On Thursday afternoon, I attended a recognition ceremony and reception for Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. He is the Senator for District 31, which covers the Florence and Darlington areas. The event, held by the South Carolina Public Health Association, named Senator Leatherman as 2010 Legislator of the Year. This annual recognition is known as the ‘Douglas E. Bryant Legislator of the Year Award’ and was held at the Florence County (DHEC) Public Health Office for Region 4 in Florence. Dick Tinsley and Gail Weaver also represented McLeod at the ceremony.
We appreciate the support and effort Senator Leatherman demonstrates for health care in our region and state. We congratulate him on this recognition.
Senator Leatherman is active on a variety of committees for our state and senate and has served in the South Carolina Senate since 1980. He is Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Interstate Cooperation Committee, as well as Operations and Management Committee. He also serves on Ethics; Labor, Commerce and Industry; Rules; State House; and Transportation. His leadership and active service on these committees positions him well to understand the issues facing the public health and health care community.
The South Carolina Public Health Association is a statewide organization for public health professionals. The goal of the organization is to promote personal health, community health, and to develop policy to improve health in the our state. The Award is given to a public servant who has demonstrated significant commitment to the public health of South Carolina through proven records of sponsorship, services and support of important public health initiatives.
Here is another example of Senator Leatherman’s service. See this link to a video clip of Senator Leatherman speaking on behalf of McLeod Health at a recent State Budget and Control Board meeting in Columbia. McLeod will be issuing tax-exempt bonds and refinancing some existing bonds at a lower interest rate, saving on the cost of financing. In the process, we needed the approval of the State Budget and Control Board. We appreciate Senator Leatherman recognizing the merits of our project for the community and region.