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Published on September 22, 2020

Tidelands Health physician assistant serving on statewide board

An experienced physician assistant at Tidelands Health is serving on a statewide board responsible for licensing physician assistants in South Carolina and promoting compliance of the profession’s standards.

Catherine GillespieCatherine Gillespie, lead physician assistant in the emergency department at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, was appointed to the physician assistant committee of the South Carolina Labor, Licensing and Regulation board of medical examiners. Her term continues until October 2023.

The nine-member committee is responsible for licensing physician assistants in the state, hearing disciplinary cases and ensuring licensed physicians are following the profession’s standards.

“I’m honored to serve my state and profession as a member of the South Carolina physician assistant committee,” Gillespie said. “I’m eager to give back to the profession that I continue to have such passion for after nearly four decades in clinical practice and two decades as a mentor in the field.”

Gillespie has been a physician assistant for 36 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant from Gannon University, a master’s degree in physician assistant science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a doctorate of health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.


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