Sondra Smith has joined Hilton Head Regional Healthcare as its new Chief Strategy Officer.

In this role, Smith will use data to analyze market dynamics, trends and competition. She’ll then implement strategies to advance the system’s growth, patient experience and physician alignment.

Smith will be responsible for leading innovative ideas to improve practices that are currently in place at Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, the Bluffton Medical Campus and the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center.

Smith brings 25 years’ experience to her new position. Most recently, she served as the vice president of strategic planning and development at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., for more than 10 years.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia before completing a Master of Science degree in healthcare management from Troy State University. Smith is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

For more information about Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, visit

  • Nar-Anon, a support group for friends and family of those with addictions, meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Central Church, 117 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.

If someone’s addiction is affecting you, first you must help yourself. Nar-Anon is a 12-step support group.

There are no dues or fees to join. Just come to a meeting.

For more information, call Patti at 908-303-3830.

  • Kindred at Home, a home health and hospice agency, is holding its annual food drive through the end of August to serve patients and other families through the Agape Family Life Center in Hardeeville.

Non-perishable food items, such as dried pasta, cereals, dried beans and canned goods, as well as personal care items, are being collected at the agency’s office, 2 Westbury Park Way, Suite 102, in Bluffton.

For pick-up or more information, call 843-815-2549.

William E. Durrett, M.D., owner of the Pain and Brain Center & Stem Cell Institute in Aiken, has begun practicing in Bluffton at the Palmetto Medical Group.

Dr. Durrett specializes in stem cell therapy and interventional pain management.

A board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management physician, Dr. Durrett received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine.

Dr. Durrett has also been a leader in regenerative medicine at his current practice in Aiken and in the Southeast since he began using stem cell therapy treatment in 2015. He has served as a guest speaker for seminars across the country for more than 10 years.

Dr. Durrett also treats back pain (cervical, lumbar, thoracic), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, TMJ disorders and more. For more information, visit

Palmetto Medical Group is located at 4818 Bluffton Parkway. For more information, call 843-949-7790.