Lexington Medical Center, the 292-bed county hospital in West Columbia, S.C., that's being heavily courted by several for-profit chains, has appointed Michael Biediger as its new president and chief executive officer.
Biediger, 41, replaces Kenneth Shull, who resigned to take the reins of the South Carolina Hospital Association. Biediger was Lexington's chief operating officer. Shull, 48, assumed the SCHA presidency on June 1.
Shull replaced William Yates, 65, who retired from the post after 28 years as head of the association.
Lexington, meanwhile, still is evaluating four bids it's received regarding a possible purchase of the hospital. Three suitors are Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Quorum Health Group. The fourth suitor is unknown. Lexington has yet to release any details about the offers.
The unsolicited bids made to the County Council of Lexington County prompted the hospital in March to back out of a proposed merger-like partnership with two other not-for-profit hospitals, 583-bed Richland Memorial Hospital and 411-bed Baptist Medical Center, both in adjacent Columbia, S.C. (March 25, p. 42).
A spokesman for Lexington said the executive committee of the hospital's board should complete its evaluation of the bids by the end of this month and forward its recommendation to the County Council after that.