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McLeod Health takes over operations of Clarendon hospital

(Source: McLeod Health news release) (Source: McLeod Health news release)

MANNING, SC (WMBF) – The Clarendon Health System has finalized an agreement for McLeod Health to take over operations of the Manning hospital and other Clarendon Health System properties, effective Tuesday.

McLeod will operate the 81-bed system, which will be known as McLeod Health Clarendon, and staff will be transitioned to the McLeod Health family, according to a news release from McLeod Health.

“McLeod shares the non-profit mission of Clarendon Health System,” says Jim Darby, Chairman of the Clarendon Health System Board of Trustees. “We are glad to be able to ensure continued stability of health care for the families in our communities. The people of Clarendon County and beyond will benefit from the services, expertise and technology available through the resources of McLeod Health.”

As part of the agreement, McLeod will assume the debt obligations of Clarendon Health, which will result in a reduction of about eight mills in taxes for property owners in Clarendon County, according to the news release.

“In addition to our mission, both health systems share a long history of dedication in providing access to health services for our communities,” according to Charles Bethea, Chairman of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees. “Clarendon Hospital was born in 1951, during the dramatic post World War II boom and celebrates a 65-year history. This year, McLeod will observe the 110th Anniversary of its founding in Florence by Dr. F.H. McLeod. Both organizations have been bound by a commitment to service.”

McLeod will operate Clarendon Health’s hospital, wellness center, nine medical practices, the Cypress Center meeting and banquet hall, and the hospital owned and operated EMS service, which is under control to Clarendon County, the release states.

“This agreement is similar to several others that we’ve undertaken in recent years,” stated Rob Colones, President and CEO of McLeod Health. “We believe this relationship creates a strong foundation for the strengthening and future growth of quality health care services for residents from the midlands to the coast.”

The agreement does not include three nursing facilities, two in Summerton and one in St. Stephen – the Clarendon Hospital District will oversee these facilities, according to the release.

While McLeod hopes to minimize the impact on staff, all positions are being assessed as part of examining savings that can ensure the long-term life of medical services and programs, the release states. If roles are consolidated or reduced, opening at the local level throughout the McLeod system will be reviewed as possible alternatives to those impacted by staffing adjustments.

McLeod currently operates six hospitals in the Pee Dee and Horry County areas: McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, McLeod Cheraw, McLeod Darlington, McLeod Dillon, McLeod Loris and McLeod Seacoast (North Myrtle Beach), as well as two urgent care centers in Florence and Darlington, and nearly 85 medical practices throughout 15 counties.

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