RMC Receives Funds for Community Walking Trail from County of Orangeburg


Senator John W. Matthews Jr. recently presented the Regional Medical Center (RMC) with a check for $36,127 from the County of Orangeburg to assist in development of a community walking trail that will be located on the front lawn of the hospital grounds.

Senator John Matthews presents a check to RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge to help complete the funding for a community walking trail. The trail will be located on the front lawn of the hospital grounds and will be open to the public.
“We are very thankful for Senator Matthews’ support for our walking trail which will be available to RMC employees, OCTech students and employees, RMC visitors and the general public,” said RMC Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, MHA, FACHE.

Additional funding has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The walking trail will be a quarter-mile track constructed of a concrete foundation covered with a soft rubber top. Plans call for lighting and benches around the track.

“The purpose of the trail is to promote healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking,” said Williams. “We’re excited about providing this safe, low-impact walking alternative for the community.”

“According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help reduce risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, as well as improve blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profiles, and help maintain body weight,” said Tim Maynard, MSS, ACSM. “It can also reduce risk of osteoporosis, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and improve your overall well-being. Those are tremendous benefits for a simple physical activity.”

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