Greg Williams -- Putting patients first

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Called a great communicator and extremely compassionate, Summerville Medical Center’s Director of Medical Imaging Greg Williams, 41, of Summerville, personifies SMC’s mission. Born and raised in Augusta, Ga., Williams graduated from the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree and the Medical College of Georgia with a degree in Nuclear Medicine and Technology.

Between 1996 and 2007 he worked in Johnson City, Tenn. and Milledgeville, Ga. In 2007, he came to Summerville as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

“I was sort of pushed into a supervisory role, when the director became ill,” laughs Williams. He says when the director came back to work he told Williams that he was planning to hire a supervisor and asked Williams to continue in that role. In 2010, Williams became the director of Medical Imaging.

He came to medicine because it was his “comfort zone,” he says. Growing up, his mom worked in a hospital and “she made me volunteer in the summer so she could keep track of me!”

He did volunteer hospital work until he was 16. When he turned 18 and throughout college, he worked at hospitals as an orderly or a supply tech.

“I got into the field to care for patients,” he says. “My biggest challenge (in taking the director’s role) is the lack of patient contact.”

It was a struggle, he says, leaving patient care.

But, he says, he steps in whenever one of his staff is out sick or needs help. “My gratification now comes when my employees are happy and feel supported.”

A husband and father of three – two boys and a girl ages 4, 8 and 11 – he is busy, busy, busy sharing the running around to different kid’s activities that comes with parenting.

He has coached his son’s soccer and football teams, is involved with his son’s swim team, and is often running kids to piano lessons, dance lessons, etc.

“We try to balance everything with dinner around the table,” he says.

However, in spite of his busy schedule, Williams tries to save time for service to his community at large. He tried communities in school but found it wasn’t “tangible enough … not enough hands-on,” he says.

So he became a mentor with the Be A Mentor program, a division of the Charleston Leadership Foundation.

“I am in my second year,” Williams says with a smile. He mentors a North Charleston High School young man, helps him with college applications and always has time to listen. They meet once a week.

He also serves on the advisory board for Trident Technical College for its X-Ray students to help ensure proper training, job opportunities and balance graduation rates with employment rates.

“It is one of the few committees/boards I feel I have an actual impact on,” he says.

At work he works with Best Chance – a free breast imaging program – and helps coordinate health fairs in places like St. George and at the YMCA and, occasionally, large companies such as Boeing.

“I try to balance work, home and community,” he says.

He does do one thing for himself. An avid golfer, he volunteers each year at The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club. He is a gallery guard.

He is very excited about SMC’s future, he says. The new office building will bring specialty services to the area, he enthuses. He says radiology is currently “pretty basic” but with the specialties it will grow as will other specialties offering Summerville more choice here at home.

In addition to running his department, Williams heads the quarterly imaging administrator’s dinner for the Lowcountry, oversees regulatory compliance and is a member of SMC’s patient safety committee. He is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.

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