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S.C. DHSS director to speak at Baruch Dinner

Posted: November 11, 2014 4:17 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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S.C. DHHS Director Tony Keck

 

S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Anthony Keck will be the guest speaker for the seventh annual Baruch Society Members’ Dinner on Thursday at Camden’s National Steeplechase Museum. The KershawHealth Foundation established the Baruch Society in 2008 to recognize and thank supporters. Those making annual contributions of $1,000 or more receive an invitation to attend the Members’ Dinner.

Prior to his appointment to DHHS, Keck served three years in the administration of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. In the private sector, he worked for organizations such as Johnson & Johnson; Ochsner Clinic New Orleans; and St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic also in New Orleans. Keck participated in establishing the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum after Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and the executive committee of National Academy for State Health Policy. He also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education, which recently released its final report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs.

Keck’s visit to Camden is significant because KershawHealth recently received a $2.5 million DHHS grant to develop and implement a community-based initiative to improve population health in Kershaw County. The collaboration includes the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Access Kershaw (funded by two grants totaling $1 million from The Duke Endowment) and the Kershaw County School District. The vision is to develop a model that other communities can use to improve the overall health of their populations.

Keck joins a distinguished list of Baruch Society guest speakers: Steven J. Thompson, senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and founding CEO of Johns Hopkins International; Dr. Albert Baruch Mercer, MD, grandnephew of the hospital’s original benefactor, Bernard Mannes Baruch; M. Edward Sellers, chairman of the board of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Michael D. Amiridis, provost of the University of  South Carolina; and Katherine Hurt Richardson, director of the Camden Archives and Museum

Information about joining The Baruch Society is available at www.kershawhealthfoundation.org or by calling (803) 272-0552, extension 1.

(This information provided by the KershawHealth Foundation.)

 

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