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The Palmetto Health board of directors announced the following officers for 2012: William L. “Freedie” Freeman III, vice president of Sales at VOA Canada, chairman; James E. “Rick” Wheeler, vice president of Loxcreen Aluminum Products Group Fabricated Sales, vice chairman; Jerome D. “Jerry” Odom, Ph.D., executive director of University Foundations at the University of South Carolina, treasurer; and Traci Young Cooper, Ed.D., director of Extended Day Programs & Partnerships at Richland School District One, secretary.
The board also welcomed new members Jean E. Duke, financial consultant; Calvin H. Elam, CEO of ProVest Wealth Management Group; John W. Foster, Jr., J. W. Foster Agency ; William C. Gerard, M.D., emergency medicine physician with Carolina Care, PA, and James H. Herlong, M.D., retired Urologist.
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Palmetto Health is the region’s most integrated health system in which a progressive environment, the latest technology, including research and treatment protocols, goes hand-in-hand with quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of four outstanding hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC—and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Carolina. Palmetto Health’s hospitals are highly respected, long-time community members. Each year, they treat nearly a half million patients, welcome more than 6,000 babies into the world, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients, 3,000 cancer patients, accommodate 160,000 Emergency department visits and make nearly 50,000 home care visits. Employing more than 8,000, Palmetto Health is one of the state’s largest non-governmental employers.