Many cities are lucky to have one hospital, and Anderson is lucky enough to have two.
Community Hospital Anderson and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital add to the quality of life in this city of 55,000 residents, and the medical facilities are also important to people in several surrounding communities. In addition, the two hospitals are the two largest employers in Anderson, each with more than 2,000 staffers.
Community Hospital Anderson has about 180 beds and its own research center, which conducts clinical trials on medical devices and new drug treatments. The hospital has won several awards for its emergency and outpatient surgery departments.
“I feel as though I've been connected to Community Hospital Anderson since its inception because my father, Dr. Ralph Reynolds, was an anesthesiologist on the original medical staff (in 1962), and at age 14, I began volunteering as a candy striper,” says Beth Tharp, Community Hospital Anderson president and CEO. “After earning a nursing degree from Anderson College, I started working here as a staff nurse, and my experiences in nursing have led me from the medical/surgical floors, recovery room and pediatric unit to the vice president of Patient Care Services. On Sept. 1, 2012, I became Community’s newest president and CEO.”
Tharp points out that recent advancements at Community Hospital include a da Vinci robotic surgical system, neurosurgery program and a Center for Advanced Wound Healing. In 2017, the hospital celebrated its 55th year of caring and has accreditations with The Joint Commission, American Diabetes Association, Commission on Cancer and the College of American Pathologists.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital has about 260 beds and is affiliated with St. Vincent Medical Group, which has more than 25 physician practices in Madison County along with an outreach lab and x-ray facilities in three communities. The hospital campus offers services like a chest pain center, diabetes center, mental & behavioral health, women’s health, wound treatment, senior services and sleep disorders, and friends and family members have access to six convenient hotels near the hospital.
In addition, St. Vincent has a Level III trauma center, outpatient rehabilitation facilities in multiple locations, an outpatient digestive diseases center and surgery pavilion. The staff likes to point out that the hospital takes a holistic approach to administering medicine, treating body, mind and spirit and supporting the patient and loved ones throughout diagnosis, treatment and the survivorship journey.
St. Vincent is among the first hospitals in the United States to offer a five-day treatment for breast cancer, and the medical center is affiliated with Mayo Clinic for research.