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Foundation welcomes new leader, David Church

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David Church will serve as president of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation beginning March 20, bringing more than 30 years of healthcare system leadership and fundraising experience to the role.

A lifelong resident of the Upstate of South Carolina, Church has held numerous executive positions within Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, currently serving as system vice president of oncology and support services.

During his time at Spartanburg Regional, Church has been instrumental in fundraising efforts that supported the construction of the Hospice Home, the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg and most recently the seven-story, 191,000-square-foot expansion of Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham.

“Throughout his extensive healthcare career, David has been a visionary leader and champion of continuous improvement,” said Jon Jensen, chair of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board of Trustees. “His history of philanthropic success and lasting relationships within our community make him uniquely suited to lead the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.”

In 1993, Church was named transportation operations manager for Spartanburg Regional – the first in a series of leadership roles that included director of safety and security, director of operations & marketing for home care services, executive director for community services and executive director of Gibbs Cancer Center. In 2020, he also began leading Spartanburg Regional’s COVID-19 Task Force Steering Team, which oversaw the system’s response to the pandemic.

Church will succeed Kristy Caradori, who has served as Foundation executive director since May 2013 and is moving to North Carolina.

Passionate about education and shaping the next generation of leaders, Church was named chair of the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education in 2020. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the healthcare administration program at Converse University.

Church earned an associate degree from Spartanburg Methodist College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at the University of South Carolina – Upstate, a Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University and a Doctor of Health Care Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Church also has volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Charles Lea Center, USC Upstate Foundation, Oakbrook Preparatory School and ReGenesis Health Care. He is a 2006 fellow of the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative through Furman University.

Most importantly, Church enjoys spending family time with his wife Nancy and their four daughters and three grandsons.

About the Spartanburg Regional Foundation

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation serves a vital role in the Upstate of South Carolina by supporting Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and nonprofit organizations that work to address healthcare needs in the community. For more than 30 years, the Spartanburg Regional Foundation has raised money through direct contributions, sponsorships and events to support health and wellness. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and gives back more than $8 million to the community every year.


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