CareSouth Carolina’s Tim Walters was named The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) at its 36th Annual Conference and Board Governance Retreat.
Walters, the Chief Financial Officer for CareSouth Carolina, received the award for his faithfulness and dedication to the Community Health Center Movement.
“I was totally shocked,” Walters said. “It was completely unexpected. Lathran J. Woodard, CEO of the SCPHCA, presented the award. When Woodard started giving the biography of the recipient and I realized it was me, I was completely speechless.”
Walters began his journey working in community health centers in 1978. He served as the CEO at Sandhills Medical Foundation in McBee for 16 years, helping start the organization, before making the decision to come to CareSouth Carolina in 1994 as the CFO.
“I trained under Dr. Dee C. Breeden, Director of the DHEC Pee Dee II Health District in Bennettsville, and he was instrumental in teaching me what it took to run a program like that in McBee,” Walters said. “It was certainly a lot to learn, but it was God’s plan for me to be involved in the Community Health Center Movement.”
Walters said he has always tried to live by the phrase “service before self” and being involved in Community Health Centers was one way he could do just that.
“The focus has always been about helping people,” Walters said. “Coming out of Francis Marion College, I prayed that God would guide me because I wanted to do His purpose and it was His will for me to be in Community Health Centers. It’s been a blessing to serve people that may not be able to have access to care otherwise for these past 41 years.”
Walters doesn’t plan to retire any time soon and is looking forward to continuing to serve people throughout the Pee Dee in his role at CareSouth Carolina.
“I’m thankful for all the staff I have served with in both McBee and at CareSouth,” Walters said. “I appreciate all they’ve done. I have a wonderful wife and three daughters who have supported me to do God’s will for my life.”