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Published on September 26, 2007

Georgetown Hospital System Board of Trustee Member Richard J. Ferdon, Jr. Receives the Distinguished Trustee of the Year Award

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hilton Head, SC—Georgetown Hospital System Board of Trustee Member Richard J. Ferdon, Jr. received the Distinguished Trustee of the Year Award at the annual Trustees, Administrators and Physicians  (TAP) Conference sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association and held in Hilton Head, September 22.

This award honors a hospital Board of Trustee Member that has distinguished themselves through service.

For more than 3 decades, Mr. Ferdon has been an active participant in making decisions about the kinds of healthcare services and facilities offered by Georgetown Hospital System.  Mr. Ferdon first joined Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees in 1975.  His father, R. J. Ferdon, also served as a GMH Board of Trustee member from 1958 until 1975.

Throughout his 32 years as a member of Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Ferdon has been an active member of a highly involved Board of Trustees that consistently seeks ways to add and improve services and works diligently to continually upgrade physical facilities to keep pace with the community’s rapidly changing needs and unprecedented population growth. 

The Georgetown Hospital System of today, which Mr. Ferdon actively helped develop through his trustee involvement, includes two inpatient facilities with nearly 250 beds, a full-service health and fitness facility, a comprehensive cancer treatment center, and multiple outpatient service facilities located throughout two counties.  Access to care has long been a Board of Trustee priority and is an issue driving many decisions to acquire or construct facilities throughout the service area, including underserved rural areas.

During his tenure, Mr. Ferdon also served in several formal Board of Trustee leadership roles, including terms as board chairman in the 1970s and 1980s.  Presently, he is secretary of Georgetown Hospital System Board of Trustees and is chairman of Waccamaw Community Hospital Board of Trustees.   In addition, he serves as a member of the Georgetown Hospital System Planning Committee and has been very involved in helping develop plans necessary to build a replacement facility for Georgetown Memorial Hospital, including efforts aimed at acquisition of property to be used as a site for the new hospital. 

Mr. Ferdon is married to Elizabeth and has three sons, Ricky, Jim and Bob, two daughters, Ann Moore and Mary Beth Kornahrens and six grandchildren, Richie Ferdon, Rangeley Ferdon, Steve Kornahrens, Maggie Kornahrens, Lizzie Moore, Jackson Ferdon. 

Mr. Ferdon is the third Georgetown Hospital System Trustee to win the SCHA Distinguished Trustee of the Year award.  Former trustee Nancy S. Altman and current board chair Francis B. Ford Sr., were previous recipients of the coveted state-wide award.


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