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Community Hospital Anderson and Community Senior Health and Living announced today that they have mutually agreed to end their strategic partnership, effective April 1, 2019. Both parties feel the move will better position Community Senior Health and Living for future growth and success.

The decision will allow Community Senior Health and Living, which operates three facilities (Parkview, Summit, and Northview) to, among other things, expand their referral base and enhance their employee benefit package, which can now be tailored to fit the needs of a skilled nursing facility.   “We have been incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Community Hospital family for over 25 years,” said Community Senior Health and Living Executive Director Beth Harpe. “The culture at Community Hospital is second to none. But the ever changing landscape of healthcare has led us to re-examine our relationship over the last few years, and all involved think this is the best and inevitable solution.”

The conclusion of the partnership will have a minimal impact on Community Hospital Anderson’s financial results. “On one hand, when looked at emotionally, it is difficult to end the partnership because we have had such a wonderful relationship for so many years,” said Beth Tharp, president and CEO of Community Hospital Anderson. “But when we take emotion out of it, and simply look at it in a logical way, it makes all the sense in the world, as it will have little impact on us, but a great impact on them. I am really excited about their future and am pleased that local residents will still have access to their facilities for their care.”

As part of the agreement, Tharp and John Harris (chief financial officer for Community Hospital Anderson) will serve as non-voting advisors on the Community Senior Health and Living board of directors. Also, Community Senior Health and Living will re-brand with a new name and logo. In addition, as part of the strategic agreement, a small number of Community Senior Health and Living executives were employed by Community Hospital and their employment will now transition to Community Senior Health and Living.