2023 Rural Health Conference

Thank you for attending our 2023 SC Rural Health Conference!

The Annual Rural Health Conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare professionals, hospital administrators, educators and community leaders to learn from experts in rural topics, and to network with each other.

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) honored seven rural healthcare providers and community members at the 26th Annual Rural Health Conference. Each year, SCORH recognizes those in our rural communities who have shown excellence in their work to make their communities healthier, either through direct healthcare delivery, or efforts to make their communities stronger and more resilient.⁠ ⁠⁠ Each of the following honorees received a Palmetto tree on fused glass in an iron frame created by Pat Stone of GlassyLady, a member of the SC artisans in Walterboro (awardees pictured above, left to right).⁠ To watch the videos and learn more about these awardees, visit — https://www.youtube.com/scruralhealth

2023 Annual Award Winners:

Rural Practitioner of the Year Award: Dr. Frank Stewart, a pediatrician at Oconee Pediatrics in Seneca, SC⁠

Pioneer Award: Dr. Charles McElmurray, a family medicine physician for over 40 years and founding physician for the John A. Martin Primary Healthcare Center in Winnsboro, SC⁠ Award of Excellence: Donna Avant, R. Ph., owner and pharmacist at Ehrhardt Pharmacy⁠

Rural Health Provider of the Year Award: Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, a family practice free clinic serving as a medical home to the uninsured and underserved of Kershaw County. (pic: Susan Witkowski, CEO)⁠

Rural Health Leadership Award: Lathran Woodard, CEO of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (pic: Kenya Mingo, Director of Corporate Compliance and Communications)⁠

Power of Rural Award: Steven Brown, Founder-President, Dreams Imagination & Gift Development Program ⁠

Outstanding Community Health Project or Initiative Award: Gratitude Gathering, a collective group dedicated to spreading hope through education and resources to combat substance use disorder. (pic: Justo Chalaire and Teresa Roy)

Each year, SCORH hosts an Annual Rural Art Competition. South Carolina artists are invited to submit artwork in any medium that captures the beauty and unique character of our rural communities.

This year’s winner is: “Looking for Dinner” by Lisa A. Alberghini

2nd place – “Island Road” by D.S.Owens

3rd place- “Unity” by Giacomo Knox

“Out of all the conferences I attend, SCORH’s is the most intimately connected to the work I do on a daily basis.”

Deborah B. Munchmeyer

Program Manager, Graduate Medical Education, SC Department of Health and Human Services