Tidelands Health creates new educational initiative in honor of late board chairman, wife; effort receives $100,000 in initial pledges
Tidelands Health is honoring the memory of its late board chairman and his beloved wife through the establishment of a new initiative that will continue the couple’s legacy of selflessness and community service.
On Thursday, the Tidelands Health board of trustees announced the creation of the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching, a comprehensive platform through which the health system will invest in the education and development of current and future health care professionals to serve the region.
Funded by Tidelands Health and philanthropic community support, the Skipper Initiative will encompass the breadth and depth of learning and teaching programs across the health system, including the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, scholarship and internship programs and more.
The new initiative was created in memory of former Tidelands Health board chairman H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, and his wife Jo, who passed away Aug. 29 after a car accident in North Carolina.
Mr. Skipper was a longtime member of the Tidelands Health board of trustees and served as chairman for six years. He believed in the importance of investing in people and was a champion for the development of health care professionals. He and Jo Skipper – through their volunteer work, church outreach and acts of kindness – were known throughout the community for their efforts to lift up those around them.
“McRoy and Jo were the kind of people who gave of themselves quietly because it was simply the right thing to do,” said J. Edward Norris III, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “The McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching will serve as a lasting memorial to McRoy and Jo by building upon their legacy of service and supporting a broad range of educational programs and initiatives to benefit current and future health care professionals in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.”
The Tidelands Health Foundation is partnering with Tidelands Health to oversee the funding of the Skipper Initiative, which received its first pledges on Thursday. Members of the Tidelands Health board of trustees, as individuals, committed $25,000, the health system’s senior administration team members personally committed another $25,000 and Georgetown-based Coastal Structures Corp. agreed to donate $50,000.
“For those of us who knew and loved the Skippers, the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching represents a chance to continue the couple’s spirit of selflessness and charity,” said M.P. “Squeaky” Swenson, chair of the Tidelands Health Foundation board of directors. “And there’s tremendous significance even among those who weren’t blessed to know Mr. and Mrs. Skipper.
“We expect strong support from the many local organizations and individuals who understand how important health care is to our region – to its economic well-being and overall quality of life – and recognize the tremendous community benefit of educating and developing skilled health care professionals.”
The new initiative will provide scholarships for high school and college students pursuing health care careers, internships for newly graduated nurses, financial assistance for health care workers seeking to further their education and support the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program and in-house leadership development program.
“It’s an honor to be among the inaugural donors to the Skipper Initiative,” said Harby Moses, founder of Georgetown-based Coastal Structures, which has been involved in a wide range of successful Tidelands Health construction projects. “The Skippers were tremendous people who cared deeply about others and their community.”
Individuals and organizations interested in donating toward the Skipper Initiative can go here.