Charles D. Beaman, Jr. – CEO, Palmetto Health
Charles D. (Chuck) Beaman Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Health, the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the Midlands of South Carolina. Palmetto Health includes a regional teaching hospital and tertiary center, an acute care hospital, a heart hospital, a children's hospital, and new acute care hospital scheduled to open in March 2014.
Mr. Beaman served as founding President of Palmetto Health at its inception in 1998. He was appointed by the Palmetto Health Board of Directors in January 2007 to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to the creation of Palmetto Health, Mr. Beaman served as President and CEO of Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., from 1987 to 1998. He began his career in healthcare with the Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., formerly South Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., in 1973.
Mr. Beaman is a native of Columbia, S.C. He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Science Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He served his administrative residency with the Baptist Medical Centers of Alabama and with the Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Healthcare System in Columbia, South Carolina.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine conferred upon Mr. Beaman an honorary Doctor of Public Administration, the first honorary doctoral degree ever conferred by the USC School of Medicine. The honorary degree, its highest recognition, was awarded at their graduation ceremonies on May 7, 2010. Beaman received the 2004 South Carolina Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to health care in South Carolina. He serves as a member of the Hospital Receivables Services board, has served as a member and chairperson of the PHT board of directors and currently serves on the PHLIP board of directors where he also served as chairperson (healthcare risk and liability management). He is immediate past chair of Health Sciences South Carolina. He is past chair and current member of the South Carolina Hospital Association board of trustees. He serves as the southeast region healthcare representative to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy board. He is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the American Hospital Association, and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
In his role as a community leader, Mr. Beaman serves as a member of the Columbia Community Advisory board for HomeWorks of America, Inc., the South Carolina Bank and Trust Advisory board, the Midlands Business Leaders board, the SC Chamber of Commerce board, and past chair of the Midlands Technical College Foundation board, and as chair of the University of South Carolina Associates. He is immediate past chair of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce board. He is a founding member of the Chamber's "Navigating from Good to Great" five-year community development initiative. He is a founding director of the Midlands Housing Alliance, which was created to address homelessness in the Midlands to assure comprehensive services and programs for the homeless as well as economic progress for the community. He is a founding member of the City Center Partnership board. He previously served on the Benedict College Board of Trustees. He received the Boy Scouts of America's 2010 Whitney M. Young, Jr Service Award in recognition of his unselfish service to the youth of America. He was unducted into the Richland School District One Hall of Fame in January 2009 as a district alumna in recognition of his significant contributions to the school district, his communities, the healthcare profession, and society as a whole. Mr. Beaman was selected as the 2012 Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year, the Chamber's highest honor presented to a leader who serves as a role model for business involvement in the community and who has contributed to the image of the local community. Mr. Beaman received the 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regent's Senior Level Healthcare Executive award. This award recognizes ACHE affiliates who exemplify the characteristics and qualities of professionalism, life-long learning and development, along with the high ethical standards promoted by the ACHE. The Regent's award has been presented since 1991 in South Carolina to individuals who have made significant contributions to their profession, community, and the patients and families served by their organization. Beaman is a Fellow of ACHE. In addition, he was recognized by Greater Columbia Business Monthly as one of the "50 Most Influential of 2012," with a profile included in the January 2013 issue. Individuals selected for this honor include men and women in the Midlands who have made an impact on their organization or community in the past year. Mr. Beaman is a 2013 Quint Studer Hall of Fame Fire Starters inductee. This award recognizes individuals who have made a difference in their organization and community.