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THA Group Island Hospice seeks volunteers

Island Hospice, a nonprofit THA Group company, seeks volunteers in Beaufort and Savannah. Opportunities are available through a variety of direct and non-direct patient care initiatives, including:

• Respite sitting and doing activities with patients in their homes while caregivers leave for appointments and errands

• Monthly meal preparation and delivery

• Mailing a small gift to a patient or caregiver twice a month (Patient Pal Program)

• Making sweet treats or homemade crafts for patients.

Individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of Island Hospice patients and their families should contact the Island Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Kent Buttimer, at 912-721-5118 or


BMH to host free seminar on hip, knee pain

Achy knees or hips slowing you down? You’re not alone. More than 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, the most common type of joint problem in older adults.

Learn what you can do to alleviate the pain and slow the progression of arthritis at Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s free seminar, “Solving Hip and Knee Pain,” being held Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Sun City.

BMH board-certified orthopedic surgeons Drs. Edward Blocker and Kevin Jones will explain how appropriate options — from in-home exercises and medical management to physical therapy and surgery — can be personalized for your specific needs. They’ll be joined by orthopedic care coordinator and physical therapist Andrea Sadler.

The free lecture will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in Magnolia Hall and is open to the public, including both Sun City residents and non-residents. The hospital will host a wine and cheese reception prior to the seminar at 4:30 p.m. While the event is free, registration is required. Call 843-522-5585 or toll-free 888-522-5585.

For information about Beaufort Memorial Joint Replacement Center, visit www.

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