South Carolina Medical Association Names Richele K. Taylor New Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Trustees for the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) and Fulcrum Risk Solutions, Inc. (FRS) named Richele K. Taylor as the new chief executive officer over the two organizations. Mrs. Taylor previously served as the General Counsel, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Communication for the SCMA for the organization and its subsidiaries.
“Mrs. Taylor brings in-depth policy, legal, and leadership experience to this position that will benefit both companies as well as the membership we serve,” said the President, John C. Ropp III, MD. “Our organization cares about ensuring patient quality and care, and Mrs. Taylor’s background in policy and state government is an asset on both fronts. Her experience and direction have been invaluable through the trying times that COVID-19 created for our organization and its members, and the SCMA and FRS Boards are excited that Mrs. Taylor is taking on this new role.”
Mrs. Taylor brings an extensive background in both the governmental and private sectors to this position, having served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governors Henry McMaster and Nikki Haley, and prior to that as the Director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) under Governor Nikki Haley. She is also currently serving on the State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee and the South Carolina Access for Justice Commission and is a member and former Board member of the South Carolina Women’s Lawyer Association. Before entering public service, Richele spent much of her legal career at the national employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Recognized throughout her career for her achievements and dedication to this state, Mrs. Taylor is an Order of the Palmetto recipient (2016). She is also a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow (Spring 2014 Midlands Class VII) and has been regularly recognized for her reputation within the legal community, including being named as a Rising Star by South Carolina Super Lawyers and a Legal Elite by the Greater Columbia Business Monthly. Mrs. Taylor is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law where she was a Dean’s List recipient, member of The South Carolina Law Review, and Law Review Staff Editor and Associate Articles Editor and was published in 2001 in The South Carolina Law Review.
The SCMA was founded in 1848 and is the premier organization for South Carolina physicians, encompassing physicians of every specialty and geographic location across the state. Its purpose is to support the efforts of South Carolina physicians and to advocate for quality medical care and good health on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina, as well as to represent and serve the interests of physicians. The subsidiaries of the organization include Fulcrum Risk Services, Inc and Practice Management Services, Inc. The SCMA is also the Plan Sponsor of the SCMA Members’ Insurance Trust, a health trust that provides health insurance for physicians.