CARY — Former state Sen. Willliam R. Purcell of Laurinburg was honored at the recent North Carolina Hospital Association Winter Membership Meeting.
The NCHA board of trustees presented the former Scotland County pediatrician with a resolution in recognition of his contributions as a “lifelong advocate for improving the health and well-being of the citizens of North Carolina.”
In presenting the award, NCHA Chief Operating Officer Hugh Tilson acknowledged Purcell’s leadership as head of the Senate Health Care Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and his successful support of policy changes to promote public health and wellness, including landmark smoke-free legislation.
“Dr. Purcell brought a voice of reason, compassion and dedication to his role as a citizen legislator,” said Tilson. “We are grateful for his service and for his countless contributions to healthcare in our state.”
During his 15-year tenure in the NC Senate, Purcell was an influential voice in sustaining the work of the state Poison Control Center, the Justus Warren Task Force on Stroke Prevention and the Child Fatality Task Force.
In addition to his public service in the legislature, Purcell was a practicing and teaching pediatrician for more than 36 years and a mentor to countless physicians and other providers practicing in Scotland County and throughout North Carolina.