Rantin: A mirror image of service

brantin @thestate.com (803) 771-8306November 21, 2013 

Carolina Seigler stands with the portrait commissioned in her honor.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PALMETTO HEALTH HOSPITAL SYSTEM.

Caroline Seigler has been a portrait of versatility since coming to work for the South Carolina Baptist Hospital in 1971.

In her more than 40 years at the hospital – now Palmetto Health Baptist – she’s served in various positions, from nurse clinician to assistant and associate director of nursing.

Today, that portrait is more than symbolic. Seigler, the hospital’s vice president and clinical informatics officer, was honored by the Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina Board of Trustees recently when it placed a portrait of her in the main first-floor hallway at Palmetto Health Baptist.

The portrait was created by Michael Del Priore, a South Carolina native and national award-winning artist. It was unveiled at a ceremony at the hospital honoring Seigler for her years of service and leadership.

“It was a real honor and it was very humbling,” Seigler said of the recognition. “It has really been a unique experience for me to walk by and see it in the hall and to have people stop me.”

Seigler said the hospital has become her home away from home through the years.

“It holds many memories,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful place to work.”

Seigler was one of only three chief nursing officers between 1918 and 1998 at Baptist, which will celebrate its centennial anniversary next year.

“Caroline developed a nursing leadership team at Baptist that led our nurses to become the caring professionals that they are today,” said Marty Bridges, acute care executive for Palmetto Health Baptist. “I cherish the time that I have been allowed to work with her and I know many others who feel the same way.”

While carrying out her duties at Palmetto Health, Seigler has remained active in the community and in the nursing profession. She has served on Sistercare board, the S.C. One Voice One Plan Action Coalition team and the University of South Carolina College Nursing Partnership Board and Alumni committee. She’s also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina College Of Nursing.

Seigler has served on committees and held office in several professional organizations including the S.C. Nurses Association, S.C. Hospital Association, S.C. Organization of Nurse Leaders and American College of Healthcare Executives.

Seigler received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina. Her husband, James Seigler, a retired trial attorney, owns Seigler Studio Gallery and Tapp’s Art Center. They have two daughters, Mindy and Melissa.

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