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Published on February 20, 2017

Four New Members Join Tidelands Health Foundation Board

The Tidelands Health Foundation has welcomed four new members to its board.

Dr. Philip Render, Dr. Caroline Millan, Sharon Abee and Doug Billings are the most recent additions to the 16-member board, which provides guidance and leadership to the foundation. Its mission is to work in concert with Tidelands Health to help ensure superior health care is available to the region’s residents.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these four new board members,” said Sherby McGrath, board chairwoman. “Their diverse talents, backgrounds and extensive community involvement make them great additions to our team.”

Dr. Render is a longtime local dentist who practices at South Strand Dental Associates in Surfside Beach. He retired last summer as a vice president and dean in the academic affairs department of Horry Georgetown Technical College where, in 2012, he assisted in founding the Felburn Community Dental Clinic, a charitable teaching clinic. He is a sitting member of the Myrtle Beach City Council and Myrtle Beach Economic Development Corporation executive committee.

Dr. Caroline Millan is an OB-GYN who practices at Island Women’s Care in Pawleys Island. She has served as a board member for the Waccamaw Youth Baseball Association and the Waccamaw High School Athletic Booster Club. Dr. Millan was also a founding board member of the Tastes at Pawleys and served in the superintendent cabinet for the Georgetown County School District Board of Education.

The marketing manager for the Hammock Shops Village since July 2015, Sharon Abee has extensive experience in property management. A strong believer in the power of charities to improve communities, Abee has used her position at the Hammock Shops Village to benefit numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Tidelands Health Foundation. Abee is active with the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

Originally from the Midwest, Doug Billings started his career as a teacher before becoming involved in the hospitality industry. Billings has owned and managed Holiday Inn hotels and served as an officer and director of the International Association of Holiday Inns, which sets policy, marketing and advertising for the worldwide hotel system. He also developed and operated hotels in suburban Philadelphia and headed a local group that managed hotels and resorts. He has been active in economic development and government affairs on both the state and national level and has served on a state development commission. Billings is an active real estate broker with transaction activity across a wide range of property types.

“We are extremely grateful to the foundation’s board members for the many hours they dedicate to our community,” said Bruce Bailey, a foundation board member and president and CEO of Tidelands Health.


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