Odom Named Distinguished Trustee

Columbia, SC, September 27, 2007 – Tuomey Healthcare System Board of Trustees member, Janet Odom, was named the 2007 Distinguished Hospital Trustee at the 27th Annual Trustees, Administrators and Physicians (TAP) Conference co-sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association and the South Carolina Medical Association held at Hilton Head Island on September 22. This is a statewide award that honors a hospital trustee who has distinguished themselves through service.

Janet Odom has served as chairman of the board twice, and has also served in every position of the executive committee.During her two nine-year terms, she was instrumental in every facet of Tuomey's growth and advancement. Her dedication and excellence in leadership in the healthcare field are true examples of a distinguished hospital trustee.

Improving the overall health of the community has been Ms. Odom's strongest areas of interest. When she began her service, she realized that Tuomey had too few doctors to serve their community.With her efforts and determination, she worked closely with the CEO and staff to recruit new physicians to the community.

According to Tuomey Healthcare System CEO, Jay Cox, "Janet was a leader in the drive to build a medical park on a separate campus." It now houses an extensive rehab department, imaging center and occupational medicine department. "She has been a committed donor to The Tuomey Foundation since its inception in 1995, and recently made a sizable donation to the current Capital Campaign," Cox added.

In her personal life, Ms. Odom is vice president of Manchester Farms, the largest producer of farm-raised quail in the United States. She is an avid hunter, a licensed Wyoming Professional Big Game Outfitter, a scuba diver and a pilot. She and her husband, Bill, reside in Sumter.

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.

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Released:
09-26-2007 12:00 (EDT)