Countybank Continues Support of GGC

Greenwood, S.C. — Countybank and Greenwood
Capital recently demonstrated their continued support for the Greenwood community through a Countybank Foundation contribution to the Greenwood Genetic
Center (GGC) Foundation for $20,000. This donation is part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000.

“The Greenwood Genetic Center is doing incredible work right here in Greenwood,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive
of Countybank. “We are humbled to support their mission of serving families impacted by genetic disorders, which has a positive local and global impact.”

“We are honored to be a partner with the GGC Foundation,” said Walter Todd, III, President and CIO of Greenwood Capital, “working alongside them to grow
the Foundation as they continue to deliver on their mission.”

The donation is intended to acknowledge the commitment of GGC employees and their support to the GGC Foundation through their giving to match this support.
These donations will aid the GGC Foundation in providing compassionate clinical care, unparalleled diagnostic lab services, globally-renowned research
discoveries, and innovative educational programs.

“GGC and the GGC Foundation are so grateful for the generosity and vision of Countybank and Greenwood Capital to financially support the critical work
of the Center and those served through its mission,” said Victoria Hann, Director of Development for the Center. “This gift not only supports our work
with families across South Carolina and beyond, but also encourages and bolsters our employees who drive this mission every day.”

The GGC Foundation is a nonprofit 501©3 established to serve as the philanthropic arm supporting the Greenwood Genetic Center in its work of serving
families in the fight against genetic diseases, birth defects, and autism.

“Countybank is pleased to support the Greenwood Genetic Center with our time, talent, and financial resources,” said R. Thornwell Dunlap, III, Countybank’s
President and CEO. “We believe the GGC has a meaningful impact on the Greenwood community and that their growth and expansion will continue to diversify
our local economy.”

Photo: Representatives from Countybank and Greenwood Capital presented a check to GGC Director Dr. Steve Skinner (center). Left to right:John Cooper, Private Client Advisor with Greenwood Capital; Tompkins; Skinner; April Prince, VP and Trust Officer; Dayle Mumford, VP and Financial Center Manager

 

ABOUT COUNTYBANK: Founded in 1933, Countybank is a community-oriented financial services provider with locations across Upstate South Carolina in the Greenwood, Greenville, Greer, and Anderson communities. The combination of trusted, professional financial management experience with a community-first approach has made Countybank the premier community bank in Upstate South Carolina. In addition to a full array of traditional deposit and loan products, which include worldwide access via mobile and online banking, Countybank also provides products and services through Countybanc Insurance Services, Inc., Countybanc Investment Services, Inc., Countybank Mortgage, Countybank Trust Services, and its affiliate, Greenwood Capital. Connect with Countybank on Facebook and LinkedIn @CountybankSC.

Countybank Foundation Continues Support of GGC

Greenwood, S.C. — Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently demonstrated their continued support for the Greenwood community through a Countybank
Foundation contribution to the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) Foundation for $20,000. This donation is part of a five-year plan to donate a total of
$100,000.

“The Greenwood Genetic Center is doing incredible work right here in Greenwood,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive
of Countybank. “We are humbled to support their mission of serving families impacted by genetic disorders, which has a positive local and global
impact.”

“We are honored to be a partner with the GGC Foundation,” said Walter Todd, III, President and CIO of Greenwood Capital, “working alongside them to
grow the Foundation as they continue to deliver on their mission.”

The donation is intended to acknowledge the commitment of GGC employees and their support to the GGC Foundation through their giving to match this
support. These donations will aid the GGC Foundation in providing compassionate clinical care, unparalleled diagnostic lab services, globally-renowned
research discoveries, and innovative educational programs.

“GGC and the GGC Foundation are so grateful for the generosity and vision of Countybank and Greenwood Capital to financially support the critical work
of the Center and those served through its mission,” said Victoria Hann, Director of Development for the Center. “This gift not only supports our
work with families across South Carolina and beyond, but also encourages and bolsters our employees who drive this mission every day.”

The GGC Foundation is a nonprofit 501©3 established to serve as the philanthropic arm supporting the Greenwood Genetic Center in its work of serving
families in the fight against genetic diseases, birth defects, and autism.

“Countybank is pleased to support the Greenwood Genetic Center with our time, talent, and financial resources,” said R. Thornwell Dunlap, III, Countybank’s
President and CEO. “We believe the GGC has a meaningful impact on the Greenwood community and that their growth and expansion will continue to
diversify our local economy.”

ABOUT COUNTYBANK: Founded in 1933, Countybank is a community-oriented financial services provider with locations across Upstate South Carolina in the
Greenwood, Greenville, Greer, and Anderson communities. The combination of trusted, professional financial management experience with a community-first
approach has made Countybank the premier community bank in Upstate South Carolina. In addition to a full array of traditional deposit and loan
products, which include worldwide access via mobile and online banking, Countybank also provides products and services through Countybanc Insurance
Services, Inc., Countybanc Investment Services, Inc., Countybank Mortgage, Countybank Trust Services, and its affiliate, Greenwood Capital. Connect
with Countybank on Facebook and LinkedIn @CountybankSC.

Students Raise Funds for GGC Foundation in Honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Missy Codington’s 10th grade biology students
at Laurens Academy presented a check for $154 to the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation.

The students raised money through a bake sale at the school in March in recognition of Down Syndrome Awareness Day. This awareness day falls on March 21,
or 3/21, each year because individuals with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21. Students planned the event, baked desserts, and managed
the sale in honor of Codington’s nephew who has Down syndrome.

“This class took care of everything; they are a very responsible group and have such big hearts,” said Codington. “The students wanted to make a gift that
could directly benefit a family impacted by Down syndrome.”

“We are so grateful to see the spirit of giving in these students, and on behalf of the families that this gift will support, we say thank you,” Victoria Hann,
Director of the GGC Foundation shared with the students at the check presentation at the school. “The GGC Foundation has a ‘Families in Need’ fund
and this gift will help provide needed testing or services for a child with Down syndrome.”

Codington’s students have also benefitted from the Center’s educational outreach programs through visits to the Center and experiences on the Gene Machine mobile science lab.
“Our former students have come back from college classes so grateful for their hands-on experience through the Greenwood Genetic Center,” said Codington.
“It provided the background that they needed to excel in science at that next level.”

The Story Behind Race the Helix

GGC is proud to present a new video sharing the wonderful story of the Shenal family. The video explains how the Greenwood Genetic Center’s compassionate care
for their family led Stephen and Jodi to start Race the Helix, an event that is gaining attention through 5K events across South Carolina as well as ‘Treadmill
Challenge’ events happening at national and international levels through GGC’s partnership with Front Line Genomics in London. All funds raised through Race the Helix
events benefit the GGC Foundation, supporting families like the Shenals everyday.

Take a few minutes to learn about this family’s story, how GGC helped them, and how you can support their efforts through Race the Helix. Click the image below to start the video, you’ll be so glad you did!

Clemson/GGC PhD Student Named First Recipient of Susan R. Patterson Award

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Jose Guevara of San Jose, Costa Rica has been awarded the 2017 Susan R. Patterson Professional Development Award in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics by the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC).

Guevara, who became visually impaired in 2014 while enrolled in Clemson’s graduate program, will earn his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Clemson
University in December. He has completed much of his graduate work at GGC under Dr. Charles Schwartz and has been funded by the Center. Upon graduation, he will return to his homeland to teach bioinformatics at the University of Costa Rica.

The award supports ongoing professional education and development for faculty and staff at GGC who are involved in bioinformatics work. Guevara used
funds from the award to travel to Las Vegas and present his research at BIOCOMP17, the 18th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology sponsored by the American Council on Science and Education. He presented work done under Schwartz and Clemson’s LJ Wang, PhD on protein modeling. His research takes a computational approach to predict the impact of a genetic mutation on protein stability.

Guevara was the only visually-impaired presenter at the meeting.

“We often find genetic changes in our patients, but are sometimes limited in our understanding of what those changes actually mean – if they are disease causing or simple benign variations,” said Schwartz. “Jose’s work is helping provide a method for us to better interpret the functional impact of these changes, providing families with more information and scientists with better targets to treat.”

Walt Susan Patterson

Dr. Walt Patterson, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Lander University, established the Susan R. Patterson Professional Development
Award in Bioinformatics & Computational Genomics
through a gift to the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation in memory of his wife, Susan.
The award serves to honor and perpetuate her lifelong devotion to the field mathematics education. Susan was also passionate about supporting families and children faced with genetic disorders who are served by GGC.

Bioinformatics and computational genomics is a growing field that merges biology, mathematics and computer science to interpret genetic data. These specialized professionals support researchers and clinicians at GGC by studying the impact of genetic changes and developing algorithms to sift through the large amounts of genetic data to identify which DNA changes are related to the patient’s condition. These skills are valuable in both diagnostic and research work at GGC.

First Citizens Foundation Supports Telegenetics

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First Citizens Bank Foundation has pledged $30,000 to the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) Foundation to support the Center’s telegenetics initiative. Jerry Stevens, Senior VP and Market Executive at First Citizens Bank in Greenwood,
recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Foundation as the second gift of their three-year pledge.

Telehealth is a way for patients to receive services including physical exams, counseling and consultations virtually, from a provider in another location. GGC is began its telehealth program in last fall between its offices in Florence and Charleston, with continued expansion to all GGC offices.

“Patient access to care is a challenge that we have addressed in many ways over the years at GGC,” said Mike Lyons, MD, Co-Director of Clinical Services and head of the telegenetics initiative at GCG. “With the advanced communication technologies now available, a provider in one location can see a patient in another location and provide clinical evaluations, consults and genetic counseling. This will make it so much easier for patient in rural areas of our state, or those with transportation issues or other barriers, to access the care they need.”

The telegenetics program includes high resolution video equipment and specialized medical tools that can be used in the exam.

“First Citizens Bank is excited to be a partner and continue our support of the GGC in their continued efforts to provide quality genetic services to patients, no matter where they are,” said Stevens. “We are so fortunate to have a world class organization like the GGC right here in our own backyard of Greenwood, SC, but for those in other areas, this telegenetics program will ensure that they can receive these critical services as well.”

“GGC is grateful for First Citizens’ commitment to enhancing the lives of patients across SC and beyond through their support of telegenetics and many other GGC
programs over the years,” said Center Director, Steve Skinner, MD. “We are often caring for families in very difficult and fragile medical situations. Telegenetics is removing the inconvenience, burden and expense of travel, and reducing wait times, so these families can focus on what’s most important – getting the care their loved ones need.”

To learn how you can support this initiative, or other programs of GGC, visit the GGC Foundation website or call 864-388-1813.

GGC Awarded State Funds for Outreach Education Expansion

GGC Gene Machine

The Gene Machine Mobile Science Laboratory of the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) brings hands-on genetics educational experiences and career exploration to over 6,000 SC middle and high school students each year. But the Gene Machine is popular, and the schedule is often filled by the beginning of the school year leaving many students without the opportunity.

To help make this valuable program more accessible to all students, the SC Department of Education has allocated proviso funding of $278,000 to GGC to expand its outreach educational STEM programs for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years with priority to traditionally underserved districts across SC.

The money will be used to expand the services of the Gene Machine, offer additional field trips for students to the GGC campus in Greenwood, and provide more teacher development opportunities, especially in the more rural school districts across SC.

“This additional funding will ensure that GGC can add the personnel and equipment necessary to broaden our
activities and reach schools we haven’t been able to serve in the past,” said Leta Tribble, PhD, GGC’s Director of Education.

Tribble said that GGC will begin accepting Gene Machine requests from teachers for the 2017-18 school year on May 1, and they have already reached out to the target districts. She expects the number of school visits to grow by 50% next year.

“The funding provided by the State Department of Education will provide opportunities for more students and teachers than have been reached before,” said Ray Wilson, PhD, formed director of Western Piedmont Education Consortium. “It is a step forward for SC in meeting its obligations of providing high quality educational services to all of its students and teachers.”

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“The Gene Machine is so very beneficial to rural schools like ours,” said Jerry Brigman who teaches Health Sciences Technology at Chesterfield High School. “This lab brings state of the art equipment and up to date research to the students, allowing them to experience practical and relevant information.”

“We will be able to access more students with our fun, engaging activities that are designed to improve students’ genetic knowledge and encourage them to consider furthering their education in the sciences,” said Tribble. “Ultimately our outreach programs will help to equalize some of the educational disparities among school districts across our state and in the long term, help to strengthen the SC workforce.”

For more information regarding GGC’s educational outreach, visit www.GGC.org/education.

Countybank Recognizes GGC Employees and Supports Foundation

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In late 2015, to honor the dedication of the Greenwood Genetic Center’s (GGC) 170 employees, Countybank pledged to match employee giving to the GGC Foundation, which supports the mission of the Center, up to $20,000 each year, for the next five years.

This week, representatives from Countybank in Greenwood were on hand at the Center’s monthly employee seminar to present the second installment of their gift. David Tompkins Senior Vice President and Greenwood Market Executive for Countybank presented the GGC Foundation with a check for $20,000 and thanked the employees for their dedication and commitment to families noting their importance in the Greenwood community.

“We look to support organizations that are vitally important to the Greenwood community,” said David Tompkins. “Without a doubt, GGC is a lifeline for the families they serve. They bring recognition to Greenwood and valuable services to families around the world.” Countybank also supports the Center’s Race the Helix 5K events each year.

“We are grateful to Countybank for their support of our mission and for recognizing the dedication and generosity of our talented employees,” said Steve Skinner, GGC Director.

Following the announcement, Countybank and the GGC Foundation treated employees to a dessert reception.

Photo: Photo L-R: Dr. Steve Skinner accepts the gift from Countybank’s Tompkins; Lynn Turner, VP and Commercial Relationship Manager; and Danielle Fields, Assistant VP and Financial Center Manager.

About Countybank

Countybank began its service to the Upstate community in 1933, when it was founded by a group of Greenwood businessmen. Today, Countybank is a fully integrated financial services provider with locations in Greenville and Greenwood. In addition to a complete array of traditional banking products, Countybank is composed of separate divisions that are positioned to meet specialized financial needs, including Countybank Trust Services, Countybank Mortgage Services, Countybanc Investments Services, Inc., Countybanc Insurance Services, Inc., and Greenwood Capital Associates, LLC. Each division is staffed by the area’s most sought-after professionals in their respective fields to provide customers with the tools to achieve their financial goals.

First Citizens Supports GGC's Telehealth Initiative

First Citizens Bank Foundation has provided $30,000 to the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) Foundation to support their telehealth initiative.

Telehealth is a way for patients to receive services including physical exams, counseling and consultations virtually, from a provider in another location. GGC is began its telehealth program in November between its offices in Florence and Charleston, with plans to expand it statewide next year.

“Patient access to care is a challenge that we have addressed in many ways over the years at GGC,” said Mike Lyons, MD, Co-Director of Clinical Services and head of the telehealth initiative at GCG. “With the advanced communication technologies now available, a provider in one location can see a patient in another location and provide clinical evaluations, consults and genetic counseling. This will make it so much easier for patient in rural areas of our state, or those with transportation issues or other barriers, to access the care they need.”

The telehealth system includes high resolution video equipment and specialized telehealth medical tools that can be used in the exam.

“First Citizens Bank is excited to be a partner and continue our support of the GGC in their continued efforts to provide quality genetic services to patients, no matter where they are,” said Jerry Stevens, Senior VP and Market Executive at First Citizens Bank in Greenwood. “We are so fortunate to have a world class organization like the GGC right here in our own backyard of Greenwood, SC, but for those in other areas, this telehealth program will ensure that they can receive these critical services as well.”

“GGC is grateful for First Citizens’ commitment to enhancing the lives of patients across SC and beyond through their support of telehealth and many other
GGC programs over the years,” said Center Director, Steve Skinner, MD. “We are often caring for families in very difficult and fragile medical situations. Telehealth will removes the inconvenience, burden and expense of travel, so these families can focus on what’s most important – getting the care their loved ones need.”

To learn how you can support this initiative, or other programs of GGC, visit www.GGC.org or contact the GGC Foundation at 864-388-1813.

GGC Begins Telegenetics Initiative

Though the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) has five clinical offices across South Carolina (Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Greenwood), barriers still exist that make accessing genetic services difficult for many families. To address that need, the Center has embarked on a telehealth initiative in partnership with the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance.

Telehealth is a way for patients to receive services virtually, from a provider in a different location. GGC began its telehealth program last month between its offices in Florence and Charleston, with plans to expand the program statewide in the future.

The Center’s Florence office does not currently have a full time clinical geneticist, and appointments for patients in the Pee Dee area are limited because physicians have to
travel from other offices to see patients. The new system allows a physician in Charleston to log on and evaluate a patient in the Florence office with
assistance from telemedicine coordinator, Jennifer Lynch. Telehealth is expected to increase the number of available appointments by 50%, decreasing both wait time and travel.

“Patient access to care is a challenge that we have addressed in many ways over the years at GGC,” said Mike Lyons, MD, Co-Director of Clinical Services and head of the telehealth initiative at GGC. “With the advanced communication technologies now available, a provider in one location can see a patient in another location and provide clinical evaluations, consults and genetic counseling. This will make it much easier for patients in rural areas of our state, or those with transportation issues or other barriers, to access the care they need.”

The telehealth system includes high resolution video and audio equipment with screen sharing capability to provide counseling sessions and consultations. In addition, specialized telehealth medical tools, which include digital stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, and dermscope attachments, allow detailed physical examinations to be performed.

Lindsey Brant of Murrells Inlet was the first parent to take advantage of the new system during a follow up appointment for her 16 month old daughter, Kynzie.

“Our visit went really well. It was as if Dr. Lyons was right there in the room with us,” said Lindsey. “It was so helpful to not have to travel so far.”

“We are often caring for families in very difficult and fragile medical situations,” shared Lyons. “Telehealth will remove the inconvenience, burden and expense of travel, and allow us to see them near home more quickly, so these families can focus on what’s most important – getting the care their loved ones need.”

The program has received financial support through the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the GGC Foundation, including a recent $150,000 gift from an anonymous private Upstate family foundation.

“We are grateful that these granting organizations and partners recognize the value in providing greater access to genetic services across South Carolina,” said GGC’s Director, Steve Skinner, MD. “The private foundation gift will help us not only pilot this program in Florence, but also provides resources for us to develop additional telehealth clinics statewide in rural areas and underserved communities.”

To learn how you can support this initiative, or other programs of GGC, visit www.GGC.org or contact the GGC Foundation at 864-388-1813.

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