Gwendolyn Thompson serves as acting director of Health Regulation at the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The Health Regulation area's primary purpose is to work together with health care facilities and services to protect the public's health by assuring that safe, quality care is provided. Its programs and staff utilize licensing and regulatory tools and provide a consistent, strong approach to protecting health. Heath Regulation programs touch every hospital, nursing home, emergency medical service, and pharmacy in South Carolina.
Thompson has been a member of the DHEC team since 1990. During her more than nearly three decade-long career with the agency, she has held numerous positions within Health Regulation. This includes spending 25 years with DHEC’s Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing where she most recently served as bureau chief. In addition, she has held increasing leadership positions with the department as an inspector, senior inspector, field manager, assistant director, and director.
Thompson earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.