Health in brief for April 5

Roper Hospital clinical dietician Amber Hoover constructed this hospital herb garden last week with the help of her co-workers and Home Depot employees. She says the garden will serve as a teaching tool for heart attacks patients, who need to incorporate vegetables and fresh produce into their diets. "Even if it's just one tomato plant, that's a start," Hoover said. "Just start small and go from there. I want everyone to know they can do this." Photo provided by Roper St. Francis.

A $20,000 grant from the Roper Saint Francis Physicians Endowment will help the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina provide mental health services to clients.

The clients are primarily pregnant, at-risk women who come from abusive backgrounds. Roper’s contribution will assist in medical care, job-readiness, counseling and several other services for these women.

A study from Wallethub ranks South Carolina No. 1 in having the least punitive medical boards. The stat looks at the number of serious disciplinary actions per 1,000 physicians and found the Palmetto State to have the least number of actions taken. Overall, the state is the eleventh best for doctors, according to the study.

Parts of the Lowcountry will benefit from a $50,000 donation from WellCare of Georgia. The group donated the money to the Memorial Health Foundation to educate low income and underserved populations on diabetes.

South Carolina is receiving $8.4 million to support family home visiting programs, which help mothers find adequate prenatal care, improve nutrition and obtain other healthy lifestyle goals.

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration announced the award on Friday and will award a total of $345 million to U.S. states, territories and nonprofits.

A group of breast cancer survivors from Charleston competed in an Austrailian dragon boat competition this weekend and took home the silver medal in the 500-meter race and the bronze medal in the 200-meter sprint.

The Charleston team, called Paddles & Pearls, includes 26 breast cancer survivors from the area. The team is now considered the third-best dragon boating group in the world, according to a press release about the competition.

“Experiencing cancer can prompt an inward, tunneled focus on yourself,” said team member Deb Philips. “Being part of this team of able athletes has changed that focus and made me realize we all have so much we can conquer as well as contribute.”

Teams from all over the world competed in the Club Crew World Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

For more information, visit www.dragonboatcharleston.org.

Roper Hospital clinical dietitian Amber Hoover constructed an herb garden at Roper Hospital last week with the help of her co-workers and Home Depot employees.

She said the garden will serve as a teaching tool for heart attacks patients, who need to incorporate vegetables and fresh produce into their diets.

“Even if it’s just one tomato plant, that’s a start,” Hoover said. “Just start small and go from there. I want everyone to know they can do this.”

Derrek Asberry and Lauren Sausser