Elam and Floyd Named 2013 Distinguished Hospital Trustees of the Year

Trustees recognized at annual Trustee Administrator and Physician Conference.

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) presented its highest honor in hospital trustee leadership to two individuals who volunteer their time and knowledge to improve health care in their community at the annual Trustee Administrator and Physician (TAP) Conference.

Calvin Elam, a trustee of Richland Memorial Hospital, currently serves as chairman. During his tenure of service, he has had many contributions including Palmetto Health transitioning from a finance-focused governing body to a quality and patient safety-focused one. During his 12 years of service on the board, he has also served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and chaired several committes. In addition, he is also a current member of the Palmetto Health Board of Directors.

He also serves as a mentor to others in and out of the boardroom.

Elam is a military veteran with six years of active duty and national Guard Service totaling 31 years. Earlier this year, Elam was promoted to Brigadier General. He becomes the South Carolina Air National Guard's first black general officer.

C. Edward Floyd, MD, a trustee of Carolinas Hospital System, currently serves as Board of Trustees chair. His many contributions include being instrumental in the merger of Bruce Hospital and Florence General Hospital to form Carolinas Hospital System and his commitment to education of the next generation of health care workers.

In addition to being a mentor to future leaders of the Carolinas Hospital System, Floyd is also committed to the education for the next generation of health care workers. He worked for the creation of a new Bachelor of Science nursing degree at Francis Marion University and the establishment of a University of South Carolina Medical School branch campus in Florence, which is scheduled to open next year.

“Calvin Elam and Dr. Floyd are examples of hospital trustees making a difference in their community and throughout the state, said SCHA President and CEO Thornton Kirby. Their work exemplifies what it means to be a distinguished hospital trustee. They both have answered the call by working with others to improve the health of patients and the families in their communities.”

The award is given at the association’s annual TAP Conference to a trustee(s) 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 represented to a committee of hospital executives and trustees from across the state that carefully reviews each nomination.

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.