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Life Care Centers of America recently presented Dr. William Sheldon, medical director at Life Care Center of Charleston, South Carolina, with its Heritage Award.


The award was given on March 17, 2016, during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. It recognizes contributions to the advancement of the art of healing, career achievement and service as an example of dedication to patients.


Sheldon has served as the medical director at Life Care Center of Charleston for more than 12 years. As medical director, he coordinates medical care and physician involvement at the center.


During the ceremony, Sheldon was praised for his active involvement at the facility. He makes himself available 24/7 to answer questions from the facility’s staff and residents, and he often meets with residents and their families on their day of admission. He has supported the center during state surveys and Joint Commission accreditation surveys through his presence and his comments from a medical professional’s standpoint.


Sheldon’s commitment to quality care drives him to be actively involved in Life Care Centers of Charleston’s Butterflies Are Free end-of-life program, which provides comfort and gentle support to residents who are passing away and to their families. He regularly educates associates on various clinical topics and mentors many of them.


The center’s on-site physician, Dr. Ruth Hoover, joined the team as a result of Sheldon’s encouragement, and Sheldon also helped a new attending physician become credentialed.


“Dr. Sheldon always displays a positive ‘How can I help?’ attitude,” said Beth Cliett, executive director at the facility. “He is a role model for our Whatever It Takes And Then Some philosophy.”


“Dr. Sheldon has been a wonderful example of excellence in care of patients and medical leadership in our buildings,” said Dr. Kenneth Scott, Life Care’s chief medical officer. “His wise counsel and steady hand have been an asset to Life Care Center of Charleston. He truly models being a vital part of a health care team.”