Tidelands Health is governed by a volunteer board of trustees. These local leaders devote their time, energy and expertise to serve as stewards of our community’s not-for-profit health system.
Edward Norris III, Chairman
J. Edward Norris III is a retired banking executive. Mr. Norris served as chairman, president and CEO of Plantation Financial Corp. for 25 years. He also served as a director and held leadership positions with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and America’s Community Bankers. During his career, he was actively involved in the American Bankers Association and the South Carolina Bankers Association. He is a member of the American Hospital Association’s regional policy board and previously served as a trustee for the South Carolina Hospital Association. Mr. Norris has provided volunteer leadership for multiple educational institutions, serving as a member of Clemson University’s board of visitors, Charleston Southern University’s board of visitors, vice chairman of the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation and a board member for Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson University and completed graduate work in banking and management.
Daniel Scheffing, Vice Chairman
Daniel “Dan” Scheffing is senior project manager and chief forester at Sabine & Waters Inc. Mr. Scheffing is a member of the Andrews Lions Club, the Andrews Fire Department, the South Carolina Maritime Museum and the Association of Consulting Foresters. He is chairman of the South Carolina Society of American Foresters and a board member of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. He serves as an elder and treasurer at Andrews Presbyterian Church. He was the Georgetown County ambassador for economic development in 2002. Mr. Scheffing earned his bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Missouri.
Julian Reynolds Jr., Secretary and Treasurer
Julian Reynolds is president and owner of Reynolds Drug Store Inc. in Andrews, where he has practiced pharmacy since 1967. Throughout his career, Mr. Reynolds has been a leader in community and professional associations. He is an Eagle Scout and is a member of Andrews Presbyterian Church, where he is an elder and previously served as a deacon. Mr. Reynolds is a recipient of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association’s 2008 Pharmacist Recognition Award and the 2012 South Carolina Pharmacist Recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association and is a vested and life member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association. He has served on the advisory boards for several local banks and was inducted into the Charleston Channel 5 Hall of Fame for outstanding service as a local health care provider. He is a member of the Andrew Lions Club, serving three terms as president, and a past member and former president of the Andrews Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Wingate College and the University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy.
The Honorable James A. Battle Jr.
The Honorable James A. Battle Jr. is co-owner of several businesses in Nichols and Mullins. Mr. Battle earned a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in humanities from Francis Marion University. He previously served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a first lieutenant. He served as president of the South Carolina Aquaculture Association, chairman of the Marion County Hospital District, chairman of the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University and on the Francis Marion University Business School advisory board. Mr. Battle served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1997-2012. He was honored as the NFIB/SC Guardian of Small Business and Legislator of the Year by the Career and Technology Education Administration Division of the South Carolina Association of School Administration. He served on the executive committee of the Northeastern Strategic Alliance, an economic development alliance for the Pee Dee region. He serves on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math advisory board and the Marion County Health Care Foundation board and serves as a commissioner on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education representing public research institutions.
Patrick Cawley, MD, MBA, FACHE
Dr. Patrick Cawley is chief executive officer of MUSC Health and vice president for health affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, he oversees all clinical matters as they relate to MUSC Health, the Medical University Hospital Authority and University Medical Associates. Previously, he served as chief medical officer of MUSC Medical Center. In that role, he was responsible for the quality and safety of all patient care programs and had direct oversight of clinical service lines. He has led MUSC’s improvement transformation in quality and patient safety, which was recognized in 2007 and 2012 with the Rising Star by the University Health System Consortium. Dr. Cawley is a certified physician executive through the American College of Physician Executives and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a fellow in the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors. He has received the Master of Hospital Medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Cawley is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is actively involved in leadership roles in the American Hospital Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Vizient and Initiant. Dr. Cawley earned his medical degree from Georgetown University before completing an internal medicine residency at Duke University. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is board certified in internal medicine with focused recognition in hospital medicine.
Thomas Chandler, MD
Dr. Thomas Chandler serves as chief of the Tidelands Health medical staff. A triple-board-certified pulmonary medicine specialist, Dr. Chandler earned his medical degree at the St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine. He is a practicing physician at Inlet Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
Paul T. Davis, DMD
Dr. Paul Davis practices dental medicine in Florence. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Wofford College and a doctorate from the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, where he also finished an advanced education in general dentistry residency. He is a member of the Florence Dental Society and past president of the Pee Dee District Dental Association. He has served on the board of governors of the South Carolina Dental Association and is a member of the South Carolina delegation to the American Dental Association. At a local level, Dr. Davis served on the board of trustees for both all Saints Episcopal Day School and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School and is on the dental advisory board for Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Francis Ford Jr.
Local businessman Francis “Jeepy” Ford Jr. worked for 40 years at Parrish Motor Company, a new and used car and truck dealership, where he ended his career as president and dealer. He served as chairman of the First Federal Bank Advisory Board, vice chairman of the Georgetown County Economic Alliance and treasurer of the Prince George Church Preservation Trust. He serves on the board of the South Carolina Maritime Museum. Mr. Ford previously served on the Prince George Episcopal Church Vestry and was a member of the Georgetown Rotary Club for 37 years. He has been active in the Georgetown chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army, the United Way, the American Red Cross and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. He completed his education at The Citadel.
Christine Gerber, MD
Dr. Christine Gerber is in private practice with Island Women's Care. Dr. Gerber earned her medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her residency at Philadelphia’s Lankenau Hospital Medical Center, where she was chief resident. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
William Greer, MD
Dr. William Greer is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Tidelands Health Orthopedics. Dr. Greer earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University before earning his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and an orthopedics fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He holds a certification in orthopedics and a subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Greer is a leading member of the Tidelands Health Sports Medicine Institute, a team of clinicians with decades of experience treating high school, college and professional athletes. He serves as a team physician for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Eugene Hong, MD
Dr. Eugene Hong, a primary care sports medicine physician, serves as chief physician executive for MUSC Physicians and MUSC Health. He is board certified in both sports medicine and family medicine. Dr. Hong received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University of Public Health. He completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University and fellowships at the University of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Hong is a leading authority on concussions, cardiac issues in athletes, overuse injuries and sports-injury prevention and has worked for decades as a team physician. He came to MUSC from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he was an endowed chair and professor in the Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine. He also served as chief of the division of primary care sports medicine, chair of the Drexel University Physician Board and associate dean for primary care and community health. Dr. Hong is the chief medical officer for Clemson University Athletics.
Judith Ingle is a retired educator. She has more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience, serving as an English teacher in Lexington, South Carolina, District 5, and holding administrative posts with the Georgetown County School District. She has remained active in education outreach efforts in the community and the state as a member of the Georgetown County Early Learning Council and the Institute for Child Success, a statewide advisory council. She also served on the board of Miss Ruby’s Kids and is former board chair. Ms. Ingle is a member of Women’s Philanthropy and Leadership of Coastal Carolina University. She was also active at the state level as a member of the transition team for Dr. Jim Rex, state superintendent of education, and she participated on several statewide committees to establish, review and rewrite English Language Arts Academic Standards. In addition, she wrote proposals that were accepted for presentations at a variety of conferences for English and Language Arts teachers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Georgia State University and her master’s degree in education with a specialization in reading from the University of South Carolina.
Robert “Robby” Jones is branch manager and senior vice president-investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors* in Pawleys Island. Mr. Jones has held numerous positions of leadership in the community throughout his career, including service as chairman of the Tidelands Health Foundation board of directors, chairman of Teach My People, president of the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island and president of the Waccamaw Athletic Booster Club. He has served as a vestry member and junior warden of All Saints Church and a member of the Clemson University tennis capital campaign committee. Mr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Clemson University in 1987 and earned his certified financial planner designation in 2005. He has served on the Tidelands Health board of trustees since 2008 and is a member of various board sub-committees. He and his wife, Helen, have four adult children. (*Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.)
Michael “Tony” Jordan, LUTCF, owns Strovis Payroll & HR Inc. He served on the Georgetown County YMCA board and is past founding member and former chair of the board. He is also a charter member of the Georgetown Rotary Breakfast Club and a former member of the board of the Georgetown County Red Cross. His contributions to the community have earned numerous recognitions, including Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2006 and the Red Cross Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Leadership.
Dr. Marthena Morant
Dr. Marthena Grate Morant is a native of Hemingway and a retired educator. During her 30-plus-year career with Williamsburg and Georgetown County School Districts, she worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and, most recently, executive director for human resources. Dr. Morant is a member of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, serving as a member of the constitution and bylaws committee, and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a lifetime member of the NAACP. Dr. Morant is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and serves as second vice president of the Georgetown alumnae chapter. She is also a lifetime member of the Benedict College Alumni Association. She has been honored as the 2012 South Carolina Personnel Administrator of the Year and has received the Phi Beta Sigma Community Award. She is an inductee of the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society through The Citadel. Dr. Morant earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Benedict College, her master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina, her education specialist degree from The Citadel and her doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
Mark Nash is a State Farm Insurance agent, operating an agency in Conway. Mr. Nash has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations. He is past president and a former board member of the South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association and a former director of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Coastal Carolina and the Salvation Army and is a former member of The Citadel board of visitors. Mr. Nash has been recognized by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Person of the Year. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel and his master’s degree in business administration from Charleston Southern University.
J. Michael Ratliffe, MD, FACEP
Dr. J. Michael Ratliffe serves as vice chief of the Tidelands Health medical staff. An emergency medicine physician, Dr. Ratliffe earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his residency at UF Health’s Shands Hospital in Florida. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Matthew Severance, MBA, MHA, FACHE
Matt Severance serves as chief system development and affiliations officer for MUSC Health. Additionally, he oversees MUSC Health’s community hospital divisions and its telehealth services. Prior to joining MUSC Health, Severance served as chief operating officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare and as the chief executive officer for Roper Hospital. Severance’s career in hospital administration dates back to 1990 and has included executive leadership roles in both South Carolina and New York. He has been active in the South Carolina Hospital Association and served as chairman in 2016. Severance earned his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and master’s degrees in business administration and health care administration at the University of Florida.
Willie “Booty” Shelley is owner and operator of Booty's Outdoors and is active in the Murrells Inlet community, where he serves on the board of directors and as treasurer for the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department. He is a former member of the Waccamaw schools advisory board. He has been instrumental in helping to shape water resources policy at the state and local level and has served on the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Recreational Fisheries advisory board and the DNR Marine Resources advisory board. He is a former member of the Georgetown County Land Use Committee and the Committee to Establish Murrells Inlet 2007. He earned a degree in economics from Clemson University.
Daniel Stacy Jr.
Daniel “Dan” Stacy Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Oxner & Stacy. He serves on the board of the Alliance for Economic Development of Georgetown County and as vice chairman of the Nemours Wildlife Foundation. Mr. Stacy previously served on the board of the Smith Medical Clinic and has donated his services to The Outreach Farm, Friendship Place and Teach My People. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Wofford College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Michael Stavrinakis is president of M.E.S. Travel and Junkets Inc. and Taverna Hospitality Inc. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He serves on the board of visitors for Charleston Southern University, previously served on the Charleston County Aviation Authority and was chairman of the Committee on Human Resources. He is also a member of the Navy League of the United States.