FLORENCE, S.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) today visited medical centers in the 7th District to thank and visit with South Carolina’s frontline healthcare workers and hospital administration personnel. Congressman Rice also provided a COVID-19 legislative update and held a listening session to discuss several pertinent issues facing the medical field in the 7th District.

Congressman Rice at MUSC Health

Congressman Rice thanks frontline healthcare works at MUSC Health.

“Our frontline healthcare workers have shown resilience as they continue to press on through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many are overwhelmed as they face difficult emotional situations and watch patients struggle or succumb to this horrible disease. COVID-19 seems to be far from over in many ways, but I want our healthcare workers to know we think about them and we value the work they do every single day for this community. My office is hosting these appreciation events to make sure our healthcare workers know they are not forgotten,” said Congressman Tom Rice.

Congressman Rice visited McLeod Hospital and MUSC Health Florence Medical Center today and will visit Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital tomorrow.

“McLeod Health is dedicated to patient-centered, quality healthcare for the more than 1,000,000 people we serve – from the Midlands to the Coast. We were extremely encouraged to have Congressman Tom Rice visit with our operations team on Monday morning, to engage in dialogue about the many challenges faced by healthcare today,” said Dr. Matthew Johnson, Chief Clinical Officer for McLeod Health. “Our topics included staffing issues, the Covid pandemic, support for our rural hospitals and the many services provided by our not for profit mission. We are thankful for his interest in our people and our concerns, not unlike many other businesses and organizations caring for others in the current landscape of growing families and communities.”

According to the most recent available data from The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the number of COVID-19 positive individuals who are hospitalized is 14.7% higher compared to last week, the number of COVID-19 individuals in the ICU is 17.2% higher compared to last week, and the number of COVID-19 positive individuals on ventilators is 15.4% higher compared to last week.