ASHEBORO (August 23, 2018)
Randolph Health was honored by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees on Aug. 23 with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The presentation was made at a reception in the JB & Claire Davis Corporate Training Center on the Asheboro Campus.
Randolph Health CEO Angela Orth (front row from left) and VP/Chief Nursing Officer Tremonteo Crawford accepted the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from RCC President Robert S. Shackleford (back row from left), and Curt Lorimer, chair of the RCC Board of Trustees' resource development committee.
RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said, “Randolph Health staff have served Randolph Community College in a variety of ways,” detailing a long list of collaborations including the RCC Foundation Board; health program advisory committees; participation in RCC Foundation events; participation in RCC’s bi-annual President’s Community Advisory Council; helping to develop the healthcare pathway in partnership with Asheboro City Schools and Randolph County School System as part of the Pathways to Prosperity program; providing clinical sites for RCC students; transitioning its relationship with Winston-Salem State University to the College so that it could be a part of RCC’s University Center; hiring many RCC graduates; helping to fill RCC instructor vacancies; expanding opportunities for certified nursing assistants; and “being heavily involved in the planning for the new Allied Health Center so that future students receive the training and preparation needed in today’s healthcare environment.”
Sherrill continued, “In 2007, when RCC’s Nursing program was experiencing the greatest transition and challenges in that program’s history, Randolph Health provided major support to the College to help ease that transition.”
RCC President Robert Shackleford also touched on this time period in his remarks, saying that he met with Randolph Health staff in 2007 to discuss ways to boost the flagging ADN program. He said they laid out a plan to make changes to the program and within one year, the graduates’ passing NCLEX rate rose from 71% to 88%, then to 95% and 100%. “(Randolph Health) had every reason to abandon us…but they said, ‘you do what you can do for this program and we’ll stand by you,’” he said. “They have been a wonderful partner to us.”
Dr. Shackleford and Curt Lorimer, chair of the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, presented Randolph Health staff with the hand-carved acrylic “R” sculpture representing RCC’s logo. Randolph Health Chief Executive Officer Angela Orth and Tremonteo Crawford, vice president and chief nursing officer, accepted the award along with about 15 other staff members.
“I sincerely thank you for the opportunity to be here today and share this acknowledgement,” said Orth. “It has been an absolute privilege to work with Bob and the College.” She noted the continuing need for qualified health care professionals, saying that the hospital had hired 15 new nurses this year, many who graduated from RCC.
The Randolph Community College Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award was established in 2002. The nomination criteria states that an award recipient must be an individual, group, or organization that has made a long-term, consistent commitment that is extraordinary and has had visible impact or result directly related to support the mission of Randolph Community College.
Previous recipients include Ann Hoover, RCC Foundation board member and longtime supporter of the College; Dr. Alan Luria, retired Trustee and former member of the RCC Foundation Board, 2016; Rick Powell and PEMMCO Manufacturing in 2015; Dr. Stuart Fountain, a former member of the North Carolina Community College System Board and former RCC Foundation Board member, 2014; Wanda Brown, retired executive assistant to the President and Board of Trustees, 2013; Jack Lail, Trustee Emeritus and former Board of Trustees chair, 2012; JB Davis, retired president and CEO of Klaussner Furniture, 2011; Lenton Slack, retired Interior Design instructor, 2010; Martha Johnson, Trustee Emeritus, longtime community leader, and former RCC trustee, 2009; Senator Jerry Tillman, Trustee Emeritus, former trustee chair, and retired educator, 2008; Charles W. McCrary Sr., posthumously honored as the “Father of Randolph Community College,” 2007; the Randolph County Board of Commissioners for past and continued support, 2006; Marvin T. Caviness, long-time RCC supporter and former RCC Trustee, 2005; instructors Robert A. Heist Jr. and, posthumously, Cecil P. Allen and Jerry W. Howell, for developing RCC’s Photographic Technology program, 2004; retired RCC President Dr. Larry Linker for his long-time service, 2003; and RCC’s first long-time leaders, M.H. “Mert” Branson, RCC president, and J.W. “Willie” Plummer, RCC board chairman, both posthumously honored in 2002.