I feel as though I've been connected to Community Hospital Anderson since its inception. My father, Dr. Ralph Reynolds, was an anesthesiologist on the original medical staff, and at age 14, I began volunteering as a candy striper. After earning a Nursing degree from Anderson College, I started working here as a staff nurse. 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 September 1, 2012, I became Community's newest president and CEO.
Spending my entire career with this organization has placed me in the unique position to have watched Community Hospital Anderson grow and evolve over the years as we have worked to meet the needs of our patients and our community.
Prior to 1962, physicians were not always able to admit patients or schedule surgeries as quickly as they wanted to with only one hospital in town. Due to the growing population and the ever-increasing need, a committee formed to coordinate raising funds for building another hospital. The campaign took off, and the community rallied behind their efforts. Pledges from over 17,000 individuals, along with significant gifts from many organizations resulted in a successful campaign of over 3.25 million dollars to build Community Hospital Anderson.
When the hospital first opened, it was considered a state-of-the-art facility. Over fifty years later, we are still focused on bringing the latest medical advancements to Madison County. Many of our services allow patients to stay close to home for their health care needs. Just a few examples of our advancements include our da Vinci® robotic surgical system, Clinical Research Center, neurosurgery program and our Center for Advanced Wound Healing.
Community Hospital Anderson was built with funds raised entirely by the generous organizations and individuals in this community. It remains the only locally owned and operated hospital in Madison County. Throughout this time, we have remained steadfast in our mission to provide high quality health care here in Anderson, for the community that built us.
Beth Tharp MBA, BSN, RN
President & CEO
Community Hospital Anderson