Tuesday, November 5, 2013
James Andrew Sigmon and his family were present during an October 29, dedication of the Williamsburg Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Troy Gamble made the presentation but not before recalling a moment that would define the future of the hospital. In 2012, the hospital was in financial dire straights. Dr. Gamble, who has known the Sigmons for many years, along with Dr. Dorn Smith, sought advice from Mr. Sigmon owner of Hobcaw Plantation.
The visit would prove to be a blessing. "That advice turned into a state-of-the-art intensive care unit and a computerized medical record that we could not have otherwise afforded," said Gamble. "We were within about three or four days of having to close the doors on this facility and 250 people would lose their job." Sigmon's only request was not to have his name displayed on anything, having instead a sign that says "Kindness for sale." His wish was pondered. "Well, my mother said I never listen. And I don't," said Gamble. "We decided there was something better than kindness for sale that meant kindness and caring to us than even more than kindness for sale. And that was to name our intensive care unit, which we would not have functional at this time were it not for Mr. James and Mrs. Virginia Sigmon. I can't think of two more kind, caring people than James and Virginia Sigmon."
Dr. Smith added that the ICU has already become a valuable asset for the health and wellbeing of the entire community by providing a more adequet means to administer medical care to the residents and visitors of Williamsburg County. Moreover, their contribution represents hope. "They have also provided hope for the future growth of all areas of our hospital," said Smith who has known the Sigmon family for more than 40 years. He said the Sigmons have been movers and shakers their entire lives and we should be so honored that they claim Hobcaw Plantation as their home.
Senator John Yancey McGill congratulated the Sigmons on behalf of the entire state senate. "Today is a historic day," said McGill. "When we go back into session in January, this moment will be put in the history books." On November 1, Mr. Sigmon, 84, passed away.
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