Awards & Recognitions

2013 Organizational Awards

GHS has been included in Becker Hospital Review’s 2013 edition of “100 Integrated Health Systems to Know,” which features health systems that focus on the continuum of care, from wellness and preventive services to urgent care, inpatient care, outpatient care, hospice, health plan offerings and more. GHS is the only health system in the Upstate to make the list. Click here to view the complete list of health systems.

GHS has been named one of the top 50 companies for diverse managers and women to work by Diversity MBA Magazine. The seventh annual list of “50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers and Women to Work” was published in the magazine’s spring issue available May 2013. GHS is the only healthcare provider in the state to make the list. Companies included in this ranking have established programs that create access for women and people of color to move into top leadership roles. This year’s benchmarking survey also expanded its research evaluations to include companies that implement intentional strategies based on accountability, succession planning, representation, workplace inclusion, recruitment and board diversity that allows and encourages managers and women of diverse backgrounds to advance and develop into leadership roles. 

GHS received the 2013 Spirit Award for Corporate Leadership from the United Way of Greenville County. This award celebrates those who are leading and creating impact around United Way’s work through volunteerism, advocacy and an outstanding record of philanthropic support.

GHS Children’s Hospital received the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 National Environment Leadership Award in Asthma Management. GHS Children’s Hospital is one of three asthma management programs in the U.S. to receive this award. Hailed as a national model for asthma care, GHS Children’s Hospital is leading the way in addressing asthma disparities. Its multidisciplinary, multilingual, family-centered program, led by the Center for Pediatric Medicine Asthma Action Team, provides medical care, case management, school/daycare visits and environmental control home visits to more than 4,000 children and adolescents with asthma each year. 

GHS' Greenville Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes GHS’ commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients. Click here to learn more.

GHS was the first and only company to receive a Gold Level Healthy Workplace Award from LiveWell Greenville at the inaugural LiveWell Healthy Workplace Expo and Awards Luncheon. GHS and nine other companies were recognized as leaders in supporting employee health and cultivating healthier work environments.

GHS was recognized as the top fundraising team in Greenville County at the 2013 March for Babies event. GHS raised more than $95,000 for the March of Dimes, which will be used to help ensure all babies getting a healthy start.

GHS' Patewood Memorial Hospital has been named the April 2013 Healthcare Organization of the Month by Studer Group, an outcomes firm that implements evidence-based leadership systems to help organizations attain and sustain outstanding results. This award is presented monthly to an organization that stands out from its peers and serves as a premier example of what is right in healthcare.

GHS was awarded a full five-year accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., a world-wide organization that acts as the “gold seal” to ensure high-quality standards in research programs. GHS currently has 670+ clinical trials - more than any other healthcare system in the state - including several first-in-human trials through its Institute for Translational Oncology Research.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina recognized Patewood Memorial Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for quality in the areas of spine surgery and knee and hip replacement. Greer Memorial Hospital was recognized for knee and hip replacement surgery, and Greenville Memorial Hospital was recognized for spine surgery.

As part of its Working Well initiative, the South Carolina Hospital Association and NC Prevention Partners recently recognized Greenville Hospital System’s employee tobacco cessation program with a Gold Star. The award-winning tobacco cessation program offers individual coaching for employees and spouses, as well as insurance rebates for non-tobacco users and those who participate in tobacco cessation programs. The program also offers free or reduced-cost nicotine replacement therapy and prescriptions for tobacco cessation medications. In addition, GHS maintains a strict tobacco-free policy on all five of its medical campuses. 

2013 Individual Awards & Recognitions

Dr. John Pearson, pharmacy manager, was named Preceptor of the Year by the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. This award is given annually to a preceptor who consistently goes above and beyond in their commitment to pharmacy education. Dr. Pearson was selected based on his work to create a rotation structure at GHS that serves as a model for other Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy partners. The rotation structure at GHS is unique in that it affords students exposure to all aspects of hospital pharmacy, acclimates them to the latest technology, and encourages them, through example, to be an integral part of the healthcare team.

The S.C. Organization of Nurse Leaders recently named Carol Moody, senior administrator for nursing, the 2013 S.C. Nurse Leader of the Year. The SCONL provides nurses with innovative leadership to improve health care in S.C. by fostering the development of its members through educational and networking opportunities. This award is presented annually to a nursing leader who demonstrates leadership in improving nursing professionalism and the nursing work environment.

Dr. Bruce Snyder, a vascular surgeon, has been named president of the South Carolina Medical Association. He will serve as the association’s official spokesperson and set its legislative agenda. His term begins April 27, 2013.

Fred Bender, director of GHS pharmacy services, received the 2013 Pharmacist of the Year Award from the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists. This award is presented annually to a pharmacist who provides exemplary and ongoing service to the society and to the pharmacy profession.

Dr. Brenda Thames, vice president of academic development, received an Amy K. Stubbs Women of Achievement Award at the YWCA of Greenville’s 10th awards luncheon. Dr. Thames was honored for Achievement in Health Care. 

Robyn Zimmerman, director of public and community relations, was recognized at the 2013 Women Making History event sponsored by the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center. Robyn's life has taken her from the stage to the screen and from classrooms to boardrooms, and all the while, she has maintained a focus on service.

2013 Accreditations & Designations

GHS' breast health program has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation from the National Accreditation for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Click here to learn more. 

GHS has been named a Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association and achieved Platinum level status. This is the fourth year GHS has received this award and the second year in a row it has achieved platinum status. The Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.  

Other Achievements

Lynn Ethridge, pharmacy informatics manager, has been given the title of Fellow by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Members who achieve Fellow status have successfully demonstrated sustained commitment or contributions to excellence in practice for at least 10 years, contributed to the total body of knowledge in the field, demonstrated active involvement and leadership in ASHP and other professional organizations, and been actively involved in and committed to educating practitioners and others. The program has recognized 771 Fellows since it began in 1988.

Chris Plemons, manager of practice operations for GHS' department of surgery, was elected to serve as governor of the S.C. Medical Group Management Association in 2013. 

Colorectal surgeon Dr. Cedrek McFadden was recently initiated into Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons. To be initiated into Fellowship, Dr. McFadden had to meet strict membership requirements and receive approval from at least three-fourths of the College’s Board of Regents. Only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree without compromise to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College are admitted into Fellowship. 

Plastic surgeon Dr. Cart deBrux was voted into active membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Member physicians must be board certified and have at least five years of surgical training – two of which must be in plastic surgery.

Dr. Jack W. Bonner, professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was appointed to the Advisory Board of the South Carolina Opioid Safety Initiative (SCOSI). SCOSI's charge is to begin the process of developing and recommending strategies and interventions to reduce opioid misuse/abuse/diversion and to optimize pain management and opioid safe use within the state. SCOSI is funded by an FDA grant awarded to the SC College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Jack W. Bonner, professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was elected president of the Benjamin Rush Society (BRS) at the society’s annual meeting in January. The BRS is an invitational honor society that fosters an atmosphere congenial to the exchange of ideas and information among leaders in the field of psychiatry.

The South Carolina Orthopaedic Association named orthopaedic resident Dr. John Adams winner of their annual Resident Research Competition and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship for his paper on tibia fractures. Dr. Kevin Kruse, another orthopaedic resident, was awarded second place for his paper on rotator cuff tears.

Grace R. Dotson, director of hospital case management, has been elected to serve as President-Elect for the South Carolina Chapter of the American Case Management Association.

Dr. Tom Diller, vice president for quality and patient safety, recently received his Certification in Medical Quality from the American Board of Medical Quality. This certification demonstrates evidence of expertise, experience and training in the field of medical quality management, including clinical quality improvement. Slightly more than 100 physicians nationwide have this certification.