Lancaster & Chester Railroad Senior Vice President Steve Gedney was honored recently as the 2013 Economic Development Ambassador for Lancaster County by the state Department of Commerce.
The L&C Railroad is owned by the G&O Railway of Knoxville, Tenn.
“Steve Gedney has been one of the great leaders in both Lancaster and Chester counties for nearly 25 years,” said Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation. “His foresight, vision and leadership have placed both counties in a position of competing for and winning major projects.”
The L&C has evolved from a railroad initially serving only Springs Textile Company to one that now serves more than 30 industrial facilities in Lancaster and Chester counties.
The companies Gedney has helped recruit to the railroad diversified the economic base of both counties and the result has been the creation of more than 4,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment.
Gedney has served as chairman of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation and helped oversee one of the best economic development years in the county’s history with 15 project announcements, representing more than $363 million in new investment and creation of more than 2,300 jobs.
Others honored were Mark Buchner of JN Fibers in Chester County and Dwayne Black of Shutterfly, Inc. in York County.
•Springs Memorial Hospital
of Lancaster has received the Certified Zero Harm Award from theSouth Carolina Hospital Association
for excellent performance in patient safety.
Certified Zero Harm Awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. The data is verified by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The awards are presented at statewide hospital association meetings twice each year.
“We are extremely proud to be the recipient of not one but two of these awards this year from the South Carolina Hospital Association,” said Janice Dabney, CEO at Springs and a board member of the South Carolina Hospital Association. “To be the recipient of this award in both the knee replacement and hip replacement category, means more to us not just because it’s another award to receive, but because our facility receiving the award means that the patients in this community are the biggest winners from the care we provide locally.”
• TheYork County Free Clinic
has namedJanet Selz
as its first executive director.
New members on the board of directors are are Dr. Robert Wilson, Dr. Winslow Schock, and Bessie Meeks, a retired educator.
Selz has been chief nurse practitioner at the clinic for three years. She is a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte and holds a master’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University. She is a board certified nurse practitioner with 10 years of nursing and administrative experience.
The York County Free Clinic, 410 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, serves the basic medical needs of eligible low-income uninsured adults aged 18-64. The clinic has recently added dental services. Established in 2006, the clinic operates on contributed funds, volunteers, and services donated by numerous medical specialists across the county.
Continuing as directors of the clinic are Tony Fountain, chair; Dr. Shirley Bailey, vice chair; Worth Kendall, secretary; Wayne Terry, CPA, treasurer; Vickie Blackburn, NP; Jamey Dagenhart, Winona Mocherman, CRNA; Dr. Al Peeples, DDS; Bob Thompson; David White; and Dr. Amanda Pennington.
• More than 450 people attended the recent 57th annual meeting ofFamily Trust Federal Credit Union.
Four people were elected to the board of directors: Beverly Ellis, Brown Simpson Jr., Patsy Walker, and Trina Ricks.
The credit union ended 2013 with $319.5 million in assets, up 9.5 percent from the previous year. Income was up 19 percent and loans increased 10.7 percent.
Billy Gallien of Clover was awarded the credit union’s $1,000 Eddie Reeves scholarship. A junior at Clover High School, Gallien is an Eagle Scout with Troop 37, vice president with Future Farmers of America at his school, and a volunteer with the S.C. Division of Children of the Confederacy. He is the son of Renee and Tim Gallien.
Scholarship finalists receiving $500 were Alexandra White of Rock Hill, and John Edmunds of Clover. Finalists receiving $100 were Laura Saboley, Kathryn Boyle, Allison Hannah Simpson, and Anna Gooch, all of Rock Hill.
of Rock Hill has joinedFamily Trust Federal Credit Union
as manager of the accounting and finance department.Michelle Elston
of Rock Hill has been named assistant vice president of loan administration at the credit union.
McCarver will be responsible for the oversight of accounting, finance and account reconcilement. She previously worked in corporate treasury, collateral management at Bank of America in Charlotte. McCarver is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in financial management.
Elston will focus on consumer lending and consumer loan product development. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a psychology degree, and completed the Management and Leadership Institute conducted by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.