August 30, 2019
ATLANTA–PruittHealth celebrates 50 years of service to the community on Wednesday, Sept. 4. To commemorate, here are five facts about PruittHealth and how it impacts the communities it serves.
• 60. The number of patients the original PruittHealth location – Toccoa Nursing Center – could care for at any given time. Today, the PruittHealth family provides care for 24,000 patients daily.
• Neil Pruitt Sr., founder of PruittHealth, purchased a plot of land on the side of a mountain in Tallulah Falls to protect it from developers. He leased the land for $1 per year to the Athens Y Camp. One weekend every summer, the PruittCares Foundation hosts Camp Cocoon, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one, on that same plot of land.
• A few dozen. The number of people employed when PruittHealth was founded in 1969. Today, the family has grown to 16,000 people in four states and each receives a turkey dinner at the holidays, courtesy of Chairman and CEO Neil L. Pruitt Jr., who took over the family-run business in 2003.
• Originally known as UHS-Pruitt Corporation, but always a Pruitt family organization, the company was renamed to PruittHealth in 2014 to better reflect the full range of services it had grown to offer, including advanced rehabilitation, home health, hospice and more.
“We take great pride in caring for our hometown heroes,” said Neil L. Pruitt Jr. “It is a privilege to care for those who taught us and fought for us. This important milestone honors every partner, every patient, and every resident – every person who makes this organization special and has shaped it into what it is today.”
A family-owned organization for 50 years, PruittHealth provides a seamless network of post-acute care services and resources, offering skilled nursing care, home health care, end-of-life hospice care, therapy services, as well as pharmacy and infusion services across the Southeast. Its 16,000 employed partners serve approximately 24,000 patients daily in more than 180 locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.