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Upcoming Beaufort chamber events

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce has two events this week:

  • Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Shadow Moss, 26 Shadow Moss Drive, Beaufort, sponsored by Centex Homes. Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members
  • Coffee with Colleagues, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Palm and Moon Bagel Co., 221 Scott St., Beaufort. Free.
  • Details: Call Amy Kaylor at 843-525-8524 or

    Health services CEO earns award

    Roland Gardner, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services in Ridgeland, recently won the 2010 John Gilbert Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

    "Before BJHCS was established, many poor elderly, migrant farmworkers and low-income families had never been seen by a physician in their lives," said Gardner, CEO since 1980. "I am proud to be part of a community-based system of care that has been recognized by state, local, and national officials as being a catalyst in improving health, expanding access, and helping to reduce infant mortality rates from an alarming 29.6 per 1,000 live births (in 1970), to 7.3 per 1,000 live births."