|Arends Receives Honors as Regional Medical Center |
Trustee of the Year
||Gladys G. Arends, of Cordova, was recently recognized as the recipient of the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties’ Trustee of the Year Award. The award pays tribute to outstanding service and devotion to making the Regional Medical Center better every day. |
“Mrs. Arends has been an active member of the Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees since 2001 and has served on many Board committees,” noted Board Chairman Edward B. Furtick. “Dependable and highly respected by her peers, she has the admiration of everyone, and is quite deserving of this recognition as Trustee of the Year,” Furtick said. “She is an active community advocate and leader in her community and her church, and this award provides an opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge Mrs. Arends for her service and leadership.”
RMC President & CEO Thomas C. Dandridge commented, “Her most impressive character and firm belief in the mission of RMC are truly admirable. Mrs. Arends works tirelessly to help the hospital achieve its goal of being the best healthcare institution in the area,” he noted. “Her contributions have helped RMC move forward as a hospital that leads in quality and technology that others would like to emulate.”
A native of Orangeburg, Mrs. Arends has served as a member of the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees since 2001. Currently she is chairperson of the Trustee Development Committee and also serves on the Management Oversight Committee and the Finance Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Edisto Regional Health Services Board and serves as their chairperson.
A graduate of Catawba Valley Technical College in Hickory, N.C., she served in the bookkeeping profession for 10 years. She owned and operated an upholstery business in Cordova for 15 years and retired in 2000.
A community leader and advocate for improving the quality of life for others, Mrs. Arends served on the Orangeburg Disabilities and Special Needs Board of Trustees from 1996 until 2001, serving as chairperson from 1998 until 2001. In May 2011 she was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Cordova Senior Community Center.
An active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cordova for 45 years, she has served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the choir. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Trustees and numerous committees including Stewardship and Personnel.
She is the widow of Gerrit Arends. They were married for 49 years and have twin daughters, Janice and Janet, and four grandchildren.