I am thankful for Charleston – Some things and places that warm the heart – What are you thankful for?

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By Mark A. Leon

We all have our own personal happy places.  Those places that, no matter what, put you in a good mood and lift us up.  These are the little things that help you escape the hustle and bustle of life and take you to your own personal wonderland.  On this the day, the Eve of Christmas, we wanted to share some of our happy places and things as we ring in the bells celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Beignets and fresh crab and fried green tomato benedict at The Sunflower Cafe – Located at 2366 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, this place stands alone among the Charleston breakfast and brunch giants.  In a quaint diner setting filled with sunflowers for all the eye can see and locals yapping about their daily problems lies one of the most amazing eggs benedict dishes and beignets in town.  Don’t let the prices shock you.  They really are that inexpensive and that good.
  • Sunrise on Folly Beach – So many of you are thinking, sounds great, but I am not getting up at 5:00 AM to watch the sunrise.  I will wait until noon and go there to get a tan.  Getting a tan, feeling the heat hit your back, people watching, bocci and football and drinking cold beverages is nice and it is part of our past-time, but a sunrise is a new show every day.  With a unique formulation of clouds and a ball of orange rising like a 3D movie and a slight breeze, you will never feel more alive.  We were able to share a remarkable sunrise where it was raining on one part of the beach and sunny on the other so we were showered by warm water as the sun appeared to rise from the ocean.
  • Cocktails at the Spectator Hotel – The mixologist is a scientist at this new boutique hotel on State Street.  His careful design and development of his cocktails along with the testing expertise of staff and customers make each one of his seasonal creations an experience to remember.  Sullivan & Company was the first cocktail I was able to try.  I thought it may have been named after the beach, but it is named was derived from an apple farm in Maine, one his family has owned for three generations.  This drink is a blend of Virgil Kaine Bourbon, house-made spiced apple cider, maple syrup and lemon juice.  The Flapper’s Delight named after the era of the Roaring 20’s and the design of the interior of the bar and boutique hotel is a memorable fall delight made up of Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, ruby port, St.Germain Liqueur,  concord grape, lemon Juice and Prosecco.  So refreshing.  Make each sip count with these drink selections.
  • People watching at White Point Gardens – Each morning locals of the Charleston proper can be seen walking their dogs and in some cases, the dogs walk themselves.  These are true locals who value the solitude of the Battery area.  The sounds of endangered birds can be heard from up above and the sun rising with the Cooper River Bridge in the background highlights the experience.  During the weekends, you may catch a wedding or a family picnic and if you venture across the street, dolphins playing may catch your eye in the harbor.  Don’t go for picture or reading the statues.  Just go and let all the life come to you.
  • Happy Hour on the back porch at the Charleston Pour House – If you love music and live in Charleston you know about the Charleston Pour House and the great lineup of entertainment they have each and every night.  Not everyone knows that for Happy Hour there is a warm up act or two that plays on the outdoor stage.  Generally, most of the year, we would rather be outside.  Even in the heat of the summer, trees overhang from the patio to provide shade.  Some of the best up and coming local and traveling artists showcase their sounds to a happy group of PBR drinkers.  Here is the catch, its free.  Every day, free live original music.  You can bring the dogs, the kids and dance away your worries of the day.
  • Yappy Hour at James Island County Park – Is there a place we can bring our dogs to run free and frolic with other canines, listen to live music and have a few beers?  Yes there is.  James Island County Park, which offers a spacious fenced in dog park with two ponds to play, has periodic Yappy Hours where dozens and dozens of dogs in all shapes and sizes run, lick, swim, fetch and just enjoy this mini spring break.  While they play, the two legged owners get live music and a few cold beverages.  If that isn’t a happy place.
  • Relaxing at the MUSC Urban Farrn – Before you dismiss this one as boring, hear us out.  The MUSC Urban Farm is located in a courtyard on Bee Street between Ashley River Road and Courtney farm1Street.  In this courtyard you will find stretching equipment, benches and open grassy fields to lay out or have a picnic.  The farm or garden as many see it offers smells so beautiful they have to be experienced first hand.  From orange trees to sunflowers to basil to rosemary, the farm provides classes and workshops and open space to grow and nurture fruits, vegetables and seasonings.  One of our favorite things is to run our hands through the rosemary and have the smell linger on our bodies.
  • Boba Tea at Tapio on Spring Street and a Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Turnover at WildFlour Bakery – We love that Spring Street is seeing a level of excitement not witnessed in years and with that new and exciting businesses are bringing their niche to the city of Charleston.  Two of our special places are neighbors, Tapio and WildFlour.  Two of the most treasured secrets (Many are aware though).  The Thai Coconut Coffee Milk Tea with tapioca bubbles is just splendid and coupled with a turnover from WildFlour makes a complete power attack of the palate.  In a very good way.  While you are there, walk around Spring Street and see some of the great places that have popped up.

I am thankful for the kind and gentle people that truly define the meaning of life in the Lowcountry

There you have it, some of the things and places that bring us happiness.  What are your happy places and things in Charleston?  We would love to know.

Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. Names MUSC Practicing Physician Aquilla S. Turk, D.O. as Chief Medical Officer, Neuroendovascular

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Steering Committee of 8 Neurovascular Physicians Developed to Advance Robotic Technology for Neurovascular Interventions and Acute Stroke Care

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. (NYSE American:CVRS), a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, announced today that Aquilla “Quill” Turk, D.O. has joined the company as Chief Medical Officer, Neuroendovascular. Dr. Turk is a practicing physician at the Medical University of South Carolina where he serves as Director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Program, Director of the Neuroendovascular Program, and Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Radiology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Turk will serve alongside Dr. Aaron Grantham, Corindus’ Cardiovascular CMO, to spearhead the company’s clinical initiatives and expand robotic treatment into neurovascular procedures, specifically targeting acute ischemic stroke.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Turk to the Corindus team. His guidance and expertise will be critical as we expand our focus and technology to include treatment for neurovascular interventions,” stated Mark Toland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corindus. “We strongly believe that our technology pipeline can add value across the spectrum of vascular interventions, with remote access and advanced robotic capabilities at the forefront of our strategy.”

In addition to Dr. Turk’s appointment, Corindus has established a Physician Steering Committee dedicated to Neuroendovascular Procedures, which will be led by Dr. Turk. Members include:

  • Ricardo A. Hanel, M.D., Ph.D., Baptist Health System, Jacksonville, FL
  • Tudor G. Jovin, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • J. Mocco, M.D., The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
  • Raul G. Nogueira, M.D., Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Vitor Mendes Pereira, M.D., MSc, Toronto Western Hospital-University Health Network, Toronto, ON
  • Adnan Siddiqui, M.D., Toshiba Stroke & Vascular Research Center, UB, Buffalo, NY
  • Satoshi Tateshima, M.D., Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • Raymond D. Turner, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

“I look forward to partnering with the Corindus team and the company’s Neuroendovascular Steering Committee to bring robotic treatment to neurovascular care,” said Dr. Turk. “I believe that robotics will be critical to transforming the treatment paradigm for the neurovascular space. Speeding up treatment time through remote access capabilities and robotic precision will revolutionize how patients with illnesses such as acute stroke receive treatment.”

About Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc.

Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. is a global technology leader in robotic-assisted vascular interventions. The company’s CorPath? System is the first FDA-cleared medical device to bring robotic precision to percutaneous coronary and percutaneous vascular procedures. During the procedure, the interventional cardiologist sits at a radiation-shielded workstation to advance guide catheters, stents, and guidewires with millimeter-by-millimeter precision. The workstation allows the physician greater control and the freedom from wearing heavy lead protective equipment that causes musculoskeletal injuries. CorPath GRX is the second generation robotic-assisted PCI technology offering enhancements to the platform by adding important key upgrades that increase precision, improve workflow, and extend the capabilities and range of procedures that can be performed robotically. With the CorPath System, Corindus Vascular Robotics brings robotic precision to interventional procedures to help optimize clinical outcomes and minimize the costs associated with complications of improper stent placement during manual procedures. Corindus stands behind its product with its unique $1,000 hospital credit “One Stent Program.” For additional information, visit www.corindus.com, and follow @CorindusInc.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this release that are not statements of historical or current facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Corindus to be materially different from historical results or from any future results or projections expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements in the conditional or future tenses or that includes terms such as “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “anticipates” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include comments as to Corindus’ beliefs and expectations as to future events and trends affecting its business and are necessarily subject to uncertainties, many of which are outside Corindus’ control.

Examples of such statements include statements regarding or such as:

  • CMO Turk will spearhead Corindus’ clinical initiatives to expand robotic treatment into neurovascular procedure, specifically targeting acute ischemic stroke;
  • Corindus’ strong belief that its technology pipeline can add value across the spectrum of vascular interventions, with remote access and advanced robotic capabilities at the forefront of its strategy; and
  • the belief that robotics will be critical to transforming the treatment paradigm for the neurovascular space and that speeding up treatment time through remote access capabilities and robotic precision will revolutionize how patients with illnesses such as acute stroke receive treatment.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are described in the sections titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as reports on Form 8-K, including, but not limited to the following: the rate of adoption of our CorPath System and the rate of use of our cassettes; risks associated with market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights; our need for additional funds to support our operations; our ability to manage expenses and cash flow; factors relating to engineering, regulatory, manufacturing, sales and customer service challenges; potential safety and regulatory issues that could slow or suspend our sales; and the effect of credit, financial and economic conditions on capital spending by our potential customers. Forward looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Corindus undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise that occur after that date. More information is available on Corindus’ website at http://www.corindus.com .

Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc.
Media:
Kate Stanton, 508-653-3335 ext. 200
kate.stanton@corindus.com
or
Investor Relations:
Lynn Pieper Lewis, 415-937-5402
ir@corindus.com

Source: Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc

Eminence Kids Foundation Expands Organic Produce Donation to Charleston, SC

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The Eminence Kids Foundation proudly expanded its United States impact to Charleston, South Carolina on December 6. Eminence Kids is donating two large boxes of organic produce each week via South Carolina’s own esteemed distributor, Green Lite Organics, to a Charleston area long-term care facility.

Rachel Morrison, Director of Marketing for the long-term care facility in Charleston shared their deep appreciation for this new avenue of organic nutrition. “We are so grateful for our new partnership with the Eminence Kids Foundation, which will provide organic fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. Our families will have the healthiest of foods, while caring for their critically ill children at MUSC Children’s Hospital, and we couldn’t be happier.”

#SpasPushingLimits Made This New Eminence Kids Role in Charleston Possible

Eminence Kids Expands Charleston South CarolinaThe Eminence Kids Foundation’s new partnership in Charleston was made possible by the incredible fundraising efforts and huge heart of spa leader Monica Helmstetter. Helmstetter, a triathlete and Event Director for Spatec North America, created #spaspushinglimits, which encourages spa professionals to train for challenging fitness competitions, while fundraising for esteemed charities. Helmstetter led a team of #spaspushinglimits athletes to compete in the Victoria Half Ironman last June. The athletes created fundraising pages documenting their training and race day efforts with all proceeds benefiting Eminence Kids totaling over $10,000. “I am humbled and proud to be part of the new opening of Eminence Kids in Charleston. Working with the Eminence team on this initiative has been a joy, and I look forward to being part of the program for years to come,” shared Helmstetter. “I am also very thankful for all the generous donations and encouragement our group received from our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues. This would not have happened without their support.”

Eminence Organics President, Boldijarre Koronczay, Expresses His Gratitude for the Foundation’s Growth

Boldijarre Koronczay, President of Eminence Organic Skin Care and founder of the Eminence Kids Foundation, is touched by the spa industry’s incredible support. “We are extremely honored and humbled that the spa industry united to support the Eminence Kids Foundation’s mission and spread the importance of organic food worldwide.” The Charleston location is the second in the United States following the launch in Austin, Texas just over a year ago. The Eminence Kids Foundation was developed by Koronczay following his own personal journey with a rare form of childhood leukemia.

How You Can Get Involved with the Eminence Kids Foundation This Holiday Season

Eminence Kids FoundationYou can help the Eminence Kids Foundation share nutritious meals packed with organic fruits and vegetables from the Eminence Organic Farm and our partner farms to children undergoing treatment in the United States, Canada and Hungary. There are a number of ways for you to get involved:

  • Donate – Your monetary contribution to the Eminence Kids Foundation will gift a sick child a nutritious, organic meal. No donation is too small.
  • Host an Event – Businesses and individuals worldwide are coming up with creative ways to fundraise, such as Live Love Spa and #SpasPushingLimits.
  • Volunteer – From volunteering at local organic farms to offering your services at long-term care facilities, every hour of time donated is not only a huge help, but is also incredibly rewarding.

The Eminence Kids Foundation is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, showcasing the benefits of organic nutrition, sharing untold and heartfelt stories and providing information about upcoming events. As well, a portion of the sales from every Eminence Organic Skin Care product you purchase supports the Eminence Kids Foundation.

MUSC named one of the first national telehealth centers of excellence with HRSA grant

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —?The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award marks MUSC as one of only two national Telehealth Centers of Excellence in the United States. As a national telehealth coordinating center, MUSC will continue to provide a range of telehealth services at more than 200 locations statewide, leading and modeling the way for health care delivery through advanced technology.

“This is a phenomenal achievement,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and vice president for Health Affairs. “This grant acknowledges the premier position that our telehealth team has established not only in South Carolina, but across the nation. It serves as another clear affirmation of our institution’s commitment to fulfill our vision – to lead health innovation for the lives we touch.”

As a founding member of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA), a collaboration to empower care providers and patients across the state to effectively use telehealth, MUSC is uniquely qualified to lead these efforts. The institution has a long history of executing its three-part mission in a state with largely rural areas and high rates of chronic disease among a particularly impoverished and medically underserved population. Familiar with the patient care, research, and educational leadership talent within the institution, the South Carolina legislature has generously supported expanding telehealth across the state through the SCTA, acknowledging MUSC’s proven track record of achieving astronomical growth in telehealth services while keeping cost effectiveness at the forefront.

“This is one of the first of its kind HRSA grants with only two awarded in the entire country,” said Shawn Valenta, MUSC Center of Telehealth director. “Grant funds will allow the MUSC telehealth team to leverage the unique qualities intrinsic to our academic medical center and extend this mission nationally to accelerate the dissemination of best practices to achieve effective and efficient care.”

Through the grant, MUSC will continue to:

  • Look beyond using telehealth to merely replicate care over distance.
  • Achieve efficiencies within health care delivery and assess the impact on the patient, the referring site, the consulting provider, the payer, and the health care system.
  • Balance the need for population-level outreach while concurrently using a targeted approach to health system integration.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and understand the importance of interdisciplinary efforts.
  • Strive for deep understanding of barriers and facilitators for the diffusion of innovations in rural health care settings and team experience in overcoming these barriers.
  • Enhance alignment of historically competing health systems for the benefit of patients.
  • Reinforce the commitment and expertise necessary to use evidence-based, data-driven approaches to identify needs for telehealth services, and to monitor and improve existing programs.
  • Work with legislators and policy-makers to develop and maintain bipartisan support for telehealth initiatives.
  • Demonstrate robust financial accountability and efficient use of resources for telehealth.
  • Rely on proven ability to recognize and facilitate the development and testing of new ideas for improving rural health and the care of underserved populations.
  • Build upon high levels of provider acceptance through innovative education and training initiatives.

“The South Carolina legislature has placed a lot of trust in MUSC and the other members of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance to use telehealth to improve access to quality health care in our state,” said South Carolina Representative G. Murrell Smith. “This achievement is a testament to the leadership, collaboration and hard work that’s been taking place these last few years. We are proud of what MUSC and SCTA have been able to accomplish thus far, and we take comfort knowing that no matter what happens with the health care debate at the national level, we have an effective and cost-conscious model that we hope one day will enable every citizen of our state to access the high-quality care they deserve.”

Smith’s colleague at the statehouse, South Carolina Senator Thomas C. Alexander, echoed the praise for MUSC and SCTA. “Innovation in health care is a critical component of how we offer forward-thinking solutions to today’s challenges,” he said. “The South Carolina legislature recognized the potential for MUSC and SCTA to carve the path to better health across this state by employing advanced technology and strategic thinking. This grant gives MUSC the opportunity to share that knowledge and success on a national level, and we are proud to support this extended impact.”

About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.3 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children’s hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.

CONTACT:? Heather Woolwine
843-792-7669
woolwinh@musc.edu?

MUSC Encourages Employees to use Public Transit with Incentives

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Charleston, S.C. (Tuesday, August 8, 2017) – The Medical University of South Carolina is launching a new program on Thursday, Aug. 10 to encourage more of its staff and students to use the CARTA system for their daily commute. MUSC’s Parking Management Department is offering 12 free parking day passes to those who cancel their monthly contract parking assignment and ride CARTA instead. These parking passes give participants confidence to ride CARTA while knowing they have a backup plan for events like appointments and overtime work.

In addition to this incentive program, all MUSC Badge Holders already have free access to the CARTA system and the convenience of CARTA Express Routes servicing James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, and West Ashley.

MUSC Sustainability Manager Christine von Kolnitz explains “Incentivizing public transportation decreases our effect on the climate, improves air quality, and helps us reach MUSC’s goal of building healthy communities.? We hope this program can be an example to other businesses and organizations that are looking to incentivize public transit and reduce the environmental impact of commuting.”

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.3 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research finding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children’s Hospital. The Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit MUSC.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit MUSChealth.org (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.

Contact

John Brooker
843-792-9745
brookerj@musc.edu

 

Letter from President of MUSC to Staff Shows Concern Over Recent Executive Order on Immigration

By Mark A. Leon
A letter released today from MUSC President David J. Cole reinforced the commitment to create a diverse and inclusive community where backgrounds and ideas are shared without judgement or prejudice.? He also expressed concern on the potential ramifications of the Executive Presidential Order and how it may affect the future of the hospital system and medicine.
His words, though short and well summarized, express a similar sentiment felt by many professionals in the Lowcountry.? Change is happening, but standing in solidarity behind ethical and practical behavior is critical today more than it has been in a long time.? It will take prominent leadership to ensure the bonds and successes created in this country with the shared partnership of knowledge experts from around the world continues.
Letter From MUSC President David J. Cole to the MUSC Family
To the MUSC Family,
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In light of the recent executive order issued by President Trump, which may affect members of the MUSC community, let me remind you that embracing Diversity and Inclusion is a pillar goal of our institution. Intrinsic to this is supporting each other including our international students, faculty and staff and those who have immigrated to the United States. Through our shared commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, the Medical University of South Carolina is building a richer, more vibrant and more sustainable community for ourselves and in partnership with our larger, extended community.
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In the coming days, we will be closely monitoring how this order may affect our community. Any MUSC team member with questions about the potential impact of the executive order should contact Denise Smith, program manager of Immigration in the MUSC Center for Global Health, fowled@musc.edu, (843) 792-7083.
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Yours in service,
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David J. Cole, M.D., FACS
President
Medical University of South Carolina

 

Kiss Guitarist Tommy Thayer and Darius Rucker Release New Ernest Hummingbird Storybook App During Visit to Children’s Hospital

The KISS guitarist and country music star also announce a donation of the app to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America, to help in the care of kids.

Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) November 15, 2016

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and country music star Darius Rucker on Monday announced the release of the Ernest Hummingbird storybook app and underscored their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by donating the app to its 170 children’s hospitals.

“Ernest Hummingbird is a heartwarming children’s story of hope and inspiration,” Thayer said. “Our wish is that all children will enjoy the storybook and have fun singing-along with Ernest.”

At Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Children’s Hospital on Monday, Thayer and Rucker, who helped bring to life Ernest’s stories on the app, announced the donation of the app to the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America, making it available to the more than 10 million kids treated at member hospitals across North America each year. The storybook app is now available for purchase in the iTunes store for $2.99.

Thayer and Rucker’s ongoing dedication to philanthropy and supporting children’s hospitals’ healthcare initiatives continues to be a priority for both of them. While at MUSC Children’s Hospital, they visited with patients and performed a song from the storybook app. Thayer and Rucker, along with app creator Mechem Media, also donated a select number of iPads to the hospital’s Child Life Department so that patients and future patients can enjoy and benefit from Ernest Hummingbird’s adventures.

“These amazing stories provide another resource for caregivers, such as Child Life specialists, to connect with kids. Such stories of hope and inspiration are helpful in the care of kids who are facing challenging diseases and injuries or complicated surgeries,” said Amanda Mahaffey, director of Children’s Miracle Network at MUSC Children’s Hospital. “It’s charitable support from friends like Tommy and Darius that help us provide services, such as Child Life programs, that are not covered by insurance or government programs.”

Thayer, who recently raised funds through a Charity Buzz campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS’s career milestones are staggering including sales of over 100 million albums worldwide. In 2014, Thayer partnered with Mechem Media creating new intellectual properties for TV, film, new media and mobile. For more information visit tommythayer.com.

Rucker, who has a longtime partnership with MUSC Children’s Hospital, attained multi-platinum status in the music industry with Grammy award-winning group Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career Grammy for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple platinum selling cover of “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker is currently headlining his Good for a Good Time Tour. For more information and tour dates visit dariusrucker.com.

MUSC Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care facility in South Carolina and one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises vital funds and awareness for these hospitals, helping them to provide care for kids that are not covered by government or insurance programs.

Follow the app release on social at #ErnestForKids.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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Chase After a Cure Donates $100,000 to MUSC For Childhood Cancer

Pictured, from left, are Debbie Rupert, Chase After a Cure board member; Adam White, Chase After a Cure executive director; Whitney Ringler, Chase After a Cure founder; Dr. David Cole, MUSC president; Kathy Cole, Chase After a Cure board member; Matthew Pecoy, Chase After a Cure board member, pediatric oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka; Chris Hoyle, Chase After a Cure medical research advisory committee; Margaret Marcoe, Chase After a Cure director of marketing; and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.
Pictured, from left, are Debbie Rupert, Chase After a Cure board member; Adam White, Chase After a Cure executive director; Whitney Ringler, Chase After a Cure founder; Dr. David Cole, MUSC president; Kathy Cole, Chase After a Cure board member; Matthew Pecoy, Chase After a Cure board member, pediatric oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka; Chris Hoyle, Chase After a Cure medical research advisory committee; Margaret Marcoe, Chase After a Cure director of marketing; and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Media Release:? Chase After a Cure presented a check for $100,000 to pediatric
oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka and her team at the Medical University
of South Carolina Children’s Hospital on Sept. 26. Each year during
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Chase After a Cure
presents MUSC with a check for money raised over the course of the last
year to support pediatric cancer research. Charleston Mayor John
Tecklenburg also attended, proclaiming September as Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month in the City of Charleston.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to bring
attention to more than 15,000 children and teenagers diagnosed with
cancer each year. Cancer is the No. 1 cause of disease-related death
among children. Locally, about 70 children are diagnosed with cancer
each year at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Since its founding in 2009, Chase After a Cure has donated more than
half a million dollars to MUSC for research and equipment, specifically
in the area of the very aggressive neuroblastoma.

Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville resident Whitney
Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent
chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a
cancer of the nerve tissue of the sympathetic nervous system. Chase
survived this aggressive form of cancer and now his family works
tirelessly on behalf of childhood cancer research.

Chase After a Cure – Official Website