Awards & Achievements

GHS receives numerous awards and recognitions each year. Below is a list of some of those honors received in FY 2017. Each is a demonstration of our commitment to heal compassionately, teach innovatively and improve constantly.

Spotlight Achievement: Magnet Milestone

Greer Memorial Hospital has been granted Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet is the highest level of recognition an organization can receive for high-quality nursing. (See photo above.)

Greer Memorial is the first GHS hospital and the fourth in the state to achieve this recognition. Just 450 of over 6,300 U.S. healthcare systems have attained Magnet designation—only a few dozen of those have fewer than 100 beds (Greer has 82)!

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Systemwide Accolades

Model of Diversity

For the sixth year in a row, Diversity MBA Magazine named GHS a top 50 company for diverse managers and women. Businesses included in this ranking have established programs that create access for women and people of color to move into leadership roles.

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An International Toast

GHS garnered the Toastmasters International Corporate Award for its continuing support of its Toastmasters Club at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Support includes providing meeting locations, sponsoring member renewal dues and allowing the club to host area and district Toastmasters events at system facilities.

Supply Chain Honor

GHS is one of just 11 organizations to earn the ECRI Institute’s 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. This award recognizes healthcare organizations that follow best practices to reduce costs without negatively affecting quality and patient outcomes. This year’s winners were selected from nearly 3,000 members nationwide.

Palmetto Gold

Two nurses from GHS were named among the top 100 nurses in the state in 2017. Nurses are recognized with the Palmetto Gold Award for providing excellent patient care and demonstrating a strong commitment to the nursing profession. Since the program was introduced in 2002, 97 GHS nurses have been named Palmetto Gold recipients.

Best of the Best

GHS was voted Best Place to Work by readers of The Greenville News. Also recognized was MD360® Convenient Care as providing the Best Urgent Care.

Feeling Secure

GHS Public Safety was tapped by the International Association of Healthcare Security & Safety for being an outstanding department that achieves and maintains a designated level of certified officers and management staff.

Hospital/Departmental Honors

Tops in Teaching

The Leapfrog Group named Greenville Memorial Hospital one of the nation’s Top Teaching Hospitals in 2016—one of just 29 hospitals to receive this honor!

Five Stars for Skilled Nursing and Rehab

GHS Skilled Nursing and Rehab-Laurens received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This top rating is based on a health and fire safety inspection, staffing and quality measures.

Caregiver Satisfaction Award

Oconee’s Hospice of the Foothills received the Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) Best Premier Performer award. This prestigious honor is given for achieving an overall CAHPS Hospice caregiver satisfaction score that ranked in the top 5% of all SHP clients during 2016.

High Performers from U.S. News & World Report

Patewood Memorial Hospital was named “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report in orthopaedics overall and in adult hip and knee replacement specifically.

Greenville Memorial Hospital also was named high performing in colon cancer surgery and in lung cancer surgery.

In addition, Greer Memorial Hospital was recognized as high performing in heart failure and in hip and knee replacement. It also was named one of the best hospitals in the Upstate and tied for seventh for best hospital in the state.

Working Well at Baptist Easley

The S.C. Hospital Association has recognized Baptist Easley with the Working Well Platinum Excellence Award for workplace wellness. The award is based on cultivating a culture of wellness that includes a tobacco-free setting, healthy food environment and physical activity opportunities. In fact, the association named Baptist Easley a center of excellence for being one of the first in the state to provide this culture several years ago! 2017 marks the first year the association has offered platinum recognition.

Baptist Easley is a 50/50 ownership/operation venture between GHS and Palmetto Health intended to enhance access to care, improve quality, and facilitate coordination of care between the area’s community and tertiary care hospitals.

‘A’ for Safety

Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital and Hillcrest Memorial Hospital have earned “A” rankings from the Leapfrog Group. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice a year.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. Taken together, those measures produce a grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

CMS Stars Still Shining

GHS hospitals have retained their CMS Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings from FY16: five-star ratings for Patewood Memorial Hospital and Greer Memorial Hospital. Greenville Memorial Hospital maintained four stars—only about 8% of major teaching hospitals surpass three stars. Our other facilities remain nationally rated at three or four out of five stars.

Wound Healing

The national Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence award was presented to the Baptist Easley Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center for achieving high patient satisfaction and healing rates over a two-year span. Baptist Easley’s center has received this award five times! (GHS is part owner of Baptist Easley.)

Women’s Choice Winners

The Women’s Choice Award identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on the most recent publicly available information from CMS and accreditation information that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. Four GHS hospitals received a total of five awards.

Oconee Memorial Hospital earned an award for Best Patient Safety. Also honored: Patewood Memorial Hospital for Best Orthopaedics, GMH for Best Heart Care and Best Breast Center, and Greer Memorial Hospital for Best Obstetrics.

Zero Harm

Four GHS hospitals received the annual Certified Zero Harm Award by the S.C. Hospital Association: Greenville Memorial, Greer Memorial, Hillcrest Memorial and Laurens County Memorial. The awards are given when no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature are recorded during the reporting period.

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Marketing Kudos

The Department of Marketing garnered two awards from the international Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. The Award of Excellence—the Academy’s highest honor—went to “Exercise Is Medicine: Launch Video,” while the Award of Distinction was given for GHS 360 News.

Community Champion

GHS’ Pediatric Endocrinology division received the 2017 Community Champions award from the Greater Western Carolina chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This honor is remarkable in that it typically is given to an individual or family, rarely to a medical unit, for exceptional work involving type 1 diabetes.

Also, the division’s research team was honored by the national Pediatric Diabetes Consortium with the Outstanding Performance award. This achievement acknowledged the team’s recruitment and participation in type 2 diabetes clinical trials.

More Best of the Best

Laurens County Memorial Hospital was voted the best hospital by readers of the Clinton Chronicle. 2017 marks the 12th year in a row that the hospital has amassed this honor from the Readers’ Choice contests sponsored by the local newspaper.

Greer Citizen readers voted Greer Memorial Hospital as having the top emergency department. Tapped for “best pediatrician” was GHS’ Greer office of The Children’s Clinic, with the best family doctor honors going to a GHS physician at Cypress Internal Medicine-Greer.

Accreditations & Other Designations

National Trauma Center Verifications

Greenville Memorial Hospital has been verified as a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes both trauma centers’ dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

National verification is voluntary and a step above state designation; GMH has been a state-designated Level 1 Adult Trauma Center since 1998. In April, GMH became a state-designated Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.

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Imaging Center of Excellence

Hillcrest Memorial Hospital (HMH) has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. HMH is first in the state and ninth in the country to receive this designation!

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Oncology Honors

ALS Clinic a Recognized Treatment Center: The system’s ALS Clinic recently achieved the ALS Association’s Recognized Treatment Center designation. This designation assures patients of the best standard of evidence-based, multi-disciplinary ALS care and services in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on hope and quality of life.

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It’s a FACT: The GHS Cancer Institute has received FACT accreditation for allogeneic stem cell transplantation. The Cancer Institute is one of just two programs in the state—and the only in the Upstate—to earn FACT accreditation for both allogeneic (non-self) and autologous (self) stem cell transplants.

Click here to learn what this means for patients with blood-borne diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Rural Health Clinic

Clinton’s Advanced Family Medicine practice has been named an accredited Rural Health Clinic by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The goal of the Rural Health Clinic program is to increase access to primary care services for Medicare and Medicaid patients in rural communities.

Radiology Accreditations

Nuclear Medicine: The Department of Nuclear Medicine at Laurens County Memorial Hospital has earned accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Accreditation lasts three years.

Ultrasound: Greenville Memorial Medical Campus was awarded a three-year accreditation in gynecologic, general and pediatric ultrasound from the American College of Radiology. This recognition represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

Computed Tomography (CT): The CT department of GHS’ Vascular Health Alliance has received accreditation by the American College of Radiology. This designation recognizes high practice standards for staff expertise, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Special Recognitions

$21.6 Million in Shared Savings

For several years, GHS has worked with the Care Coordination Institute to better respond to shifts in healthcare reimbursement. One example is GHS’ participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Through this program, networks take accountability for the health of a population based on certain clinical measures, such as chronic disease management.

Networks that improve the population’s health and spend less money in the process get to share in those savings. In its second year of taking part, MyHealth First Network®—of which many physician participants are employed by GHS—cut Medicare costs by over $21.6 million while improving quality of care for nearly 60,000 Medicare beneficiaries!

As a result, GHS will share in these savings. Nationally, more than $700 million was saved.

We’ve Got You Covered!

Viewing a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most people. GHS Eye Institute made sure thousands along the path of totality had a safe covering for watching this event. The institute gave away 34,000 NASA-approved eclipse-viewing glasses! Glasses were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, newborns arriving August 21 were given special onesies to commemorate this celestial rarity.