AAMC Names Turner as New CEO


The Board of Trustees of Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) has appointed Howard “Dean” Turner as the hospital’s new chief executive officer.  Board Chair Harold Campbell said, “Dean brings a wealth of hospital experience to this position, and is committed to helping us create a sustainable future for our hospital and maintain local access to care in our community.” 

Quorum Health Resources, which provides management support to AAMC, conducted a national search to fill this leadership position and worked closely with the board to identify the right candidate for the hospital and community. Turner will begin work at AAMC on Monday, April 4.

Turner has served as CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital in Perry, Oklahoma for the past three years. He has held hospital leadership positions for more than 25 years, including roles at Hilton Head Hospital and The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties in South Carolina.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Harding University in Arkansas, and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. A member of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and Health Financial Management Association, Turner received the national Eugene J. Sandleback Award in 2005.

He is married to Kathie, and has three adult children and three grandchildren, who live in South Carolina.  “I look forward to getting to know and work with the medical staff, employees and board, and becoming an active member of the community,” stated Turner. “From what I’ve seen already, this is a wonderful community which obviously cares about its local hospital.” 

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