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Goodwill and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System have paired up for a two-day donation drive right on the Bon Secours St. Francis campuses. Look for the big Goodwill truck. Donation receipts available.

Tuesday, April 24
ST. FRANCIS eastside
Parking lot at corner of Patewood and Enterprise

Thursday, April 26
ST. FRANCIS downtown
Lower parking lot at Andrews Street entrance

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April Calendar 

Take a look at what's going on at St. Francis this month:  






Caring for Your Baby  



Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar 


Facts of Life for Mothers and Daughters  


Yoga for Cancer Survivors



Comfort Measures for Managing Labor 



Balanced Life Yoga 


Yoga for Cancer Survivors



Childbirth Preparation 



Breast Cancer Support Group 


Sibling Preparation  



As the presence of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System's Community Health Outreach (formerly known as Faith Community Nursing and Social Work) has grown in the Greenville community, so has the number of people seeking funding from community resources for medications, lab work and medical testing, in addition to the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities are a serious issue. However, small acts of kindness can make a huge difference to the women and their families in the Greenville community. Please continue reading to learn more:
The Importance of Health Equity: Lessons in Kindness 

Community Health Outreach is committed to bringing people and communities to health and wholeness as part of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. They are dedicated to providing opportunities to improve the health and quality of life of those in our community who suffer from poverty and other challenges. By providing assistance with access to healthcare, health prevention education, community advocacy, and a therapeutic presence, clients are able to establish a patient-primary care provider relationship, improve their overall health, reduce unnecessary emergency department admissions, and decrease readmission to the healthcare system.

However, changes have occurred in our community outreach programs that have made agency funding more difficult to secure, making it more difficult to help those in need. Through these challenges, Community Health Outreach has learned that offering a healing presence and actively listening to the life stories of disappointments, guilt, and shame are equally as important as the resources for medication, shelter and clothing. "It is necessary to infuse hope in our patients and we do so by offering encouragement and support for the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain that they embody. This provides them with the courage to move forward by realizing their dreams and planning for their future. And, it would be much more difficult to provide for the poor and underserved communities of Triune, West Greenville, Sterling and San Sebastian without the many generous donations that we receive from the greater Greenville community," claims M. Jean Lilley, RN, BSN of Community Health Outreach.

How We Can Help
A persons health is based on more than just the ability to go to the doctor, what they eat or where they live. There are multiple factors that play a role when it comes to someone's health. Everyone plays a part when it comes to the health of Americans and those in our community. "Just like a drop of water in a tranquil lake, the ripple is felt for longer distance as 'more drops of need' are added to already overstretched budgets," says Jean. "The change to good from this otherwise negative ripple effect is the difference 'tiny drops of hope' can make through individuals who give!" Donated clothing, financial support, and volunteer hours "ripple out" to those who need a warm sweater or a pair of shoes or to those who just wish to talk to someone who cares or receive a firm handshake or a much needed hug. "Our department knows these small acts of kindness do make a difference because we hear the sad and lonely stories from patients and observe how others generosities have touched the lives of those we serve," states Jean.

Small Acts of Kindness
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Community Health Outreach would like to thank everyone for all of their prayers, donations, words, and deeds. You have helped our mothers and grandmothers when they have wondered how to stretch a pot of soup for another meal or didn't know how to pay for diapers or the electric bill. Your "drops of kindness" are felt by many and we appreciate the ripples of provision to our women and their families in the Greenville community each day.

Volunteers of Community Health Outreach make warm blankets for those in need.
If you are interested in contacting Community Health Outreach for more information or ways that you can help, please click here or contact 864-351-9968.

 Our Bon Secours Medical Group physicians are equipped with the latest techniques to treat pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. If prescription medication hasn't worked for you, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment today.

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Greenville and Simpsonville

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Get to Know the Newest Additions to the Bon Secours Medical Group 

The Bon Secours Medical Group consists of outstanding physicians and specialists who work together to bring a special level of care to our patients. We are delighted to welcome the following physicians to the St. Francis family: 


The Hand Center 

Timothy R. Brown, MD                       

Timothy Y. Dew, MD

S. John Millon, MD                             

M. Jason Palmer, MD

L. Edwin Rudisill, Jr., MD                  

John L. Sanders, MD


Mountain View Family Medicine
Jack Brunson, MD
Pilar Frisch, MD
David Hudson, MD
Lee Saindon, MD

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