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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Peggy Deane Inducted into Tri-County Technical College’s Order of the Trilon


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College honored longtime nursing advocate and AnMed Health administrator Peggy Deane with the Order of the Trilon, the highest award given by the College’s nine-member Area Commission.  The presentation was made at the College's November 9 Annual Report luncheon.

Peggy Deane and Dr. BoothThe Order of the Trilon is an honorary society which recognizes community and state leaders who have contributed to the development of Tri-County Technical College and the State Technical College System.

          Mrs. Deane, who has been at AnMed Health for more than three decades and has served as senior vice president for patient care services since 1998, announced in June that she would retire at the end of the year.

          “Peggy Deane is a true gift to our community,” said Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County Technical College.  “She exemplifies professionalism and servant leadership.  I cannot think of anyone more deserving of our recognition today than Peggy.”

“Peggy has always supported Tri-County Technical College,” said Dr. Lynn Lewis, dean of the Health Education Division at the College.  “She realizes the impact that Tri-County has on supplying nursing graduates to our service area in general and AnMed Health in particular.  She can visualize what the supply would be like without the College’s presence in the area.  She has always kept Tri-County front and center.  She knows the importance of advanced nursing education in the area and its impact on public health.  Improving the health of the community is always at the forefront of her thinking.”

Two years ago, Mrs. Deane was instrumental in launching the LPN to Professor initiative, which addresses the future shortage of nurses in the workplace and nursing faculty within Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.  Four area hospitals – AnMed Health, Cannon Memorial Hospital, Oconee Memorial Hospital, and Palmetto Health Baptist-Easley – joined forces with Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College to address the future shortage of nurses in the workplace, as well as the need for more nursing educators.  The hospitals, with significant grant support from The Duke Endowment, are funding the three-year model program that will benefit all six partners and the communities they serve.

“Peggy has been the overall leader and “point person” for the success of the LPN to Professor Initiative,” said Dr. Lewis.  “As a result of her advocacy, nurses in our community can continue to work while obtaining advanced levels of nursing education.  Health care in the Upstate can only benefit from this national collaborative model of nursing education and workforce retention.”    

Another way AnMed Health has supported nursing education is through its annual gifts to scholarships at Tri-County.  Since 1989 the hospital has fully endowed five scholarships.

          Over the years she has been honored for her service to AnMed Health and the community.  She received the Athena Award in 2004, which recognizes people who have achieved excellence in their profession, have served the community in a meaningful way and have assisted women in reaching their leadership potential.  In 1993 the trustees of the Anderson Area Medical Center changed the name of the AAMC Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Clemson University to the Peggy G. Dean Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

She is active in her community by giving service to the Anderson County Health Association, United Way, Anderson County Heart Association, Rotary Club and Anderson Are Chamber of Commerce.  She has served on Tri-County’s associate degree nursing advisory committee.

          I count Peggy as a person to emulate, both professionally and personally,” said Dr. Booth.   “As evidence of this, when my oldest daughter recently decided that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, I told her that her first assignment was to go see Peggy Dean for advice.  I cannot think of a better mentor or advisor for someone just beginning a career or someone who has been around for a while.  The legacy Peggy will leave at AnMed is evidence of those strengths.”   

“Peggy has exemplified transformational leadership, the skillful navigation through perils and joys of high stakes issues, and the necessary finesse to handle tough business situations as a female in a predominantly male leadership environment,” said Dr. Lewis.  “She has more stamina than anyone else I know,” said Dr. Lewis, adding that “the combination of ‘retirement’ and Peggy Deane, therefore, is an oxymoron.”


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