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Published on November 29, 2017

Tidelands Health Foundation welcomes new board members, board chair

The Tidelands Health Foundation has welcomed two new board members and elected a new board chair.

Dr. Robert Whitehead III and Brit Rodgers are the most recent additions to the foundation’s 16-member board, which provides guidance and leadership to the foundation. It works in concert with Tidelands Health to helBrit Rodgersp ensure high-quality health care is available to the region’s residents.

Rodgers and Dr. Whitehead were appointed to the board during its most recent meeting on Nov. 15. At the same meeting, Pawleys Island resident M.P. “Squeaky” Swenson was elected chair of the board. She has served on the Foundation board since 2014.

“Our board serves as the backbone of the foundation,” said Jessica Sasser, executive director. “We are blessed to have such a diverse, talented group of people helping lead the organization.”

Rodgers brings extensive experience in financial management to the foundation. He has worked in the field for 18 years and is a partner at The Kean and Rodgers Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. 

A resident of Georgetown, Rodgers has served in many capacities with local organizations, moDr. Whiteheadst recently as board vice president for the Georgetown Business Association. He also served for 12 years as a non-commissioned officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard Military Police Corps and was deployed to Guantanamo Bay during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Whitehead is medical director of diagnostic imaging at Tidelands Health, where he has served the community since 1996. During his tenure, he has held several leadership roles, including as chief of staff of the health system’s medical executive committee.

Dr. Whitehead holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and earned his medical degree from the MedicaSqueaky Swensonl University of South Carolina. He holds certifications from the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Radiology.

Swenson, who serves as publisher of the Coastal Observer, has an extensive background of volunteerism. She is a past chair of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgetown County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Georgetown County Accommodations Tax Committee. She has also volunteered for the Waccamaw Neck Civic Association and served as vice president of the Clemson University Humanities Advancement Board, among other roles. 

In 2007, she was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. Swenson is a Huntington Society member at Brookgreen Gardens. 


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.