• The Lowcountry Ostomy Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Bluffton Medical Campus meeting room, 75 Baylor Dr. in Bluffton.

    Guest speaker will be Mike Vezeau, who will discuss “Anatomy of an Ostomy,” the anatomical aspects of the various continent diversions and how these might affect ostomy maintenance and management.

    The meeting is open to current and potential ostomates, caregivers, family and friends.

    For more information, call vice president Ken Hiatt at 843-247-6445 or email ken@kenhiattsc.com.

    • A presentation on IEP (Individual-ized Education Plan) rules and regulations for special needs children will be offered at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Lowcountry Therapy Center, 254 Red Cedar St., Suite 10 in Bluffton.

    Brandon Clark, board certified behavior analyst and consultant with Progressive Behavior Consulting LLC, will discuss concerns expressed by parents and families in his practice.

    There is no charge to attend, and free child care will be provided.

    For more information, call 843-757-2121.

    • A new group is forming for caregivers of the terminally ill and elderly. The first meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Stacks Pancakes, 2 Regency Pkwy. on Hilton Head Island.

    The purpose is to vent, learn and support and share issues, challenges, rewards and caregiver resources.

    For more information, call Leah Kidwell, community educator with Hospice Care of America, at 843-785-5901.

    • NHC Bluffton has received an Award of Excellence from the South Carolina Hospital Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Health Sciences of South Carolina, and The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence.

    The award recognizes skilled nursing facilities for achieving a readmission rate equal or less than 19.1 percent with a goal of reducing hospital readmissions in South Carolina.

    • To help meet the growing demand for health care services north and south of the Broad, all of Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s primary care practices are now accepting new patients.

    In addition, in several of the practices, including Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Primary Care, hours also have been extended to better serve patients.

    Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Primary Care, 11 Arley Way in Westbury Park, Bluffton, has begun offering appointments until 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

    The practice includes internist Dr. Erik Baker, family medicine specialists Dr. Roger Ulrich and Dr. Charles Sevastos, and nurse practitioner Mary Ellen Groff.

    In addition, family medicine specialist Dr. Robert Lisle sees patients needing acute care two days a week. For an appointment, call 843-706-8690.

    In addition to the Bluffton practice, the offices now accepting new patients include Beaufort Memorial Primary Care, Coastal CareMD, Lowcountry Medical Group, Lady’s Island Internal Medicine, and Harrison Peeples Health Care Center in Varnville.

    • Aging Gracefully will not meet in November. The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Bluffton library.

    The topic will be “Memory As We Age” with Dr. Wilson, of USCB, as guest speaker.

    For more information, call Leah Kidwell, community educator with Hospice Care of America, at 843-785-5901.