Rantin: Honoring a heart for healing

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306March 3, 2014 

Todd Crump

Dr. Todd Crump’s passion for helping those in need has been an essential ingredient in his prescription for patient care.

The Lexington Medical Center emergency medicine physician has volunteered with The Free Medical Clinic since 1997 when he was in medical school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and has continued to serve there through the years.

Crump recently received the MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year award for domestic service for his volunteer work with the clinic. He was recognized by LocumTenens.com, a full-service physician staffing agency that supports medical missions and seeks to increase health care access in underserved areas. The agency also operates MedicalMissions.org, which helps connect trained medical volunteers with organizations that sponsor medical missions worldwide.

More than 150 physicians were nominated for the award that honors physicians who help underserved people gain access to health care services.

“I went into medicine in an effort to help others in need,” Crump said. “Nowhere is that more important than with our patients who have no insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.”

Crump is currently the medical director at The Free Medical Clinic, which serves more than 7,000 uninsured patients who might otherwise go without care. In recognition of his award, LocumTenens.com will donate $10,000 to the clinic.

“Dr. Crump is helping in his own backyard to make sure that uninsured patients in Columbia don’t go without needed care,” said R. Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare and LocumTenens.com.

Hospital foundation adds two board members

Anna Alessandrini and William “Billy” Newsome III are the newest members of the Providence Hospitals Development Foundation.

“This is an exciting time for Providence Hospitals,” said Libby Anne Inabinet, Providence Hospitals Development Foundation president. “With the shifts we are making to meet the dynamic changes affecting the health care industry, I know that Anna and Billy will be strong assets as we grow the culture of philanthropy” through the foundation.

Alessandrini has a history of service to the foundation, including on the Palmetto Health Foundation board, where she was instrumental in the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign.

Newsome practices at Nexsen Pruet law firm, where he specializes in taxation, wealth transfer planning, trust and estate administration, and exempt organizations. He serves on the boards at Oliver Gospel Mission and Family Connections of South Carolina and is a deacon at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Providence Hospitals Development Foundation was established in 2009 to support and enhance Providence Hospitals through funding and community awareness.

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