PICKENS — Surgeons from AnMed Health’s Piedmont Surgical Associates were set to begin practicing at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens on May 5.
AnMed Health is working to ensure that Cannon Memorial Hospital is in a position to provide quality services consistent with a hospital of its size.
Within its population, Pickens is seeing a growing need for specialty services. Piedmont Surgical Associates will provide new technology, along with minimally invasive and advanced laparoscopic procedures.
“We are proud to be involved in bringing a general surgery practice with a history of excellent surgical outcomes and patient satisfaction from Anderson to the residents of Pickens County,” said Garrick Chidester, AnMed Health executive vice president of Network Operations and Affiliated Services.
The primary surgeon serving the Pickens community will be Dr. Peter J. Bechtel, a graduate of Florida State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.
Bechtel will be joined by seven other surgeons at Piedmont Surgical Associates — doctors William S. Buice, James G. Foster III, Paul M. Frassinelli, T. Steve McElveen, David W. Strathern, James Porter Stokes III and Adam H. Beall – who will provide endoscopy, breast, laparoscopic, endocrine, thoracic, and bariatric surgeries.
“On behalf of Cannon Surgical, I would like to personally welcome the Piedmont Surgical group to Cannon Memorial Hospital and look forward to working with them to provide advanced surgical care to our people in Pickens,” said Dr. Jim Mahanes of Cannon Surgical.
Norman G. Rentz, president and CEO of Cannon Memorial, said the introduction of the surgeons to the Pickens community continues the long history of providing quality health care services to the patients in Pickens County.
“Cannon wants to continue to provide options for patients to obtain their surgical services locally,” Rentz said. “We appreciate the work that AnMed Health and Piedmont Surgical are doing to expand the choices our patients have. Their quality services and great outcomes make them a perfect fit for our community.”
Cannon Memorial Hospital is integrated into the AnMed Health system but remains its own entity — a not-for-profit corporation — and continues to be governed by a separate board of trustees.
Piedmont Surgical Associates will be located at Cannon Family Practice Pickens, next to Cannon Memorial Hospital. Call 864-878-8104 for more information. Visit www.CannonHospital.org for more information.