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‘Freedom from Smoking’ classes offered by groups

Announcing a joint effort between Beaufort Memorial Hospital-LifeFit Team and The Beaufort County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Department, to offer the American Lung Association’s  “Freedom From Smoking” classes, beginning Tuesday, January 29 at The Beaufort Medical Plaza.

Two prevention staff at the A&D Department — Wade Bishop and Katie Godowns — have been trained to facilitate the 8-session class and will assist the group through a variety of techniques proven effective in quitting tobacco products. The weekly classes will be held in the evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $30 and class size is limited, so reservations are required. To sign up, call 843-522-5570.

Hospital presents free seminar about diabetes

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3% of the population — have diabetes. But there is good news for those who have diabetes or may be at risk, according to Beaufort Memorial Hospital internal medicine specialist M. Randy Dalbow, MD.

Dr. Dalbow will present a free seminar “Everything You Wanted to Know About Diabetes (and Don’t be Afraid to Ask),” on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at The Quality Inn at Town Center in Beaufort.  A light, continental breakfast will be served.

The hospital will also be offering free glucose screenings from 7 to 8 a.m.

To register, call the Beaufort Memorial Hospital registration line at (843) 522-5585, or toll-free at (888) 522-5585, by Friday, Jan. 25. For more information, visit www.bmhsc.org.

BMH announces new breast care coordinator

Beaufort Memorial Hospital patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis or other breast health concerns now have a trained advocate to help them through their treatment, thanks to the addition of new Breast Care Coordinator Amy Luce, RN, CPHM.

Luce partners with breast care patients and their physicians to provide education, coordinate appointments, identify resources for services, or simply be a sounding board for patients and their family members. She will be joining and working closely with fellow Breast Care Coordinator, Jackie Brown, RN.

The services of the Breast Care Coordinator are provided at no charge. For more information or to reach Amy Luce, RN, call (843) 522-5895 or visit www.bmhsc.org.