South Carolina Rep. Donna C. Hicks visited Sherman College of Chiropractic earlier this week to learn more about the chiropractic college’s substantial community and economic impact in her district. Hicks, a chiropractic patient herself, met with Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, DC, and several members of the administrative team.
President Cordero said Representative Hicks and Sherman College share common strategic goals: the health of the community and the economic success of Spartanburg County. “We are both dedicated to the health and well-being of our state on a physical level as well as political and fiscal levels,” Cordero said.
Sherman College’s enrollment has grown nearly 75 percent over the past three years. This growth brings more students, staff, and faculty to the area, as well as graduates who choose to stay and practice here.
“As Sherman College continues to grow and expand, our contributions to Spartanburg and South Carolina will increase significantly,” Cordero said. “We look forward to connecting with Representative Hicks to find ways that we can partner for the benefit of our citizens.”
Sherman College contributes to the local economy:
- Nearly 90 percent of Sherman College students are from out of state.
- All students rent apartments or purchase homes; the college does not offer campus housing because it feels it is vital for students to be involved in the community.
- Nearly 1,000 people attend Sherman College continuing education events each year, increasing revenue for local hotels, restaurants, and businesses.
- More than 300 prospective students and family members from across the country and around the world visit Sherman College each year, each staying in town for up to three nights.
The college also contributes to the local community via health services:
- The on-campus Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center provides chiropractic care to local citizens, serving more than 30,000 patient visits each year; all care is rendered under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic.
- The Chiropractic Health Center takes a natural, preventative approach to healthcare, without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, helping patients enjoy a greater potential for health and optimal human performance.
- At the Chiropractic Health Center, 15 percent of care is offered at no cost to patients in need in the community; all other care is offered at a very economical cost.
- The college partners with several local agencies to provide care, including Access Health, Spartanburg Methodist College, and others.
- Sherman students and faculty participate in more than 100 community events each year, including spinal screenings, health talks, health fairs, blood drives, food drives, school supply collections, and many more.
Source: Sherman College of Chiropractic