January 25, 2022
At the January 24, 2022, Colleton Medical Center Board of Trustees Meeting, longstanding board member and Chairman, Moultrie Plowden was elected Chairman Emeritus after stepping down from his position on the Board.
“Mr. Plowden informed me last year that he planned to step down as Board Chairman and we knew then we couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate his contributions to Colleton Medical Center. I’m thankful that Governor McMaster awarded South Carolina’s most prestigious service award, The Order of the Silver Crescent, to my friend, colleague, and mentor, Mr. Moultrie Plowden,” said Jimmy Hiott, Colleton Medical Center CEO. “Mr. Plowden continues to be a pillar of leadership and will forever be regarded for his invaluable service and dedication to the care and improvement of human life.”
After forty years in healthcare leadership in both Alabama and South Carolina, Mr. Plowden and his wife, Mary Catherine, retired in Walterboro, South Carolina in 2002. The Plowden’s create community wherever they go and Walterboro has been no different. Since arriving in Walterboro Mr. Plowden has been actively involved with the Bethel Presbyterian Church, the development of the new Walterboro Wildlife Center, Colleton County Museum, Historical Society and Preservation Society, Elks Lodge, and is a Past-President of the Walterboro Rotary Club. Mr. Plowden is a life fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is an active member of the General William Moultrie Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Ancient Heraldic Chivalric Order of the Albion, the oldest hereditary society in the United States having been founded by Sir. Edward Plowden in 1638.
When asked, Mr. Plowden stated that as his mentor told him in 1963 he should pay his civic rent in every community in which he lived. Mr. Plowden went on to say he loved his career and loves his retirement. He shared the most satisfying part of his retirement is his association with Colleton Medical Center, “the best hospital in the Southeast.”