Amaker Receives Honors as RMC Trustee of the Year


James Amaker, a native of Calhoun County, 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.

Appointed to the Board in 1998, Amaker served as chairman from 2007- 2009. He has served on numerous Board committees including the Executive Committee, Management Oversight Committee, Finance Committee, Quality Care Oversight Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Bylaws Committee. He has also served on the Edisto Regional Health Services Board and on the RMC Foundation Board.

“Mr. Amaker is quite deserving of this recognition,” commented Board Chairman Melvin Seabrooks. “A 16-year veteran on the Board, he has contributed significantly to the Regional Medical Center and his community. In addition to his service as Board chairman, he has demonstrated leadership in many other roles at RMC and in his community.”

RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge added, “An active community advocate and leader, Mr. Amaker is committed to our community having a hospital that leads the way in quality care and technology. This award provides an opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge him for his many hours of service and leadership.”

For the past five years, Amaker has been co-owner and general manager of Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in St. Matthews, a family-owned business. Previously he served 25 years in management with Winn-Dixie Stores and managed the South Carolina office of Amaker & Porterfield Transportation Company for 17 years.

Amaker retired at the rank of Sergeant Major from the South Carolina Army National Guard after 21 years of service. His duties included helicopter crew chief with the 51st Aviation Company in St. Matthews and McEntire Air Field in Eastover, SC and as a medic for the 251st Ground Ambulance Unit in St. Matthews, where he also held the position of First Sergeant. He is a graduate of the senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) course. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Amaker was appointed to the first Board of Directors of Calhoun County First Steps, where he continues to serve. He is also a founding board member of Calhoun County Resources, Inc. (CCRI), where he serves as vice president. CCRI is a non-profit organization with a mission “to promote the preservation and development of community resources that will enhance and improve the quality of life for all of the citizens of Calhoun County”. CCRI was instrumental in the preservation of the former John Ford Middle School and development of the new John Ford Community Center.

Amaker served on the 2015 Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee for the Orangeburg Area Boys & Girls Club. He has also served on the Public Relations Advisory Committee of RMC, Clemson University Operation 4-H P.R.I.D.E. Committee, and the Calhoun County Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.

An active member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in St. Mathews, Amaker serves as vice chair of the Deacon Board and is a member of the Congregational Health Ministry, Brotherhood and Male Chorus. He has also been a Sunday school teacher and a youth advisor.

He and his wife, Marilyn, reside in St. Mathews. They have two daughters, Jamarla and Melissa and five grandchildren.

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