• Dr. Patricia Thompson Suzanne Wolf
  • Longtime Lowcountry OB-GYN Dr. Patricia Thompson has joined Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, strengthening her two-decade relationship with the hospital. Nurse practitioner Suzanne Wolf also will be practicing with the group.

Dr. John Fontana, who founded the former Beaufort OB-GYN in the 1970s and has practiced at Beaufort Memorial for more than 40 years, will be retiring as a gynecologist. He will continue to assist with surgery cases at the hospital on a part-time basis.

Both Dr. Thompson and Wolf specialize in gynecology and no longer deliver babies. They will continue to see patients at their current office at 1835 N. Paris Ave. in Port Royal. Thompson also offers office hours at Bluffton Medical Services, 11 Arley Way, Westbury Park.

A board-certified physician for 20 years, Thompson most recently owned and practiced with Gynecology Associates of Beaufort. She is one of four Beaufort Memorial OB-GYN surgeons trained to perform robot-assisted hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures.

A graduate of West Virginia University Medical School, she completed her OB-GYN residency at MacDonald Women’s Hospital in Cleveland and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in health, health care administration and management from the University of North Carolina in 2010.

Over the years, she has been actively involved with Beaufort Memorial Hospital and recently served as vice chair of the BMH Board of Trustees and is the hospital’s chief medical information officer.

Wolf, a Parris Island nurse practitioner for 18 years, teamed up with Thompson in January 2015 after working 14 months at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort.

Prior to graduating from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1996, she was a U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps officer for 20 years.

Beaufort Memorial OB-GYN is part of Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners, a multi-specialty network of practices and providers with locations throughout Beaufort and Hampton counties.

For more information or appointments, call 843-524-8151.

  • Coastal Carolina Hospital will offer free screenings for swallowing, cognitive impairment and balance, as well as fall risk assessments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Medical Office Building, Ste. 220, on the hospital campus at 1000 Medical Center Dr. in Hardeeville.

The swallowing screenings are for adults, ages 55 and older who are having difficulty swallowing food, drinks and medications.

The cognitive impairment screenings are for individuals who may have difficulty with memory recall, attention, organization or problem solving in daily living activities.

A speech language pathologist will conduct the informal screenings and recommend ways to address swallowing difficulty or cognitive impairments.

The balance and fall risk assessments are designed for older adults who have a fear of falling.

As we age, our risk of falling and being injured increase. Learn what you can do to help decrease your risk for falls at our free balance screening and fall risk assessment, conducted by a physical therapist.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-582-2737 and select “1” for Coastal Carolina Hospital. Registration is required; walk-ins will not be permitted.