Patricia Witherspoon, M.D., Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program co-medical director, received the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium’s Halford Award for 2015. The Halford Award is presented annually to a Family Medicine residency training program faculty member that shows outstanding leadership qualities in humane education. Award winners promote a caring attitude and respect for patients, residents and students; value human dignity; and demonstrate a passion for teaching, working with others and participating in community service activities.
Witherspoon, an American Academy of Family Physicians Fellow, is also currently an associate professor for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In her positions, she has dedicated herself to serving her community and giving excellent medical student teaching and resident mentoring. Her impact as a leader and role model can be seen in the many other awards she has received, including the USC Social Justice Award for 2011, the USC Women’s Health Award for 2011 and the DHEC Diabetes Champion of the Year for 2010.
“Medicine, to me, has always been more of a ministry,” says Witherspoon. “I feel blessed and privileged to make these contributions to the community and to make these long-term relationships with patients and students.”
Witherspoon received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed her family practice residency at Palmetto Health Richland. A vital part of the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program since 1998, Witherspoon currently serves as the interim Medical Director for the Family Medicine outpatient facility, as well as the Director of both Community Outreach and the Quality Team. She is an active member of the South Carolina Medical Association and participates in the Doctor of the Day program at the South Carolina State legislature every year.
The Halford Award was established in 1995 in honor of Dr. James G. Halford’s excellent contributions as a role model and teacher in family medicine. The award provides an ongoing tribute to his accomplishments in promoting among faculty and residents, the human ideals of caring, dignity, respect, passion and joy in learning, working, and playing together.