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McLeod Health honors three outstanding leaders

on Tuesday, 27 October 2020. Posted in News, Local News

McLeod Health honors three outstanding leaders
Dr. Joseph E. Harlan Jr., left, Sarah L. Williams , center, and Marie G. Saleeby stand beside their portraits during an unveiling ceremony held Oct. 20 at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Celebrating years of dedication and service to others, McLeod Health held a portrait unveiling on Oct. 20 to honor three outstanding individuals – Dr. Joseph E. Harlan Jr., Sarah L. Williams and Marie G. Saleeby. 

During the portrait unveiling ceremony, attended by the honorees, their family members, friends and colleagues, McLeod Health President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Colones offered the welcome and invocation. He then turned the program over to Hart Smith, retired vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services at McLeod Regional Medical Center, and Deborah Locklair, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for McLeod Health, for remarks about Harlan’s dedication to the McLeod Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for nearly 40 years. 

Following the portrait unveiling for Harlan, Todd Hazzard, vice president of Patient Service, and Tony Derrick, vice president and chief nursing officer, honored Williams for her more than 35 years of service to McLeod. 

Prior to the unveiling of the portrait for Saleeby, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for McLeod Health Fulton Ervin and Kaye Floyd-Parris, former chairman of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees reflected on Saleeby’s nursing and leadership career at McLeod which has spanned 32 years. 

McLeod Health Chief Operating Officer Donna Isgett, offered the closing remarks. 

“McLeod has a long-standing tradition of acknowledging the life-time achievements of McLeod physicians, nursing professionals and organizational leaders,” said Isgett. “One of the most significant opportunities for recognizing meritorious service and paying tribute to the fine character of these individuals is through the act of commissioning a portrait in their honor by the McLeod Health Board of Trustees. The artist’s rendering of these individuals are placed on permanent display in areas representative of both the location of their service as well as commemorating their expertise in the field.” 


Dr. Joseph E. Harlan Jr. 

Dr. Harlan began caring for patients in the McLeod Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 1980 during his service to the National Health Service Corps. Upon completion of his service with the Corps, Dr. Harlan remained employed in the McLeod NICU. Following a two-year sabbatical where he pursued a Fellowship in Neonatology, Dr. Harlan returned to Florence to serve as Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at McLeod. 

During his career with McLeod, Dr. Harlan established Pee Dee Neonatal Associates in Florence and served as Medical Director of the McLeod Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 34 years. He also spent five years working with DHEC’s Pee Dee District Fetal Infant Mortality Review project. Active in the March of Dimes and Boy Scouts, Dr. Harlan earned the distinction as an Eagle Scout and served as a Scout Master and leader for many years in the community. 


Sarah L. Williams 

Exemplifying dedicated service to support the mission of McLeod Health for more than 35 years, Sarah Williams began her career with McLeod in June of 1984 as a part-time employee in Nutrition Services before accepting a full-time position in Laundry Services in 1985. Five years later, Williams was promoted to Lead Worker. In 1991, she accepted a promotion to Production Manager, the second in command to the director. Williams then chose to attend school to learn the mechanics of new automated equipment at the American Laundry & Linen College at Eastern Kentucky University, where she received the distinction as a Registered Laundry & Linen Director. Williams was promoted to Assistant Director in 2002 and that same year was named Director of Laundry Services. 

A recipient of the McLeod Merit Award, she currently serves as Director of Operations overseeing Laundry Services and Environmental Services. 


Marie Saleeby


Marie Saleeby, RN, MSN, served as Senior Vice President and as Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center from 2006 to 2020. Prior to her promotion to executive leadership, Saleeby was Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer for 13 years. A member of the McLeod Health team since 1988, Saleeby began her service at McLeod as Nursing Director for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and later was named Associate Vice President of Nursing. She is a fellow of the Johnson & Johnson School of Business Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. Honored for maintaining a current knowledge base of health care policies, procedures, and new technologies, Saleeby was instrumental in developing medication safety initiatives that served as national models for performance and standards of best practices for many patient care quality programs. 

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