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Published on October 17, 2008

GHS Names Three To Board of Trustees

Friday, October 17, 2008

Georgetown, SC Three new members have been elected to serve on Georgetown Hospital System’s Board of Trustees, hospital officials announced today.

Walter F. Johnson III, Francis B. “Jeepy” Ford, Jr. and Robert L. Jones will assume responsibilities as Board of Trustees members, said Bruce P. Bailey,  CEO, Georgetown Hospital System who made the announcement in conjunction with Francis B. “Jeep” Ford Sr., current Board of Trustees chairman.

The addition of the three new Board members brings the total to 14.  The move to expand the size of the Board of Trustees was undertaken in an effort to proactively develop a succession plan and allow new board members to access the deep knowledge and experience of existing board members, many of whom have been board members and helped guide the direction of local healthcare services for 25 years.

“We believe expansion of our Board of Trustees at this time is a responsible effort that will ensure continuity and allow the newer board members to gain knowledge and learn about the complexities of the healthcare industry and how they relate to the specifics of the communities we serve locally,” Bailey said.

The three new board members have diverse experiences and bring an array of skills to Georgetown Hospital System’s Board of Trustees panel.  All three have experience or interests in healthcare.

Walter F. Johnson III of Georgetown is Chairman of Eagle Group International, Inc., a full-service consulting firm.  In the early 1990s, he was President and CEO of the Diversity in Health Management, a foundation-like organization responsible for helping increase the number of minority managers in health services and enhancing their advancement.  He also has served as senior vice president of the American Hospital Association.  Mr. Johnson, who had a 27-year military career, attained the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.  At retirement, Mr. Johnson was serving as Director of Army Worldwide Health Care Operations and simultaneously as Chief of the Medical Service Corps which included 31 different medical specialties.

Mr. Johnson and wife, Doris Wright Johnson, are the parents of six and they have 13 grandchildren.

Francis B. “Jeepy” Ford, Jr. is a Georgetown native.  He has held a variety of leadership positions while serving with numerous organizations including Georgetown County Economic Development Commission, Georgetown County Economic Alliance, First Federal Grand Strand Advisory Board, Georgetown Rotary Club, Georgetown Chapter Ducks Unlimited, Harbor Historical Association and many more.  Currently, Mr. Ford is chairman of First Federal Advisory Board, vice chairman Georgetown County Economic Alliance Board, Treasurer Prince George Episcopal Preservation Trust and Treasurer Winyah Land Trust.   Mr. Ford’s career has been largely devoted to the family business, Parrish Motor Company Inc., although his early career involved a variety of other jobs after attending The Citadel.

Mr. Ford’s family has strong and deep ties to Georgetown Hospital System, reaching back to the earliest efforts to bring a hospital to Georgetown in 1950.  Mr. Ford’s father is Francis B. “Jeep” Ford Sr., current and longtime chair of Georgetown Hospital System board of Trustees.  Mr. Ford and wife, Stella Law Pate Ford, are parents of 3 children.

Georgetown County native Robert L. Jones is a Financial Advisor and First Vice President – Investments with Wachovia Securities.   He achieved designation as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 2005 and is a member of the Crest Club, one of the firm’s special recognition levels. Mr. Jones, who is the current chairman of Georgetown Hospital System’s Foundation Board, earned degrees in management and marketing from Clemson University.    He is a member of Waccamaw Middle School’s School Improvement Council, past president of Rotary Club of Pawleys Island, past board member of the Salvation Army in Georgetown, former board member and past chairman of Teach My People, former vestry member and Junior Warden of All Saints Church, where he has been involved with the youth group for many years.

Mr. Jones and wife Helen are parents of four children.


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