Photo: Kevin Brown, Piedmont Healthcare CEO; Richard Tanzella, Piedmont Rockdale CEO; Harry McFarling, M.D., Piedmont Healthcare Board Chair; Rick Simons, Piedmont Rockdale Board Chair; and Greg Hurst, Piedmont Healthcare COO.

Rockdale Medical Center is officially Piedmont Rockdale Hospital, the eighth hospital in the Piedmont Healthcare system. In August, Piedmont announced it signed an asset purchase agreement with LifePoint Health, an investor-owned healthcare company based in Brentwood, Tenn., to assume responsibility for Rockdale. While the transition was official on Oct. 1, 2017, it was publicly celebrated by community members, and board members, leadership and employees of both Piedmont and Rockdale, on Oct. 2. Leaders cut a ceremonial ribbon and a banner displaying where a new Piedmont Rockdale marquee will adorn the East Tower of the hospital was unveiled.

“Sixty-three years ago, our hospital was founded to meet the need for advanced medical services in Rockdale County,” said Rick Simons, chairman of the board of directors for Piedmont Rockdale Hospital. “Over the years, the hospital has grown and evolved with the community; however, the mission has always been to provide high-quality healthcare. Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter. In joining Piedmont, we continue our commitment to the community of delivering excellent healthcare close to home.”

Also on hand at the ceremony was Piedmont Rockdale CEO Richard Tanzella. Tanzella has been chief operating officer for Piedmont’s Physician Enterprise and has been integral to Piedmont and Rockdale’s clinical affiliation that has help Rockdale expand its cardiovascular services.

“I’m excited to be joining Piedmont Rockdale. Over the past three years, I’ve gotten to know the area physicians through our clinical affiliation, and I look forward to working with clinicians and staff alike to improve the health and well-being of the Rockdale community,” Tanzella said.

Kevin Brown, CEO of Piedmont Healthcare added, “Through our clinical affiliation with Rockdale, we’ve seen the same dedication to high-quality, patient-centered care that we value at Piedmont and knew this hospital would be a great addition to the Piedmont family. It is nice to celebrate making it official today.”

To watch a video of Piedmont Rockdale Hospital’s ribbon cutting ceremony, visit their Facebook page.