The View – Jan/Feb 2017

Volume 67, Issue 1

January / February 2017

Your Opinions Matter and Are Worth Sharing

Annual Employee Perspective Survey, March 6-21

Employee Perspective Survey, March 6-21

  • All surveys are completed online
  • Participants use individual ID codes
  • All answers are confidential: No Prisma Health employee ever sees individual employee responses to survey questions

During March 6-21, Prisma Health will conduct the 2017 Employee Perspective Survey. Over the last 10 years, this key tool has provided a baseline for where we stand and insight on where we need to go. Employee opinions matter and are worth sharing!

Our target for 2017 is 87% participation. This goal is one we know we can meet; last year we met this same goal. Reaching this goal is a stunning achievement for an organization as large as Prisma Health and reflects commitment of leaders at all levels and the willingness of so many of our employees to take a few minutes to share their opinions about what is working well and what needs improvement.

Once again, survey ambassadors from all departments and representing all shifts and weekends will receive training to keep their work units motivated and informed about the survey.

As in years past, we will complete the survey online. We will continue the use of unique ID codes to ensure confidentiality, improve accuracy of results and streamline the process. Remember, no one at Prisma Health ever sees individual employee responses.

During a time of rapid change and tough decisions, the collective voice of frontline staff, management and doctors remains critical. When more people respond to the survey, we receive a more consistent picture of what is happening at the system, facility and department levels.

Over the last 10 years, this key tool has provided a baseline for where we stand and insight on where we need to go. Employee opinions are important and worth sharing!

Some Enhancements and Improvements Driven by 2016 Survey Responses

Compensation and Benefits
• Increased employee merit opportunity to a maximum of 3%

• Invested over $249 million in employer-sponsored benefits for employees in 2016; over $257 million is budgeted for FY 2017

• Spent an average $2.4 million each week on health claims, dental claims and prescription drugs for employees and covered dependents—about $4 out of every $5 in costs incurred by employees for medical, dental and prescription drug expenses

Work Environment
• Greer Memorial Hospital was granted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Employee Communication
• Offered existing venues through which leaders could inform employees about Prisma Health’s strategic direction and organizational structure

Began discussions around creating an employee app after survey results showed that 77% of survey respondents would use an app on their device to access information such as inclement weather alerts, health and wellness program offerings, and employee benefits

Confirmed The View will remain an electronic-only publication given that 65% of those surveyed said they would continue reading the newsletter if it were only available electronically

Employee Development
Enrolled 53 frontline staff and 17 management staff in Emerging Leaders, a 12-month program that prepares a diverse group of high-performing Prisma Health employees for future management and leadership roles

• Continued to sponsor Prisma Health Young Professionals Society, now 366+ strong

Continued to expand leadership development for all management staff through Leadership Development Retreats, Leadership Grand Rounds and numerous continuing education programs with an emphasis on Conscious Leadership/Professionalism

Prisma Health Honors Diversity Leadership

The 10th Annual Martin Luther King Diversity Leadership Awards Luncheon took place January 13. Sponsored by the Prisma Health Diversity Department, the event celebrates outstanding individuals and departments that support diversity and inclusion at Prisma Health.

Naomi Tutu, gender and race activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, served as keynote speaker. She challenged attendees to honor Dr. King’s legacy by believing that we all have the ability to make a difference. She urged participants to act by saying, “We all can do something where we are to make our world a better place.”

Diversity Leadership Award Winners

Betty Johnson

Betty Johnson, EVS Tech/Oconee Memorial Hospital (OMH), received the Individual Diversity Leadership Award for her work in the community. Twenty-five years ago, Betty hosted an Easter Egg hunt in her backyard that now is a community-wide event in her town of Westminster. Hunter Kome, president of OMH, said, “Betty’s deep faith is at the foundation of everything she does. You cannot come into contact with her without feeling uplifted.”

Prisma Health Mobile Health Clinic won the Department Diversity Leadership Award. The customized RV takes health care into underserved communities. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” The mobile clinic works to provide high-quality access to medical care for all.


As the state’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, our system is always open, and you are always ready to serve those in need throughout the region.

President's Report

I joined Prisma Health almost 25 years ago as a vascular surgeon fresh from serving in the Air Force as a surgeon and, before that, in Operation Desert Storm. Last year, I became the first physician to serve as president of Greenville Health System. I’ve learned a lot in the last six months, and I humbly admit that I’m still learning from all of you daily as I see you demonstrate excellence under pressure.

As you know, 2016 was particularly challenging financially. Despite being a tough year, we still managed to provide more than $412 million in community benefit. This figure includes charity care for those unable to pay, Medicare shortfalls, bad debt and support to our community health partners.

Our ability to get back on track financially while continuing to deliver high-quality care is a testament to you—our employees—who live our mission every day: Heal compassionately, teach innovatively, improve constantly. As the state’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, our system is always open, and you are always ready to serve those in need throughout the region.

To help ensure our patients continue to receive stellar care, Prisma Health will increasingly partner with other healthcare providers to create unique opportunities that improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and enhance the patient experience.

For example, the recently announced joint venture with Acadia Healthcare will result in a new behavioral health hospital and increase mental health services. And as part of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, we are expanding telemedicine to rural areas of the state.

Our status as an academic health center and our long history of academic and research programs have drawn top physicians and scholars who, in turn, have attracted top students and young doctors who want to train at Prisma Health and live in the Upstate.

Through our unique academic partnerships with Clemson University, Furman University and the University of South Carolina,  we are becoming a healthcare research powerhouse, harnessing our combined resources for the good of our region.

This truly is an exciting time at Prisma Health for us all. We stand at a pivotal moment to modernize healthcare delivery in our state and across the nation. I am honored to work with each of you in serving our patients and our community.

Spence M. Taylor, MD

Quick Takes

Hometown: Greer, SC

Family: Husband, Randy; two grown daughters, Laura and Lisa; two grandchildren

Interests: Creating stained glass, playing golf

Leadership Profile

Leadership Profile: Bonne Johnson, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, Greer Memorial Hospital and the Prisma Health Eastern Region

In December, Greer Memorial Hospital achieved Magnet recognition, a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. And no one could be more pleased with this accomplishment than Bonne Johnson, CNO for Greer Memorial Hospital and the Prisma Health Eastern Region.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. With this credential, Greer Memorial Hospital joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 448 U.S. healthcare organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

Greer Memorial Hospital is the fourth in the state and the first and only hospital in Greenville County to achieve Magnet recognition.

“Greer Memorial Hospital nurses are empowered to explore and initiate new ideas and best practices,” Johnson pointed out. “This recognition reflects our unique culture of caring, teamwork and compassion with sincere dedication to patients and their families.”

Johnson emphasized that reaching this milestone would not be possible without the efforts and teamwork of the hospital’s nurses, doctors, support departments and other staff at Greer and across the system. “This achievement validates everyone’s hard work,” she noted.

Greer’s Magnet quest began in early 2015. A committee was appointed to ensure that all requirements for the Magnet application would be met. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.

Johnson shared that the committee’s enthusiasm sparked excitement across the campus. Stirred by the 2016 Summer Olympics, committee members created the theme of “Going for Magnet Gold.” They used the five rings of the Olympics logo to represent the five tenets of Magnet excellence: Transformational Leadership, Exemplary Professional Practice, Structural Empowerment, New Knowledge/Innovation/ Research and Empirical Outcomes.

Staff in all departments and units crafted posters inspired by Olympic events to celebrate their unique strengths.

Developing and implementing effective communication was key for the committee. Unit-based and campus-wide messaging let staff know when milestones were reached. Staff meetings and a closed Facebook group page helped ensure two-way communication. Posters, emails and daily Magnet updates also kept staff informed and motivated.

“The journey to Magnet Recognition has been a time for hospital staff to shine and share our unique culture of caring, teamwork and compassion,” Johnson stated, adding that their commitment has resulted in the great outcomes, patient safety initiatives and patient satisfaction scores that reflect Magnet standards for nursing excellence.


Through the Women's Heart Center,
Prisma Health Takes Aim at the Top Killer of Women

In February—American Heart Month—Prisma Health Carolina Cardiology Consultants opened the Women’s Heart Center to screen, prevent and treat cardiovascular disease in women. Located at 3 Butternut Drive in Greenville, the program is the first of its kind in the Upstate and one of fewer than 50 nationwide.

Why is there a special heart program for women?
The recent death of actress Carrie Fisher shines a light on a sad truth: Heart disease is the number one killer of women and more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

We know that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented. Through the Women’s Heart Center, we want to increase our access to women and reduce their risk of heart disease.

Andrea Bryan, MD, FACC, a cardiologist with Carolina Cardiology Consultants, is director of the Women’s Heart Center.

Whom does this program seek to help?
This program targets women ages 35-65 from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Particularly, we want to see women with known risk factors of heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, history of smoking, diabetes, pregnancy associated with high blood pressure or diabetes, or family history of heart disease.

If you are a woman with any of these risk factors or concerned about your risk of developing heart disease—or if you are concerned about a woman you love—we want to help.

What happens during the appointment?
You will meet with Jennifer Walton, NP, and cardiologist Andrea Bryan, MD, for a one-hour consultation. During the appointment, you will undergo a number of tests, including a physical exam, an EKG and checks on your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and fasting blood sugar level. Your cardiovascular risk factors also will be reviewed. You will leave with personalized recommendations to help reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

If you are a woman with risk factors for heart disease or concerned about your risk of developing heart disease—or if you are concerned about a woman you love—we want to help.

What is the cost?
A consultation is $100. Additional testing may be recommended, the cost of which we will discuss during your appointment. Most testing will be covered by your insurance.

What are the hours?
The office is open Tuesday mornings, 8 to noon.

How do I get more information or make an appointment?
Learn more here. To make an appointment: (864) 455-6977.


Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

Last summer, The Joint Commission announced new standards for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP), effective January 1, 2017. One of those standards requires hospitals to educate staff and licensed independent practitioners involved with antimicrobial ordering, dispensing, administration and monitoring about antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance.

Although antibiotics save lives, they can put patients at risk for Clostridium difficile, which causes 250,000 infections and 14,000 deaths each year in hospitalized patients.

Half of patients receive one or more antibiotics during their hospital stay; 30%-50% of those antibiotics are unnecessary or inappropriate. The use of unnecessary antibiotics greatly increases the chance of getting an infection from a more resistant organism.

Comprehensive ASPs, like at Prisma Health, promote the rational use of antibiotics to help reduce C. difficile infections and the emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms.

Among its efforts is the CBT course, “Antimicrobial Stewardship, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infections,” which was developed to meet the new Joint Commission standard and assist us in achieving our FY 2017 quality pillar goal to reduce Clostridium difficile rates by 15%. The course is assigned to staff members involved with antimicrobial ordering, antimicrobial dispensing, administration and monitoring and include all medical providers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and registered nurses in direct care roles in the inpatient, outpatient, procedural, long-term care and home health areas.

Address any course assignment questions to Lorie Bolding, RN, and any content questions to Carmen Faulkner-Fennell, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID).


Stellar Service


Britannie Leonard, account specialist/Greenville ENT–Patewood, was nominated for “truly stellar service.” A patient who had become lost on the way to an appointment called for directions. Anxious about the appointment and being lost, the patient could not follow Leonard’s directions. Sensing the patient’s frustration, Leonard drove to the patient’s location so the patient could follow her to the office.

Madeline Lundberg, RN, Greer Memorial Hospital ED, helped reunite a family. A woman who had arrived at the Greer ED with her 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a heart attack and transported by air to Greenville Memorial Hospital. Her daughter could not come with her. When the girl’s father could not be reached by phone, Lundberg set out to bring this family together.

Vernon Rutland, law enforcement officer, Public Safety/Greer ED, helped Lundberg in the story above take a young teen to GMH where her mother had been transported. After leaving the teen in a chaplain’s care, Rutland and Lundberg searched the father’s work address where they were able to find him and help him join his wife and daughter at GMH.


Joi Williams, CMA/Cross Creek Internal Medicine, exemplified compassion through an act of kindness. On one of the coldest days of the year, a patient arrived without a coat. When Williams learned that the patient didn’t have a coat, she drove to Kmart and, with her own money, bought the patient a new coat. The patient was overwhelmed by Williams’ thoughtful gesture.

Daniel Verna, MD, Surgery Resident, was recognized for his humble, helpful manner. When on night call, he would check in frequently to see if he was needed. While on the floor, he often stepped up to help. One of his nominators recalled a time when he saw her struggling with an armful of linens. He stopped what he was doing to help her carry them to a patient’s room.

Jeffrey Elder, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, was nominated by a patient for his compassionate and professional approach. He carefully explained her treatment plan and was attentive throughout her hospital stay. Dr. Elder also worked with the Business Office to ease the financial burden of her expenses. Throughout her stay, she felt secure in the skilled, compassionate care she received.

Volunteers of the Month

Julie Trafford is the Volunteer of the Month for January. Trafford began serving in Child Life Services at the Children’s Hospital in October 2016. In just a short while, her winning smile and positive attitude have made a tremendous impact on the patients and families she assists. Among her duties are engaging children in games, activities and movies.

Lucille Kadingo is the Volunteer of the Month for February. A member of the Laurens County Memorial Hospital volunteer team since March 2010, she greets everyone who comes through the front doors with genuine kindness. Her handmade comfort pillows bring cheer to hospital patients, and she always is ready to help families, patients, staff and fellow volunteers.

Standard of the Month

Smile and Greet Everyone
This issue’s COMPASSION standard, smile and greet everyone, is at the heart of our Experience Pillar: We make patients and families the focus of everything we do. Smiling, making eye contact, using the person’s name—all are ways that show we are paying attention and that we value the person as an individual.

Remember these tips:
• Use the 10/5 Rule: Acknowledge people with a smile when 10 feet away and greet them at five feet.
• Greet people by name, if possible.
• Follow up greeting customers by asking, “How may I help you?”
• Value our customer’s time by providing prompt service.
• Smile and answer the phone in a friendly manner.
• Display a courteous tone when establishing contact by email.


Nurse navigators from the Center for Integrative Oncology Services (CIOS) were featured in the November issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA. The lead article included first-person narratives by Nurse Navigators Stephanie Hoopes, RN, BSN, OCN, HNB-BC; Jo Weathers, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN; and Trish Leighton, MSN, Ed OCN, about their experience in helping cancer survivors transition from the acute treatment phase to living beyond a cancer diagnosis. Read the article here.

Kathy Sudduth, RN, Pediatric Neurology/Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Sudduth was recognized for her skill, heart and tender spirit as she assists doctors and other nurses. Sudduth daily demonstrates genuine love and respect for her profession.

Doug Dorman,  VP/Human Resources, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM). This honor recognizes excellence in the human resources profession over the course of a career.

Michelle Taylor-Smith, MSN, RN, NE-BC, VP of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing and Experience Officer, is the 2017 vice chair for the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.

Kacey Eichelberger, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has been named to the 2018 class of Liberty Fellows. The Liberty Fellowship program recruits diverse leaders and leads them through five seminars in which they discuss what makes a just society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their ability to tackle issues.

George Maynard III, VP/Institutional Advancement, received the Brian Donnelly Lifetime Achievement Award from Safe Kids™ Upstate, part of Children’s Hospital’s Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy. Named in honor of this tireless advocate for child safety, the award recognizes an individual whose work has helped ensure a safer Upstate for children today and in the future.

Maynard, who retires later in March, was instrumental in securing the single largest private donor gift ever to Prisma Health, which helped create the Bradshaw Institute. During his 14 years with Prisma Health, he has been responsible for generating philanthropic revenue in support of the system’s strategic plan. Under his leadership, the “Campaign for the Second Century” raised a record-setting $90 million to strengthen clinical care programs and expand academic and research programs at Prisma Health.


Tod Tappert, VP/Culture and Learning and the system’s Chief Learning Officer, recently was named to Becker’s Hospital Review ‘s “9 Hospital & Health System Chief Learning Officers to Know.”

Performance Improvement Training
In May and June 2016, over a dozen Prisma Health staff and physicians completed training in Change Acceleration Process (CAP) and/or Work-Out methodologies. CAP is a method and set of tools for moving through any kind of change efficiently and effectively. Work-Out is a rapid cycle, team-based problem-solving approach. Participants then applied the training to projects that improved processes ranging from increasing the effectiveness of team huddles for Patient Centered Medical Home to developing a best practice advisory for non-accidental trauma in the emergency room.

Please contact Shannon Harris at for more information on upcoming training opportunities on these methodologies.

CAP Participants and instructors, front row (l-r): Shannon Harris (instructor), Martha Paap, Poonam Jain, Connie Steed (instructor); second row (l-r): April Barrow, Venice McCall (instructor), Pam Folger, Kevin Herbert, Melani Miller, Nicholas Kelley, MD; back row (l-r): George Helmrich, MD (instructor), Kyle Oronzio, Stephanie Dawkins, Kyle Lancaster, Brian Cassell, Nate Farrar, Catherine Chang, MD, Rod Michael
Work-Out Participants and instructors, front row, (l-r): Cathy Chappelle, Shannon Harris (instructor), Martha Paap, Poonam Jain, Pam Folger; second row (l-r): Stephanie Dawkins, Venice McCall (instructor), Melani Miller, Nate Farrar, Nicholas Kelley, MD; back row (l-r): Kyle Lancaster, George Helmrich, MD (instructor), Brian Cassell

Riley Fellows for Diversity Announced

Over 40 leaders from the area have been selected to take part in the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. This season’s Riley Fellow participant from Prisma Health is Robin Stelling, manager, Community Relations.

Members of the recently concluded fall class are Karen Potter, manager, Public Relations; Scott Sasser, MD, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine; and Peter Tilkemeier, MD, MMM, chair, Department of Medicine.


Prisma Health Blood Bank “Unsung Heroes”

MedTrans flight paramedics can transfer a patient to Prisma Health’ Emergency Trauma Center in minutes from a remote location—and often, minutes are all a patient has—as life-saving interventions must start right away.

Those interventions include administering blood to those whose injuries have caused extensive blood loss. Thanks to the Prisma Health Blood Bank and the Blood Connection, the flight team always carries four units of specialized blood products. These products are processed by skilled technicians in the Blood Bank, who make sure they—and all blood products used across the system—are readily available for the patients who need them.

A division of the Prisma Health Laboratory Department, the Blood Banks at Prisma Health’ss seven hospitals have approximately 80 technicians and technologists who keep a combined 1,000 units of  life-saving blood products available for transfusion. This is possible thanks to the many people in our communities who donate blood at local blood centers. Please consider donating blood to save a life!

Watch this Why We Do What We Do video.

ERGs Elect New Leaders

The Prisma Health Diversity Department and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) welcome incoming leaders for 2017:

• DeAndra Reasonover-Winjobi is chair of the African American Network (formerly African American Women). Renee Alexander, Renee Bacon, Camille Harris and Bobbie Rhodes serve as the group’s committee chairs.
• Nathan Schwecke is chair of Prisma Health Young Professionals (Prisma HealthYP); Mark Bach serves as vice chair and chair-elect. Rounding out the Prisma HealthYP Steering Council are Marcia Belcher, Kendra Rorabaugh, Sarah Giffin, Lauren Lanford, DeAndra Reasonover-Winjobi and Katie Webb.
• Roger Pirie is president of the Prisma Health Veterans Association; Randy Lydick is vice president. Other Steering Council members are Michelle Albrecht, Steven Braxton and Tracy Downing.

Each ERG will conduct social, leadership and community service events this year. If you are interested in joining a group, contact Jessica Sharp in the Diversity Department at or (864) 455-2430.

Light Up a Life Scholarship

 Children of Prisma Health employees, grandchildren of active Prisma Health volunteers or active teen volunteers are eligible to apply for this scholarship offered by the Auxiliary to Prisma Health. March 1 is the deadline.

Did You Know?

Prisma Health Language Services facilitates over 50,000 in-person interpreter encounters annually, and is involved in approximately 18,000 phone and video interpretations each year. In addition to offering Spanish, the department offers American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese, to name a few languages.

Prisma Health is also one of the few health systems in the nation featuring in-house translators. This team ensures that all patients have equal access to printed materials and translates more than 500,000 words annually.

Prisma Health Recreation Committee

Health care is one the most fulfilling careers—and one of the most stressful. To help support life balance and fellowship, the Prisma Health Recreation Committee provides fun, low-cost outlets for employees and their families. For more than 20 years, the committee has sponsored bingo, bowling and movie nights, bass fishing, golf tournaments, craft classes, group outings to Carowinds, Atlanta Braves games and the Southern Christmas Show—to name a few.

Each year, nearly 2,000 employees take part in Recreation Committee activities—at no cost or at deeply discounted rates. The committee also reimburses employees and immediate family members for entry fees to Corporate Shield races, including the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit 5K.

Mrs. Claus and Santa take a break from the Rec Committee’s annual Cookies with Santa.

The committee is made up of Prisma Health employees who volunteer their time to plan, facilitate and evaluate activities. A small annual budget covers supplies and other expenses. Members work closely with attractions such as the Atlanta Braves or Discovery Island to offer discounts or free passes, making it easier for families to afford. Upcoming Recreation Committee activities are posted each week at the bottom of the What’s Happening at Prisma Health e-newsletter.

Volunteers are welcome to assist with events. To learn more about the committee, its events or volunteering, contact Prisma

Bryan NICU Honors Nursing Service

In November, NICU staff members hosted “In the Spirit of Thankfulness.” The event celebrated nursing staff who have served in the unit for 15+ years—21 full- and part-time nurses, along with three PRN nurses! This celebration was the first of what staff members hope will be an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

NICU nurses were honored by their colleagues for their years of service.
FYI: Department Name Change

Prisma Health Department of Law Enforcement Services is now the Prisma Health Department of Public Safety. It comprises a Security Division and a Law Enforcement Division.

Obstetric Services Expanding to Patewood

Prisma Health plans to offer OB services at its Patewood Medical Campus starting in September. To deliver at Patewood, patients must receive services at Greenville Ob/Gyn Associates or Piedmont OB/GYN and be considered “low risk.” High-risk births will continue to be delivered at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Learn more at

Prisma Health Eye Institute–Easley

Prisma Health Eye Institute has a new location:
109 Fleetwood Dr.
Easley, SC  29644 • (864) 671-3030
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Prisma Health Expanding in Spartanburg

Construction on Prisma Health Medical Center–Boiling Springs is on schedule for completion this spring. The multi-specialty facility will include internal medicine and family medicine doctors, psychiatric services, pharmacy and MD360®, which in addition to urgent care will offer lab, physical therapy and X-ray services. The center is located at 2400 Boiling Springs Road.

Primary care patients already are being seen in a modular unit on-site. Schedule an appointment by calling (864) 599-0731 or visit

Prisma Health, Clemson to Expand Nursing Education

In the latest example of its growing collaboration with Prisma Health, Clemson University will expand its nursing program in Greenville—an effort that will more than double enrollment in Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, help meet the growing need for nurses and bolster health innovation and research efforts in the Upstate.

The expanded collaboration, approved in 2016 by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, will help ease an anticipated registered nursing shortage in South Carolina.

By working together, Clemson and Prisma Health will expand Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program from 352 students to an anticipated 800 students in the next six years. Historically, the School of Nursing has been able to enroll only about 8 percent of its applicants because of limited seats and clinical placements. The nursing program expansion will increase the number of clinical placements within Prisma Health.

Students are expected to begin coursework at Prisma Health’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus site in fall 2018, after completing their first two years at the Clemson campus. The program will be housed in a new four-story, 78,255-square-foot clinical learning and research building at Prisma Health that offers a hospital-like environment with virtual reality IV simulators and high-fidelity human patient simulators, classrooms and offices.

The new building  also will include space for academic collaboration. More than 90 Clemson faculty health researchers are already working across the Prisma Health campuses with clinicians on projects with immediate and future impact for patients.

Learn more at

Clemson, Prisma Health partner to expand nursing education

January Service Anniversaries

45 Years
Sandra Nash
Dan Satterfield

35 Years
Warren Buckley
Elaine Hiler
Cynthia McFarlin

30 Years
Vicki  Barron
Shirley Jordan
Debbie Leigher
Martha Motes

25 Years
Mollie Barrow
Edward Bray
Felicia Burnside-Agnew
Anna Marie Peacock
Tina Rainey
Susan Webb

20 Years
Cynthia Aiken
Rena Carbonel
Melinda Dumpert
Fran Kuhn

Robert McClure
Augusto Morales
Dawn Selph
Cynthia Stoddard
Sandra Tryling
Wes Wimpey

15 Years
Tom Anderson
Debra Bailey
Randy Bishop
Melissa Candler
Mary Cash
Elisabeth Celissaint
Ashley Cothran
Barry Davis
Dale Duncan
Richard Garth
Lewis Gilpin
Joshua Hamil
Cindy Hammett
Sandy Harpootlian
Angie Harteg
Nick Hartley
Shawnna Henderson
Anne Hooker
Ann Hughes
Debbie Ingram

Lee Jones
Jewel Jones
Rhonda Knight
Bob Martin
Carol Miller
Edmund Parsons
Lisa Phillips
Steve Saunders
Kim Seeley
Steven Serek
Debbie Shanks
Kim Snyder
Bill Spaugh
Debra Stoner
Brenda Thompson
Laura Wang

10 Years
Tamica Barr
Joe Blake
Kristina Brock
Mickey Brock
Lori Candler
Kelle Cox
Travis Cureton
Diane Dennis
Themp Drummond
Dwayne Faust

Teresa Fortner
Leann Gerrish
Laurin Haulbrook
Ned Jones
Laura Kinder
Kristen Lepin
Karen Leveille
Shannon Martin
Melanie Patterson
Amanda Phillips
Wai Prellwitz
Ashley Ragle
Jenn Ragsdale
Brooks Rush
Erica Santana
Brendi Stokes
Lynne Taylor
Teena Thurman
Manda Townsend
Shereka Walton
Angelina Weathers
John Williams

5 Years
Cheryll Adams
Marlo Anderson
Sarah Bagwell
Eric Baker

Kathy Boyd
Sandy Brooks
Patrick Browning
Mary Kathryn Cabe
Jacqui  Califano Piccirilli
Ann Collins
Jason Collins
Ta-Tanisha Collins
Lauren Cooper
Jennifer Day
Latoya Duncan
Kristi Farmer
Kelli Gandy
Emily Goforth
Joyce Harris
J.J. Hightower
Lydia Hodges
Tessa Holcombe
Ashley Jackson
Tylandis Kirksey
Jessica Kull
Tonya Latimore
Tina League-Axson
Bethany Lynch
Elizabeth Lynch
Kelly Maloney
Glenda McGaffic

James McGill
Lindsay Metcalf
Erin Moon
Heather Morash
Anita Norrick
Nate Norris
Andrea Owens
Anna Pretulak
Jennifer Reed
Christina Schwering
Meca Silkowski
Meredith Simpson
Susan Skytte
Courtney Slaven
Daby Snipes
Sundee Spearin
Kristy Strange
Deb Tharpe
Yulanda Valentine
Donna Walker
Alan Williams
Evan Williams
Lauren Williams
Racquel Wohlers
Earl Wood

February Service Anniversaries

40 Years
Ralph Hamilton

30 Years
Sonya Echols
Sonya Evans
Deborah Lawson

25 Years
Shaunak Dalal
Susan Henson
Gina Kennedy
Kirsten Pitts
Tim Sisk
Missy Smith
Diane Westmoreland

20 Years
Melanie Anderson
Sandra Edwards
Cindy Lutz
Susan Whittington

15 Years
Chase Allen
Pam Brown
Matthew Dejong
Sheila Fender
Tammy Gray
Pat Love
Melissa McKay
Leigh Ann Rafalski
Janet Tedford
Millard Trott
Cindy Wallis

Shannon Westfall
Mary Williams
Yili Zhou

10 Years
Kim Barber
Price Barr
Chris Bolding
Tiffanie Collier
Kristan Cooper
Tamekia El
Melissa Eskew Dalton
David Florek
Melissa Freeman-Mattison
Steve Gaines
Nadia Kontorovsky

Janice Lowe
Rachel Nelson
Corey Patterson
Kimberly Pless
Amanda Rinehart
Emily Sami
Neka Sherman
Amy Smith
Paula Smith
Debra South
Sarah Swayngham

5 Years
Tami Attridge
Julie Atwood
Christina Ayers
Shannon Baldwin
Melissa Bodiford
Whitney Bridges

Vicki Brinson
Tracy Brooks
Brittney Brown
Sonia Cantarero
Nadine Carmack
Lindsey Cooper
Rolanda Cox
Heather Evon
Gina Franco
Ann Gassmann
Kessia Glover
Donny Harris
Jenny Hines
Holly Jackson
Brian Jurisin
Kim Kyser
Jason Langford
Eunice Lehmacher
Diane Leshman

Jessica McDonald
Shawna McMahan
Clyde Montgomery
Debbie Moody
Gloria Moore
Loretta Neddo
Jessica Perry
Kristen Rogers
Courtney Russo
Jessica Shapiro
Allison Simmons
Elizabeth Smith
Patricia Temples
Eun Jee Thompson
Dana Vaughn-Horne
Wendy White
Hilary Wind
James Worley

Upcoming Events

The Facts on Cataracts
March 8—Spartanburg Marriott, Noon-1 p.m. Alan Leahey, MD, will discuss signs, symptoms and treatment of cataracts. Lunch provided. Register here.

St. Paddy’s Day 5K Dash & Bash
March 18—Run, walk or volunteer to benefit Camp Spearhead, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, Legacy Charter School, Let There Be Mom and Make-A-Wish SC. Join the Prisma Health Team and get $5 off your registration with code: Prisma Health5.

Milliken Earth Run 5K
March 25—Milliken Campus, Spartanburg. This cross-country run/walk is a Corporate Shield event. Register here.

Birth & Baby Expo for Birth Professionals
March 31—Greenville Memorial Hospital/MSA. Featured speaker is Rebecca Dekker, PhD, internationally known researcher, nurse and creator of evidence-based birth curriculums. Watch the What’s Happening at Prisma Health e-newsletter for details.

Birth & Baby Expo for the Community
April 1—McAlister Square, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This free event includes internationally recognized speakers, local vendors, fashion show, demonstrations and giveaways.

Upstate Heart Walk
April 8—Downtown Greenville. Visit to join the Prisma Health team and support the American Heart Association.

11th Annual Minority Health Summit
April 8—TD Convention Center. Keynote speaker is former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. This year, the free summit is reaching out to youth ages 11 and older. The goal is to start talking about health and expose youth to health professions. Register here. 

Care Coordination Institute Annual Symposium
April 23-25—Hyatt Hotel, Downtown Greenville. Physicians, healthcare providers and administrators are invited to learn about and discuss the transformation to value-based care. Register here.


Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit 5K
May 5—Gateway Park, Travelers Rest. To learn more and to register for this Corporate Shield event, visit

Dragon Boat Upstate Festival
May 6—Lake Hartwell, This 11th annual event raises funds for cancer research at Prisma Health. To learn more, visit

March for Babies
May 6—Greenville Technical College, 9 a.m. Watch the What’s Happening at Prisma Health e-newsletter for details or click here for more information.

Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health
May 12-13—Hyatt Hotel, Downtown Greenville. The symposium will feature author Pete Earley, as well as several well-known clinical experts. Learn more. at

Community Connections

Prisma Health ‘All In’ for Babies Born on Game Day
Prisma Health supported its hometown team by giving every baby born January 9—the day of the College Football Playoff National Championship—a Clemson Tiger Paw onesie.

“Clemson is one of Prisma Health’ primary academic partners, and we are proud to support them in their quest to bring home a national championship title,” said Karen Potter, manager of Public Relations for Prisma Health. “We are excited to welcome the team’s newest fans.”

Angels Among Us
For the 16th year, an Angel Tree project sponsored by Patewood Medical Campus helped families and children served by the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center enjoy the holidays.

In December, 18 families and 50 children received gifts provided by Prisma Health employees from multiple departments and facilities. Among the presents were bikes, scooters, wagons and backpacks. Each child received a box of toys, clothes and other surprises as well as a variety of canned goods!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the 2016 Angel Tree a success!

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