(Greenwood, S.C., May 6, 2024) Three nurses at Self Regional Healthcare have been honored with Palmetto Gold Awards and given proclamations during a recent SRH Board of Trustees meeting to mark the occasion.

This award, given by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation, is a prestigious recognition given to South Carolina nurses who demonstrate outstanding performance in nursing and dedication to the nursing field and is achieved through an annual nomination and selection process involving nurses from diverse care backgrounds across the state.
Samantha Beauford, BSN, RN

Samantha is an RN Educator at SRH. Her clinical instruction on the dedicated education unit (DEU) offers her the opportunity to teach the next generation of nurses how to manage a workload, keep patients safe and ensure patients are engaged in their own care.

She is one of the reasons this unit has had an RN retention rate of 91.2% over the last 12 months. Her dedication to the growth of her peers is recognized by the nurses she trains. Samantha eagerly took on the role of Chair for the Nursing Practice Council when a shared governance model was introduced to the organization. In the community Samantha is a member of the First Aid Committee at her church. Outside of the hospital and local community she has served on medical mission trips and has even assisted in setting up a medical clinic, pharmacy and dental clinic in those places.

Samantha is active in multiple community groups such as such as Blue Key Honor Society, Mu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. and Legislative Director for SNA-SC Executive Board.

Anthony Richards, BSN, RN

Anthony is a Nurse Manager at SRH, and over the past 8 years he has contributed to multiple patient safety and outcome initiatives. He recently implemented Crisis Prevention Institute/De-escalation Training on his unit to prepare for and improve interactions with aggressive/combative patient’s behaviors.

Anthony is also committed to growing nurses and his nursing team as demonstrated by his active involvement in mentoring nursing students on their career paths. His goal is to “create a better clinical environment for each student than he had,” resulting in his unit’s designation as the hospital’s first dedicated educational unit (DEU), helping to foster a positive learning environment for university nursing leadership students.

Anthony is a high energy, charismatic person, often speaking at events such as college Senior Nursing Leadership classes and at the Student Nursing Association in 2022. He is a member of the South Carolina Nurses Association and a Graduate of South Carolina Hospital Association Management Academy

Brandi Strickland, MSN, RN, CLC 

Brandi is the Director of Nursing for Women’s Services, Pediatrics, NICU, and two surgical units at SRH. She has developed and implemented the Patient Experience Workgroup, comprised of nursing directors and nursing managers.They collectively strategize and implement processes to increase patient engagement as evidenced by an increase in HCAHPS scores.

Brandi has worked closely with the SRH Lactation Consultant developing policies for the organization and resources for the community to improve breastfeeding rates. Through her mentorship, her managers have developed a high level of collaboration, and are able to identify issues and maintain a willingness to implement programs to enhance the nursing experience at SRH.

Brandi serves as the 2022/2023 United Way chair for Self-Regional Healthcare and led our organizational initiative that culminated in raising $146,000 for the United Way. She was recently recognized by the United Way as the Workplace Champion for our community.

The recipients were given their awards at the 2024 Palmetto Gold Gala on April 27 in Columbia, SC. Each year, 100 exceptional nurses are chosen for this esteemed accolade and celebrated at the annual Palmetto Gold Gala. Over 2,100 nurses have been recognized with this award to date.

About Self Regional Healthcare
Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital that provides care to
residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Services include prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics, plastics surgery, podiatry, urology and genetics. Self Medical Group is its employed physician affiliate network of 47 practices and more than 200 physicians.