Varnville, SC—Hampton Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the return of General Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Elvington, Jr. to the Coastal Plains Physician Associates team of medical specialists.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Elvington back to our staff,” said HRMC Chief Executive Dave Hamill. “to provide the Hampton County area with the finest orthopedic care.”

Elvington, who graduated from Citadel in 1988, received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993. A native of Florence SC, Elvington previously worked at McLeod Health, of Florence, SC, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates, of Florence, SC, Charleston Orthopedic Specialists, of Charleston, SC, and at Beth Israel Medical Center, of New York City, NY. His residency was conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“I like being able to solve problems and help people get rid of their pain. To make someone actually start walking better or sleeping better, Elvington said.

Elvington has practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in South Carolina throughout his career with over 20 years of experience in orthopedic surgery with a particular focus on the knee and shoulder areas.

“I’m happy to be here and ready to get to know my patients,” Elvington said, “and maybe even see some familiar faces.”

For more information about Dr. Elvington, visit our website at or call Coastal Plains Physician Associates at 803-943-7600 to schedule an appointment.

Biden-Harris administration invests $1.5 million to improve health care for South Carolina residents

Investments will help people in socially vulnerable communities

Columbia, August 11, 2022 – Xochitl Torres Small, Under Secretary for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced that the USDA is providing $74 million in grants to improve child care facilities. health in rural towns across the country. These grants will help 143 rural healthcare organizations expand essential services to 3 million people in 37 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. Investments include more than $1.5 million for five South Carolina projects located across the state for people living in socially vulnerable communities.

“Under the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, the USDA is committed to ensuring that people, wherever they live, have access to reliable health services and high quality such as emergency care, primary care and dental care,” said Torres Small. “The Emergency Rural Health Care Grants announced today will help build, renovate and equip health care facilities such as hospitals and clinics in rural areas in 37 states. of a sustainable and accessible health care infrastructure in rural areas is essential to the health and well-being of millions of people living in small towns across the country.

“We know how important health care is to individuals and families living in South Carolina,” said Dr. Saundra Glover, USDA South Carolina State Director for Rural Development. These investments will provide the same services to people living in socially vulnerable communities who, in the past, may not have had access to the same quality health care as their counterparts living in more populated communities.

The Biden-Harris administration made those funds available in rural emergency health care grant programs through its landmark piece of legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act. The Act and this program are examples of the government’s ability to respond quickly to ensure that every person and family has access to high quality health care, regardless of their postal code.

USDA Rural Development promotes a healthy community and environment through Emergency Rural Health Care Grants to ensure that individuals, children, and families have access to the health care they need. need. Grants support the ability of rural communities to provide health care to people and places in our country that often don’t have access to it.

The investments will help rural hospitals and healthcare providers implement telehealth and nutritional assistance programs, increase staff to administer COVID-19 vaccines and tests, build or renovate facilities and to buy medical supplies. They will also help regional partnerships, public agencies, nonprofits, and tribes address regional rural health care issues and build a stronger and more sustainable rural health care system in response to the pandemic. . For instance:

  • In Barnwell County, South Carolina, CSRA Inc.’s The Family Y, YMCA/YWCO received $44,000 to support food insecurity for people living in rural South Carolina due to the COVID pandemic -19. The funds will be used to buy food, a van to transport the food and allow the hiring of additional staff.
  • Hampton Regional Medical Center will use a $767,500 grant to upgrade the hospital’s information system to a robust, fully integrated electronic medical record system, which will provide a comprehensive health information system for enable improved medical care for patients receiving care. Hampton Regional Medical Center plans to link its system with the Medical University of South Carolina to provide a more comprehensive way of delivering care from its affiliated hospital.

Investments announced today will expand health services in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska , New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Guam and Puerto Rico.

The USDA will announce additional winners for Rural Emergency Health Care Grants in the weeks and months ahead.

Guardian ad Litem program to organize free training for potential volunteers

[Hampton, S.C., August 10, 2022] The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is offering free online training starting September 26, 2022 for those interested in becoming Guardian ad Litem volunteers for abused and neglected children in Hampton and Allendale counties.

Residents of Hampton and Allendale County who care about victims of child abuse and neglect are encouraged to get involved now. If you’re over 21 and can give four to five hours a month of your time for a child, you can make a difference in a child’s life. Those interested in participating in this training are encouraged to submit a completed application by September 16, 2022. Visit for more information and to download an application.

The Guardian ad Litem program was founded in 1984 and holds free training classes across the state at various times throughout the year to teach community volunteers how to advocate as Guardians ad Litem for abused and neglected children. who are involved in family court proceedings through the Department. social services. GAL volunteers get to know the child and everyone involved in the child’s life, including family, teachers, doctors, social workers and others. They collect information about the child and their needs. Their recommendations to the court help the judge make an informed decision about a child’s future. GAL volunteers provide a stable presence in a child’s life, remaining on each case until the child is placed in a safe and permanent home.

The GAL program is a division of the South Carolina Department of Child Advocacy (DCA). DCA is an independent state agency headed by Director and State Children’s Advocate Amanda Whittle.

Contact David McAlhaney at the Charleston County Office at 843-277-5849 to learn more about this volunteer and training opportunity.