Charles Bundy and Katherine Duffy, Ph.D. Named SCHA 2008 Trustees of the Year

COLUMBIA, SC, September 20, 2008 -- The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) presented its highest honor in hospital trustee leadership today to two individuals. Katherine Duffy, trustee of Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, and Charles Bundy, board chairman of Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, were named South Carolina Distinguished Hospital Trustees of the Year.

"Charles Bundy and Katherine Duffy are consummate trustees that exemplify positive, visible leadership in a challenging health care environment," said SCHA Board Chairman John Miller, FACHE. "They have the vision and the dedication to progressively lead their organizations in delivering leading-edge health care services and steering their communities toward healthy lifestyles."

The award is given each year at the annual Trustee Administrator Physician (TAP) Conference, which is co-sponsored by SCHA and the South Carolina Medical Association. It recognizes a trustee who exemplifies service to his or her hospital, its patients and community, and who has demonstrated leadership and service at the state level on behalf of hospitals and health care. The selection is made from nominations presented by the trustee's hospital to a committee of hospital executives and trustees from across the state.

Bundy has been a trustee since 1990 and most currently serves as chairman of the board of Springs Memorial. Under his leadership, the hospital transitioned from a not-for-profit to investor owned and created the J. Marion Sims Foundation, which supports programs and project for the prevention and education that enhance the health and wellness of citizens in Lancaster County as well as communities of Great Falls and Fort Lawn.

Bundy serves on the USC-Lancaster Educational Foundation and is big proponent of the school's Registered Nursing Program. He also served on the SCHA board of trustees from 1995-1998.

Duffy became one of the founders of the Roper St. Francis Healthcare Board of Directors in 1998. She has served on the hospital board for 10 years and has served as the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committees and the Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee.

Duffy began her career as a hospital nurse and through the years has grown to become a leading advocate for quality healthcare. Her business experience as a consultant in health care planning and research has assisted in her current role in the community. Previously, Duffy was the executive director of Palmetto-Low Country Health Systems Agency, which was the local community planning and review organization to which hospitals submitted Certificate of Need applications for adding or expanding services.

"These are the type of people that are critical to making our hospitals a successful and viable part of the community," said Miller.

About the South Carolina Hospital Association
Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state's hospitals and health care systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state's hospitals and health care systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide.

09-22-2008 12:00 (EDT)