Ed Rigtrup SIPOA 2021 Nominating Committee Candidate

Ed Rigtrup

My wife, Kathy and I first purchased property on Seabrook Island in 1990. We discovered Seabrook Island while I served in the Navy as a pediatrician at the Naval Hospital. We started as non-resident property owners with a Deer Point villa, and purchased an equity share of the club. “On Board in April”, and together with our 5 children, made the trek to Seabrook Island every summer. My family made many life-long friends here who we still meet regularly. Subsequently, we purchased a single-family home in 1992, and relocated to Seabrook Island in 2012.

I practiced as a pediatrician in New Jersey for 32 years. While in Montclair I was Director of Pediatrics at Mountainside Hospital for 8 years also a member of the Medical Board during that tenure. I initiated a screening process in our town to detect and treat lead poisoning in children. I also served as member and chairman of the membership and credential committee, our charge was to evaluate and approve physicians and physician extenders for membership to the medical staff.

After moving here, I worked at Palmetto Pediatric clinic in Aiken S.C., a satellite of the children’s hospital of Georgia. I was tasked with teaching and overseeing Medical students from Augusta University and Residents from the children’s hospital. When I worked and directed the clinic in Aiken, SC. I was responsible for the scheduling of four physicians, caring for children and newborns as well as attending deliveries at the hospital. I was also a member of the credentials and membership committee because of my experience in N.J. I was very active in the March of Dimes and Mended Hearts programs in the community.

I am well versed in processes and procedures in setting standing and administering complex programs. I retired in 2018 and continue to enjoy our truly magical island full-time.

Here at Seabrook Island, I am active in the Education and Child Abuse Prevention committees of the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club. Additionally, I serve as a member of the Operations committee of the Seabrook Island Club.

I feel that as a nominating committee member, my concern is to look for those individuals who are willing to serve and be proactive in working with the SIPOA Board to work to maintain and improve our infrastructure and drainage issues so that our island can continue to be the place that we love. Additionally, I feel we need to all be committed to the safety for all Seabrookers young and old by working diligently with the Safety and Security committee and security force. To this I am committed and will do what I can to help and assist the POA with their Vison and mission for the future.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee