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DHEC Employees Win Big at the 2019 Palmetto Gold Nurse Awards and Gala: 12 Employees Honored

In its 18th year, the Palmetto Gold Nurse Awards Gala recognizes exemplary Registered Nurses throughout South Carolina who are constantly raising the bar in healthcare.  Through a nomination and selection process, 100 nurses are chosen each year and honored at the Gala.  To date, over 1400 nurses have been honored with this award.  This year, DHEC is proud to have 12 of our own recognized.

The gala was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Join us as we congratulate our 2019 Palmetto Gold Recipients!

DHEC Celebrates S.C. Palmetto Gold Recipients During National Nurses Week

During this National Nurses Week, it is only fitting that we highlight the eight DHEC public health nurses who were recognized Saturday, April 22, as being in the elite group of 100 called Palmetto Gold. Palmetto Gold, a program that began 16 years ago, recognizes registered nurses in our state who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.

The recipients were selected through a formal nomination process. Each year, nurses from across the state and from different practice settings are nominated for this honor. One hundred nurses are selected annually for this prestigious award and honored at the Palmetto Gold Gala.PalmettGoldRecipients (2)

DHEC’s eight Palmetto Gold recipients are:


Gemma Grady, RN, BSN-Preventive Health Program Manager

Pee Dee:

Dara Johnson, RN, BSN-Tuberculosis RN

Darla Lee, RN, BSN-Preventive Health RN

Jeannie Smith, APRN, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC-Lead Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Ashley Tallon RN, BSN, MPH-Immunization Program Manager

Mikki Cooper Williams, RN BSN, MSN-Maternal Child Health Program Manager


Shenicka McCray, RN, BSN, MSN-Epidemiology Program Manager

Roslyn McReynolds, RN, BSN-Tuberculosis RN

Congratulations to these outstanding DHEC public health nurses!

In honor of National Nurses Week, we salute these eight dedicated nurses along with all of our public health nurses who work diligently every day to improve the health of South Carol​inians.

Check out our Flickr al​bums to meet more of our hard-working nurses.  ​