Teaching is more than graduate medical education, and learning can take place in a variety of venues. Look below to learn some of the innovative ways GHS is educating others.
Nursing Building Underway
Clemson University, in partnership with GHS, is expanding its nursing program in Greenville to help meet the growing need for nurses as well as bolster health innovation and research efforts. Through the expansion, Clemson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can grow from 352 students to 800 over the next six years. The expansion also will increase the number of clinical placements within GHS.
Nursing students will begin coursework on Greenville Memorial Medical Campus (GMMC) in fall 2018, after completing their first two years at Clemson. The program will be housed in the Clemson University Center for Nursing, Health Innovation and Research—a four-story clinical learning and research building at GMMC that offers a hospital-like environment with virtual reality IV simulators, high-fidelity human patient simulators and space for academic collaboration and interprofessional training. (See rendering above.)
Direct Entry Program Debuts
Five freshmen at Furman University considering medical school have an opportunity to receive support and guaranteed admission to University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville, thanks to the new Direct Entry Program. The pipeline program helps accepted Furman students chart a pathway to medical school and allows the medical school to identify talented South Carolina students interested in health care.
USC School of Medicine Greenville enrolls over 300 students—about 10 percent are Furman graduates. Students accepted into the Direct Entry Program must maintain a 3.5 grade point average, take courses in biology, chemistry, physics and the humanities, and meet additional academic requirements.
This program is part of Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, which launched October 2016 and unites experts in academia, health care and the non-profit sector in improving community health. Furman is GHS’ academic undergraduate partner.
Health Sciences Center
GHS has evolved into a major healthcare delivery system and academic health center that provides clinical education to more than 5,000 students annually. As a result of this growth, GHS has established a limited liability company—Health Sciences Center (HSC)—to oversee and manage all GHS teaching, workforce development, research and entrepreneurial activities.
HSC has three areas of focus:
• Oversee planning for and assign all academic programming in the GHS clinical learning environment
• Sponsor graduate medical education
• Oversee business development, funds flow, financial operations and economic development for GHS in partnership with Clemson University, Furman University, University of South Carolina and others
HSC is a unique opportunity for GHS to lead the transformation in health care, higher education, philanthropy and economic development while creating better lives for South Carolinians.
Visit hsc.ghs.org to learn more.
Project Search a Great Find
As the state’s third Project Search site, Baptist Easley—in partnership with the Pickens County School District, S.C. Vocational Rehab, and the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs—provides transitional job skills to high school seniors with disabilities and special needs. (GHS is part owner of Baptist Easley.)
These students (along with their teacher and job coaches) take classes in the hospital; each must complete three internships as well. At Baptist Easley, internships take place in areas such as Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition, Radiology, physician practices and nursing units.
The hospital’s first class of seven students (see photo) resulted in all interns securing paying jobs in the community!
Positive Press for Patewood Performance
Press Ganey Associates Inc., a national agency, requested a site visit of Patewood Memorial Campus to shadow staff and learn what makes the campus so successful. The agency wanted to share the findings with its clients through a best practice study in an upcoming publication.