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KH director of infection prevention retires

Paula Guild has served community for 30 years

Posted: March 29, 2018 4:09 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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KershawHealth Director of Infection Prevention and Education Paula Guild, who is retiring after 30 years serving the community, stands with KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn after receiving one of her many awards.

Paula Guild has been an extraordinary leader, mentor and visionary during her nearly 30 years with KershawHealth (KH) and leaves a legacy of significant accomplishments. Patients are safer and the hospital's environment substantially better because of her efforts. The KH family thanks Paula for her many years of dedicated service and countless contributions to KH, congratulate her and wish her every success.

Guild started at KH in the intensive care unit in 1988. After five months, she assumed the role of assistant director of nursing, during which she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration. She served in the position for 10 years, then became director of nursing for three years. Due to having small children and a husband who travels, Guild went through  a role transition that permitted her to be at home more with her children in the evening. Infection prevention proved to be a great fit, KH officials said.

In 2001, Guild received a Palmetto Gold award, presented to the top 100 nurses in South Carolina each year. In 2002, the Kershaw County Local Emergency Plannign Committee (LEPC) named her the LEPC Person of the Year. Guild achieved certification in infection control in 2006.

Guild has also served in various roles for the Palmetto Association of Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), including membership chair, program chair, vice president, and, in 2015, president. In 2010, APIC named her its Infection Preventionist of the Year. In 2015, APIC presented her with its Palmetto Horizon Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Story and photo provided by KershawHealth)

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