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Press Release: 2011


Summerton Hosts Final 2011 Health Ministry Empowerment Tour Stop

TV news anchor Judi Gatson talks personally about faith

November 08, 2011
Summerton Hosts Final 2011 Health Ministry Empowerment Tour Stop
Summerton, SC

Broadcast journalist Judi Gatson joined the 2011 Health Ministry Empowerment Tour Oct. 29 in Summerton, where she delivered a spiritual message about looking to God and finding strength in times of suffering.

"As much as I believe in the power of prayer, prayer alone is not enough. You've got to do the work. You've got to learn the lesson," said Gatson, a veteran anchor with Columbia's WIS News 10.

Select Health of South Carolina and IMARA Woman magazine sponsor the popular Health Ministry Empowerment Tour, which brings health screenings, workshops and inspirational speakers to South Carolina communities each fall, at no charge to participants. This year's tour – themed "Mind, Body, Spirit: Bringing the Good News" – attracted a crowd of 266 during its Saturday stop at Scott's Branch High School. The tour's schedule also included earlier stops in Dillon and Summerville.

"We are thrilled to see so many women in the Summerton community and surrounding areas take part in this year's event,” said Wendy Brawley, editor and publisher of IMARA Woman magazine. "The health screenings and workshops are giving women valuable information in a supportive setting that helps them take actionable steps to improve their health and lives starting today."  

Gatson served as keynote speaker for the tour’s stop in Summerton and shared some of her own difficulties in life and how they shaped her faith. She told how she learned as a college student that her mother, a teacher, died when she collapsed in a public school in Atlanta. Gatson also told how she miscarried when she was seven months pregnant. Yet, even in our darkest moments, she said, there is grace, and God is in control. "When the suffering is compounded, relief is multiplied."

Gatson also offered several life rules that her mother passed along, including the following.

  • Never discuss your problems with someone who can't contribute a solution.
  • Not everyone deserves a front row seat in your life.
  • Don’t follow anyone who isn't going anywhere.

Incorporated in 1995, Select Health was licensed as a Health Maintenance Organization by the South Carolina Department of Insurance in 1996. Later that year, the company contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services to offer First Choice, the state's first and largest Medicaid health plan that today serves more than 220,000 members in 46 counties. Select Health is dedicated to providing access to high quality healthcare. In 2011, Select Health received the National Committee of Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Excellent Accreditation as well as its Multicultural Healthcare Distinction. Select Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of AmeriHealth Mercy. The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies serves four million members nationwide. For more information, visit

IMARA Woman magazine is a statewide Columbia-based publication. The magazine focuses on lifestyle empowerment for women of color. The word "imara" means powerful in Swahili. For more information, visit 

NCQA Commendable Accreditation   NCQA Multicultural Healthcare Distinction