EASLEY – Baptist Easley Hospital is offering a new location for handling bill payments opening of the hospital’s new Financial Operations Center.
“Baptist Easley Hospital has renovated 10,000 square feet of conditioned space at the former Bank of America building on E. First Avenue in Easley,” said Allison Greene, public relations manager at Baptist Easley. “The approximately $1 million investment improves Baptist Easley’s accessibility and service to the public. All financial operations, including bill pay and a drive-through window, occur at this location.”
The new facility will offer a complete financial review for those with hospital accounts.
“This brings a very convenient and accessible location for folks to come and review financial information about their hospital accounts,” said Larry Pope, chief financial officer at Baptist Easley. “We have inpatient and outpatient billing services for the hospital here as well as physician billing services.”
According to Pope, the renovation of an old bank provided the unique convenience of a drive-thru window.
“When we learned that this location was available, that was one of the first things that came to mind,” Pope said. “We could make a great improvement for elderly folks that find it inconvenient to park and walk inside the office to settle an account. This facility will please the patients and a drive-thru window makes perfect sense.”
The building was originally the headquarters for Carolina National Bank. The head of the bank then was Mr. Sump Cassells, grandfather to Baptist Easley Board member Robert Dye, Jr., and Foundation Board member Alex Dye.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Baptist Easley CEO Mike Batchelor took time to recognize both Robert and Alex Dye.
“Their grandfather, Mr. Sump Cassells, was president of Carolina National Bank.,” Batchelor said. “Their father, Robert Dye Sr., followed in his steps until he pulled out and started what was the Peoples National Bank and is today SCBT.”
The architect of the original Carolina National Bank project in 1967, Mr. John D. Rogers, was also in attendance and recognized by Batchelor.
“What a privilege that he could be with us for this reopening now more than 45 years later.” Batchelor said. “He is also a cousin of Dr. Malcolm Rogers and Dr. Dexter Rogers, both longtime associates of Baptist Easley.”
Batchelor also spoke of the multifaceted significance of the project.
“This is what our community is about,” Batchelor said. “It is about generations serving the people of this area and it is about Baptist Easley preserving, promoting and enhancing the health of those we serve. Today, with the renovation and reopening of this building, we are able to support the economic revitalization of this city.”