Media Relations

AnMed Health welcomes inquiries by members of the media. Our medical staff's expertise covers more than 100 specialties, and many of our clinicians and professional staff are involved in shaping the future of health care on a national level.

Media Contacts
Kari Lutz, marketing director, 864.512.1027
Lizz Walker, public relations coordinator, 864.512.3765

If you need assistance after hours, please call the AnMed Health Switchboard at 864.512.1000 and ask the operator to contact the marketing representative on call.

When Inquiring About Patients' Conditions
As long as a patient has not asked that their information be withheld, AnMed Health is happy to assist reporters by providing an update on our patients' conditions. In compliance with federal HIPAA regulations, the following one-word conditions may be provided, only if the inquirer specifically identifies the patient by first and last name:

  • Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
  • Fair – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
  • Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
  • Critical – Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable. 
  • Undetermined – Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.
In-depth guidelines on releasing patient conditions are available here. These guidelines were reviewed and endorsed by the S.C. Hospital Association, the S.C. Press Association and the S.C. Broadcasters Association.

Company Description

AnMed Health is a 695-bed, not-for-profit health system serving the Upstate and northeast Georgia. The system is anchored by AnMed Health Medical Center, a 461-bed acute care hospital which has earned the prestigious Magnet® designation. The five-hospital system includes the AnMed Health Medical Center, AnMed Health Women's and Children's Hospital, AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital, AnMed Health Cannon Hospital in Pickens, S.C., and Elbert Memorial Hospital in Elberton, Ga. With more than 400 physicians and 3,700 employees, AnMed Health is Anderson County's largest employer.


Bill Manson, Chief Executive Officer
John Miller, President Emeritus
Thomas Kayrouz, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Tina Jury, R.N., Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Officer
Garrick Chidester, Executive Vice President of Network Operations and President and CEO of the Physician Network
Christine Pearson, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Cunningham, Vice President of Community Health Partnerships
David Glymph, Vice President of Clinical Support Services
Rick Grooms, Vice President of Human Resources
Brad Mock, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dianne Spoon, R.N., Vice President of Nursing

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