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KH, KCSF team up to give deputies free physicals

Posted: February 6, 2015 2:08 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2015 1:00 a.m.
Gary Phillips/C-I

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Crayman Harvey gets his blood pressure checked by KershawHealth Registered Nurse Pat Clitherow during Thursday’s health screening event for deputies at the Health Resource Center.

More than 50 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies received free physicals Thursday as part of a new partnership between the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) and KershawHealth.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the men and women who serve to protect Kershaw County,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “After our colleague, Deputy Rob Evans, suffered a fatal heart attack while working in 2013, we started talking about finding a way to provide physicals for our deputies.”

Evans was the school resource officer for Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and was on duty directing traffic at the school, when he collapsed. His daughter, Katelyn, joined deputies and health care providers for the day of physicals at KershawHealth’s Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.

“If just one officer finds out that he or she needs additional testing, then all the time, money and effort has been worth it,” Evans said. “I miss my dad very much and I want his colleagues to know I appreciate their daily sacrifices such as the late work nights, long days, holidays on the road and the daily stressors of their jobs. I encourage the public to stand with me and support our officers.”

Funding for the exams came from the KCSF and an in-kind gift from KershawHealth. The screenings included EKG tests; compensation with body fat percentage; weight; blood pressure; pulse rate; blood work, including cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid panel; complete blood counts; complete metabolic panel; age dependent prostate and diabetes screenings; and educational information.

KCSF Chair Rajena Miles said ensuring deputies’ health is beneficial for everyone they serve.

“A local health care provider partnering with the local sheriff’s foundation is a win-win in my book. I want to thank George Gibson of the KCSF and Susan Outen of KershawHealth for leading the charge on this partnership,” Miles said. “Thank you to the many citizens who have donated to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation. With your donations we can help care for the men and women who risk their lives to protect us.”

Outen, a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, said healthcare professionals teaming up with law enforcement is a natural fit.

“KershawHealth and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office are both organizations dedicated to caring for the people of our community, and it makes sense for them to be collaborating.” Outen said. “Providing these physicals draws on the hospital’s expertise to help ensure that the deputies are in good health and able to respond to the needs of those in our community.”

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