Health News

Fusion Fit Training available at TrueFit Pilates

Fusion Fit Training is now operating out of TrueFit Pilates & Training Studio in Bluffton. Fusion Fit Training is a small group training program that encompasses metabolic training, strength training, cardio intervals and movement. The workouts optimize fat burning, weight loss, metabolism and hormones; helping you avoid pain and injury while developing proper exercise technique and execution. The program also is focused on boosting performance and fitness and promoting a healthy relationship with exercise and fitness, nutrition, wellness and a healthy lifestyle. The group is owned by Rachel Cantore, a personal trainer and health and wellness coach.

MUSC buys 4 hospitals

The deal is done: the Medical University of South Carolina has bought four rural hospitals around the state in a first-of-its-kind deal for the Charleston-based health system.

The acquisitions were valued at $176 million, including $39 million in leases MUSC is taking over. The $137 million balance is being financed with borrowings from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program.

The purchases expand MUSC’s reach to one hospital each in Chester, Marion, Lancaster and Florence counties. They are to be renamed to reflect the ownership change.

New St. Joseph’s Candler/ Pooler Campus opens

The new St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus opened in April. The medical campus houses surgical suites, many medical specialties, primary care, urgent care and more. The 220,000-square-foot facility will have three phases and cost $62 million. This first phase is 83,000 square feet and cost $32.5 million.

The new 27-acre campus is on Pooler Parkway near the intersection of Interstate 16. The project will be multi-phased and built out over a 10-year period.

Beaufort Memorial adds Kaiser

Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists has added a physician assistant to its team of board-certified providers. Laura Livergood Kaiser, PA-C, holds a master of clinical medical science degree in physician assistant studies from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. During her training, she gained clinical experience in specialties ranging from internal and emergency medicine to general, vascular and trauma surgery.

Previously, Kaiser worked as a primary care provider at Hampton Regional Medical Center’s Coastal Plains Primary Care practice in Varnville and as a physician assistant in the hospital’s emergency room, where she developed a fast-track system to expedite patient care.

Pediatric therapy opens in Buffton

Leslie Bigwood and Ashley Cubbage have opened Now We’re Talking Therapy Service at 1536 Fording Island Road, Suite 105 in Bluffton. The company offers pediatric speech and occupational therapy services, both in the clinic and in the community. Bigwood previously owned Simila Clinic in Savannah. Cubbage has worked independently in Beaufort County. For more information, go to

New company offers personal chef services

Thomas Carrig has opened Chef T LLC in Bluffton, providing personal chef services. The company will offer in-home customized food and wine service, including dinner parties, weekly meals, wine classes, cooking classes, cooking demos and nutrition consulting. Chef T will specialize in nutritious foods with ingredients locally sourced from sustainable family farms. Carrig holds a degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Johnson & Wales. He also is a nutrition and dietetic technician and certified wine specialist. For more information, go to

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare opening senior behavioral health unit

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare has recently opened The Cove, a new geriatric behavioral health unit at Hilton Head Hospital. The Cove offers individualized short-term care for older adults experiencing psychiatric symptoms requiring 24-hour inpatient treatment. This program is designed for adults ages 65 and older who are experiencing emotional, behavioral or mental health issues such as social withdrawal, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, severe anxiety or dementia. Treatment includes psychiatric and physical assessment, group activities, individual and group therapy, as well as family education and support.

Smoking can lead to hearing loss

quitsmokingAccording to a recent study by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, smokers are at a greater risk for hearing loss. Many cases of hearing loss are not reversible, so awareness and prevention are your best tools for taking care of your hearing. In addition to quitting smoking, experts suggest these tips to protect your hearing:

  • «  Avoid listening to music at high volume while wearing headphones.

  • Experts recommend listening to music at just 60 percent volume, as maximum volume can be higher than 100 decimals.
  • «  Distance yourself from noise.

  • Either avoid environments with high-decibel noise or bring earplugs when you know you’ll be in loud situations.