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Rantin: Six Richland nurses receive Daisy Awards

Six Palmetto Health Richland nurses recently received the Daisy Award, recognizing the compassion and bedside care they provide their patients.

Those honored include Gail Collars, Tonya Parcell, Elizabeth Greene, Tracey Forehand, Mary Logan and Lilla Ann Briggs.

Each nurse received a certificate, a Daisy Award pin and a Shona Sculpture, signifying nurses' relationships with their patients and their position of importance in the community.

The national Daisy award was established by the Daisy Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of ITP, an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was impressed by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Barnes, so they created the award in honor of nurses around the country.

Kim Keel has been named vice president and CEO of the United Way Association of South Carolina, effective March 1.

Keel has served as president and chief professional officer of the United Way of York County since September 2004. While there, she developed a community Needs Study and helped establish the agency's 2-1-1 information and referral service.

The United Way Association of South Carolina is the statewide membership organization of local United Ways and serves 30 local United Ways throughout the state.

Verizon Wireless is seeking the community's help in reaching out to survivors of domestic violence.

The company is accepting old cell phones and accessories to be given to nonprofit agencies that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Residents can drop off their old phones at any area Verizon store during business hours or get a postage-paid label at and drop the phones in the mail.

Cell phones from any service provider are being accepted along with batteries and accessories in any condition.

Phones that can't be refurbished or that have no value will be recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

Since Verizon launched the HopeLine program in October 2001, it has collected more than 6.7 million phones nationwide. The effort has provided more than 90,000 phones with free wireless service to victims of domestic violence and awarded cash grants of more than $7.9 million to organizations working to prevent domestic violence.

South Carolina agencies served through the program include Safe Harbor, the Seneca Police Department, the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and USC's Office of Sexual Health and Violence Prevention.

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