Williams Awarded Statewide Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year by DHEC

Diabetes Educator

Earnestine B. Williams, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, serves as Director of the Fairfield Diabetes Education Center and Dietary of Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Winnsboro, SC.  Ms. Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Winthrop University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 10 years and has extensive dietitian experience in both outpatient and in-patient hospital settings.

“I was born and raised in Fairfield County and know the many health challenges faced by people of our county. Our county is one of the highest in the state for the prevalence of diabetes. My mission is to serve our community with passion and to empower the people to make the right decisions for their health and wellness, “said Earnestine. “I am honored to be recognized by my peers for the award.”

She has established a network of individuals who meet monthly to support the fight against Type 2 diabetes in the community; she is also the Lead lifestyle coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Fairfield. Her free, open to the community monthly Diabetic Support Group meetings, have 25-30 members who attend regularly.

Ms. Williams serves as president of the Fairfield County Chapter of Eat Smart, Move More which promotes healthy eating and active living. Along with other committee members she is working to expand the Food Share program in conjunction with the local farmers market.  She is also an active member of the South Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council where she serves on Pillar 3, whose goal is to increase participation. As the Director, she oversees the Dietary Department and ensures that in-patients are served the proper meals. She provides dietary consults to all in-patients and those who participate in the Cardiac Rehab program. She is also a transitional care coach in which she conducts home visits.

Impact of Diabetes On Your Kidneys

The monthly Diabetes Support Group meeting will held Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 6 pm. The guest speaker is John Tjaarda, with National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina. He will speak on diabetes and the care of your kidneys.  

“The NKF is not only a place of work for me, but has a personal impact,” said John. “My fiancé donated one of her kidneys to her best friend’s husband four years ago.  We tell her story to spread the good works of Kidney health to ensure that her gift will encourage others to consider donating.”  
All people with diabetes or pre-diabetes & their adult family members are welcome to attend the support group. This free group is geared toward individuals with diabetes and or caregivers of diabetics. Each month there is a different topic related to diabetes, with frequent guest speakers. Registration is requested due to limited seating.

To register, contact:  Fairfield Diabetes Education Center | Phone: (803) 712-0364

Seeing Red


Suzie Doscher, CEO of Fairfield Memorial Hospital, front row, second from left, was joined last Thursday by FMH Board members, hospital employees, friends and former patients of the hospital for the annual Go Red! for Women Day. The program, held in the hospital’s conference room, included information about the unique aspects of heart disease in women, light refreshments and prizes.


Pictured: Tiana Mitchell, CNO,  Dr. Robert Thompson, Suzie Dozier, CEO, Mike Quinn, President, FMH Foundation

Pictured: Tiana Mitchell, CNO,  Dr. Robert Thompson, Suzie Dozier, CEO, Mike Quinn, President, FMH Foundation

“With wonderful continued community support of our annual BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans benefit, held at The Farm at Ridgeway, our Foundation has been able to donate proceeds to Fairfield Memorial Hospital to purchase several pieces of equipment needed to treat patients over the years.  The GlideScope with video capability is the most recent piece of lifesaving equipment to benefit the community,” announced Mike Quinn, FMH Foundation President.  The GlideScope, located in the Emergency Department, is used by emergency room physicians to open up obstructed airways to help patients of all ages breathe easier when in respiratory distress.
The Foundation donated $16,000 to the hospital to enable them to purchase the equipment.  The next BBBQ benefit is Oct. 13, 2017 at The Farm at Ridgeway.


Pictured:  Rhonda Russell ( VP  AFLAC representative),  Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor demonstrates the NuStep equipment funded by AFLAC grant, Rhonda Russell (VP AFLAC representative),  Darlene Hines (COO of FMH), Mike Quinn (President of FMH Foundation), Sarah Stredney (Director of Rehabilitation at FMH) and Suzie Doscher (CEO of FMH).

Pictured:  Rhonda Russell ( VP  AFLAC representative),  Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor demonstrates the NuStep equipment funded by AFLAC grant, Rhonda Russell (VP AFLAC representative),  Darlene Hines (COO of FMH), Mike Quinn (President of FMH Foundation), Sarah Stredney (Director of Rehabilitation at FMH) and Suzie Doscher (CEO of FMH).

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a $4000 grant from Aflac to fund the purchase of  NuStep equipment  for Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
“The equipment provides patients with cardiovascular training, while working to strengthen both arms and legs.  It increases their circulation and endurance, as a part of either a physical or occupational therapy program.  Patients recovering from a wide variety of issues such as:  strokes, knee replacements, back sprains and strains, as well as shoulder injuries will benefit from using the NuStep as a part of their therapeutic plan,” said Sarah Stredney, PT, director of rehabilitation at FMH.

 “To date the foundation has been able to provide nearly $230,000 to the hospital through grants, contributions and in-kind donations,” said Mike Quinn, President of FMH Foundation. “Grants, such as the most recent one from AFLAC, assist our foundation to provide funds to the hospital to purchase needed equipment for patients.  Having access to needed equipment at the hospital allows patients to get quality medical care in their community, close to home.” 


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Annual Hospital BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans Benefit - September 30, 2016

The Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation purchased a new EKG machine for the hospital using proceeds from the Annual BBQ benefit and a grant from SCE&G.

“Join us for an evening of eating the best BBQ, toe-tapping music and great auction deals,” says Randy Kelley, event chair.“ If you missed last year's event, you have another chance this year to eat barbeque from our pit master George King of “Can't Quit Smokin’.”  While you are savoring some sumptuous barbecue and fixings you can quench your thirst with your favorite beverage as you move to the bluegrass music of Susan D. Taylor and the Twang Bombers.  

If it is your lucky night you may go home with a door prize, as well deals from the auction.“ All are included in the ticket price.
The event takes place in the newly expanded barn located on 128 acres at The Farm at Ridgeway, just north of Blythewood, 3248 US Hwy 21 South, Ridgeway, S.C., Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m.
Be sure to bring your checkbook to take advantage of auction items: autographed sports memorabilia from Clemson and USC, BMW Performance Driving School, B & B stays, an Edisto beach condo weekend, Jim Harrison framed prints and a 40-inch TV. You can even take home an adorable miniature jack (donkey) – if your bid wins.   
Tickets: $30 per person or $50 per couple (kids 10 and under - $10,under 6 free). Tickets may be purchased at First Citizen bank branches in Winnsboro, Ridgeway, Blythewood; Summer Day Gifts; lobby of Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Winnsboro; and Blythewood Visitor's Center (Tues-Sat).