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Palmetto Health elects board officers


Staff Report
Published Jan. 24, 2013

The Palmetto Health board of directors elected William L. Freeman III, vice president of sales at VOA Canada, as its chairman for 2013.

Other appointments include James E. Wheeler, vice president of Loxcreen MetalSource, a division of M-D Building Products Co., as vice chairman; Jerome D. Odom, retired executive director of University Foundations at the University of South Carolina, treasurer; and Traci Young Cooper, director of extended day programs and partnerships at Richland School District One, board secretary.

Palmetto Health’s new board members are Sara B. Fisher, senior vice president and CFO of the National Bank of South Carolina; Beverly D. Chrisman, retired government executive and political consultant; and Dr. Joel E. Johnson, dentist with Dr. Joel Johnson P.A.

Richland Memorial Hospital and Baptist Healthcare System are both part of the Palmetto Health group, but each has a board as well.

The Richland Memorial Hospital board of trustees’ officers include: Calvin H. Elam, financial business manager at Elam Financial Group, chairman; Wheeler, vice chairman; Ann Pringle Washington, president and COO of Kolor Pro Promotions Inc., secretary; and George S. King Jr., senior vice president of investment services at SCBT, treasurer.

Richland’s new board members are: Dr. C. Guy Castles III, pediatrician with Pediatric Associates; Dr. F. W. “Rick” Dreyer, physician with Pitts Radiology and vice chief of staff for Palmetto Health Richland; Randy R. Lowell, lawyer with Willoughby & Hoefer P.A.; and Sandra P. Sims, owner of Sap Inc.

The Baptist Healthcare System board of trustees’ officers include: Lester P. Branham Jr., retired minister and member of the S.C. House of Representatives, chairman; William L. Cogdill Jr., president and owner of Cogdill Carpets, vice president and secretary; and James A. Bennett, director of public affairs for First Citizens, treasurer.

Baptist’s new board member is Dr. Donen Davis, plastic surgeon with Donen Davis Plastic Surgery and chief of staff for Palmetto Health Baptist.


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