Don Ellis and Ben Carr Jr. SCHA 2009 Trustees of the Year

COLUMBIA, S.C., -- On Sept. 19, at the SCHA Trustee, Administrator, and Physician (TAP) Conference in Hilton Head, S.C., the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) presented its highest honor in hospital trustee leadership to two individuals: Don Ellis, trustee of Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning, and Ben Carr Jr., trustee of Barnwell County Hospital in Barnwell. SCHA Board Chairman Ingo Angermeier, FACHE, said, "Don Ellis and Ben Carr Jr. are trustees that illustrate positive, visible leadership in a challenging health care environment. They have the vision and the dedication to progressively lead their organizations and steer their communities toward healthy lifestyles."

The award is given at the association's Trustee Administrator Physician Conference to a trustee who exemplifies service to his or her hospital, its patients and community, and has demonstrated leadership and service at the state level on behalf of hospitals and health care. Nominations for this award are presented to a committee of hospital executives and trustees from across the state that carefully reviews each nomination.

Ellis has been a trustee since 1993 and most currently serves as chairman of the board, a position he has held since 2001. During this time, he has shared his expertise as a CPA, emphasizing maximizing available resources and fiscal responsibility. He has also shared his vision for quality healthcare in rural communities by changing the board meeting agenda to include quality and patient safety as a standing item.

Ellis has served on a number of community and school boards. He also serves on the SCHA Board of Trustees and as a member of the HAPAC Board of Trustees, which oversees the distribution of funds contributed to candidates for position of leadership in state government.

Carr has served on the Barnwell County Hospital Board since 2000, including service as chairman of the board. Currently he is the vice chairman. Over the past decade, he also has been an active member of the hospital's finance and personnel committees. The hospital's leadership points to the positive impact his involvement has had on hospital staff and new board members throughout the years. Carr is also a mentor and volunteer to community groups such as the Big Seven Association and the Boys and Girls Club of America. "These trustees are examples of people who are critical to making our hospitals a successful and viable part of the community," said Angermeier.

09-28-2009 12:00 (EDT)