Trident Health President and CEO Christina Oh announces Chris Childress, RT(R), (CT), CMNT as the health system’s new Administrative Director of Oncology.  Chris most recently served for four years as the Lung Nodule Coordinator for HCA Healthcare’s 12-hospital South Atlantic Division.  In that position he built HCA’s most successful lung cancer screening program among its 183 hospitals in the U.S.

“Chris brings a unique knowledge of Trident Health’s oncology program, a strong relationship with our oncologists, and a shared vision of how we will continue expanding our services to meet the critical needs of patients throughout South Carolina who have cancer,” said Oh.  “And, we’re especially proud to have Chris return to Trident Medical Center, where he served in a variety of leadership roles for four years in our Imaging Department.” 

Childress stated, “Through the health system’s regional early detection lung nodule program, its specialty in treating head, neck and other cancers, and with new state-of-the-art technology at the Trident Cancer Center we have strengthened the trust of physicians and patients with cancer in the Lowcountry and throughout South Carolina.”  Childress started February 6, 2023.

A highlight of Chris’s career was serving on the leadership team that developed and launched the South Carolina Lowcountry’s first Low Dose CT scan for lung cancer for long time smokers. Since its launch in 2015, nearly 10,000 Lowcountry smokers have been screened for lung cancer.  For his work to increase access to lung cancer screenings,  Chris was invited to serve on the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Committee.

Chris is scheduled to earn a Master’s in Health Administration from Walden University next year.  He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in nuclear medicine at South College.  He is licensed in nuclear medicine, Computed Tomography (CT) and Radiology RT(R).

Trident Health includes 321-bed Trident Medical Center, 124-bed Summerville Medical Center and three freestanding ERs – Brighton Park Emergency, Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center. For the second consecutive year, Healthgrades has named Trident and Summerville Medical Center’s as America’s 250 Best Hospitals™, which places them among the top 5% of the nearly 4,500 hospitals Healthgrades reviewed for 30 quality indicators.

In June of 2023, Trident Medical Center will open 60-bed Live Oak Mental Health & Wellness and in July it will open James Island Emergency.