I am a native of Reidsville; my wife and I have lived in Reidsville now for 48 years and I have been the District 2 County Commissioner for 12 years. When Tattnall hospital was about to close several years back, people were very concerned that they would have to travel very far to receive a high level of medical care. Savannah being about 70 miles away is a good distance from us and it was going to be a very difficult transition to make. Over the last couple of years, since Optim purchased the hospital here in Reidsville, I have seen an upswing in our entire community. Not only has it increased our local economy for jobs but it has literally brought our county together. Before, it was highly unheard of that people would come to Reidsville for medical care, and now, I hear about people traveling from surrounding counties to come here for medical care. And, that’s attributed to the great results and experiences that people have had here at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, because they end up spreading the word around their local communities. The accessibility of the high-level of healthcare for us and other counties is a truly wonderful thing. On a personal level, my wife and I have had several medical procedures done by Optim physicians over the last 10 years. I was extremely well taken care of when John P. George, MD did my two knee replacements, Bradley Heiges, MD did my back surgery, and I was very pleased. Joseph C. Hegarty, MD treated my wife for pain management for chronic leg pains before she opted for her spinal cord stimulator surgery that Dr. Heiges performed and finally, Mark Spivey, MD did an excellent job repairing my wife’s torn meniscus in her knee. I know it sounds strange, but I have never heard anything bad said about the medical center, and I have to say, I think Optim coming into Reidsville has been the best thing that could have ever happened to our community.