Barnwell County Hospital board welcomes new members

The Barnwell County Hospital board got some new blood during its April 27 meeting.

Barnwell County Attorney J.D. Mosteller swore in three new board members at the beginning of the meeting.

New board members are as follows:

• Jerry Martin, a Barnwell County resident for more than 50-plus years who also worked for the Barnwell County EMS for 28 years. Martin helped the Barnwell County emergency department on as needed basis when patients were brought in for treatment. Martin worked for Clariant Corporation for 17 years as a senior lab technician. Martin replaces board member Ronny Hair.

•Steve Sloan, a Barnwell County resident for 49 years with 20 years in emergency services including 10 as an instructor. Sloan was a charter member of the Williston Rescue Squad as well as Williston's first reserve police officer. He has 20 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve and worked at SRS for 24 years. Sloan replaces board member Ray Drinnon.

• Carolyne Williams, a Barnwell County resident for more than 40 years. She is the former superintendent for the Barnwell District 45 school district. Williams said both her and her family have used the hospital's services in the past. She said good schools and hospitals are the backbone of a community and important in luring industry. Williams replaces board member Gene Croft.

Outgoing board members Hair and Croft were presented with plaques for their years of service on the board. Board member Drinnon was not present.

Chairman Don Alexander expressed appreciation for the outgoing board members and the work they've done for the hospital.

Alexander said he respected both Hair and Croft for keeping the hospital and community in focus as well as welcoming the new board members to the table.

"I'm impressed with all the new board members and they all seem to have their hearts in the right place," said Alexander.

In other hospital board news:

• Gave approval for hospital CEO Mary Wisner to utilize a professional recruiter service as needed.

The hospital's first option is to always look locally and regionally for hires, said Alexander.

But some specialty medical positions need to be recruited from other sources, he said.

"It's always our second choice - but you need some flexibility in today's environment," said Alexander.

The recruiting service would only be used in extreme circumstances and the hospital would only be charged a fee if it hires someone, he said.