Hilton Head, South Carolina - April 1, 2005 - Elizabeth Lamkin, a University of South Carolina graduate with longstanding ties to the Palmetto State, has been named chief executive officer of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, according to hospital board chairman Dr. Charles Lucas.
Lamkin brings nearly 30 years of experience in health care management to the position. Most recently, she was chief operating officer for North Fulton Regional Hospital, a 167-bed Tenet facility located in Roswell, Ga. Prior to that she was an area manager for four acute inpatient physical rehabilitation hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, she supervised the pediatric cardiac cath lab at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston from 1980-85, and administered Richland Memorial Hospital’s Heart Center and Managed Care Division in Columbia from 1987-94.She was chief executive officer of Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston from 1994-1998.
Lamkin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina.
“Elizabeth brings with her a wealth of health care experience,” said Hilton Head board chairman Dr. Charles Lucas. “She has made numerous contributions including serving as champion for North Fulton Regional Hospital’s Performance Improvement System and overseeing the hospital’s master planning process. Her leadership and guidance of the managers and directors at North Fulton have been outstanding. She also has been very active in the community including chairing a successful city-wide women’s conference for the American Heart Association in Atlanta,” Lucas said. “Our medical staff and employees are genuinely thrilled that she has agreed to lead our hospital.”
Hospital board chair-elect Paula Harper-Bethea called the selection process deliberative and thorough. “Our community is unique in South Carolina, and our board insisted on finding the person with the skills and heart who shares our collective vision. We are growing with leaps and bounds and our hospital must be positioned not only to serve our diverse population, but also to retain that important bond of trust that has developed over three decades of service. Elizabeth in many ways is a product of South Carolina. She shares our values. She understands what this hospital has meant to Hilton Head in the past, but, more importantly, its essential role for the future.”
“My husband, Randy and I are excited about this opportunity, and I am honored to have been selected,” said Lamkin. “From a personal standpoint, I’m coming home, and my family still lives in Charleston. The physicians and staff at Hilton Head are top notch. Together we will work diligently to exceed the expectations of our patients and to build on the strengths of the hospital. I am looking forward to getting back to South Carolina and to becoming part of the Hilton Head Island - Bluffton Community.”
Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years. The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation. Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.
Tenet Central Northeast-Southern States, part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, is comprised of 19 acute care hospitals and related services in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. Facilities include five hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area, two hospitals in the greater St. Louis area and five hospitals in the greater Atlanta area.
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