Portrait of Dr. Orseck

Taking the lead

Michael Orseck, MD, a well-known physician leader at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, has demonstrated a commitment to giving back throughout his career. He and his wife Jennifer share their time, talents and resources to benefit many community causes and have emerged as important catalysts at the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.   

Dr. Orseck first became aware of the Foundation’s work when a group led by his wife received a grant to help fund a handicapped-accessible playground. With a $30,000 grant from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation and support from other funders, the Free2Play playground became a reality.

“I really saw what good the Spartanburg Regional Foundation can do in the community,” Dr. Orseck said.

Dr. Orseck went on to become a Foundation trustee in 2012 and chair of the grants committee in 2017. The grants committee reviews proposals from the hospital as well as area nonprofits that support health. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $646,000 to 30 recipients. These grants help foster medical innovations, enhance facilities, and support needy populations.

Dr. Orseck is proud of the projects that received funding and the process used to make wise selections.

“It has become very streamlined,” he said, “so that we make absolutely sure to put the community’s philanthropic dollars to good use.”

The Orsecks have supported the Foundation in many ways over the years. They have given generously to Spartanburg Medical Center’s pediatric rehabilitation program and to the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.   

For the past three years, Dr. Orseck has been the lead sponsor of An Uplifting Event, the Foundation’s annual luncheon to raise money for mammography assistance. Dr. Orseck’s greatest passion is microsurgical reconstruction of the breast.

“The treatment of breast cancer is near and dear to our hearts,” he said. “I believe we have an obligation to help make mammography screening available to all women in our community so that, if needed, they can receive treatment sooner for a greater chance of success.”

Since moving here from New York in 2006, the Orsecks have come to love living in Spartanburg. They see it as a great place to raise their children – Gabby, age 10, and Jake, who is 7. And Dr. Orseck is excited about the role of Spartanburg Regional Foundation in the community they’ve made home.

“I hope the foundation can continue to grow and help provide access to high-quality health care for those in need,” he said. 

Learn more about Spartanburg Regional Foundation by visiting RegionalFoundation.com.