New Board Members Join ECMC 
Monday, 16 April 2012 

Mt. Pleasant, SC  – East Cooper Medical Center recently introduced its newest Governing Board members, Francine M. Mitchell, Kevin Keenan, MD and Patricia S. Walker.  They began their two-year terms on March 1.

Francine Mitchell, principal of James B. Edwards Elementary School and member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators since 2003, has been instrumental in the progression of the partnership between the neighboring elementary school and East Cooper Medical Center.

Dr. Kevin Keenan, board certified emergency medicine physician, has treated patients at ECMC since the facility opened in 1986.  He served as the hospital's director of emergency medicine since 2004 and chief of staff from 2004-2006.

Patricia Walker is president and chief executive officer of Lowcountry Food Bank and previously served as president and chief executive officer of East Cooper Meals on Wheels.  Ms. Walker also serves as a member of the East Cooper Medical Center Women’s Advisory Board.

Additional East Cooper Medical Center Governing Board members include:

Judy Burnstein
Kay Chitty
James E. Craigie, MD
Molly Joseph, MD
John Mitchell, MD
Rex Morgan, MD
Danny Mullis
Ken R. Willingham
Jason Alexander, CEO
Leonard C. Fulghum, Jr. (Emeritus)

The responsibilities of the East Cooper Medical Center Governing Board include recommending hospital policy, promoting patient safety, performance improvement and quality patient care in addition to participating in planning for the Hospital. The Governing Board has ultimate responsibility and authority for safety and quality of care, treatment and services rendered in the Hospital.

“We are honored that Francine Mitchell, Dr. Kevin Keenan and Patricia Walker have joined the East Cooper Medical Center Governing Board,” said Danny Mullis, current Governing Board Chairman and Member for 12 years.  “Their experience and perspectives will add tremendous value, complementing the talented leadership team and the dedicated associates of our remarkable organization.”


East Cooper Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 130-bed acute care hospital located at 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant.  East Cooper Medical Center has been providing healthcare to the East Cooper community since 1986. We provide a number of services including 24-hour emergency care, women’s and children’s services, diagnostic imaging and interventional services, orthopedics, sports medicine, pain care, adult and pediatric rehabilitation services, wound care services and surgical care, including nationally recognized spine surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. East Cooper Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.