HEALTH 2019: Promise transformation to RiverBridge expected to be complete by mid-May

Published 11:37 pm Saturday, April 27, 2019


VIDALIA — Promise Hospital is undergoing a transformation.

Once construction work, including a facelift and new color scheme, is complete the hospital will emerge as RiverBridge Specialty Hospital, company officials said.

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The changes are expected by mid-May, said Michael Harrell, CEO of Promise Hospital.

Harrell said the facelift would include a new color scheme and landscaping and the new ownership under Sentry Concordia LLC would continue the “effort to serve the community and provide quality patient care.”

The anticipated closing date for the sale of Promise to Sentry Concordia LLC is April 30.

“Once the transaction closes, the name of the hospital will change to RiverBridge Specialty Hospital,” company officials said.

SentryCare manages Rehabilitation, Nursing home and Assisted Living communities in Mississippi and Arkansas, including locally operated Magnolia Village, an Assisted Living community in Natchez, since 1995.

Dr. Randy Tillman, one of the founders of Promise Hospital, will remain a minority owner and assist in management of the hospital.

“We are proud to continue our involvement in the health care continuum in the Miss-Lou,” said Chris Cheek, a native Mississippian who founded SentryCare in 1993. “SentryCare has always been committed to quality health care services, and we look forward to working with Dr. Tillman, the medical staff and other local providers to ensure the ongoing success of the hospital.”

Cheek said he had met with Harrell and the leadership of Promise hospital.

“What an impressive and dedicated group,” Cheek said. “We are certainly honored to be a part of the team.”