New hospital administrator begins Aug. 7

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McLeod Health has announced the appointment of Rachel Turner Gainey as administrator and vice president of McLeod Health Clarendon in Manning. She will replace Deborah Locklair, who will return to her role as senior vice president and regional administrator at McLeod Health. Gainey will officially take over the position Aug. 7.

According to a news release, during Gainey's 14-year tenure with McLeod Health, she has worked in operations and strategic planning as well as in market development. For more than a decade, she has served as a member of the administrative leadership team at McLeod Health Dillon with oversight of both strategic and clinical operations, according to the release.

More recently, Gainey served as the associate vice president of ancillary patient services, overseeing eight clinical areas with responsibility for operations, financial management and performance improvement.

Gainey also has experience in communications, community health and as a physician liaison. Gainey has worked to strengthen the McLeod Health brand, improve the health of the community and cultivate relationships with physicians and practices, according to the release.

"Rachel has a strong skill set in developing and executing plans and has proven success in project management," Locklair said. "With her deep knowledge base of the McLeod Health organization, its priorities and its endeavors, she understands the quality of work essential to the continued growth of services to support the care of the patients we serve."

Gainey, who is married and has two children, said she was excited to "explore a new area" of South Carolina.

"I have had such a warm welcome; I really feel comfortable," she said.

In addition to serving in positions at McLeod Regional Medical Center and McLeod Health Dillon, Gainey has worked on special projects for McLeod Health such as the development of the McLeod Health Community Needs Assessment for the counties McLeod serves.

Gainey's service with the McLeod Health system dates back to her role as a teen volunteer. She officially joined the team in 2003 as a graduate administrative resident while she completed her Master of Health Administration degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. Gainey completed the degree with honors.