Partner News | August 5

Providence Home Care of SC expanding Greenville County offices
$2.9 million investment expected to create 167 new jobs

Providence Home Care is expandingProvidence Home Care of SC, a Greenville-based healthcare services provider, is expanding its Greenville County presence due to increased demand for in-home and in-facility care. The company’s $2.9 million investment in its corporate headquarters is expected to create 167 new jobs over the next decade.

Providence Home Care of SC provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients in the state of South Carolina. The company is expanding its mission statewide to include skilled nursing to clients in the private sector, and the company will soon be certified to provide additional behavioral healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid clients. Providence also intends to add medication management and medical supply sales to its offerings.

“Providence Home Care of SC would like to express our sincere gratitude to Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina team, which have helped our company continue to grow and succeed,” noted Johnathan Sumter, president of Providence Home Care of South Carolina.  He also acknowledged the key support of the City of Mauldin and the Greenville Area Development Corporation for making the announcement possible.

Providence Home Care is located at Millport Circle in Greenville, with a current staff of around 28 administrative, sales and healthcare professionals. The new positions will be located in the Greenville headquarters.

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate yet another expansion as Providence Home Care of SC invests an additional $2.9 million and creates 167 new jobs in the Upstate,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.  “This expansion demonstrates once again that South Carolina continues to be a place where businesses can not only grow and find success year after year.”

“We are continuing to see diversity in our economy, with manufacturing, service industry and innovative companies locating and growing in our state. The future of South Carolina’s economy is bright and we are excited for what lies ahead,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“This decision by Providence Home Care to expand its operations and headquarters here in Greenville County validates this region’s focus on providing a robust and vibrant business climate, world-class healthcare services, and a superb quality of life that attracts and appeals to both individuals and companies,” said Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation Board of Directors.  “We salute their job creation and economic investment in this community.”

Persons interested in working for the company are encouraged to visit Providence Home Care of SC’s careers page for information on current openings and how to apply.  Positions to be filled vary.

For more information about Providence Home Care, visit www.ProvidenceHomeCareSC.wordpress.com.

The Greenville Area Development Corporation is a non-profit organization established by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County.  Since its founding in 2001, GADC efforts have resulted in the creation of more than 17,500 new jobs and more than $3 billion in capital investment in Greenville County, SC.  To learn more, visit www.goGADC.com or call (864) 235-2008.

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Nanotechnology: What Do We Need to Know? EngenuitySC’s Science Café with Dr. Sally Tinkle, Sept. 9, 2014

Sally TinkleWhen it comes to the benefits and risks of nanotechnology, what do we need to know? Find out when expert human health researcher Dr. Sally Tinkle, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) member, explains her research at EngenuitySC’s popular Science Café series on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Speakeasy in Five Points.

Dr. Sally Tinkle’s research focuses on human health and nanotechnology, relating to emerging, modern technologies, environmental exposures and real-world application.

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular scale to create materials with varied and new properties. It is a rapidly growing area of research, and in medicine, it has the potential to transform drug delivery, gene therapy, development and clinical application and many other areas of medical research.

Dr. Tinkle joined STPI in Washington, D.C. in April 2013 to extend her expertise in human health, research and administration to the policy arena, especially for emerging technologies and environmental exposures.

Before joining STPI, she served as the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office where she led strategic planning and implementation of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. As a Senior Science Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH, Dr. Tinkle worked on health issues related to biofuels and the bioeconomy, application of global earth observations to human health monitoring, environmentally induced pulmonary health conditions, as well as nanotechnology. She developed the NIEHS nanotoxicology extramural research portfolio and the NIEHS NanoHealth and Safety Enterprise, which serves as framework for public-private partnerships.

Dr. Tinkle received her PhD from the Department of Physiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Science, Denver, Colorado.

EngenuitySC is proud to partner with the Center for Environmental NanoScience & Risk to present Dr. Tinkle at Science Café.

The purpose of Science Café is for curious souls to engage their ideas and each other over a cold beverage and warm conversation. It is a forum for debating science issues where we dive deep into the research, the philosophies and ethics, and the applications of cutting-edge research. The monthly talks are real discussions about real issues with real people. For more information and to register for free admission (and perks) at the next Science Café, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe.

About Science Café
EngenuitySC hosts Science Café at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, featuring informal presentations by some of South Carolina’s top leaders in science and technology in a casual atmosphere. Guests enjoy networking and a cash bar with high quality beer, wine and cocktails at Speakeasy in Five Points, a comfortable, pub-style environment with couches and expert mixologists behind the bar. Patrons have the opportunity to discuss the latest knowledge economy topics with leading researchers in a relaxed environment that encourages questions, interruptions and discussion.

About EngenuitySC
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., EngenuitySC is a public-private partnership focused on enhancing our region’s economic competitiveness and prosperity. Through collaboration with business, government, higher education and community leaders, EngenuitySC builds partnerships and measures success around five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial/business environment, livability and strong industry clusters. Through our innovative process, unique vision and ability to create a plan and deliver results, EngenuitySC is working to build a more competitive and prosperous Midlands region. For more information, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com.

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Contact: Tracie Broom, Flock and Rally, 415.235.5718, tracie@flockandrally.com
Debi Schadel, Flock and Rally, 803.348.8861, debi@flockandrally.com

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Launches Kinship Care Initiative

sisters-of-charity-foundation-south-carolina-logoThe Sisters of Charity Foundation is pleased to announce the start of a Kinship Care Initiative in South Carolina. Currently, over 50,000 children are in public and private kinship care within the state. The Initiative will support the growing number of relatives raising a loved one’s child that are not a part of the state’s foster care system. The launch of the Initiative also includes the release of a Research Brief to illustrate the challenges that kinship families face. Included in the brief are recommendations for South Carolina to improve services to these families.  Research has shown that kinship care is a better alternative than placing youth in foster care and yields higher rates of permanency. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 annual report, extended family members and close family friends care for more than 2.7 million children in the United States, an increase of 18 percent over the past decade. The Research Brief, authored by Foundation Program Manager Tamara Peterson, addresses a broad range of issues and challenges that impact the well-being of these families. “We need more people involved to support kinship caregivers. If other people saw our faces and heard our struggles, maybe then they would help us keep our families together,” said one Grandmother in the Helping and Lending Outreach Services (HALOS) program.

The Foundation will host a Kinship Care Summit on September 10th in Columbia as part of the Initiative’s launch. The Summit will feature a panel of industry leaders and participation by kinship care stakeholders from throughout the state and beyond. Representatives from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Duke Endowment will also be part of the discussion. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together community stakeholders, identify key issues and, develop strategies for better serving kinship families across South Carolina.

The Initiative is dedicated to enhancing individual and family well-being. This will be accomplished through the development of a Kinship Care Advisory Council, grant making, and strategic partnerships with organizations that are committed to improving outcomes for kinship families. The Foundation will also address public policy issues that affect the kinship care population. The goal is to increase permanency, stability and livelihood of kinship families so that children in our state live in safe, loving homes. “The Foundation is pleased to announce this Initiative in response to the growing need of kinship care providers across the state of South Carolina.” Tom Keith, President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

In 2015, through the Kinship Care Initiative, the Foundation will award multiple grants and significant dollars to support programs and services for South Carolina’s kinship care providers and the children that are being served.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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MGC Long Run Partners with USO South Carolina
Registration Now Open

MGC longrunThe MGC Long Run 15k and 5k races will return to Famously Hot Columbia, SC on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Net proceeds from the races will benefit USO South Carolina, whose mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

The MGC Long Run is presented by McAngus Goudelock & Courie (MGC), a regional insurance defense firm headquartered in Columbia. MGC launched the inaugural Long Run in 2014 as a way to give back to the Midlands community where the firm was founded. The inaugural race brought together over 500 runners and walkers, 250 volunteers and a number of local businesses, and raised over $20,000 for a local charity.

“The MGC family has many ties to the military. Many of our own team are serving or have served our country or have an immediate family member in the service,” said Jay Courie, Managing Member of MGC. “We are so grateful for their sacrifice and service, and are excited to partner with USO South Carolina to give back to those who serve our country.”

“The USO South Carolina strives to make Every Moment Count for the troops and their families throughout our state! Thanks to MGC for selecting the USO South Carolina as their nonprofit partner and beneficiary of funds that will be raised at their second annual MGC Long Run, we will be able to continue to honor and create moments that count for our troops and their families,” said Joanie Thresher, Director of USO South Carolina. “The USO South Carolina is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of the American people to make a difference. MGC is doing just that! Register to run, walk or sponsor the  event and you too will be supporting the troops and their families that support you!”

The 2015 MGC Long Run will be a not-to-miss event, featuring a 15k, 5k and Kids’ Fun Run, all beginning and ending in downtown Columbia. There will also be a family-friendly party celebrating runners, walkers, volunteers and those that fight to protect our freedom. Early bird registration is now open at www.strictlyrunning.com.

For more information about the MGC Long Run, including sponsorship information, please visit www.mgclongrun.com.

About the MGC Long Run
The MGC Long Run 15k|5k will take place in downtown Columbia on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The race is presented by McAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm headquartered in Columbia, and net proceeds will benefit the USO South Carolina. For more information, please visit www.mgclongrun.com.

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Ace Glass Celebrates 50 years as a Leading Glass Company in the Midlands

Ace (50 years)Ace Glass, a leader in commercial, residential, and automotive glass repair in Columbia, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding.   There are few companies who can claim they have had three generations actively run a successful business, but then again, Ace Glass has always focused on being the exception as opposed to the rule.

Fred L. Price, Sr. began installing glass in Columbia in 1939 at the age of 17. A member of the Army Air Corps during World War II, he continued to work in the glass business until he formed a partnership for a startup company they called Blyco Glass Company, Inc. in 1958. He later sold his interest in Blyco to start Ace Glass Shop in 1964, founding what would later become one of the largest glass firms in the Midlands.  His son, Fred Price Jr., spent the summers of his youth learning from his father, eager to also make a name from himself in the glass industry. Fred Jr. graduated from The Citadel in 1975 and married his college sweetheart Phyllis, who to this day also plays an active role in the daily operations of the company. After purchasing Ace Glass from his father in 1983, Fred Jr. spent several years alongside his mentor, focusing on their shared vision of development, and maintaining extraordinary relationships with their customers and community.

“It has been such a blessing having the opportunities I had from my father.  He taught my family early on that integrity and hard work are the foundations of success.”

Trey, son of Fred Jr., joined the family business after graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 2002, becoming the director of the commercial division and establishing a specialty division for automatic doors. Trey’s sister, Lauren, graduated from the University of Alabama and handles the marketing division of Ace Glass. Together, the Price’s have seen the company grow tremendously over the last two decades, having opened stores in multiple locations and expanding business into several states.

Trey states, “Our goal is to continue to excel every day.  We try and listen to the community and our customers to see how we can better serve them.  Our customer base has been loyal to us and we will continue to be loyal to them. We are lucky to be part of such a great community.”

Fred Price Sr. passed away in 2012, after 73 years in the glass industry.  His legacy and loyalty to exceptional products and service lives on in the values he instilled in his son and grandchildren.  Ace Glass continues to strive for unsurpassed customer service, and commits everyday to making sure these standards carry on into the next generation.  The reason we have been chosen The Best of Columbia year after year is because of the dedication of our loyal employees that make working and doing business with Ace Glass such a pleasure and success.

The Price family plans to continue to expand their customer base and provide quality glass products and customer service well into the next generation.

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