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 Charles D. Beaman, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer

John J. Singerling III – President, Palmetto Health
John J. Singerling III has been with Palmetto Health since 1996 and became president of Palmetto Health on October 12, 2010. He previously was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Palmetto Health Richland. He also has served as vice president of operations for Palmetto Health Richland. Prior to that, he worked as corporate director of planning and system development and assistant to the president and CEO for Palmetto Health. Singerling earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Judy Baskins

Judy Baskins – Physician Practices/Ambulatory Care Executive 
Judy Baskins is the Physician Practice, Ambulatory Care Executive for Palmetto Health. She currently is responsible for the Palmetto Health Physician Network and Ambulatory Services at Palmetto Health. Ms. Baskins was the founding president and chair of the National PACE Association (NPA) Board and she remains a member of the NPA Board, the NPA Public Policy Committee and the NPA Research Committee. She is a recipient of the USC School of Nursing outstanding alumni award and member of the Practice Change Fellowship Board, a national board funded by the John A Hartford and the Atlantic Philanthropic Foundations.

Ben Cunningham

Benjamin M. Cunningham, Jr. – System Vice President of Finance
Benjamin (Ben) M. Cunningham, Jr., is the System Vice President of Finance for Palmetto Health. He joined Palmetto Health in 2001 and has more than sixteen years of experience in healthcare management, consulting and auditing. Prior to joining Palmetto Health, he was an audit manager with Arthur Anderson LLP where his primary areas of focus were serving clients in the healthcare and manufacturing industry. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, from the University of South Carolina and is a certified public accountant. 

Karen Coker

Karen Coker – Nurse Executive, Patient Care Administration 

Paul Duane – Chief Financial Officer, Palmetto Health
Paul Duane is chief financial officer for Palmetto Health. He joined Palmetto Health in 2000 and has more than 20 years of healthcare finance experience. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer for ViaHealth in Rochester, N.Y. Duane earned a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York and is a certified public accountant.

Michelle Edwards

Michelle Edwards – Chief Information Officer, Palmetto Health
Michelle Edwards is chief information officer for Palmetto Health. Prior to this position, she was Palmetto Health's corporate director for clinical applications. Edwards graduated from Midlands Technical College with an Associate Degree in Respiratory Care. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina and is currently enrolled at Strayer University toward a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration.

Vince Ford

Vince Ford – Chief Community Health Services Officer, Palmetto Health
Vince Ford is chief community health services officer for Palmetto Health Community Health and is responsible for Palmetto Health’s $17 million tithe to the community for health issues. Ford had been working under the auspices of Richland Memorial Hospital since April 21, 1997. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Ford earned bachelor’s degree from Benedict College and a master’s degree in individual and family development from S.C. State University.



Gregory Gattman – Acute Care Executive, Palmetto Health Baptist
Greg Gattman is the acute care executive for Palmetto Health Baptist. He most recently served as system vice president of clinical services at Palmetto Health and previously held executive roles in clinical operations and service line leadership. Prior to joining Palmetto Health in 1995, he held senior administrative positions in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri in acute care and psychiatric hospitals. Gattman received a bachelor of science degree from DePauw University and a masters degree in hospital and health services administration from The Ohio State University.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is celebrating 30 years in healthcare administration.

Julian Gibbons – Chief Government Affairs and Community Relations Officer
Julian Gibbons is the chief community and governmental relations officer for Palmetto Health. Prior to that, Gibbons served as director of public relations and marketing for Palmetto Health. Gibbons has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Journalism from the University of South Carolina. 



Jay Hamm

Jay Hamm – Acute Care Executive, Palmetto Health Richland 
Jay Hamm is the acute care executive at Palmetto Health Richland. Most recently he served as System Vice President of Clinical Operations at Palmetto Health. He previously was the Administrator, Patient Care Services, at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia, responsible for surgical and anesthesia services, critical care air and ground transport, emergency services and emergency management. He has been a medical professional for 25 years and has held several management and executive leadership roles. Hamm earned bachelor of science degrees in nursing and biology and a masters of health administration degree all from the University of South Carolina. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and is a member of Delta Omega, an honorary society in Public Health.

William "Tripp" Jennings, MD – System Vice President, Medical Informatics Officer
Dr. William "Tripp" Jennings, is system vice president, medical informatics officer for Palmetto Health. Dr. Jennings has served as chief medical informatics officer for the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative and medical director for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and past-president for the South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Jennings' undergraduate degree is from the College of Charleston and his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. His Biomedical Informatics degree is from Oregon Health and Sciences University and his specialty training in Emergency Medicine was completed at Palmetto Health.

Sarah Richter

Sarah Richter Kirby – Acute Care Executive, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge
Sarah Kirby is acute care executive for Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge. Prior to joining Palmetto Health, she was director of patient care services/chief nursing officer for Hillcrest Memorial Hospital at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. She has held several staff nursing positions, as well as leadership positions during her 20 years in the healthcare profession. Kirby earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from James Madison University and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Troy State University with a minor in nursing administration.

James Lathren

James Lathren – Chief Operating Officer, Acute Care Services
Jim Lathren is the chief operating officer for Palmetto Health's acute care services. He earned his bachelor of science degree from The Citadel, a master of business administration from Southern Illinois University and a master of public health from Duke University. Before assuming his current position he was president of the Leadership Institute at Palmetto Health and chief operating officer at Palmetto Health Richland. Prior to that he served as chief executive officer at Atlanta Medical Center, regional director for mergers and acquisitions at Tenet Corporation and chief executive officer at Central Carolina Hospital.

Mark Loos

Mark Loos – Chief Strategic Planning & Business Development Officer, Palmetto Health
Mark Loos is chief strategic planning and business development officer at Palmetto Health. Prior to joining Palmetto Health, he was senior vice president and chief medical surgical services officer for University Hospitals-Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He has held several clinical operations and business development roles during his 20 years as a healthcare executive at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, PA, Atlantic Health System, Florham Park, NJ and Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI. Loos earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University and an Master of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Todd Miller

Todd Miller – Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Palmetto Health
Todd Miller, a North Carolina native, is chief marketing and communications officer for Palmetto Health. Prior to coming to Palmetto Health, he was a 25-year marketing, advertising and communications executive in a career that included positions at Deutsch, Inc. in New York and Sharp HealthCare, San Diego, where he served as senior vice president of marketing and communications.

James Raymond MD

James I. Raymond, MD – Chief Medical & Academic Officer, Palmetto Health
Dr. Jim Raymond is chief medical and academic officer for Palmetto Health. Prior to this position, Dr. Raymond was senior vice president of Quality, Medical Education and Research for Palmetto Health. Before that, Dr. Raymond was senior vice president of Medical Education and Research at Palmetto Health Richland. Prior to that, he was director of the Emergency Medicine Center, a position he had held since 1980. Raymond earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in physical chemistry from the University of Virginia; and a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Caroline Seigler

Caroline Seigler – System Vice President, Clinical Informatics Officer


Michael Shawn Stinson, MD – Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer
Dr. M. Shawn Stinson serves as chief quality and patient safety officer. He previously served as vice president for clinical quality and patient safety. From 2002-2006 he served as medical director of information technology for Palmetto Health. He continues to serve as a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Stinson was honored in March 2011 with The Lewis W. Blackman Award for a SC Healthcare Executive.

Dr. Stinson is a native of Greensboro, N.C. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and his medical education at Duke University School of Medicine. Post-graduate training was at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and board certified in Internal Medicine.

Carole Siegfried – Nurse Executive, Palmetto Health Richland
Carole Siegfried serves as the nurse executive for the Palmetto Health Richland campus. She previously was director for medical surgical specialty nursing services, women's and neonatal services and oncology services. Before comint to Palmetto Health, she was vice president of the 350-bed Community Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky and nurse manager and staff nurse in critical care in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Siegfried earned an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor of science degree in from Ohio University. She also earned a master of science degree in nursing administration from Wright State University, and a post-graduate degree in nursing from Kent State University. She is a board certified nurse executive and a certified legal nurse concultant.


Carolyn Swinton – Chief Nursing Officer
Carolyn Carolyn has worked in nursing for 22 years, with 19 years in nursing management including serving as Palmetto Health Richland’s vice president and chief nursing officer. She is active with many professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Swinton also has received awards, including the Amy V. Cockcroft Excellence in Leadership award in 2008 and the 2005 Palmetto Gold award.

Swinson is passionate about leadership development, communication and conflict resolution and has presented on these topics for various groups across the state, as well as Washington, DC and Alabama.

Swinton is from Beaufort, SC. She is married to John and has two children, Jeffrey and Cara. She loves to cook, read, and travel.

Howard West

Howard West – Chief Legal Officer, Palmetto Health
Howard West is chief legal officer for Palmetto Health. West is a former vice president for corporate services and general counsel at Palmetto Health Richland. He joined the hospital in 1979 as an administrative resident. West earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina. He also earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. West earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.