Hats off

Giving babies in the Midlands healthy starts

New chair hopes to help March of Dimes reach goal

brantin@thestate.com(803) 771-8306February 16, 2013 

Vince Ford has long been an advocate for healthy babies in the state, serving on various committees and boards for the March of Dimes.

The Palmetto Health senior vice president for community health has been named chair for the 2013 Midlands March for Babies event.

Ford will lead the March of Dimes’ efforts to reach a $400,000 goal for the April 27 march. A location has not been announced.

“I believe if we can give a child a healthy birth, we are making a positive impact on their future quality of life,” Ford said.

Proceeds from the upcoming March for Babies will support March of Dimes research and community programs.

“When you participate in March for Babies, you are helping the March of Dimes continue working for stronger, healthier babies in our community and across our state,” Ford said.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Raising the bar

Columbia attorney Ed Mullins has been given the Rhodes-McDonald award by the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court.

Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of members of the bench and bar. The Rhodes-McDonald award is given each year to a member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court who models the conduct and values of the organization.

Mullins, of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, is credited for helping create mentoring teams within the court.

The John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court is named for the first chief justice of the South Carolina Court of Appeals and includes elected judges and lawyers in the Richland County Bar as well as law professors and third-year students from the USC School of law.

Health for the heart

If you’ve been seeing red lately during your regular shopping outings, you’re not alone.

More than 200 Midlands businesses have signed up to decorate their storefronts this month as part of the “The Midlands Goes Red with Lexington Medical Center campaign.” The effort is designed to promote heart health.

Each of the stores has received a kit from Lexington Medical Center and the American Heart Association with window decorations, giveaways and other educational information about heart disease.

“We believe business leaders in our community can help to bring awareness to the high rate of heart disease and stroke in the Midlands and help move our state away from its high rate of cardiovascular disease,” said Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center vice president of community relations.

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