State resolution honors Tidelands Health family medicine physician Dr. Gerald Harmon
The room erupted into applause as state Rep. Lee Hewitt presented longtime Tidelands Health family medicine physician Dr. Gerald Harmon with a resolution recognizing his leading role with the American Medical Association and, more broadly, within the medical field.
Hewitt, R-Georgetown, was on hand at a recent meeting of the Tidelands Health board of trustees, the not-for-profit’s 16-member governing body, to present Dr. Harmon with a resolution passed by the South Carolina General Assembly that honors Dr. Harmon for his ascension to chair of the board for the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the country.
The role, which Dr. Harmon assumed in 2017, puts him in a position to help formulate the AMA’s positions on key issues. He’s also responsible for creating work groups and task forces to study important topics and develop solutions, and speaks to organizations across the country about health care and medicine.
“Dr. Harmon is a force for health and wellness, not just here in our community, but across the country,” Hewitt said. “His ascension to AMA chair is well-deserved recognition of his continued advocacy for strong, vibrant health care.”
Dr. Harmon, vice president of medical affairs for Tidelands Health, has practiced medicine in Georgetown County since 1983. He is one of 21 members on the AMA board of trustees from across the country.
“It’s humbling to receive this recognition, but the greatest satisfaction of my role at the AMA is the progress we’re making advocating for a strong health care system in our country,” he said. “Every day, we’re working to enhance the delivery of care in a way that enables physicians and health teams to partner with patients toward a shared goal of better health.”
In addition to his work as a family physician and service to the AMA, Dr. Harmon has earned numerous recognitions for advancing the practice of medicine and medical education in South Carolina.
He has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman of the board and president, and serves as a clinical professor of family medicine at MUSC and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He has twice been named Community Educator of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and Educator of the Year by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium. He is the recipient of the President’s Award from the South Carolina Medical Association.
“Dr. Harmon embodies the leadership characteristics you want at a time when health care is one of the central issues facing our country,” said H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “He understands how to work with others to find common ground and solutions.”