McLeod Health has been working to formalize a healthcare partnership with Loris Healthcare System, and its affiliates, during the past year. We have good news regarding developments in this relationship, which will benefit patients in the communities we serve.
Loris Healthcare System has entered into a management agreement with McLeod. Through this relationship, McLeod will assume responsibility for managing Loris Community Hospital and Seacoast Medical Center, as well as other healthcare facilities owned by Loris Healthcare System.
Loris Healthcare System and McLeod will maintain local governance and management. A new administrator for Loris Healthcare System will be announced upon mutual agreement by our two organizations.
The five year management agreement will focus on ways the two not-for-profit healthcare systems can work together to strengthen the availability of healthcare services in the northeastern region of South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. In a manner which is consistent with the charitable mission of both organizations, the arrangement will serve patients and families in more than a dozen counties – from Horry County through the Pee Dee, to Sumter County.
Discussions between the organizations began last year following a thorough strategic planning process and a review of this potential alliance. Compatibility, similar charitable missions and values, and a commitment to deliver high quality patient care are the primary reasons for the affiliation.
This relationship with McLeod will strengthen healthcare in our region by advancing clinical programs and services, supporting physician recruitment, providing operational efficiencies and allowing future growth.
Additionally, this past week we announced that Dick Tinsley has been appointed the transition team leader to coordinate the management relationship between McLeod Health and Loris Healthcare System, which includes Seacoast Medical Center. He will support the work between both not for profit organizations as they continue working together strategically for the future.
Dick is an experienced healthcare leader with a diversity of skills. The expertise and business acumen that he has demonstrated at McLeod and the experience he brings to Loris Healthcare System will strengthen the transition for our organizations and support the vision for future growth. He has also been a part of healthcare leadership for more than 25 years, providing organizational expertise in a variety of duties, including vendor relationships, strategic planning, managed care, joint ventures, physician engagement and service line development. He has served in a leadership position with McLeod Health since 1998 and as a Vice President of Planning since October of 2000. In his role, he has had administrative oversight of McLeod Orthopedics/Neurosurgery Services, Trauma Care and Emergency Services, McLeod Health and Fitness Center, McLeod Home Health Services, and McLeod Hospice. Dick has also had responsibility for CONs, DHEC matters, legislative and governmental relations.
The Loris and McLeod teams share a common mission and existing relationships, including the provision of high quality specialty care, such as Cancer, Orthopedic and Cardiac Services. We plan to bring the quality methodology as well as the valued clinical effectiveness initiatives and improvement processes to this agreement.
We will continue to work hard together to bring the best care possible to our patients. I wanted to recognize all of our teams of healthcare professionals for their efforts, commitment and support during these times of challenge and change.