I came to GHS this summer as an intern for the Office of Philanthropy and Partnership. Although I was hoping I would get to take part in the “fun stuff,” I was fully expecting my responsibilities to be grunt work at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised and excited to learn that in my first week on the job I was going to get to attend the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament. I’m not exactly a golf fanatic, but hey, a chance to get out of the office and meet some of our wonderful donors, I’m there.
We started the day with a tour of the new University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (which I didn’t even know had officially opened). All I can say is, “Wow.”
Not only is the building cool from an architectural and design point of view, but also has some pretty incredible technology. From the machines used for simulations, to the network that allows students to find an open room to study in, I was impressed.
Even though the equipment and technology was mind-blowing, the practice clinicals the students participate in was easily my favorite part. The school hires local actors and actresses to feign symptoms, and let the students practice talking to patients. Afterwards, they can tell the student what they did well, what to never do again, etc. There’s nothing quite like real experience with patients that can cry on command.
After we wrapped up the tour we headed over to the Chanticleer Golf Course to watch the tournament. GHS had a skybox on the 18th hole for donors and guests. What a nice way to say thank you to our friends and supporters!
While we were there, I got the opportunity to chat with our donors and guests. I was introduced to the advisors for Furman University Dance Marathon. Iâ€™m on staff for Auburn University Dance Marathon, so I quickly befriended these ladies and chatted the afternoon away.
Auburn just had our second Dance Marathon, and Furman is having their first in September. I was able to share my experiences and open myself up to any questions my new Furman friends had, and they did the same for me! I love that I was able to learn so much and walk away with dozens of new ideas, even though Auburn and Furman are such different schools. The best part is, as different as Dance Marathons are from school to school, they all share one common purpose, improving healthcare for children locally. We like to call it being FTK (for the kids!).
That ultimate motive reminded me of everything that our VIPâ€™s for the day have done for GHS. Whether they support Children’s Hospital, the Cancer Institute, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, or any other area of GHS, these donors are all dedicated to improving the lives of people in our community. Thatâ€™s a pretty spectacular group of people to be surrounded by.
Before I knew it, they were watering the green and sweeping the sand. I may not know much about golf, but I knew that meant it was time to go home. What a great day learning about the amazing resource we have in the USC School of Medicine Greenville and spending time with those who support GHS!
What about you? Have you seen the USC School of Medicine Greenville? Â If youâ€™d like to take a tour, contact Gina Blohm, director of philanthropy and partnership for corporate and foundation giving, at email@example.com.