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Regional Medical Center closing Denmark primary care practice

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The Regional Medical Center will be closing its primary care facility in Denmark.

The Regional Medical Center's primary care facility in Denmark will officially close Aug. 10 after eight years of treating patients, the hospital announced Wednesday.

“The closing of the Denmark Primary Care practice is strictly a business decision," RMC President and CEO Charles E. Williams said in a press release.

"RMC is currently building a freestanding emergency department located outside of Denmark on Highway 70 to serve both Bamberg and Barnwell counties which will be opened by the end of the year,” he said. “While we regret the necessity of closing the Denmark pract ice, our focus is on ensuring that the Bamberg Barnwell Emergency Medical Center is successful.”

The Denmark Primary Care center, located at 5073 Carolina Highway, served 1,100 patients.

But Williams said the practice has not been financially viable.

"The practice has operated at a loss year to date, and has historically not been profitable," Williams explained via email. "RMC has had a difficult year financially, but has had a positive bottom line for the past four months."

"Part of the reason for that turnaround has been the result of continuously evaluating how to best utilize our resources," he said. "The provider of this practice resigned and the decision was made not to recruit and rehire."

Williams said there are no plans to close any other primary care practices at this time.

He said providers located nearby include the Family Health Center in Denmark, which opened last year, and RMC Primary C are in Bamberg.

“We realize changing primary care providers and locations can be an emotional experience,” Williams said. "We thank the patients of RMC Primary Careâ€"Denmark for trusting us with their care and look forward to the possibility of serving them at other locations.”

Denmark Primary Care patient Keathen Wilson is one of the patients seeking a new doctor.

"I am concerned whenever we lose an opportunity to have access to medical care," Wilson said. "I hope the powers that be are examining that and looking at the value that an office like this brings and how will we cover the needs of this community."

RMC Primary Careâ€"Denmark patients were notified by letter of the closure to ensure a smooth transition to other primary care providers, Williams said.

Dr. Tara Hook will continue seeing patients on Tuesdays through Aug. 7.

The practice’s previous clinician, Rachel R. Danford, resigned July 16. The offi ce has had one provider and two non-clinical staff members. It opened in April 2010.

Wilson has been a patient at the Denmark doctor's office for the past year.

"It was very convenient for me," he said.

Wilson said switching doctors is not easy.

"It makes a difference," Wilson said. "Some doctors you can work well with. They take time. And other doctors have a different philosophy and approach."

Wilson described Danford as an “outstanding nurse practitioner.”

"She really made me feel comfortable with helping me manage my health issues," he said.

Wilson says he has already contacted the Bamberg office and has set up a future appointment.

The Denmark Primary Care facility is one of eight primary care practices RMC has maintained.

The primary care centers are governed by Edisto Regional Health Services, a not-for-profit health care corporation formed in 1997. Affiliated with the RMC, the ERHS provides practice management expertise and staff for the RMC primary care medical practices.

The office staff at RMC Primary Careâ€"Denmark will keep regular business hours through August 10 to help patients establish care with another RMC Primary Care provider, request prescription refills and obtain medical records.

To help ensure continuity of care, RMC Primary Care encourages patients to contact the Denmark practice, sooner rather than later, by calling 803-395-3048.

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Arkansas lineman Hjalte Froholdt took a long journey from Svendborg, Denmark to the SEC

ATLANTA â€" Arkansas senior offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt was among 10 student-athletes that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey singled out by name in his SEC media day monologue when discussing the unique journeys and achievements of this week's conference representatives.

"Arkansas' Hjalte Froholdt, who is from Svendborg, Denmark, marking the first time as SEC commissioner's remarks have ever included 'Svendborg, Denmark' in them," Sankey joked Monday.

Froholdt wasn't in attendance for Sankey's speech, but he met the commissioner for the first time Tuesday as Arkansas took its turn in the spotlight at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. "We talked about (his speech). He got my name pronunciation perfectly,” said an impressed Froholdt (name pronounced 'Yell-duh Fro-ho lt').

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Froholdt's journey from Svendborg, Denmark to Fayetteville, Arkansas is truly remarkable. The defensive tackle-turned-offensive guard moved to America as an exchange student prior to his sophomore year of high school. That's when he started playing football for the first time in Ohio. It didn't take long for the 6-5, 315-pound lineman to get the hang of it.

After a brief return to his native country, Froholdt then played at IMG Academy, in Florida, coached by former Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback Chris Weinke. He established himself as a top college prospect and chose SEC school Arkansas over other college football powers like Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Now accustomed to SEC play, Froholdt has developed into a model of consistency for the Razorbacks. Last season, he started all 12 games at left guard and allowed zero sacks on 389 snaps in pass protection.

But when he first made the 4,000-mile trek from Denmark to Ohio, he hardly knew anything about American college football.

“I didn’t know much other than seeing some video of Bama and LSU in the national championship, or something like that," Froholdt said. "Other than that, I didn’t know. I went up to Ohio and I didn’t even know who the (Ohio State) Buckeyes were. I had no clue. And they’re all about the Buckeyes up there.”

Froholdt said he came overseas because he wanted to "have the whole American experience." He started playing football because he saw it as a way to make friends in a new country. He said he found a love for the sport right away, but saw a college scholarship and future career in football as "never really realistic."

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His first taste of college football in America came at one of the grandest stages in the nation. Froholdt described attending a Penn State vs. Ohio State white out game at Beaver Stadium, surrounded by more than 100,000 spectators.

"It was pretty scary, but it was awesome,” Froholdt said.

Froholdt said that nothing in Denmark quite compares to college football in America. He noted that Denmark soccer undoubtedly has intense fans but not the same massive capacity stadiums.

Froholdt (51) allowed zero sacks last season at left guard. Froholdt (51) allowed zero sacks last season at left guard.
Froholdt said his family and friends are able to watch most of his games thanks to ESPN's international availablility. He added that he returns to Denmark about twice a year and predominantly kee ps in touch with close friends through social media â€" mostly through Snapchat.

“When you’re so far away, you don’t always have to have a long conversation every day," he said. "Snapchat is a great tool."

Froholdt can speak Danish and English â€" he used to speak some German, but it "fell away" over time with little practice. He learned English around second grade, with the help of his mother, Lisa, who is from New Zealand.

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Froholdt said he hasn't given much thought to whether he'll return to Denmark once he stops playing football. For now, his ultimate goal is to continue his career in the NFL.

“Maybe my career is going to take me a long time here or maybe it’ll end shortly," he said. "I’m hopefully going to have a long career and stay here as long as possible.”

Froholdt is a preseason candidate for the 2018 Outland Trophy â€" given to the nation's top interior lineman â€" and was named one of the top 150 players to watch this season by NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter.

An excercise science major, he added that if the NFL route doesn't work out, he sees himself becoming a graduate assistant to help others train and stay healthy.

"I really enjoy training. I love the weight room â€" sometimes too much," he said. "I love the development of guys. I love to see when a guy buys into a program, the nutrition part of it, and you see the change. You want to be a part of that."

In the meantime, Froholdt and the Razorbacks are focused on bouncing back from a 4-8 (1-7 SEC) season last year that resulted in the firing of head coach Bret Bielema.

Under new coach Chad Morris, Froholdt is hopeful the Razorbacks can restore excitement back in Arkansas football.

“It†™s ecstatic. People love football (at Arkansas). We want to bring football back into excitement at Arkansas," Froholdt said. "We have baseball covered (Arkansas was College World Series runner-up this year), basketball is also covered and we want football to be back on top.”

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From Denmark to the SEC: Hjalte Froholdt anchors line at Arkansas

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Arkansas senior offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt is a native of Svendborg, Denmark.

ATLANTA â€" If there was a measure of which player took the longest journey to the stage of SEC football, submit Arkansas senior offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt as a candidate.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder starting playing football during his sophomore year in high school as a foreign exchange student from Svendborg, Denmark.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey joked on Monday that it was the first time he said the name of the town of almost 27,000 people on the southern region of Denmark.

Frohold t is thousands of miles away from home, but has become a strong force on the offensive line at Arkansas.

"I never really knew about Arkansas until they gave me an offer," Froholdt said. "I wanted to respect the fact that it was the first school to give me an offer the spring of my junior year. We drove down to Arkansas for my visit, and it was amazing."

So, what's Svendborg famous for?

It's the place of origin for Maersk, known as the world's largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world since 1996.

It's also home to a museum of a wide variety of stuffed animals ranging from birds to bears.

It's all the charm of a town that takes almost 12 hours to reach by airplane. By the time a night in the SEC is finished, a day in Svendborg is just beginning.

Froholdt came back to Denmark following his sophomore season but couldn't return to the United States as an exchange student, so he had to look into boarding schools.

Froholdt chose IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which had just completed its first season of varsity football.

He posted 55 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season in 2014, leading the Ascenders to a 10-1 record and helping to build what is now one of the most successful high school programs in the country.

"I didn't know where I could go that a football team," Froholdt said. "We got in touch with those coaches (at IMG), and we figured things out. It was a phenomenal experience and you see what IMG has become."

He started his Razorbacks career as a defensive lineman, but moved to the offensive line in the spring of 2016.

Froholdt has started on the line ever since, totaling 1,630 snaps and allowing just three snaps over the last two seasons.

Froholdt is perhaps the most famous athlete from a town that has produced two Olympians.

Still, his notoriety in his native town may have t aken a slight detour recently as Denmark competed in the World Cup.

Froholdt watched as Denmark lost to Croatia in penalty kicks in the Round of 16.

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Arkansas senior offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt talks about the up-tempo offense implemented by new head coach Chad Morris.

"I didn't watch probably as I should have, but I know they worked very hard," Froholdt said. "When I did watch at the end, it gave me a lot of pride to watch them represent."

Arkansas finished 4-8 last season and switched head coaches. Chad Morris takes over the Razorbacks after spending three seasons at SMU.

While the running game was the staple of Bielema's teams, Morris will push the pace with more emphasis on the vertical game offensively.

"We're big guys (on the line), and we're not huge fans of running a lot," Froholdt said. "The game stays the same in the trenches. They're the same SEC D-linemen that we're facing, and all of them are phenomenal players."

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DENMARK CRISIS: Cracks down on burkas, extremism

Denmark has long been known for Lego and liberalism.

No more.

One of the most tolerant nations on earth is about to ban the controversial burka. The garb covers all but the eyes of a woman.

High crime, ghettoization and a lack of integration into Danish life triggered the backlash. The country plans to flatten more than 20 of its most dangerous ghettos by 2030.

A Muslim woman protests in Copenhagen. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than half the residents are non-Western, authorities say.

Denmark is taking aim at Muslim immigrants with the introduction of controversial laws intended to protect “Danishness” and torpedoing so-called “parallel societies.”

And beginning in the fall , the Danes are forcing families living in the ghettos to send their kids to school to learn the language â€" and values. Christmas and Easter will also be taught.

Tourists enjoy the liberal, fun-loving Denmark in Copenhagen. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Parents who refuse could lose their welfare benefits.

Denmark has welcomed has accepted thousands of refugees and immigrants fleeing Islamic countries. And like Germany and others, integrating the newcomers has proven to be a challenge.

The latest wave comprises almost 10% of the country’s tiny 5.7 million population.

According to the Daily Mail, the move appears to have been triggered by the growth of far-right political parties.

Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark sparked outrage in Pakistan. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“People with the same problems have clumped together. We have (until now) let it go, perhaps with the naive idea that integration would happen on its own over time … but it hasn’t,” Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.

Among the measures:

  • Banning the burka next month.
  • Double the penalties for crime in the ghettos.
  • Increased surveillance to combat extremism
  • Parents who send their children home could face four years in prison if it’s suspected they’ve been radicalized.

Many of the initiatives would have been unthinkable a decade ago in liberal Denmark. But mass immigration has hardened attitudes.

Even some longtime Muslim immigrants agree with the changes

Taher Mustafah, 59 , has lived in Denmark since 1985. He pointed to one veiled woman and shook his head, the Daily Mail reports.

Hardline Minister of Integration Inger Stoejberg has led the charge. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“She is Tunisian and her husband is an Iraqi. My view is that if you live in a country, you should show respect for the society in which you live,” he said.

“She should not wear the burka here in Denmark and soon she will not be allowed to.”

But Jaber Saleh, 40, is not pleased. Since coming to Denmark in 2001 he has “clung to his roots.”

His son went to an Arabic school that was closed after the government accused staff of terror links.

“The government was wrong,” Jaber said. “It was a good school where Hassan was taught in the Arabic language, no t Danish, and he learnt the Qur’an. He speaks Arabic at home and has no Danish friends, and I am pleased about that.”

He added: “I don’t want him to learn from them bad things, the swearing, the low moral code of Denmark. This society is too lax. I will do anything to avoid my son learning the values of Denmark.”

bhunter@postmedia.com

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