PICKENS — The integration agreement between AnMed Health and Cannon Memorial Hospital that took place in 2014 had it’s final unveiling on Monday morning as the new signs were unveiled and the Pickens hospital was officially renamed AnMed Health Cannon.
“While we started this relationship back in 2009, and then incorporated Cannon Memorial into the AnMed Health Corporation in 2014, through that period of time it’s been a very turbulent period in the healthcare industry,” said Bill Manson, C.E.O of AnMed Health. “Both we at AnMed Health as well as you here at Cannon Memorial have been working with that changing environment and a lot of its challenges. And it has been very challenging for both us and for any small hospital.
“I think as you look across the landscape of small community hospitals in South Carolina and in Georgia and across the country, you’ll find that many of those hospitals have not been able to find the right formula for success. Whereas many that have found the right formula have found (it) in the process of maintaining their own local identity as well as affiliating with larger hospitals or health systems that can bring resources to the table.”
Manson stated that although the newly named hospital may still face challenges in the years to come, he anticipates a successful partnership between the organizations.
“The new name and logo puts an official stamp on this work that has taken place over the last several years and I’m proud to be part of it and I’m looking forward to the future of these two organizations,” Manson said.
“It’s still Cannon,” said Brandon Clary, new C.E.O of AnMed Health Cannon. “The name’s not going to change the heritage.”
Clary, former Assistant Vice President of AnMed Health, took over as C.E.O on Nov. 1 following the retirement of long time Cannon Memorial Hospital C.E.O Norm Rentz.
“It’s not often one has the opportunity to follow someone who has the tenure of leadership that Mr. Rentz has demonstrated for the past 24 years — especially in rural health care,” said Clary. “He (Rentz) has brought in the resources and made a marriage with AnMed Health to move forward.”
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