world of broadcasting. The last 18 years have seen him living in Asheville, NC, where he managed two properties for iHeart Media and served as on-air personality.

As Program Director for WROO in Greenville, SC, and WQNS in Asheville, Rick worked closely with the craft beer community, partnering with the Asheville Brewers Alliance on multiple projects including Asheville Beer Week. While working with individual breweries, Rick launched the Behind the Tap video series, Beer-of-the-Month promotions, and Taproom Tour on-location broadcast events.

Rick has also been very involved in the local sports community, as the long-time public address announcer for the Asheville Tourists Baseball Club, UNC Asheville Basketball, and the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament.

Rick joins the Palmetto team as major renovations are underway in Charleston, where the company is investing in upgrades to the Palmetto production brewery, tasting room, and a private event space. Catawba’s newest facility was acquired in December to increase brewing capacity and expand product lines for both Palmetto and Catawba brands.

“During my career in radio, I came to appreciate the passion and vision of industry leaders in Western North Carolina’s amazing craft beer scene,” says Rick. “Catawba Brewing and the Pyatt Family have always been such a huge part of that throughout my 18 years in Asheville.”

Now Rick is looking forward to moving to Charleston and embracing its fast-growing beer scene, as Palmetto sets out to expand its local presence and distribution networks. Given his personal history in the Holy City, he expects an easy transition.

“My wife, Stacy, and I honeymooned in Charleston in 2001, and we’ve been returning every year since. The thought of living and working in a place we’ve both grown to love is a dream come true,” Rick says. “Who knew that decades of enjoying craft beer would qualify as job training?”

About Catawba Brewing Company

Founded in 1999 by the Pyatt family, natives of Western North Carolina, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, NC at 212 S. Green St; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, NC at 32 Banks Ave; a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village at 63 Brook St.; and a new Catawba brewery/tasting room in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood at 933 Louise Ave. Catawba beers can be found in NC, SC, TN, AL, GA, and coming soon to VA. Learn more at www.catawbabrewing.com

About Palmetto Brewing Company

Palmetto Brewing of Charleston, founded in 1993, is SC’s first craft brewery. Formerly owned by the Lipov family and deeply rooted into the Charleston community, they have experienced growth from 2000 barrels in 2012 to a forecasted 16,000 barrels in 2017. Palmetto beers are currently distributed in SC, NC, and parts of GA. Their brewery/tasting room is in Charleston, SC.

Charleston based E. Boineau & Company names College of Charleston Graduate Nancy Lucas Digital Media Manager

E. Boineau & Company names Nancy Lucas digital media manager

Media Release:? CHARLESTON, S.C. – E. Boineau & Company, a public relations, strategic marketing and crisis communications firm, based in Charleston, S.C., has promoted Nancy Lucas to digital media manager. Nancy joined the firm in early 2016 as webmaster.

Lucas has been developing and managing websites since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston (1991) and a Web Design Diploma (2007) from the Art Institute. She manages a variety of websites in WordPress and Joomla content management system formats, and works in Adobe PhotoShop, Dreamweaver (responsive and mobile design) and InDesign; social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+); in addition to handling Email newsletter design and setup.

Lucas has served as the monthly cartoonist for the Charleston Mercury since 2006, and as an author-illustrator for her self-published book series, The Springer Spaniel Mysteries, illustrated chapter books for ages eight and up. She received recognition in 2014 for the stories: The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards’ Red Ribbon, and indieBrag’s Medallion Honoree, as well as other readers’ five-star reviews.

E. Boineau & Company offers strategic marketing communications and public relations to corporate, governmental and non-profit entities throughout the Southeast with extensive experience in health care, legal, financial, education, energy, environmental, real estate and related development, architectural, engineering and design firms and upscale hospitality. The firm currently serves as agency of record for Bessinger’s Barbeque; Frampton Construction; Edisto Chamber of Commerce; and Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC; among others. For more information, visit www.eboineauandco.com.