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Published on February 18, 2022

Tidelands Health physicians serve as ‘Doctors of the Day’ at the State House

Thursday was a special day for Dr. Jack Sutcliffe. 

Dr. Jack Sutcliffe (left) stands with Dr. Gerald Harmon in front of Dr. Harmon's plane before the pair head to Columbia to serve as Doctors of the Day at the State House.Instead of spending the day caring for patients as a resident physician at the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Sutcliffe joined longtime Tidelands Health family medicine physician Dr. Gerald Harmon at the South Carolina State House to provide medical care through the “Doctor of the Day” program.

The Doctor of the Day provides care to legislators, lobbyists, State House staffers and Capitol visitors for a day.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Harmon, vice president of medical affairs for the health system, has participated in the program, and he makes it a point to invite medical students and resident physicians to join him.

“I want our physicians to be comfortable stepping outside the walls of our hospitals, our offices and our exam rooms so they can be strong community leaders and advocates for health and wellness,” Dr. Harmon said.

For several hours on Thursday, Drs. Sutcliffe and Harmon were stationed in the modest office of Legislative Health Services on the third floor of the State House to help people with a variety of health conditions.

They also had the chance to watch proceedings in the House of Representatives and Senate. Both bodies recognized the physicians for their service. A retired major general in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Harmon added to the experience for Dr. Sutcliffe by flying to Columbia in Dr. Harmon’s plane.

“It was an honor to be involved, go with Dr. Harmon and meet some of our representatives and senators,” Dr. Sutcliffe said. “It was a wonderful learning opportunity.”

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