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For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Mark Hyatt
Director of Marketing and PR
864-725-7091 | mark.hyatt@selfregional.org

Piedmont Health Group joining Self Regional Healthcare

(Greenwood, SC, April 6, 2015.) The Boards of Self Regional Healthcare and Piedmont Health Group announced today that they have reached an agreement that will bring the majority of Piedmont Health Group practices into Self Medical Group, the physician practice division of Self Regional Healthcare.

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The agreement, which is projected to be complete by July 1 of this year, includes all Piedmont Health Group family medicine and pediatric practices. Neurologists Dr. Wayne Sida, Dr. Bret Warner, and Dr. Anthony Holt will remain in private practice as Piedmont Neurology, LLC. They will continue to provide inpatient neurology consultation services and call coverage at Self Regional, as well as serving as medical directors of Self Regional's accredited stroke program and neurodiagnostics laboratory. Piedmont Neurology will relocate its outpatient practice to 917 Bypass 225 South in Greenwood. All other Piedmont Health Group practices and services will become part of Self Regional Healthcare as of July 1.

Piedmont Health Group-owned real estate, including the Tower Pointe facility and other family practice offices, will be leased to Self Regional Healthcare. No practice closings or general layoffs are expected, and patients will continue to receive the high quality care they have always received from their Piedmont Health Group providers. Appointments, office hours, and day-to-day operations will continue uninterrupted during the transition, which will occur over the next 12 months.

Jim Pfeiffer, President and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare, said, "Hospitals, outpatient facilities and physicians must join together to provide the best healthcare experience for their patients. The new economic realities of healthcare pose significant challenges to providers, but also significant opportunities to improve the quality, experience, and value for patients. This historic joining of Self Regional and Piedmont Health Group will help us achieve those improvements."

Piedmont Health Group Chairman, Dr. Dennis Murphy said, "This agreement is the result of a lengthy, multi-year, collaborative process, and has strong support within both organizations. It will help us provide healthcare in the Lakelands closer to the patient-centered model our patients need."

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About Self Regional
Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital and healthcare provider network that serves residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield, and Newberry with prevention, wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group is its employed physician affiliate network of 20 practices and more than 60 physicians. Visit www.selfregional.org.

About Piedmont Health Group
Piedmont Health Group is a multi-specialty medical practice consisting of Family Physicians, Neurologists, Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners, and support staff including registered nurses, counselors, medical assistants, and a diverse group of imaging technologists and administrative staff. PHG serves the Lakelands region of South Carolina, an area that comprises Greenwood, Edgefield, Laurens, Newberry, Abbeville, and Saluda counties.

About Piedmont Neurology, LLC
Piedmont Neurology is the premier provider of care for nervous system disorders in Greenwood and the surrounding 6-county Lakelands region. Piedmont Neurology is the only practice in the region that provides 24/7 coverage for neurological emergencies. Dr. Wayne Sida, Dr. Bret Warner, and Dr. Anthony Holt are board-certified in neurology and members of the American Academy of Neurology. Our doctors have additional certifications in MRI, CT, and ultrasound imaging of the nervous system. Piedmont Neurology offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and management of all diseases of the brain, spine, nerves, and muscles. Drs. Sida and Warner serve as co-directors of the only American Heart Association "Gold" certified primary stroke center in this region of the state. Piedmont Neurology is accepting new referrals at (864) 227-5240 or visit our website at www.piedmontneurologysc.com.