Oconee to be served by nurse-family partners

Oconee County will become the 20th South Carolina county to be served by a nurse family partnership. The announcement came during a news conference today at the United Way in Seneca and was made by Marie Dunnam, executive director of Oconee First Steps. The partnership will send specially-trained nurses into the homes of pregnant women whose infants are considered at-risk. “Nurse Family Partnership works to transform the lives of low income mothers pregnant with their first child, partnership with a registered nurse, until their child turns two,” Dunnam told a gathering of reporters and medical and social workers. Nurse Lisa Skinner, who supervises the program in Greenville, Pickens and now Oconee, spoke and introduced nurses who care and tutor the mothers in the homeplace.