Sabrina Jenkins wasn't the only Lowcountry face in the building Tuesday night as President Barack Obama gave his address.

Sullivan's Island resident Pat Votava, who handles federal government relations for the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital, was there as a special guest of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Votava works closely with Scott and his staff on health care issues, particularly ones that affect young patients. Last summer, she escorted Rachel Edwards, a former teenage cancer patient, to Capitol Hill to meet with members of South Carolina's congressional delegation.

Votava currently is promoting MUSC's work to treat sickle cell disease. Last week, Scott announced he will co-chair a bipartisan caucus to explore how the government and private sector can cure this genetic condition, one that disproportionately impacts African-Americans.

"He is a big supporter of the Children's Hospital and big supporter of MUSC," Votava said of Scott, "and that work means a lot to him."