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Sam Hedrick Retires from RHA

May 18, 2017

Sandra K Hedrick, known to all as “Sam”, has decided to retire from RHA Health Services. Sam has been with the company for 14 years in various executive roles, including President of RHA Howell. She is a legendary force in the health care field, but has always seen her role simply as an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health and substance use challenges.

While at RHA, Sam was the recipient of the Steve Jordan Lighthouse Award at the 2016 NC Providers Council Conference, was named the 2016 Champion of Equality and Justice by Disability Rights NC, received the Triangle business Journal’s Healthcare Hero Executive Award, was a member of the Emerging Issues Panel hosted by Governor Jim Hunt, and served on the Board of Directors at ANCOR. Sam was also a graduate of the University of Delaware's Leadership Institute.

Jeanne Duncan, President, RHA Health Services says, “Sam’s contributions to RHA are very much appreciated. She worked to develop innovative programs that have enriched the lives of the people we serve. She is highly respected in the field and will be missed by all. We wish her well as she moves into the next phase of her life. “

Sam does not know what the next chapter will be but with her background as an RN, JD, public defender, publisher, and advocate for clean water in underdeveloped countries, her opportunities are endless! In fact, she has already accepted the honorary position of chairperson for a gala event hosted by Ellis Family Law in Durham, which will be held for the benefit of Meals on Wheels. The event has pledged to raise $25,000 for this very worthy cause and will be held on February 24th, 2018 at 21c Hotel and Art Gallery located in downtown Durham.

Sam is also taking some time to reflect and enjoy her Japanese garden and to spend time with her family before moving forward. She treasures the life-long friendships she has made over the years at RHA and the joy of trying to make a difference in the lives of so many.