Palmetto Health and Tuomey Healthcare System have taken another step toward finalizing their partnership. On Tuesday, the Palmetto Health Board of Directors and Palmetto Health’s two sponsoring boards – the Richland Memorial Hospital Board and the Baptist Healthcare System Board – unanimously voted to make Tuomey a member of Palmetto Health. This decision will expand the Palmetto Health board from 16 to 19 members, to include three representatives from Tuomey – the chair of the Tuomey Board, a physician member of the Tuomey medical staff, and one other Tuomey Board representative.
With this approval, leaders from Palmetto Health and Tuomey are now working to finalize negotiations and reach a definitive binding agreement on or before Oct. 1, 2015, with the goal for the partnership to become operational on Jan. 1, 2016. The two health care systems have been exploring a formal partnership since the announcement in February that the Tuomey Healthcare System Board elected to enter into exclusive negotiations with Palmetto Health.
“We are very pleased about moving forward with our partnership with Tuomey Healthcare System. We fully expect to reach our definitive agreement by Oct. 1 and begin 2016 together as one. This historic combination will bring together two long-standing institutions that share complementary cultures and a focus on delivering outstanding patient care. We see our partnership with Tuomey delivering benefits to our respective communities in new ways while reinforcing our commitment to providing high-quality health care to those we serve,” said Charles D. Beaman, Jr., chief executive officer, Palmetto Health.
Michelle Logan-Owens, acting president and CEO of Tuomey Healthcare System, added, “We are excited about all that the future holds for our partnership with Palmetto Health. We have a great deal of work ahead of us to meet our target and I have every confidence that our teams will make this happen together. Tuomey remains committed to continuing to meet the health care needs of the Sumter community.”
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands and third largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes five acute-care hospitals – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland – as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).