Palmetto Health executive honored for years of service with portrait

Palmetto Health Baptist's Carolina Seigler, system vice president and clinical informatics officer, attends the unveiling of a portrait commissioned in her honor. (photo provided)

Palmetto Health Baptist’s Carolina Seigler, system vice president and clinical informatics officer, attends the unveiling of a portrait commissioned in her honor. (photo provided)

Palmetto Health Baptist now has a brand-new portrait hanging in its halls. The artwork honors a local executive who has served the hospital in countless ways for several decades.

The Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina Board of Trustees commissioned award-winning painter Michael Del Priore, a South Carolina native, to create a portrait of Caroline Seigler, system vice president and clinical informatics officer at Palmetto Health. The art can been seen in the main hallway on the first floor.

Starting in 1971, Seigler moved up from nurse clinician to assistant and associate director of nursing to her current role as system vice president and clinical informatics officer. She was one of three chief nursing officers at the hospital from 1918 to 1998.

“Caroline developed a nursing leadership team at Baptist that led our nurses to become the caring professionals that they are today. I cherish the time that I have been allowed to work with her and I know many others who feel the same way,” said Marty Bridges, acute care executive for Palmetto Health Baptist.

Seigler is active outside of Palmetto Health too. In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina College Of Nursing, she is on the board of directors of Sistercare and a member of the University of South Carolina College Nursing Partnership Board. She’s also held office on professional organizations like the S.C. Nurses Association, S.C. Hospital Association, S.C. Organization of Nurse Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives

Seigler earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina.  Her husband, James, is a retired trial attorney and current owner of Seigler Studio Gallery and Tapp’s Art Center in Columbia. They have two daughters, Mindy and Melissa.

Palmetto Health has commissioned two other portraits during the past 20 years.

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