Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center presents the award to Norman
Chapman, President of Inman Mills.
Foundation announced as 2018 Cultural Champion
Center recognized the Inman Riverdale Foundation as its 2018 Cultural Champion at their annual business luncheon on Thursday,
Each year, Chapman Cultural Center honors its corporate donors with a business
luncheon at which the Cultural Champion is announced. Over 100 companies doing business in our community and region have contributed
more than $501,000 this year to support the mission of Chapman Cultural Center. Cola-cola Bottling Company won the honor last
year. As part of the recognition, the recipient this year received a custom-made award by local artists, Russell Bannan and
Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center presented the award
to Norman Chapman, President of Inman Mills. Evins recognized more than 36 members of the Chapman family and Inman Mills associates
who have contributed in their own unique way for more than four generations.
“For over 119 years the Chapman family, which includes the Inman Mills family, has been making their mark on Spartanburg
County. Rob Chapman served twice as President of Arts Council and Chairman of The Arts Partnership. Marshal Chapman’s
leadership and vision led a cultural planning process in 1992 that created the United Arts fund and a spirit of collaboration
in the arts. Many Chapman family members and Inman associates have and still do contribute their creative talents, time and
resources to advance the arts in Spartanburg and we are extremely grateful.”
Chapman Family and the Inman Riverdale Foundation are the embodiment of what it looks like to be a Cultural Champion. We are
honored by their long-standing partnership and are proud to recognize the enormous contributions they’ve made to the
arts in Spartanburg with this award.”
Dr. Al Jeter was also announced as the 2018
Educator of the Year award winner. Jeter, a educator for 45 years, serves as Spartanburg District Seven’s Director of
Testing and Accountability. He also coordinates fine arts, world languages, strategic planning, and programs for English Learners.
Jeter has been an advocate for the arts and an ally of Chapman Cultural Center throughout his career.
said upon receiving his award, “Being chosen as the Educator of the Year is an unexpected but grand honor. Having family,
friends, and the cultural community present for the occasion was a highlight and a definite “shining moment” in
my life. I’ll never forget the emotions of that day, and I’m delighted to live and work in a place like Spartanburg
where we can all contribute and make a positive impact.”
Chapman Cultural Center Board
of Trustees Chairman, Bert Barre, welcomed over 100 guests to the luncheon. Music was provided by local musicians Tessa Russel
and Garrett Gibson. The luncheon was sponsored by Carolina Alliance Bank.
is Diabetes Awareness Month
By Alan Jenkins, Courtesy
of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Delicious food, friendly
faces and information that could save lives. That’s what more than 100 people got when they attended the second annual
Diabetes Nutrition Expo.
The event, held Monday, Nov. 5, at First Presbyterian Church in
Spartanburg, featured health experts from across Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and beyond.
were treated to trays of pumpkin hummus and bright, colorful fruits and vegetables, provided by the nutrition staff at Spartanburg
Medical Center. Chef Artina Lindsey of Morrison Healthcare answered questions about the healthy snacks, as did Spartanburg
Regional wellness dietitian Joan Cope, RD, LD.
Plant-based nutrition expert Terri Edwards,
a frequent speaker and presenter for Spartanburg Regional’s heart center, handed out Green Monster Smoothies, made of
spinach, grapes, bananas and pineapple.
Turnout at the event was great, according to diabetes
education manager Erica Moore, MHS, of Medical Group of the Carolinas – Diabetes and Endocrinology.
"We always provide the community with a lot of diabetes nutrition resources,” Moore said. “It’s
great to gather all of these resources in one room today.”
Among those experts was
Chantel Gant, community outreach coordinator for Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute.
is an important part of cancer prevention, just as it is in diabetes education, Gant said.
both talk about the importance of healthy eating at both,” Gant said. “Eating healthy goes hand in hand with diabetes
Obesity prevention and diabetes are also tied together, and Michele Maddox,
MSN, of Medical Group of the Carolinas-Weight Loss Services, offered information to event-goers.
right is part of living well, and it's great to collaborate with the different Spartanburg Regional departments to give the
community a broad overview of that,” Maddox said.
Community members who would like
to learn more about diabetes services and prevention are encourage to call Medical Group of the Carolinas-Diabetes and Endocrinology
at 560-6419, ext. 5.
Edisto Beach sand and debris cleanup project after Tropical Storm Irma in 2017. (SCDOT
SCDOT wins 3 national transportation
The South Carolina Department of Transportation competed against all other DOTs and garnered
three President’s Transportation Awards at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
“The SCDOT continues to lead the nation in performance
excellence and innovative practices,” said Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. “I am very proud of the dedicated
group of professionals at SCDOT who are committed to their mission and are always striving to be the best. The SCDOT Team
thanks AASHTO for this prestigious national recognition.”
Each year, each state DOT competes
nationally for the AASHTO the President’s Transportation Awards in 8 categories: Planning, Performance Excellence, Intermodal
Transportation, Highway Traffic Safety, Highways, Environment, Aviation and Administration. This year, SCDOT was chosen among
all other DOTs by winning three of these eight categories.
National Awards were:
· Highway Traffic Safety – SCDOT’s Rural
Road Safety Program
SCDOT is tackling the "worst-of-the worst" roads in terms of highway
by improving 100 miles per year with a customized plan to make these roads safer in 10-mile segments. “Our safety engineers
are determined to make a difference in our state and, like I am, are very aware of our unfortunate designation as having some
of the deadliest rural roads in the nation,” Hall said.
· Administration – SCDOT’s Development of Menu of Funding Options.
leadership prepared menus of three different funding levels for lawmakers to review before passing the roads bill in 2017.
Four priorities within each option became part of SCDOT’s strategic 10-year plan to improve South Carolina’s roads
“For the first time in the history of the DOT, the agency presented in an easy
to understand format, what the priorities of the agency would be for the investment of various levels of potential new funding
and what results the public should expect for that investment over a 10 year period,” Hall said.
· Performance Excellence – SCDOT’s Masters of Disaster.
Hard work by SCDOT employees, nicknamed “Masters of Disaster,” in cleaning up 12,000 cubic yards of sand
left by Tropical Storm Irma on Palmetto Boulevard in Edisto Beach in just five days. “Traditionally, the DOT would have
paid to truck off and dispose of the sand and then the town would have to pay to have clean sand brought back in later during
recovery,” Hall said. “Through this innovative approach to debris management… our team delivered phenomenal
results that saved money and months of time.”
Transforming the love of orthopaedic medicine
and corporate health
By Jessica Pickens, Courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
medicine data shows that musculoskeletal injuries are the most significant injury category for most employers.
“About 80 percent of workplace injuries are related to muscles, joints or the back,” said Charles Catron,
Spartanburg Regional Corporate Health is responding to this challenge by adding Dr. Catron
to the team. His prior role and 20 years of experience as an orthopaedic surgeon will enhance the corporate health team’s
orthopaedic care, knowledge and expertise.
Dr. Catron looks forward to enhancing the patient experience
as he joins the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Corporate Health — Westside team.
original choice to pursue orthopaedics seemed natural, as it dovetailed with my interest in athletics and injury treatment,”
Dr. Catron said. “Occupational medicine is also an extension of this same interest that grew later in my career.”
The practice of occupational medicine focuses on diagnosing and treating work-related injuries and illnesses while
fostering workplace health and safety. Occupational medicine also provides job-specific medical fitness certifications when
Each workplace injury involves a methodical and careful approach to ensure the patient
recovers properly so he or she can return to work quickly.
“First, the injury should be
properly diagnosed to provide the appropriate treatment,” he said. “Second, every effort should be made to prevent
other similar injuries going forward. Third, the appropriate care must be provided in the highest quality manner so recovery
is prompt and complete.”
Dr. Catron’s initial goal of becoming a physician was his
interest in biology, coupled with a family history in the field.
“My father was a physician
and mother a nurse. This led me to follow their example in pursuing a career to help others,” he said.
Outside of work, Dr. Catron has two teenage daughters and a wife of 21 years, who is also a nurse. Their family enjoys
tennis, scuba diving, snow skiing and going to the beach.
As Dr. Catron is looking forward to
joining the corporate health team and is excited about broadening his scope into other areas such as pulmonary and job fitness.