FLORENCE, S.C. — For Vance Reynolds, serving the community by caring for people is a passion that was instilled in him at an early age.

Reynolds, a Texas native, joined Carolinas Hospital System as the organization’s chief executive officer on April 30. He serves as the market CEO for both Carolinas Hospital System Florence and Marion.

He received his bachelor of science in accounting at the University of North Texas and his master of business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Reynolds worked at a CPA firm until he earned his master’s and started working for hospitals.

Reynolds said he was in and out of health care facilities as a young child with a form of leukemia.

“The cancer disappeared, and I think it was by the grace of God,” Reynolds said. “Although it disappeared, I had a lot of side effects as a kid. I lost all of my senses and, from the time I was 2 until about age 6 or 7 when I regained my senses and even then, I still had to attend rehabilitation, because I was at such a disadvantage.”

Because of that experience, Reynolds said, he understood the need for great health care.

“The care that the community receives actually gives them hope,” Reynolds said. “I’m not a nurse or a physician, but I feel like it’s my job to lead this group to provide great health care to serve the community the best that we can.”

“Health care is a whole lot more than just the medicine,” Reynolds said. “It’s about the spiritual side, the emotional side, the social side. It’s really leading a group that gives complete care to people and gives them hope. A lot of times, people that come to hospitals don’t have much hope, but it’s our job to take care of them as completely as possible.”

Reynolds and his wife, Paula, have been married for nearly 28 years and have six children. He has 20 years of health care experience and has served in roles of CFO, COO and CEO at facilities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas.

Before coming to Florence, Reynolds most recently served as the CEO at Aiken Regional Medical Center, a 259-bed hospital with two facilities. He said the transition to Florence was an easy one because his first CEO job was in Cheraw, approximately 15 years ago. He said coming back to the Pee Dee was something he and his wife looked forward to.

“We actually adopted our two youngest children out of Florence,” Reynolds said. “We made some great friends, and there were already some times to the Pee Dee area and to Florence. So, when the opportunity came up, my wife and I said if we’re not going to be back home in Texas, Florence and the Pee Dee were the next home for us. We really thought it was the Lord opening the door to us, and it truly is a great place to live and raise a family.”

Reynolds said Carolinas Hospital will continue to work on physician recruitment and growing its alignment of services. The organization also plans to break ground on a 10,300-square-foot emergency department near the Florence Soccer Complex in December.

“We want to continue to grow our access points for our patients and our communities so that it’s easier on them to get the care they need,” Reynolds said. “We want the community to know all the services that we provide all over the area.”

Outside of work, Reynolds said, he enjoys spending time with his family and mentoring kids. He is a nationally licensed soccer coach and has been coaching for more than 20 years.

“Anything that involves kids is what I love to do,” Reynolds said. “I think that sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and don’t allow ourselves to live life to the fullest and be a kid again.”

Source: The Associated Press

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