Roland J. Gardner
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gardner is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall operation of the corporation, including patient care, financial management, personnel management, facilities, strategic planning, and public relations.
Prior to joining BJHCHS in 1980, Mr. Gardner was the Director of Beaufort County Department of Social Services. Mr. Gardner was responsible for the administration of all social services programs at the county level, maintaining a rapport with county delegates, preparation of the budget for federal and state funding, and meeting with the State and District Offices of the Department of Social Services in regards to financial matters, program policies, and administrative requirements.
Before joining the Beaufort County Department of Social Services, Mr. Gardner was the Director of Mental Health and Social Services at Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. where he counseled individuals, provided educational and vocational guidance services. He also compiled and studied occupational, educational, and socio-economic information to aid patients in carrying out vocational and educational objectives.
Mr. Gardner has maintained an extensive professional training background by attending management training seminar at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill School of Public Health, “Management Training for Health Administrators” from 1974-1976, the University of Alabama Specialized Management Training for “Health and Human Services Administrators” in 1979, and Harvard University’s Executive Development Program “Leadership and Organizational Change, ” in 1990. Mr. Gardner also attained a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Howard University in 1972, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from North Carolina A & T State University.
Mr. Gardner is a member and chair of the South Carolina Primary Care Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers, Health Science Foundation at the Medical University of South Carolina, Treasurer of the Managed Care Assistance Corporation of the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the recipient of the 1996 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for Health Care.
Chief Financial Officer
LaFrance Ferguson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
LaFrance Ferguson is a native Beaufortonian and a 1974 graduate of Beaufort High School. One of Dr. Ferguson’s goals in life was to return to Beaufort and serve the community to the best of her ability. In 1978, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Fisk University and received a Doctorate degree from Meharry Medical School in 1983.
After serving as a Staff Physician for Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. for 4 years, Dr. Ferguson accepted the position of Medical Director in 1990. As Medical Director, Dr. Ferguson accomplished a dream of developing a School-Based Center in the Public School System. She volunteered with the School-Based Program for two years beginning in 1996. As a result of Dr. Ferguson’s diligence, the agency received a three year grant and one additional School-Based Center was opened. Today, BJHCHS, Inc. has six fully staffed School-Based Centers in two counties. Dr. Ferguson is currently supervising 19 physicians and 6 Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Ferguson states, “Challenges are opportunities to make a difference”.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Nursing Officer
Julia Williams functions as the agency’s Director of Clinical Nursing Services and a member of senior management. She is responsible for all nursing staff, ensuring agency compliance with all Ryan White, OSHA, HIPAA, and JCAHO standards, as well as directing all BJHCHS, Inc. Quality Assurance, Environment of Care and Infection Control issues and standards.
Jeffrey A. Ratzel
Chief Information Officer