NEWBERRY — Doctors, Newberry College leaders and others discussed how no one knows what they have to offer during Monday night’s Newberry Business Alliance meeting.
Orthopedic Dr. Phil Milner told the group that many residents leave town to have bone issues dealt with because no one knows that the services are available in Newberry.
In fact, the Newberry County Memorial Hospital is certified as a center of excellence by the Joint Commotion, is one of the best hospitals in the Midlands for knee and hip joint replacement and rated as number three in the state for joint replacement.
One of the advantages, according to Milner is that the hospital staff is local and its people live in the community.
“We have a committed group of people, who care about the job they do,” said Milner. “Our services are second to none.”
Likewise, Newberry College President Maurice Scherrens says the college has not told its story and let people know what they have to offer.
The new college president said the school will soon offer degrees in accounting, social media and a minor in athletic training.
Another addition will be a forensic debating team.
Also the college is adding a women’s field hockey team, increase the size of it marching band and working with the cheer leading squad.
The college will also be working to recruit transfer students from two-year institutions and making scholarships available to them.
Soon the college will be kicking of a capital campaign to give the college a shot in the arm and repair some of the tired look.
Scherrens said the college has a story to tell and the staff needs to market what the college has to offer.
Scherrens added he is excited about the college’s leadership team, but they need courage.
“We will be judged on our weakest link,” he said.
Many in the business alliance agree that the county has lots of good thing and needs to tell about them.