Dear Strand Infectious Disease patients:
I regret to inform you that effective Friday February 28th, 2020, I am closing my practice due to relocation. While it has been my pleasure to provide care for you over the past several years; unfortunately, I will no longer be available to take care of your medical needs after that date.
Please arrange to have another infectious disease physician take care of you. If you are not acquainted with an infectious disease physician, you may use your insurance company’s provider directory or check with Grand Strand Medical Center’s physician referral service. Local general ID care can be arranged with Dr. Shea with HCA Physicians Group or Dr. Osmanzai with Coastal Carolina Infectious Diseases. For patients in need of HIV care, you will also have the option of Ryan White funded clinics at CareTeam or Little River Medical Center’s EIS Clinic. Once you have identified a physician or practice, please contact my office to secure copies of your medical record if needed. Please be patient with our staff as we expect multiple records requests simultaneously, which will result in occasional delays as we will still be providing care for as many patients as possible prior to the practice closure date.
For your convenience, I have attached a records release authorization [the authorization should include name and address of patient as well as new physician or practice]. In accordance with South Carolina state law, there will be a nominal fee not to exceed $15.00 to make copies of your chart to cover copy and transmittal costs. If you choose to pick up the copy of your record so that you may personally take it to your new physician, please do so by February 28th, 2020. After this time, your records will be retained at an offsite location for retrieval per state law requirements. Future records requests following the practice closure date will need to be sent to Strand Infectious Disease Records Custodian at P.O. Box 61 , Sophia, NC 27350. At a later date, these records will be properly destroyed consistent with CMS/Medicare standards.
I wish you all the best for your future health and happiness.
Yours very truly,
James N. Powers, M.D.
Strand Infectious Diseases President
Local Infectious Disease Provider Options
Little River Medical Center
Early Intervention Service (EIS) Clinic
4303 Live Oak Drive
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 663-8251, will connect you directly with EIS clinical director
100 Professional Park Drive
Conway, SC 29526
Dr. Kevin Shea
Grand Strand Infectious Disease
8170 Rourk Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Dr. Yama Osmanzai
Coastal Carolina Infectious Disease
1110 London Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Dr. Powers attended Union University in his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee for his undergraduate studies. During the summer following his sophomore year, he participated in a pre-med internship at a local 1000 bed hospital. Those in the program rotated through twenty departments within the hospital to witness the patterns of medical care delivery. He shadowed a local infectious diseases specialist and quickly fell in love with the field due to its diverse patient population and intriguing diagnoses requiring puzzle-solving skills. To solidify this experience, he worked as a microbiology lab assistant for the remainder of his college tenure. He graduated magna cum laude from Union in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.
He then attended the School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus in Memphis, graduating in 2004. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2007 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He elected to remain at Wake Forest University for sub-specialty fellowship training in Infectious Diseases due to the strength of the faculty in this department. He completed his infectious diseases training in 2009. He is currently double board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
In the summer of 2009, he moved to the Myrtle Beach area to service Grand Strand, Waccamaw, and Conway hospitals as well as an active outpatient clinic. He was readily accepted into the medical community in Myrtle Beach shortly upon arrival, serving on multiple hospital committees as an opinion leader. He currently serves as the chair of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center's Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Infection Control committees. In the fall of 2014, he became the Infectious Disease Clerkship Director for Grand Strand Medical Center's Internal Medicine Residency Program. Presently, he also serves as a consulting physician at both Grand Strand and Conway Medical Centers.
In addition to board certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Powers has maintained certification as an HIV specialist with the AAHIVM since 2009. For two years, he served as the medical director of CareTeam, a local Ryan White/HIV Clinic. In 2012, he was given the opportunity to continue his service to the local HIV community and was installed as the medical director of Little River Medical Center's Ryan White/HIV clinic. While Dr. Powers continues to have special interests in HIV and viral hepatitis, he has spoken to the community on a wide array of topics including the emergence of antibiotic resistance, Ebola, MRSA, and hepatitis C. He also tends to a wide variety of clinical infectious diseases in his clinic at Strand Infectious Disease including travel preparedness for those patient's travelling or preparing to live abroad.
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