Edward B. Furtick, of Springfield, 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.
He was appointed to RMC’s Board of Trustees in 1998 and has served as chairman since 2009. During the years prior to being named chairman, he served on several committees including the Trustee Development Committee, Finance Committee, Edisto Regional Health Services Board, Strategic & Facility Committee and Human Resource Committee.
“Mr. Furtick has been an active member of the Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees for almost 14 years, serving as chairman since 2009,” noted Gladys Arends, chair of the Trustee Development Committee. “He has strong convictions, but is fair and is always willing to listen to the other side. He encourages open discussion among board members and his first thought is always to consider what is best for the hospital.”
RMC President & CEO Thomas C. Dandridge commented, “Mr. Furtick is quite deserving of this recognition as Trustee of the Year. He gives so much of his time to RMC and the community, and this award provides an opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge Mr. Furtick for his service and leadership.”
A native of Springfield, Furtick is owner and distributer of Earl Dukes BBQ Sauce. He attended Spartanburg Junior College and the University of South Carolina.
Commander of Post 54 of the American Legion, Furtick is a former member and past board chairman of the former Orangeburg School District No. 1. He also served on the Springfield Town Council.
An active member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Springfield, Furtick has served as a Sunday school teacher and on church council.
He and his wife, Kathy, have three sons, Barrett, Robert and Charles, and three grandsons.