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Nurse practitioner Vigil joins Beaufort Memorial Express Care 

Board-certified nurse practitioner Allison Vigil has joined Beaufort Memorial Express Care and Occupational Health.

An experienced health care professional, Vigil earned her nurse practitioner degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois in 2016 and has been working the last two years in a Beaufort primary care practice.

Vigil started her career in 2003 as a certified nursing assistant at an Illinois hospital and went on to serve as an obstetrics scrub technician before earning her associate degree in nursing in 2009 from the Technical College of the Lowcountry. In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Ohio University. 

Prior to becoming a certified nurse practitioner, Vigil served as an emergency room nurse for more than 2½ years in children’s hospitals in Chicago, Illinois, and Norfolk, Virginia, gaining experience in pediatric trauma care. Over the years, she has served as a registered nurse in hospital emergency rooms and medical practices in Alaska, Illinois and the Lowcountry. 

Volunteers needed for PruittHealth Hospice

Volunteers are needed for PruittHealth Hospice. If interested, call 843-522-0476 or stop by 1605 North St. in Beaufort.

Pinnacle brings Beaufort Dermatology on board

Pinnacle Medical Group cut the ribbon Thursday, May 23, on its newest location, Beaufort Dermatology at 1096 Ribaut Road. The practice’s parent company brings the latest in technology to the region, including the ability to diagnose skin cancer non-invasively.

Dr. Audrey Klenke, owner of Pinnacle Medical Group, was on hand for the festivities. Joining her were Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling; Beaufort city councilman Philip E. Cromer; Beaufort city councilwoman Alice Howard;

Jose Casey, field representative for Rep. Joe Cunningham (S.C. 1st);  Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives; and Trevor Klenke, Dr. Klenke’s husband.

Klenke acquired the original practice from two retiring dermatologists and added it to Pinnacle Medical Group’s holdings, which include Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa in Bluffton.

A full-time dermatologist will join the practice after a national search is completed. Meanwhile, Jo Ann Cullen, an advanced practice nurse practitioner, will serve as the physician extender. Assisting her will be medical assistants Aylin Flores and Jessica Fico and patient concierge, Katie Bruns.

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