Clemson Rural Health (CRH) – the organizing framework for statewide health service delivery and prevention efforts within the Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences – and Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) have entered an innovative and collaborative partnership to enhance patient access to high quality health care and improve health outcomes for Abbeville County residents. The two entities have worked closely since 2016 to increase access to cancer, hepatitis C and chronic disease screenings and treatment through Clemson Rural Health’s mobile health team.
The new partnership will enhance Clemson Rural Health’s ability to support the vital work already occurring at AAMC and increase the reach of CRH’s fixed and mobile health services as they work to fulfill Clemson University’s land grant mission.
Abby Morningstar, Clemson Rural Health registered dietician, and Amanda Morgan, director of community health, wellness and outreach at Abbeville Area Medical Center, will work together on-site to support nutrition and health outreach in the community. Morningstar will coordinate Fresh for Life, a federally funded produce prescription and educational program intended for individuals living with type 2 diabetes, and collaborate with AAMC providers to support chronic disease management in the surrounding rural and underserved communities.
Leslie Hossfeld, dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, said the partnership between Clemson Rural Health and Abbeville Area Medical Center is an important step in advancing the College’s health mission and addressing critical needs in South Carolina.
Clemson Rural Health is a part of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, a 21st-century land-grant college joining together a unique combination of schools and departments: Communication, Nursing, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Sciences and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. These areas have distinctive characteristics and missions – all joined together by a common thread of service to people and communities.
Abbeville Area Medical Center has been meeting the region’s health care needs since 1919. The hospital offers a full range of services including a 24-hour emergency department, an inpatient and outpatient surgery center, radiology services including MRI, diabetes education, wound care center, laboratory, physical, speech and occupational therapy, swing bed inpatient rehabilitation, infusion and specialty injection services, inpatient medical detox, behavioral health, hospice services and home health care. The medical staff includes board-certified primary care physicians and surgeons as well as a specialist in pain management. For more information about Abbeville Area Medical Center, please call the Marketing Department at 864-366-3364 or visit AbbevilleAreaMC.com.
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