Bladenboro native earns RCC nursing award

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health Chief Nursing Officer Renae Taylor was presented with Robeson Community College’s 2016 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award on May 11.

“Renae Taylor is only the fourth recipient of this prestigious award from her alma mater, Robeson Community College,” said Eva Meekins, DNP, director of nursing at RCC. “Renae was chosen by the college and department of nursing because she exemplifies excellence in her leadership role at Southeastern Health. As the chief nurse officer, she makes a difference in the lives of patients by advancing the nursing practice of staff under her charge. She is very deserving of this year’s award.”

A native of Bladenboro, Taylor earned an associate degree in nursing from Robeson Community College in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC Pembroke in 2008. She earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Independence University in 2011 and is certified as a critical care registered nurse and an advanced nurse executive. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was named chief nursing officer for SeHealth in 2013.

The Robeson Community College Distinguished Alumni Award is the nursing program’s highest recognition. The award was established to recognize a past nursing graduate who demonstrates leadership, innovation, philanthropy and/or entrepreneurship. The graduate selected each year is also recognized for significantly enhancing the image and advancing the profession of nursing.

Taylor lives in Lumberton with her husband Roger and they have two grown sons, Cory and Jordan Hester, and two granddaughters.

Amanda Crabtree is the public relations coordinator for Southeastern Health.