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Oct 23, 2013 - 7:47:43 AM

Free Health Event Hosted
by East Cooper Medical Center on October 29

East Cooper Medical Center is hosting a free health event on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. The Harvest Your Health event will offer free health screenings and physician consultations such as cholesterol, osteoporosis, blood pressure, skin cancer, sleep assessment, vision and foot screenings. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gather the information you need to lead a healthy life!
The event will take place from 5:30  – 7:30 pm in the main lobby of the hospital. Learn more about East Cooper’s Comprehensive Joint Program as you attend a free seminar on joint pain given by Dr. Del Schutte. Dr. Schutte and members of his team will give an overview of the program and discuss minimally invasive surgical techniques including MAKOplasty®.
Local vendors will also be on-site including Try Sports, EcoFitness, The Foot Store and the Corvette Club.  There’s no cost to attend, but please call or go online to register for the event. Call (843) 884-7031 or visit and click “Find an Event.” This event will take place in the main lobby of East Cooper Medical Center located at 2000 Hospital Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. Refreshments will be served.
East Cooper Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 130-bed acute care hospital located at 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Medical Center has been providing healthcare to the East Cooper community since 1986. ECMC provides a number of services including 24-hour emergency care, women’s and children’s services, diagnostic imaging and interventional services, orthopedics, sports medicine, pain care, adult and pediatric rehabilitation services, wound care services and surgical care, including nationally recognized spine surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. East Cooper Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Local dentist helps
parents banish excess candy

One area dentist is redefining the phrase, “Put your money where your mouth is”! This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Dr. Randy's office in Mt. Pleasant and receive $1 a pound (up to five pounds). The candy is shipped to Operation Gratitude, a national charity that uses the candy as packing material in care packages for troops in combat zones around the world.
“Enjoy some candy, but no one needs several pounds of it lying around,” says Dr. Randy Pagenkopf, who practices on Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant. “This is a great way to teach kids about taking charge of their health as well as helping others. Everyone wins!”
Here are some startling facts from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Decay is the most common childhood illness, it is five times more common than asthma! 28%of all children between the ages of 2 and 5 already have a cavity and six million school hours are lost each year to teeth-related issues.
There are two opportunities to donate: Candy will be collected on Saturday, November 2nd, at Dr. Randy's office at 757 Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant from 10am to 12pm. Several businesses, such as Princess of Tides, Wonder Works, and Creative Spark will be on hand with activities.  You can also bring your candy to Dr. Randy's booth at Daniel Island Park Day on Saturday, November 9th from 11am to 5pm. All candy must be unopened. There is a five pound maximum per child.
Last year, Dr. Randy and his staff collected and shipped 524 pounds of candy to Operation Gratitude! Dr. Randy Pagenkopf is a board certified pediatric dentist in Mt. Pleasant. Please call our office at 843-971-6221 for more information or email Cullan Pagenkopf at

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