Self Regional Healthcare of Greenwood, S.C., will lease and operate Edgefield County Hospital’s facilities and equipment beginning this spring, according to a news release.
The boards of both hospitals announced Wednesday that they had signed a non-binding letter of intent to create the partnership.
As part of the agreement, a new Joint Operating Board of Directors will be appointed to govern the hospital’s clinical operations and medical staff. The existing Edgefield County Hospital Board of Directors, whose members are appointed by Edgefield County Council, will remain intact, continue as an oversight body and serve on the Joint Operating board.
“The financial and regulatory challenges facing healthcare providers today are daunting and require that hospitals, especially small community hospitals like ECH, find partnerships like this one that put the health needs of their communities first,” said Jim Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare.
“We are currently building a new 16,600 square-foot medical office building on the ECH campus, and we’ll be taking on full financial responsibility for ECH’s operations for an initial period of 10 years followed by an automatic renewal for an additional 5 years,” Pfeiffer said.
“This agreement builds on a well established, long-term, collaborative relationship between the two hospitals,” said Carlos Milanes, CEO of Edgefield County Hospital. “The breadth of services and level of commitment that SRH brings to Edgefield will significantly improve the healthcare available to our community.”
Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital that provides care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Services include prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics.
Edgefield County Hospital employs 193 physicians, nurses, and staff. Services include family medicine, laboratory testing, dietary services, operations and recovery, pharmacy, emergency services, rehabilitation, radiology, swing bed services, short-term inpatient stays, and respiratory care.