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Order Of The Palmetto Bestowed Upon Spartanburg Physician Julian Josey

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Dr. Julian Josey (center) was awarded with the Order Of The Palmetto Tuesday night. Dr. Julian Josey (center) was awarded with the Order Of The Palmetto Tuesday night.
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A well-respected Spartanburg cancer physician was bestowed South Carolina's highest civilian honor at a ceremony at the Gibbs Cancer Center Tuesday night.

Dr. Julian Josey was presented with the Order of the Palmetto by State Representative Rita Allison at the outdoor ceremony. Josey, who has been a leader in cancer treatment in Spartanburg for over 40 years, received the award, which is designated by the Governor for people who make contributions of statewide significance.

Josey joined the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in 1970 and in 1976, he and Dr. James Bearden proposed a cancer treatment center at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. The facility led to the establishment of the Gibbs Cancer Center, now known as the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute, in 1999. Additional Gibbs Cancer Center facility have opened in Gaffney and Greer within the past three years.

As a result of Josey and Bearden's visions, the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health opened in 2008 and dedicated to their work. It also helped create a vision for the state-of-the-art Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute, which has two dozen specially trained research nurses and more than 20 support staff members, as well as doctors, technicians, social workers and other medical professionals.

Josey is affiliated with numerous medical associations in South Carolina and throughout the United States. He is the former president of the Spartanburg County Medical Society and former delegate of the organization.   

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