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Smart Heart Act and T-CPR Training Law introduced

South Carolina Smart Heart Act and T-CPR Training Law

Legislation would require schools to develop a cardiac emergency response plan and T-CPR training for South Carolina 911 dispatchers.

Stepping Towards Heart Health in the CSRA


Hal Powell, a downtown Augusta senior housing community, is thrilled to announce the upcoming installation of a brand-new crosswalk with the support of the American Heart Association in the CSRA. This project is the result of extensive cooperation between local organizations dedicated community volunteers, and the city.

Screen, Educate and Refer initiatives across the Upstate

Upstate Elementary School

High blood pressure (HBP) poses a persistent threat to American health, exacerbated by recent disruptions in care access and heightened awareness of health disparities. Initiatives like "Screen, Educate and Refer" step in by providing blood pressure monitors, educational materials, and collaboration with organizations, bridging the healthcare gap for individuals in need.

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Events in Your Area

Upstate Heart Walk

Date: Monday, April 22, 2024 - 01:00 PM


Midlands Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: USC Alumni Center

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 11:00 AM

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Southern Coast Go Red for Women

Location: The Savannah Country Club

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 11:00 AM

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Charleston Heart Ball

Location: Charleston Gaillard Center

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024 - 06:00 PM


Sumter Clarendon Heart Walk

Location: Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 08:00 AM


Upstate Heart Ball

Location: Greenville Convention Center

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 06:00 PM

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Charleston Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Charleston Gaillard Center

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 10:30 AM

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Beach Ride

Location: Lakewood Camping Resort

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2024 - 08:00 AM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives is committed to driving equitable health impact in South Carolina through five key priority areas: women, readiness, tobacco and vaping, patients and healthy living.

With focus on these impact areas, we are working to improve the health and well-being of South Carolinians by collaborating with others who serve our communities.

In Charleston, we are helping to improve healthy food access to downtown residents. We collaborated with The Green Heart Project, which serves as a 1/2-acre Urban Farm in a USDA designated “low income, low access” food desert. Through funding, the American Heart Association has helped provide raised garden beds at Charleston County Public Schools, as well as a walk-in cooler at the Urban Farm. This has allowed The Green Heart Project to increase the amount of fresh produce that is readily available. This organization now serves as a healthy food access point to over 2500 children and families throughout the Charleston area. The Farm Stand at the Urban Farm serves over 100 households a week and produces over 8,000 pounds of produce each year.

In the Upstate, we are leading local impact efforts throughout the region with a strategic focus on several priority areas addressing community health. These priority areas include community-readiness-focused initiatives through CPR training and cardiac emergency response plans; enhancing nutrition security by increasing access and expanding local food pantries; embracing community care through staff and organizational training and support for blood pressure needs through Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Programs; and addressing tobacco and vaping with local healthcare and educational systems. The multifaceted efforts display the Association’s commitment to creating healthier lives for all in the Upstate.

In CSRA, we are committed to addressing food insecurity in our communities. One in seven people in the CSRA are faced with chronic hunger every day and 54% of our community does not have access to healthy food options. The Laney Walker Farmer’s Market provides screenings, multiple farmers and vendors offering a variety of healthy, local food options. The market also doubles SNAP benefits, meaning when shoppers swipe their SNAP card at the market manager booth, they will receive $2 in market tokens for every $1 spent. Maintaining a healthy diet and controlling blood pressure are two ways to prevent heart disease. The Laney Walker Farmer’s Market represents a collaboration between the American Heart Association, Augusta Locally Grown and Augusta-Richmond County Housing and Community Development. This market is designed to increase social and economic access to our community’s healthiest foods for community members of all income levels, but specifically the market will help to provide proper nourishment to our historically under-resourced communities.

Throughout South Carolina, we’ve seen our community impact work grow, including efforts not only around healthy food access, but also greater access to care, blood pressure education, building a network of first responders through CPR kits in schools, and tobacco and e-cigarette education and prevention.

Through support of our South Carolina communities, the American Heart Association will continue to drive change, and be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Community Impact

For over 40 years, advocacy has been mission-critical for the American Heart Association, working to mitigate risk factors and protect survivors in communities nationwide .The focus on legislative and regulatory priorities aims to support evidence-based public policies that lead to longer, healthier lives.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association employ public policy advocacy as a vital strategy to drive necessary and sustainable changes in policy, systems, and the environment.

Annually, more than 356,000 cardiac arrests occur outside U.S. hospitals, impacting even the youngest community members—over 23,000 cases involve children under 18. Shockingly, almost 40% of these incidents are sports-related, with only 40% receiving immediate help before emergency responders arrive. In South Carolina schools, the absence of a cardiac emergency response plan poses significant risks. However, recent bills in the General Assembly aim to rectify this. The proposed Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) outlines crucial steps, including designated response teams, proper AED placement, CPR training, practice drills, and collaboration with local EMS, to mitigate cardiac arrest deaths in schools.

Current South Carolina law lacks a statewide cardiac emergency response model for schools, with existing regulations falling short in ensuring AED accessibility. Addressing these gaps, the Smart Heart Act calls for venue-specific emergency plans for athletics and CPR training for high school coaches. Additionally, the T-CPR Training Law aims to equip all South Carolina telecommunicators with high-quality CPR instruction capabilities. Support these vital initiatives by joining the American Heart Association’s You're the Cure network—text SMARTSC to 46839. Stay informed and engage with elected officials to make a meaningful impact on these crucial issues.


Board Chair
Matt Merrifield
Aiken Regional CEO

Board President
Jose Cardenas, M.D.
Aiken Regional Medical Center

Leadership Development Chair
Jim Clifford
North Augusta City Administration


Jennifer Baggett

Shankar Balan
Palmetto Industries International, Inc.

Brenda Brown
Realty One Inclusion

Jim Clifford
North Augusta City Administration

Dr. Malinda Cobb
Richmond County School District

Yabin Dong, M.D. - President Elect
Augusta University

Jennifer Hart
Aiken County School System

Dr. Lily Henson
Piedmont Augusta

Penny Jackson
Columbia County

Debbie Layman
Layman Farms

Dr. Christopher Ledford
Augusta University

Shauntia Lewis
City of Augusta

Stuart MacVean
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Jay Murray

Pamela Moore
Retired DOD & Military 

Matthew Merrifield - Chair Elect
Aiken Regional Medical Center

Dr. Stan Whitlock
Georgia Independent School Association

Board Chair
John Golding
TD Bank

Board President
Lynn Haney Singleton

Leadership Development Chair
Reid Banks
Banks Construction


Daniel Lackland, M.D.
MUSC Health

Gayenell Magwood, M.D.
University of South Carolina

Rev. Eric S.C. Manning
AME Church

Chris McLain, M.D.
Roper St. Francis

Larry Tarleton

Stuart Smith

Board Chair
Christopher James Huffman, M.D.

MUSC Midlands Division

Board President
Susan Burroughs, MHA, FACHE

MUSC Midlands Division

Leadership Development Chair
Kathy Wine, CPA

Schmoyer and Company, LLC.


Tim Arnold
Colonial Life

Roslyn Artis, JD, EdD
Benedict College

Dr. Joshua Coney

Barron Davis, Ph.D.
Richland 2 School District

Vince Ford
Prisma Health

John Giard
TD Bank

Jay Hamm, RN, FACHE
Lexington Medical Center

Jan Jernigan
Morgan Stanley

Norma Khoury, M.D.
MUSC Midlands Division

Jennifer McCormack

Stephanie Simmonds, RN, MS
Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Rev. Steven Shugart
MUSC Midlands Division

Leesa Stout
Dominion Energy

Board Chair
Joshua Trout

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Greenville

Board President
Chandra Mansell

Greenville Free Medical Clinic

Chair Elect
Julie Smart

Anderson University

President Elect
Brent Egan

American Medical Association

Leadership Development Chair
Matt Puckett

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Pastor Sean Dogan
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Bill Jackson
Dick Brooks Honda of Greer

Anne Marie Maertens
Pendleton Place

Brenda McCurry
Scansource, Inc

Scott Moore
98 Ventures

Richard Muncaster
Muncaster Financial Group, Inc.

Bill Pelham
Pelham Architects, LLC

Julie Smart
Anderson University

2024 Event Chairpersons

Go Red for Women
Dr. Julie Smart

Anderson University

Heart Walk
Joshua P. Trout

Encompass Health

Heart Ball
Jessica Donan


Contact Us


887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 110
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

(843) 480-4906


887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 110
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

(843) 496-0432


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887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 110
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

(843) 480-4900


887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 110
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

(803) 738-9540

Southern Coast

PO Box 1410 
Bluffton, SC 29910

(843) 480-4906


887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 110
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

(803) 410-1067


887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 110
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

(864) 627-4158

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