Williams Named SCSU Distinguished Alumna


Brenda L. Williams, MHA, FACHE, and vice president of strategy & compliance at the Regional Medical Center (RMC), received the Distinguished Alumna Award from South Carolina State University for her work as an innovator and community servant.

An Orangeburg native, Williams and has served RMC since 1979 and has more than 37 years of experience in hospital administration. She is currently responsible for engineering, marketing, grant writing, switchboard, volunteers, telecommunications, laboratory, Joint Commission review, planning, risk management, insurance, environment of care, environmental services, cardiology, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, the Healthy Living Center, Vein Clinic, Vascular Center, Breast Health Center, the Dialysis Access Institute and the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at RMC.

Her previous healthcare experience includes serving as an Administrative Resident at Washington Hospital in Washington, PA, and as Assistant Director of the Palmetto Lowcountry Health System Agency in Summerville, SC.

Williams received a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., in 1976. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from South Carolina State University in 1974. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and is a graduate of the Diversity Leadership institute.

Williams is a former school board trustee, and currently holds positions as chairperson for the Board for the Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency, and is Vice president of the Regional Economic and Educational Community Development Corporation. She is also a Commissioner at Denmark Technical College in Denmark, SC. She is a founding member of the Orangeburg Family YMCA and the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic.

Her previous roles in community service include President of the local United Way and the Carolinas Society for Planning and Marketing. She is also the former Vice President for Community Betterment of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce.

Williams was named the 2016 Rotarian of the Year by the Orangeburg Morning Club, and is the 2015 recipient of the Palmetto Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association Spencer D. Disher, MD award.

Williams is a member of the Association of Healthcare Accreditation Professionals, the Association of Healthcare Risk Management, Orangeburg School District Foundation Board, and the Morning Rotary Club of Orangeburg. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and a member and lector at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Orangeburg, S.C. Williams is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cecil L. Williams.

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