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Governor awards Order of the Silver Crescent to Bradley Quarles



During his sophomore year, nursing student Bradley Quarles lost a family member to suicide. This experience, combined with the medical knowledge he gained during his studies, prompted Quarles to research ways to prevent suicide and promote mental health on campus.

His work resulted in the inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number on the back of all University of South Carolina identification cards, and he was the catalyst for the Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act of State. This bill, signed into law in 2021, requires South Carolina public schools serving students in grades 7 through 12 and public and private colleges and universities to provide the Lifeline phone number and an additional crisis resource from their choice on student identity cards issued by the school.

“Every student and employee receives a Carolina card when they start UofSC. I thought adding the hotline number to something so important on campus would provide an easy access tool for members of the Caroline community,” Quarles said at the time.

Quarles, a College of Nursing alumnus, is currently studying to become a certified nurse anesthetist at the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia. Governor Henry McMaster recently awarded him the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s most prestigious service award, for his efforts to add the Lifeline number to the back of Carolina cards. Quarles is believed to be the first Columbia College of Nursing and Medical School student to receive the award.

Since choosing the health care path as a freshman in college, Quarles has been interested in how health care and politics intersect to improve community health and communities. patient outcomes. He spent the summer of 2017 working as a fellow mayor for former Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin.

Every student and employee receives a Carolina card when they start UofSC. I thought adding the hotline number to something so important on campus would provide an easy access tool for members of the Carolina community.

Bradley Quarles

“The Mayor’s Office Work Fellowship showed me how nurses can impact the political landscape and why politics is so vital,” Quarles says.

Fast forward to 2022, Quarles was joined by his wife, Gaby, his parents and his wife’s family at State House to receive the Order of the Silver Crescent from McMaster. The governor spoke of Quarles’ outstanding service work to the university and to his state.

“What today means to me shows the power of the individual to have an impact. It really highlights the core of who we are and our core values ​​as healthcare professionals, as nurses and as a future

CRNA. Representing the University of South Carolina, the College of Nursing, and the Columbia School of Medicine’s Anesthesia Program is very important to me. I am very grateful to Governor McMaster for welcoming us,” Quarles said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is made up of a national network of more than 200 local crisis centers, combining personalized local care and resources with national standards and best practices. The Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.

Photo by Paige Stiles, Columbia School of Medicine

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