South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29202
News Release

For Immediate Release

January 28, 2009
Contact:    Alyce McEachern

                  Office of Public Affairs
                  Phone: (803) 898-8585
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Rutledge Appointed to SC Mental Health Commission

Columbia, SC – Everard (Rod) Rutledge, Ph.D., FACHE, of Charleston, SC, has been appointed to serve as a member of the South Carolina Mental Health Commission, filling the at-large seat vacated by Harold E. Cheatham, Ph.D.

Dr. Rutledge, the former vice president of Bon Secours Health System, has held key leadership positions since the beginning of his health care management career in 1972. He helped pioneer the first community care provider model in the Midwest and the development and building of the Urban Medical Institute in Baltimore, as well as overseeing the integration of the Liberty Health System with the Bon Secours Baltimore Health Corporation.

In his previous role with Bon Secours, Rutledge was responsible for system-wide community health programs, as well as advocacy, public policy, diversity and identifying community needs throughout the Bon Secours system. Rutledge joined the Bon Secours system in 1996 as chief executive officer of Bon Secours Baltimore Health Corporation following the merger with Liberty Health System. He assumed his position as Health System vice president in 1997.

He received his bachelor’s of science degree from Florida A&M University, his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and his doctorate from La Salle University. Rutledge is a fellow and former regent-at-large of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past president and current member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, and member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He has published numerous articles focusing on health care issues and community needs.

The SC Mental Health Commission is the governing body of the SC Department of Mental Health and has jurisdiction over the state’s 17 mental health centers, four hospitals, and three nursing care centers, including two for veterans. Its seven members are appointed for five-year terms by the governor with advice and consent of the Senate.