Extending Our Gratitude to a Great Leader

The end of this week will mark a bittersweet milestone for one of our faithful and discerning physician leaders, as well as for our organization.

Dr. Charles M. Jordan retires from his service to McLeod Health on March 31, 2011. He leaves a legacy of  physician engagement, wisdom and a tireless work ethic. He is a champion for children and challenges and has advocated for healthy lifestyles in his more than three decades of medical leadership to both McLeod and the community.

A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Jordan completed a residency at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia. Moving to Florence with his family in 1977, Dr. Jordan built a career in pediatrics and management, guided by his compassion for others.

Dr. Jordan, in one of his numerous appearances in the McLeod Magazine over the years, related this in a story that reflects his tenderness in the treatment of patients. 

    “I think the main thing I try to be is a friend to the children I see. If I am their friend, they know they can be open with me and trust me with their care.” 
     A humorous story Dr. Jordan remembers concerns a little boy he set up to go to Charleston for a growth hormone evaluation and treatment. As they were getting ready to leave, the child turned to his mother and said, “Don’t you think we ought to go out and buy some new clothes” fearing his growth would take place immediately. “This story is typical of a child’s innocence, but aside from the humor, seeing families through a crisis is a major part of what we do.”
     His best prescription for children? “Love them.”
     McLeod Magazine 1990

Dr. Jordan, the husband of the late Susan Hope Jordan, is the father of two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. In addition to his devotion to his family, he provided pediatric care to children in Florence for 28 years, as a beloved partner in the practice of Florence Pediatrics. During his career at McLeod, Dr. Jordan was instrumental in developing the McLeod Children’s Hospital as well as the McLeod Health & Fitness Center, recruiting skilled physicians to the region and providing critical insights both clinically and operationally.

As a leader, Dr. Jordan has served as Medical Director of the McLeod Children’s Hospital from 1988 to 1996, Chief of Staff for McLeod Regional Medical Center from 1989 to 1991, and Medical Director of the McLeod Health & Fitness Center from 1996 to 1998. In addition, Dr. Jordan served as Senior Vice President of McLeod Physician Associates (MPA) from 1998 to 2009 as well as Medical Director of MPA from 2009 to the present.

We have all been enriched by the opportunity to work with Dr. Jordan and will continue to seek his counsel if the needs arise as our Medical programs grow to meet the needs of our community and the patients we serve. His vision for improving the health of our community will continue to guide us well into the future.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jordan for his many years of service. We extend our gratitude and best wishes to him in his retirement.



One Response to “Extending Our Gratitude to a Great Leader”

  1. Janice Morris says:

    I was so glad to read this tribute to Dr. Jordan. As a child, he was one of my favorite people in the world as a pediatrician. As an adult and employee here now, he will always remain a mentor. Thank you Dr. Jordan!