McLeod Health Foundation

Cheney and Shirley Meiere

Legacy Society Charter member Mrs. Shirley Meiere offered remarks during the second annual Dr. F. H. McLeod Legacy Society Reception and Dinner held in January. Her remarks provided an understanding of how she and her husband, Cheney, are personally involved with furthering the vision of Dr. F. H. McLeod.

A dedicated volunteer to the McLeod Health Foundation for nearly 20 years, Shirley Meiere has been an active member of many charitable organizations in Florence including the Junior League, New Life Rescue Mission and the House of Hope Advisory Board. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the McLeod Foundation Board of Trustees, and has been a member of the Board for a combined 15 years. In addition to her active involvement in the community, Shirley has also served in countless leadership roles on a state and national level for the American Medical Association Alliance, the American Medical Women's Association, the Southern Medical Association Alliance and the South Carolina Medical Association Alliance. 

Mrs. Meiere's Remarks:
"The Meiere family arrived in Florence in July of 1977. We came here for one reason -- the new McLeod Regional Medical Center would be opening soon and physicians were needed. Dr. F. H. McLeod's dream for a multi-specialty community hospital that would serve all of the Pee Dee was a dynamic reality, and it was literally bursting at the seams on the corner of Dargan and Cheves.

"Two years later, my husband Dr. Cheney Meiere helped with the move to the current campus -- and we have witnessed remarkable growth since then.

"Through the years our lives have mingled and meshed with McLeod and the Florence community. As a result of this association, many wonderful opportunities have become available to us, including:

  1. The opportunity for professional and personal growth.

"When we came to Florence, Cheney was a good physician -- fresh from residency. Over the years, working with numerous highly qualified healthcare providers, having access to the most advanced equipment, and caring for a diverse patient population, has allowed him to become an excellent physician.

"My work with the McLeod Foundation Board of Trustees has also opened many doors of service in the community for me and continues to fulfill me as a volunteer.

  1. The opportunity to give.   

"A patient room in the McLeod Children's Hospital, the Secret Garden at the Guest House, Chapel furnishings and a stained glass window for the McLeod Hospice House --these named gifts we gave in memory or honor of Meiere family members. Our wishes for these gifts have been treated with dignity and respect. We give knowing that countless patients will benefit and our loved ones will be remembered.

  1. The opportunity to be healed.

"Cheney and I have been blessed with good health, but from time to time we have needed the services of a great medical facility and McLeod Health has always met that need. From complicated surgical procedures to simple diagnostic tests, our collective experiences have been good. We have seen first hand McLeod personnel at every level, working to restore the health of patients.

"These opportunities are very important to us, and our dream is that they will continue. This is why the Dr. F. H. McLeod Legacy Society is so important to us -- giving to the Society ensures the vital mission of McLeod goes on well into the future. Giving to the Legacy Society means that your belief in supporting McLeod programs and projects has a voice even though your voice has been silenced. In the end, we are all here for one reason -- the Dr. F. H. McLeod Legacy Society needs us."