DHEC in the News: Stormwater drainage inspections, stroke center accreditation, expansion of diabetes prevention program
Here's a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
Town of Bluffton begins stormwater drainage inspections
If Bluffton residents see engineers working around their neighborhood drains or ponds, it's likely because of a federally-mandated inspection of the town's stormwater drainage systems. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has been running tests on the May River and its waterways for the past few years because of fecal bacterial pollutants that have been found in the watershed.
Carolinas Hospital System receives Stroke Center Accreditation
FLORENCE, SC - Carolinas Hospital System has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care by The Joint Commission. The advanced certification, as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission, recognizes the hospital's commitment to the highest standards in the country for stroke care. -This certification is a national recognition of Carolinas Hospital System's excellence in caring for strokes, said Gary Malaer, CEO. Stroke is the nation's fifth leading cause of death.
AMA Expanding Diabetes Prevention Program to Eight More States
The American Medical Association announced an expanded, multi-state effort that aims to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes nationwide. It builds off AMA's initial work to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes in California, Michigan, and South Carolina and expands that to similar statewide efforts in eight additional states to help reach more of the 84 million American adults who unknowingly live with prediabetes - the precursor to type 2 diabetes.