Biden Vaccination Plan

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Today at 3:45 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden is outlining his COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Wilmington, Del. Biden has been critical of the current administration's effort and is seeking to speed up the process. The announcement comes a day after Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Watch his remarks live, here...

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Tonight at 7:15, President-elect Biden is set to deliver remarks in which he will "outline his vaccination and economic rescue legislative package." Biden has long said that the most recent coronavirus relief legislation did not go far enough in delivering critical help, and that a new package would be a top priority for his incoming administration. Watch live video here...

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The COVID-19 vaccine is here. But you might be confused about when you can get it or how.

So let’s break it down.

PPE Shortages Again?

Jan 7, 2021

Even with vaccinations happening, many hospitals are full again with COVID-19 patients.  And these hospitals are finding themselves once again nervous about potential shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).  All of this is keeping our next guest’s company very busy.

Mike Switzer interviews Lance Brown, CEO of Rhino Medical Supply in Columbia, SC.

Many small businesses are looking at 2020 as a lost year and at 2021 as the rebound year.  And our next guest’s organization, which was very busy with relief efforts last year is hoping to be very busy this year providing the normal assistance they have available to the small business community every year.

Mike Switzer interviews Gregg White, director of the South Carolina district of the US Small Business Administration.

After many months of social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing and at least a few months more to go, we are beginning to see light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.  However, many experts believe the pandemic will likely cause permanent changes in our lives, our psyches, and in the way we conduct business going forward.

Mike Switzer interviews Melissa Bane, a certified financial planner with Greenwood Capital in Greenwood, SC.

Dr. Christine Holmstedt
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine Holmstedt about possible signs of stroke and the importance of seeking prompt expert care for stroke during the pandemic.  Dr. Holmstedt is a Professor of Neurology and Director of Clinical Stroke Services at MUSC. 

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

Erik Modrzynski

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Erik Modrzynski about the design and development of small, portable COVID-19 testing pods that will be used for walk-up testing at clinical sites throughout SC. Erik Modrzynski is the Ambulatory Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency manager at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

The Vaccine Dream Becomes a Reality at MUSC

Dec 18, 2020
Shemika Champion becomes the first health care worker in the Lowcountry to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at  MUSC in Charleston.
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A gaggle of journalists gathers around a tent outside the  Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  With cameras, cords and microphones flailing, a curious hawk perched upon a nearby rooftop peers down at the crowd.

Inside the tent on this cold December day, 34-year-old Shemika Champion appears calm, even though a flurry of flashes surrounds her as a needle protrudes about an inch away from her arm.

"I'm just saying a little prayer to myself and getting ready," says Champion. 

A Lowcountry First

The pediatric nurse volunteered to become the first front-line health care worker in the Lowcountry to get the newly approved Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.  The hospital's initial shipment arrived just two hours ago.

Champion sits still as her exposed upper arm is swabbed.  On the count of three, the onlookers lean in as the vaccine slowly plunges, into her skin.  Like a champion, she doesn't flinch.  There's a huge applause.

"I can't stop smiling about it," she gushes afterwards.

Dr. Patrick Flume
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Patrick Flume about the COVID-19 Biorepository and research to better understand infection and recovery from this virus.   Dr. Flume is a pulmonary physician, who leads a group of researchers focusing on COVID-19 research at MUSC.

Cathy Bennett
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Cathy Bennett about slowly and cautiously resuming the MUSC Pet Therapy program in the hospital setting, after a seven month pause due to the pandemic.  Cathy is the Pet Therapy Coordinator at MUSC.

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President-elect Joe Biden is formally announcing his pick for health secretary and other key health positions after releasing their names on Monday. Watch their introductions live, here...

Dr. Rochelle Hanson

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rochelle Hanson about strategies to help manage stress in our everyday lives, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Dr. Hanson is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at MUSC.

Pandemic Increasing Need for Cybersecurity

Dec 2, 2020

With e-commerce booming as a result of the pandemic, the incidence of cybercrime is also up.  Which is keeping one of our state’s Inc 5000-listed companies busy.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Jenks, chief operating officer at Adapt Forward Cybersecurity in North Charleston, SC, the company coming in at #542 in the most recent Inc 5000 list of our nation’s fastest growing private companies.

Dr. Amy Martin

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Amy Martin about keeping teeth, mouth and gums healthy during the pandemic.  Dr. Martin is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Stomatology in the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.