Leadership

Ben Spurling
Ben Spurling
Executive Director

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in Acute and Long Term Care. He has served Bethea for the last 16 years, starting as a Registered Nurse and in 2005 transitioning into the Executive Director role. He holds a degree in Nursing and is also licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator and a Community Residential Care Facility Administrator.


Patricia McKittrick
Patricia McKittrick
Director of Independent & Assisted Living

Trish is a graduate of Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC in 1996, with a degree in nursing. She is licensed as a Registered Nurse and has been employed with Bethea for 13 years.

Nancy Watson
Nancy Watson
Director of Nursing

Nancy is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in Long term care. She has worked as Assistant Director of Nursing, Unit Manager, Staff Development Coordinator, Infection Control Coordinator, Wound Care Coordinator, and Certified Resident Assessment Coordinator. She also has a background in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Medical- Surgical Nursing. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. Nancy believes that her true calling in nursing is to serve the geriatric population and feels extremely blessed that God has led her to Bethea.

Laura Hawkins
Laura Hawkins
Director of Marketing

Laura has more than ten years’ experience in long term care that include Director of Social Services, census development and Hospital Liaison.   She sees real value in building relationships both professionally and in the community.  She currently resides in Bishopville, SC with her husband and three children.  Laura is active in her church and The Bishopville Pilot Club.  Laura has a passion for serving senior adults and believes that God has called her to this ministry.

Jeffrey Cockrell
Jeffrey Cockrell
Chaplain

Jeff is the chaplain at Bethea Retirement Community. He has been in his current position since 2008 and has been a pastor for over twenty-five years. He also has experience as a chaplain with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Southeastern Baptist Seminary and a D. Min. from Covington Seminary. He is a native of South Carolina.

Michael Steen
Michael Steen
Director of Human Resources

Michael Steen has over 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management and Payroll.  He is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a BBA in Marketing.  Before coming to Bethea Retirement, Michael worked in the grocery industry as a manager for over 20 years.  He lives in Darlington, SC with his wife and daughter.  Michael attends Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC and is active in his church.