Aiken Regional Medical Centers

The CEO of the Aiken Regional Medical Centers has resigned, and the search is on for a replacement.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers announced Monday that Chief Executive Officer Vance Reynolds has submitted his resignation.

Reynolds' last day will be April 27, according to a news release from the hospital. 

Vance Reynolds

Vance Reynolds has resigned as CEO of Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

The release states the hospital has started a search for a successor. 

Matt Merrifield, chief operating officer, will handle administrative matters until a successor is named, the release states.

"During his three-year tenure, Mr. Reynolds made many contributions to the Medical Center and the Aiken community," the release says. 

Reynolds started Jan. 12, 2015, at Aiken Regional after serving as the CEO at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Sherman, Texas. There, he oversaw a 241-bed acute-care hospital with two campuses.

Other stints as CEO include River Region Health System in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Chester General Hospital in Cheraw, South Carolina; Byrd Regional Hospital in Leesville, Louisiana; and Riley Memorial Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter who joined the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star in June 2017. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.