Newly named community room will continue Nancy and Alan Altman’s legacy of service
A community meeting room in Georgetown will serve as a permanent tribute to a mother and son who shared a passion for volunteerism and community service.
The Altman Community Room at the Tidelands Health Community Resource Center was recently dedicated in memory of the late Nancy and Alan Altman, well-known throughout Georgetown County for their selflessness and commitment to help people lead better, healthier lives.
Nancy Altman was the first woman to serve on the board of trustees for Tidelands Health, then known as Georgetown Hospital System. She helped lead the health system as a board member for 25 years, from 1976-2001.
Following in his mother’s footsteps, Alan Altman served on the board for 10 years, from 2002-2012.
After Nancy’s death in 2016, family friend Dana Arneman, in partnership with the Tidelands Health Foundation, began a fundraising campaign to name the community meeting room in the Tidelands Health Community Resource Center after Nancy and Alan, who died in 2013. The choice was fitting, he said, because the room is often used for meetings by nonprofits and other community-minded organizations and is located in a center created to promote healthy lifestyles and help connect people with care.
“I think it captures a big part of their spirit,” said Arneman, past president of the Tidelands Health Foundation board. “They both did so much to enrich our community.”
H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees, served with both Nancy and Alan.
Nancy was secretary of the board when he joined 19 years ago, Skipper said. She was extremely knowledgeable and always made sure to fully understand the issues under discussion by the board.
“For Nancy, it was about much more than simply fulfilling a commitment,” Skipper said. “She was passionate about health care in Georgetown County, and it showed,”
When Alan joined the board, it was clear he shared his mother’s spirit, Skipper said.
“Alan was a deep thinker who wasn’t afraid to ask tough questions,” Skipper said. “He wanted to be sure every decision the board made was in the best interests of the community.”
In addition to their service to Tidelands Health, Nancy and Alan served the community in myriad other ways.
Nancy volunteered for the Girl Scouts, the United Way and Georgetown County School District. She also served on the boards of the South Carolina State Museum Foundation, the South Carolina Hospital Association and the Georgetown County Library System, among others.
Alan served in various capacities with the Georgetown County Board of Visitors, Montessori School of Pawleys Island, Waccamaw Neck Lions Club, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, Winyah Indigo Society, Waccamaw Neck Civic Association and other organizations.
In recognition of his work, the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce presented Alan with a lifetime leadership award in 2012. He also received the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s highest civilian award for leadership, volunteerism and lifelong influence within a region or community, and earned recognition from the U.S. Senate for his commitment to his family, community and church.
Sherby McGrath, chairwoman of the Tidelands Health Foundation board, said the $50,000 raised to name the meeting room for the Altmans is, in itself, a symbolic continuation of their work.
“Many of the people who will use the Altman Community Room will never have met Nancy or Alan,” Arneman said. “But, because of this room, they will learn what Nancy and Alan did and what they believed in.”