They care for us, comfort us and advocate for us. Nurses are the heart of T&D Region health care. During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, The Times and Democrat, along with sponsors, honored 10 outstanding nurses selected by judges from nominations received from readers.

The 10 are profiled in this special collection, which also includes stories about the nursing education programs at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Claflin University, and the key role of nurses at the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties. OCtech is the presenting sponsor for the nursing observance while Claflin and RMC are title sponsors. Bouquet sponsor is Garden Gate Florist. Auto sponsor is Jimmy Jones Toyota of Orangeburg. Care sponsors are Grove Park Pharmacy and the Bill Connor Law Firm.

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