First Reliance Bank and MUSC Health Florence Division establish innovative partnerships to keep patients and health providers connected

June 25, 2020

First Reliance Bank announced a partnership with MUSC Health Florence Division, in conjunction with MUSC’s Florence Office of External Affairs, to donate 26 Apple iPad’s to its medical centers.

This technology allows physicians to quickly and easily share information with patients and other health providers. Additionally, the devices will play a crucial role in keeping patients connected with their loved ones as they are being cared for and also provide the compassion and social support needed to get well.

Vance Reynolds, MUSC Health Florence Division Chief Executive Officer, explains this partnership, “MUSC Health Florence Division has established an innovative partnership with First Reliance Bank using technology to help patients and health providers. This partnership will greatly improve the patient experience and benefit providers in caring for patients and their families.”

On Wednesday, June 24, executives from MUSC Florence Division and First Reliance Bank addressed the importance of these iPad’s for both the physicians and patients. In addition, Dr. Rami Zebian, Chief Medical Officer of MUSC Health Florence Division, presented a live demonstration of how these devices will be used in MUSC Health Medical Centers.

At the press conference, Rick Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Reliance Bank, stated, “With the guidance of our Board member, Robby Hill, we saw an opportunity to fulfill the gap in communication between patients and their families by providing iPad’s to the MUSC Health network for emotional and social support. As a community bank, we are chartered to serve the communities that we operate in with quality banking service and philanthropical support from the profits we receive. First Reliance Bank takes that charge seriously and leads by example, such as this effort to support our Health Care Partners at MUSC Health Florence.”