South's Greatest Nurses of 2016 Winners

Ashlee Rieser

Nurse Ashlee Rieser was working in the ICU unit at Memorial Health when a moment arrived to help a terminally ill patient fulfill a wish. “I was fortunate enough to be a part of a man's last wish before he died from terminally ill cancer,” explained Rieser.  “He was a young man, mid 40's, who was diagnosed and given just weeks to live.” The patient was engaged to be married and wanted to marry his love before he died. The nurses in the ICU helped his wish come true and made the ceremony come to life.  “It's moments like this that make the nursing career such a blessing,” she said. “To take part in someone's life fills my heart with emotion. It means the world to me to be the advocate for my patients so that they can have the best quality of life, no matter what it takes.”

Jamie Wells

Early in 2000, Jamie Wells was an ER nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.  He remembers on particular night when the television reality series, “Trauma: Life in the ER” filmed at Memorial and captured on film a true medical miracle. “We had an adult male come into the ER with chest and back pain,” recalled Wells.  “We did our initial assessment and I had come back in to check on him. I instantly saw he was very pale. When I inquired as to how he was feeling, he told me all of his pain was gone.  That wasn’t good.  I immediately called for the attending physician.” A cat scan was performed.  Doctors caught a ruptured brain aneurysm and within minutes the patient was in surgery, and the bleeding was stopped. “The patient was in the right place at the right time,” said Wells. “It was a miracle we were able to save him.”

Sheila Fulcher

For Sheila Fulcher, one of her most touching memories is also one of the hardest to share. Fulcher was working as a labor and delivery nurse about 20 years ago.  “I got a patient who arrived to the labor and delivery unit from her doctor’s office,” said Fulcher. Her physician arrived minutes later and did an ultrasound. He had confirmed what he thought in the office… their unborn daughter had not survived.” Fulcher remembers holding the stillborn infant. “She was perfect and so beautiful,” she recalled. “Dad broke down in tears when I bought his daughter to him to hold. Then I broke down. I spent a lot of time with them and their stillborn baby girl.” Fulcher cut off a lock of hair from the baby girl and put it, as well as pictures, in a baby book for them.  “Months later I was at a church and ran into them. At that time I was pregnant and felt a little uncomfortable considering the way that we had initially met and knowing their circumstance,” said Fulcher. “We became friends and have shared many discussions about the loss of their baby. And through it all they have always been grateful for me. I didn't realize the difference that I made during their loss with the time, tears, and baby keepsakes that I shared with them.” 

Jan Gravit

Serving as a nurse at the Rape Crisis Center is an enormous responsibility and for Jan Gravitz, it is also rewarding. “Being a sexual assault nurse examiner, all of our cases are memorable,” said Gravitz. “But, when I can give a victim of sexual assault a time that they feel safe and can make the thoughts of the assault disappear for just a few moments, that is what makes this job special.” Not only does Gravitz assists the victims, she also works alongside the detectives and the DA to provide the necessary documentation and evidence for a conviction. “When I know the evidence I collected helped the detectives make an arrest and the DA to prosecute, it’s what makes this job very rewarding” added Gravitz. “I do not have just one case that stands out as memorable.  It's all the victims and their families that make it not only memorable, but life changing.”

Melissa Lloyd

Getting to play Santa is one of the perks for Melissa Lloyd-Wade.  She recalls a very touching memory of an autistic man on Tybee Island.  “I was taking care of a 57-year-old Autistic man who believed in Santa Claus,” said Wade. “He wanted an United States Army uniform, with the belt, the canteen, the hat, the jacket, the pants, and the boots.”  Christmas Eve finally arrived. “He is trying not to fall asleep, but sleep is winning,” smiled Wade. “Santa came and left a big present for him. His eyes literally lit up like a Christmas tree when he saw the huge box with his name on it. He opened the box and inside was a United States Army uniform with the all the accessories.” The patient wore the uniform proudly almost every day.  He was later moved to another facility to be closer to his family.  “I miss him,” said Wade. “Nursing is not just my job, it's my life. If we could just focus on how we are alike, our differences will eventually go unnoticed.”

Adreka Campbell

Being a floating nurse has its advantages.  Campbell, a nurse at St. Joseph’s Candler, said she knows a little bit about a lot of things. “Every day is a different and new adventure,” said Campbell. “I float throughout the hospital. It’s very special when I prescreen a patient in one department one day and end up being their day surgery nurse another day.” Campbell sometimes will continue taking care of the same patient as they are admitted to the hospital after surgery. Campbell said it is very rare a nurse goes through several stages during a patient's hospital stay. “I'm honored,” she said. “It feels great to be able to be with my patient the entire way, by their side. Especially when they are discharged. I feel like I'm done my job, my calling - continuity of care.”

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South's Greatest Pets 2017

Nominate your pet for the South's Greatest Pets contest! Winners will be featured in a photo spread for South's August/September issue!

South's Greatest Bosses 2017

We're looking for the greatest, most enthusiastic southern bosses. If your boss is the greatest, enter them into this contest!
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Events Calendar

  • Art League of Hilton Head presents the 25th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2017

    May 02, 2017
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Art League of Hilton Head Gallery

    May 2 - May 31, 2017, Monday- Saturday from 10am-4pm and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance.   Artists from all over the country...

  • National Maritime Day Luncheon

    May 22, 2017
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM @ Hyatt Regency Hotel's Harborside Room

    Join the Maritime Bethel at Savannah (M.B.S.) and The Rotary Club of Savannah West in observing National Maritime Day with a luncheon program. ...

  • Play it Forward

    May 22, 2017
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Downtown Rotary Club announces the eighth annual “Play It Forward” musical and food extravaganza fundraising event to be held on Monday,...

  • Cone Art Exhibit Reception to Benefit Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah

    May 18, 2017
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ 24e

    CONE ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION TO BENEFIT ANDERSON CANCER INSTITUTE The Savannah artist Jim Cone announces a fine art exhibition with the opening...

  • Monday Night Tennis Exhibition

    May 01, 2017
    5:30 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Join us at the Sea Pines Racquet Club for an exciting tennis demonstration with valuable tips, refreshments, prize drawings and our traditional...

  • “Rewind” at the Savannah Theatre

    Mar 15, 2017
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre presents “Rewind!” March 1-26, Sept. 1-Nov. 17 and Dec. 27-30, 2017. Rewind back to the first time that...

  • The Savannah Portrait Society

    May 01, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    The Savannah Portrait Society is dedicated to providing professional artists the opportunity to engage in the discipline of portrait painting from...

  • William Wegman: Improved Photographs

    May 12, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    William Wegman (American, b. 1943) is an internationally-renowned artist with a prolific career spanning five decades. He is well known for...

  • Freshwater Fishing

    May 01, 2017
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Enjoy a relaxing morning by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve while fishing. Supplies provided. Reservations required. 

  • Forest Preserve Wagon Journey

    Apr 25, 2017
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required.

  • CCDS Watermelon Martinis, Cookies Fundraiser at PickerJoes

    May 23, 2017
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Picker Joe's Antique Mall

    Join Us for The "Watermelon & Cookies Soiree" "A Fundraiser for CCDS: Coastal Center for Developmental Services" the nopnrofit which helps local...

  • Golf Croquet & Clinic

    May 01, 2017
    10:00 AM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Enjoy playing golf croquet on our immaculate lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse, with equipment available throughout the day.

  • Generation Opening Panel Discussion and Reception

    May 25, 2017
    6:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair presents a discussion moderated by Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, featuring Sawsan AlSaraf, Tamara...

  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival

    May 25, 2017
    All Day

    Nationally recognized as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, this Memorial Day weekend event boasts an all-star lineup of jazz...

  • Deen Family Book Signing

    May 26, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ The Lady & Sons

    On Friday, April 21 and May 26, 2017, get out for Deen Family Book Signing at The Lady and Sons Restaurant from 10 a.m.-noon. Featuring Paula Deen,...

  • Home Herbalism Workshop: Oils, Salves and Creams

    May 26, 2017
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Starlandia Supply

    In this workshop students will learn how to use herb-infused oils, salves and creams for body care and for healing. They will also explore the wide...

  • Gregg Russell Concerts

    May 26, 2017
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Over the years, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak, entertaining adults and children alike,...

  • Her + Him Film

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Akram Zaatari (Lebanese, b. 1966) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist, and curator who lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Her + Him...

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Piedmont Park

    This event is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. The celebration features jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz...

  • Generation Exhibition Opens

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Generation is an exhibition that brings together two generations of Iraqi-Canadian women artists—mother Sawsan AlSaraf and her daughters...


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Scenes of the South

Lawyers, Guns & Money 2017

The 5th Annual Lawyers, Guns & Money Sporting Clays Tournament 2017 was presented by Honda, Yamaha, Triumph, Kawasaki, KTM of Savannah. This year's event was be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Forest City Gun Club. The 100 target shoot started at 2pm and was followed by an After Party at 6pm featuring live music by Connellis and the Train Wrecks, a BBQ dinner, local craft beer from Southbound Brewery, wine, a silent auction, a gun raffle and a YETI raffle. This year the proceeds will benefit Abilities Unlimited, a local 501(c)(3) charity that provides progressive exercise programs for individuals in Chatham County with varying disabilities (Birth Defects, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurological Injuries, etc.).

Crime Stoppers Race Against Crime 2017

On Saturday May 6th, community members came out to help CrimeStoppers fight crime in the community with the Race Against Crime (formerly the Azalea Run)! Runners could choose between the 5K, 10K, and 15K, with all the races starting and ending at Forsyth Park. Proceeds from the event will help fund the rewards that Crime Stoppers uses to pay out for tips that lead to arrests! All the races were dog friendly, and even the pups could get a free matching race bib as part of their "Pooch Patrol".

Big Nasty Mud Run 2017

This year's event marks the 10th Running of the Big Nasty Mud Run, a race with 4.5 miles and 33 obstacles with lots of mud! Runners test their limits on the Ranger Bars, The Wall of Terror, tunnels, tires, mini hills, cargo nets and the Big Nasty Water Slide! Proceeds from the event go to benefit local charities who support veterans and other causes.

Pearls of Power Annual Gala & Art Auction

The Pearls of Power Annual Gala & Art Auction is an annual event sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. This year's event was especially powerful as the Rape Crisis Center is celebrating over 40 years of service to the community this year. With guest speaker Rep. Scott Holcomb, entertainment by Trae Gurley & Friends, and this year's Gala Honorees, Dr. Ann Levette & Cookie Espinoza, the night was filled with fun and great memories.

Optim TJR Golf Tournament 2017

The annual TLC Golf Tournament returned to the Club at the Savannah Harbor on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. It’s a great way to connect with leaders and peers in the tourism community while supporting a great cause – to raise money for scholarships for students studying for careers in tourism and hospitality. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed the tournament. Prizes awarded to first and second place gross and net for each flight. Beverages provided throughout the course. Compete in Putt for Eagle and Putting Contest.

Wine, Women and Shoes

Wine, Women & Shoes events are community events that bring women together around fine wine, great style, and causes that matter. WW&S has exploded across North America in the last decade, producing more than 300 fabulous events that have helped net an impressive $44 million for their nonprofit partners. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire puts on the only Wine, Women & Shoes event in the area. The RMHC of the Coastal Empire is a non-profit organization that provides a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals. This year's event was a sold-out affair that's sure to be remembered!

Courtyard Celebration at the Gingerbread House

Among the most elaborate architecture in Savannah is The Gingerbread House - always a "must see" highlight of a guided tour of the Historic District Savannah. The Courtyard Celebration event at the Gingerbread House, that took place on April 25th from 5:30-7pm, was presented by the SavannahHELPS series of monthly charity events that happen every 4th Tuesday at 5:30pm. Guests of the event were asked to bring a $5 donation or pet supplies and food to benefit local charities.

Race for the Cure

Hundreds of patrons flocked downtown Savannah in support of breast cancer awareness.

Love The Wine You're With

Love The Wine You're With is a power networking event presented by South magazine and 39 Rue De Jean. It takes place the third Wednesday of each month and is free to attend. This past Wednesday, April 19, guests enjoyed $7 glasses of select regional wine and delicious appetizers while networking and raising funds to benefit the featured charity of the month. Proceeds from this months event went to benefit the Coastal Center for Developmental Services, a non-profit agency that provides employment-related services, training and community integration opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. Rue De Jean donated $1 from each glass of select wine purchased during the event as well as a silent auction put on by a different local charity!

Cocktails at Cohen's

On Thursday April 13th, roughly 200 guests gathered to celebrate the tireless fundraising efforts of friend and local hero, Don Logana, at Cohen's Retreat in Savannah. There were cocktails, a silent auction, a 50/50 Raffle and live music from Liquid Ginger! All proceeds raised through the event will go toward the National MS Society's "Walk MS Savannah 2017" for Team Don Logana and his fight for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis. By the end of the night, the event had helped raise $2,235 to go towards fight for a cure to MS.