Our Leadership

Russell Baxley

Russell Baxley joined Beaufort Memorial Hospital as President & Chief Executive Officer on September 12, 2016. He most recently was CEO for Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster, Pa. The 213-bed hospital includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital; cancer, heart and orthopaedic programs; multiple surgical specialties; an employed physician group with more than 100 providers; and a telemedicine program, among other services.  

 Under his leadership the hospital developed and expanded critical services,  including neurosurgery and oncology; constructed a 30,000 square-foot facility  with urgent care and a multitude of outpatient services, including physical and  occupational therapy, sports medicine, imaging and an internal medicine clinic;  developed telemedicine and population health management programs; recruited 20  primary care and specialty providers to meet the needs of the community; and improved patient satisfaction scores across 10 key areas.  

A Johnsonville, SC native, Baxley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Clemson University and his Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of South Carolina. He has held roles as chief operating officer, assistant chief financial officer and director of development in small- and mid-size hospitals in both South Carolina and Texas, including Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC, and Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, TX. He also served as director of operations and finance for a large family medicine practice and medical spa in Columbia, SC.  

Baxley is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been actively involved in community and professional organizations and activities throughout his career. He is married to his wife, Stephanie. 


Karen Carroll

Karen Carroll

Karen Carroll is Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She has been employed at Beaufort Memorial for 36 years and is responsible for all inpatient nursing areas, surgical services, anesthesia services, emergency services, the Wound Care Center, the Keyserling Cancer Center, and the department of education.

Mrs. Carroll received her bachelor’s and master’ degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is an alumnus certified Critical Care Nurse and actively certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced. She is on The University of South Carolina – Beaufort Nursing Advisory Board and a member of the South Carolina Workforce Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Carroll has fostered the development of several programs at Beaufort Memorial including the Preceptor Program, the clinical ladder program, the centralized staffing program, and participative management (Shared Governance). 

She has been responsible for the development and start-up of the Inpatient Rehab unit, the Wound Care Center and the Women’s Imaging Center. Her most recent accomplishment is the designation of Beaufort Memorial Hospital as a Pathway to Excellence Hospital.

Alice Beddingfield Moss

Alice Moss

Alice Moss has served as the first Executive Director of the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation since 1988. She works closely with BMH leadership and foundation trustees to guide the growth of today’s strong program of philanthropic support for Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Prior to moving to Beaufort, Ms. Moss served as Director of the Division of Community Assistance for the North Carolina Department of Community and Natural Resources where she oversaw the state’s Community Development Block Program as well as regionally based planning assistance for localities throughout the state.
She received both her undergraduate degree in American Studies and master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Under Ms. Moss’s leadership, the BMH Foundation has provided nearly $20 million of capital and operating support for the hospital, and established a long-term endowment fund. Ms. Moss has served as President of the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Society for Hospital Fund Development, was on the founding board of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has spoken at both regional and international conferences of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. 

She has been an active member of numerous civic organizations in Beaufort including eight years as Treasurer of the Historic Beaufort Foundation and 10 years in the Sea Island Rotary Club.

Jeff White

Jeff White

Jeff White has held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Beaufort Memorial Hospital since 1992.  In addition to this primary position, he also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Broad River Healthcare, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization, which supports Beaufort Memorial Hospital. During the twenty years at Beaufort Memorial, he has served in additional capacities to include interim CEO and the CEO of Jasper County Hospital.

Prior to coming to Beaufort, Mr. White was a Regional Controller for Ramsey Healthcare.  In this capacity, he was responsible for the financial operations and reporting of nine hospitals.  He was also responsible for all due diligence analysis for Hospital sales and purchases.

Mr. White received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC. He went on to achieve his Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.  Mr. White is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army where he serviced in special forces at Fort Bragg, NC.

Ed Ricks

Ed Ricks

Edward D. Ricks, MHA, is the Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, SC. He has over twenty years of health care information systems experience working for four health systems, with more than ten years at a senior level.

Prior to joining BMH, he was Chief Information Officer at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, New York.

Mr. Ricks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Mr. Ricks is a member of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He is also a member of the Meditech 6.X Service Advisory Board, Centurylink Customer Advisory Board, Imprivata Customer Advisory Board, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry CPT Advisory Committee. For the tenth year in a row, Beaufort Memorial Hospital was named one of the nation’s Most Wired-Small and Rural Hospital according to the 2012 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study printed in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Beaufort Memorial is one of only three South Carolina hospitals that received the award.

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