New Blood

SCHA Welcomes Neill Cameron and Edward Bender to Our Staff

The South Carolina Hospital Association is proud to welcome two new members to our team: Neill Cameron, who is the new President and CEO of SCHA Solutions and Vice President of Business Development for SCHA, and Edward Bender, who will serve as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and as General Counsel.

Cameron, a graduate of Georgia State University with an M.B.A. from Emory University and Certificate of International Management for the London Business School, comes to SCHA with a wealth of brand marketing and communications experience. A former president of Ogilvy & Mather South, one of the world’s leading advertising firms, Cameron was involved in brand-building communications programs for blue chip clients like American Express, Shell Oil, IBM, Centers for Disease Control, World Wildlife Fund, and Sara Lee. He has numerous industry awards including the Silver Medal for Advertising’s Man of the Year in 1995 and the US Health and Human Services Secretary’s Medal for distinguished service. Since 1999 he’s served as the Vice President of Clemson University, covering brand marketing and communications, development, alumni relations, related foundations, visitor and conference center services.

“People want to associate with quality brands who do the right things for the right reasons all of the time,” says Cameron. “South Carolina hospitals and the South Carolina Hospital Association are those type of brands.”

Edward Bender, J.D., comes to the SCHA family from the South Carolina Senate, where he served as General Counsel to the Clerk and advised senators and staff on legislative and legal matters. Prior to that he was a staff attorney with the Judiciary Committee, where he researched and drafted legislation on a wide variety of issues. Bender, who graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2006, brings broad experience in healthcare policy and law to the Association thanks to seven years in the Health Care Practice Group at Nexsen Pruet prior to his work in state government. His wide-ranging knowledge about healthcare industry, policy and law will make him a valuable asset and resource in the coming years on a whole host of legal and regulatory matters.

“I am proud to be part of a great team committed to bettering our healthcare community,” says Bender. “In this new role, I hope to add value for our members by identifying areas where hospitals and policy makers can collaborate.”