The View – January-February 2019

Volume 69, Issue 1

January-February 2019

Prisma Health–Upstate celebrates diversity leadership

Prisma Health’s Office of Organizational Equity hosted the 12th annual Martin Luther King Diversity Leadership Awards Luncheon in Greenville on Friday, Jan. 18.

Recipients of the MLK Diversity Leadership Award are selected from nominations submitted by their peers. Nominees represent a diversity of experience, both personal and professional.

Latallya McDowell and husband Christopher celebrate her Diversity Leadership Award.

Latallya McDowell, RRT/RCP, AE-C, an asthma educator at Prisma Health Center for Pediatric Medicine, received the Individual Diversity Leadership Award. McDowell was honored for her role as a tireless patient advocate.

At her suggestion, the center started a successful text messaging system to improve communication with families between visits. Many families do not have cellphone minutes to make calls during the day, but they can receive texts. The no-show rate in the asthma clinic dropped 27 percent with the addition of texting. McDowell also finds time to meet with families on their schedule, including visiting homes.

Through a series of “Faculty Discussions,” she has increased provider awareness around implicit bias, health care disparities and racial inequalities. She has encouraged curiosity among providers and team members in a way that is caring, direct and non-judgmental. And she has been a role model for providers on effective communication through words and body language.

In the video shown during the luncheon, Dr. Blakely Amati shared McDowell’s approach in describing connection: “Connect with us as people who are both different and the same, and understand that differences are what make us special and similarities are what make us human.”

Watch this video to learn more about McDowell and her role as leader and advocate.

The Veteran’s Association Team Member Resource Group received the Department Diversity Leadership Award for Prisma Health–Upstate. This group’s nearly 600 members represent diverse backgrounds, age, gender, race and job role. They are veterans and non-veterans. All are dedicated to supporting veterans of our nation’s armed forces through advocacy, awareness and community service.

Veteran’s Association representatives gather at the MLK Diversity Leadership Awards.

The group’s leadership advocates for and facilitates advancement, recognition, and learning opportunities for individuals from under-represented groups, through internal and external leadership/career advancement and networking.

They are instrumental in the annual Veterans Celebration and item drive for Blue Star Mothers.

The group partners with companies, veterans and service organizations, including Honor Flight SC, Purple Heart Homes, A Hero’s 5K and Upstate Warrior Solutions. Its members also are cofounding members of Upstate Veterans Alliance, which supports the community through service activities and acts as a conduit for other service organizations. Multiple members of the Veteran’s Association serve on the board that organizes the annual Upstate Veterans Salute at Greenville Drive stadium.

All team members are invited to join this group; military service is not required. Watch this video to learn more about how you can get involved.

What’s in your bucket?

Committee focuses on well-being and resilience.

Prisma Health‒Upstate’s Transformative Health Institute promotes collaborative, evidence-based solutions to achieve access, equity and innovation in health care. A high priority is Enhancing the Practice of Medicine (EPM), an initiative focused on reducing burdens and barriers to patient care, decreasing burnout, and increasing team member​ well-being.

EPM’s Team Member Well-being Committee was formed in 2018 to help create a culture of well-being for all team members in the Upstate.

There is a lot of research around practices to reduce burnout, noted Emily Hirsh, MD, an emergency medicine physician who co-chairs the committee with Sharon Wilson, director of Conscious Leadership. “I prefer to focus on wellness,” Dr. Hirsh added.

Dr. Hirsh defines “wellness” in three buckets: physical, emotional and spiritual. The physical bucket holds familiar practices such as drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and making time for mindfulness and gratitude.

Work/life balance fills the emotional bucket. What energizes and renews you outside of work? Examples include spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, attending community events, pursuing hobbies and traveling.

The spiritual bucket contains the ability to connect to something larger than oneself and is the source for an individual’s meaning and purpose. Many work in health care because they find purpose and connection in caring for those who are sick, vulnerable or in pain.

When all three buckets are full, we feel great, said Dr. Hirsh. Unfortunately, workplace stress can drain our wellness buckets to where they are nearly empty. As a result, we can become disengaged, exhausted and cynical ‒ burned out.

Managing wellness takes both personal commitment and organizational support. Individuals are responsible for what fills their buckets, but the organization has a role in creating and maintaining an environment that supports work/life balance. To that end, the Team Member Well-being Committee has started a few projects. Watch for updates in future issues of The View. Learn more at

The committee invites new members. If you would like to participate, contact Sharon Wilson at or Dr. Hirsh at


Despite changing our name to Prisma Health, three key items will remain the same:

  • Our commitment to patients.
  • Our talented, dedicated team members.
  • Our support of our communities.

President's Report

January 16, 2019, marked our official transition to Prisma Health. With this exciting change has come a bold new brand, a powerful purpose and a heightened ability to impact the lives of patients.

While many of our recent meetings and communications have focused on readying each of us for this transition, I would like to take a moment to consider three key items that will remain the same.

• Our commitment to patients.
At Prisma Health, we remain committed to providing convenient, high-quality care in the communities we serve. In the Upstate, the core of our purpose is the same today as it was more than 100 years ago when we opened our doors as 84-bed City Hospital in Greenville.

• Our talented, dedicated team members.
Our combined 30,000 team members in the Upstate and Midlands ARE Prisma Health.

We are so fortunate to be an organization made up of highly qualified individuals who dedicate each day to improving the lives of others.

• Our support of our communities.
As Prisma Health, we will continue to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars each year to bettering the well-being of patients and improving our communities through charitable care and community partnerships. For fiscal year 2018 in the Upstate alone, our total quantifiable community benefit exceeded $442 million.

As you can see, what remains most important has not changed. In fact, as a unified organization, we now have greater opportunities than ever to better lives. I am truly excited to be leading these efforts in the Upstate with our tremendous team.

Spence M. Taylor, MD

Quick Takes
Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
Family: Wife Sarah, four children
Interests: golf, hunting, spending time with his kids

Dr. Porter is director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Learn more about the Transformative Health Institute. 

Leadership Profile

Scott Porter, MD, Scott Porter, MD, MBA, Orthopaedic Oncology; VP, Organizational Equity

Dr. Porter became a physician because, as he explains it, “If you were a young black male in the 1970s and you did well in school, your grandma expected you to be a doctor or a lawyer.” He has continued in medicine as an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating bone and soft tissue cancers because that is where his faith led him.

He also has been led to close the gap in health disparities. That is one reason he has taken on the role of VP for Organizational Equity as part of the organization’s Transformative Health Institute. To close this gap, Dr. Porter said that we need to widen our perspective on how we see each other and, in particular, how we see each other’s differences.

“I strongly believe that one reason we have the problems we do in terms of culture is that we allow our lingering differences about diversity to limit us,” he noted. “Everyone has bias – toward race, religion, politics, gender roles, gender identity. And that’s OK. But when our biases get in the way of us serving our purpose, that’s the time to get curious.”

In South Carolina, over a third of the population are people of color, mostly African American and Hispanic. That percentage is mirrored in our patient population – and could be even higher, Dr. Porter explained, because those populations are disproportionally more likely to use the ER for care or delay going to the doctor.

Yet only 10% of those who manage health care are people of color, he pointed out, adding that studies show that people are more comfortable with health care providers who look and sound like them.

In his role as VP, Dr. Porter spends a lot of time interacting with groups across the organization about approaching our differences in a way that isn’t offensive or condemning.

Curiosity about inclusion and equality isn’t about some group’s gain being another group’s loss, he emphasized. And it isn’t about guilt. When we are curious about our biases, we reduce the limits they place on what we all can do together.

Dr. Porter suggests looking at curiosity through the lens of our new Prisma Health purpose:

  • Inspire health: Be curious about new clinical innovations and technology.
  • Serve with compassion: Listen to what people are telling you.
  • Be the difference: What drives you?

He ended by posing this challenge: “When you have a negative impulse or thought about a person or situation that comes from your bias, that is the moment when you ask yourself why. If you are OK with your answer, stay with it. Own it. If not, do something and change.”

Leading the way

Moving forward as Prisma Health–Upstate

As of January 16, we are Prisma Health! Rebranding efforts are in full swing, but it likely will take a year or two before the old logos for Prisma Health and Palmetto Health are switched out across the organization.

Here is a quick guide to where we are in the process and a few tips for staying informed.

Stay informed
Keep up with branding updates and access tools and information with these helpful resources:

Branding in Action emails. These alert team members at both affiliates to the latest updates and repeat key messages. Leaders, please print and post these emails for your team members who don’t have regular access to email.

View the most recent Branding in Action on Plexus here. Note: Unless you have off-site access to Plexus, you will need to view this from a Prisma Health‒Upstate computer. You also can access Outlook Webmail from the employee access page on and search your inbox for “Branding in Action.”

Marketing Resources website. Review the Prisma Health brand guide, download templates for presentations, posters and meeting agendas; find information on branded apparel, promotional items, and more here.

What’s happened so far?
We’ve received instructions for changing our email signature block and using Prisma Health in answering the phone and voicemail greetings.

  • Make sure your email signature mirrors the template provided here.
  • Your signature should be in Verdana font, size 9 in the same color gray as provided in the template.
  • The Prisma Health logo is the only image that should appear in your signature.
  • Feel free to add your professional credentials (RN, MPH, etc.) to your signature.
  • The default font for the body of your email should be set to Verdana, size 9. Its color should be set to automatic or black.

Prisma Health and Palmetto Health websites and social media sites have rebranded. Note: and remain the website addresses until we have a new integrated website for everything at Prisma Health.

A few hospital and campus names have changed. Most facilities, however, still have their own names.
Note: Prisma Health Children’s Hospital now is the formal name for both affiliates, with identifiers for each location: Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate.

Facility rebranding has begun in the Upstate, starting in downtown Greenville.

Prisma Health–Upstate campus names
Prisma Health Easley Medical Campus
Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Medical Campus
Prisma Health Greer Medical Campus
Prisma Health Laurens County Medical Campus
Prisma Health North Greenville Medical Campus
Prisma Health Oconee Medical Campus
Prisma Health Patewood Medical Campus
Prisma Health Simpsonville Medical Campus

Prisma Health‒Upstate hospital names
Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate
Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital
Prisma Health Hillcrest Hospital
Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital
Prisma Health Marshall I. Pickens Hospital
Prisma Health North Greenville Hospital
Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital
Prisma Health Patewood Hospital
Prisma Health Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital

We’ve adopted some guidelines around using the Prisma Health name and logo.

  • Always use our full name, Prisma Health, when writing or speaking instead of Prisma, PH or any other abbreviation. (We have trademarked Prisma Health and do not own the trademark for Prisma by itself.)
  • To specify a Prisma Health affiliate in writing, use Prisma Health–Midlands or Prisma Health–Upstate. The symbol used is an en dash. From Microsoft Word or Outlook, go to Insert >Symbol > More symbols>Special characters>en dash.
  • “Affiliate” is not an official part of our names; use only if needed. Example: Prisma Health–Upstate is an affiliate of Prisma Health.
  • Outside of the logo, always write Prisma Health in upper and lower case – Prisma Health. Never write it in all capital letters.
  • The Prisma Health logo cannot be modified; adding affiliate, entity or department names directly below or beside the logo is not permitted. Please refer to the Prisma Health Brand Guide for proper use.

Follow these tips to write our purpose:
We no longer use the word “statement” when describing our purpose. Also, we no longer capitalize the word “purpose.” Follow these examples for writing our purpose.

  • Our purpose: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.
  • Everyone at Prisma Health is dedicated to bringing our purpose to life: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.

Email addresses change to on Monday, April 1.
The format will be Your preferred first name will be used for your new email address.

Remember to confirm or update your preferred first name by March 1. Review/edit your preferred first name by logging in to eNet from the Plexus homepage and clicking on contact information.

What’s next?
Team members will receive new Prisma Health ID badges in late summer. Your preferred first name will be used for your new badge. Stay tuned for details.

Hospital campus signs begin changing in May. Thank you for your continued patience as highly visible changes are made in the coming months and into 2020.

Watch for updates in Branding in Action emails.
View the most recent Branding in Action on Plexus here. Note: Unless you have off-site access to Plexus, you will need to view this from a Prisma Health‒Upstate computer.

You also can access Outlook Webmail from the employee access page on and search your inbox for “Branding in Action.”

Remember, we are in transition.
Everyone understands that change takes time ‒ and that change takes time to get used to. What is most important is what is the most constant – the needs of our patients, guests and team members.

Stellar service

Stellar Stars


Beth Batson, Laurens Family Medicine, is recognized for her team spirit and compassion while working at Skilled Nursing and Rehab–Laurens where a patient’s condition resulted in disruptive behaviors. Batson helped other nurses make sure the patient was cared for in a safe environment. She invited him to follow her during the day and set up coffee meetings to help him interact more comfortably with others.

Stephanie Chapman, Case Management, brought cheer to a long-term patient whose upbeat spirit had inspired her. The patient, awaiting placement in a care facility, was in the habit of walking the halls and greeting everyone. On Halloween, she had all the team members on the unit sign a card that was placed in a treat basket and presented to the patient. He was overjoyed!

Halley “Niki” Wilson, LBSW, Skilled Nursing and Rehab–Laurens, also is recognized for ensuring a safe environment for a patient who needed constant supervision during high census and when no sitters were available. Wilson and Beth Batson engaged the patient by including him in their daily routines and encouraging social interaction. They addressed his challenges with curiosity and found solutions to meet his needs.


Carly Waring, Patient Family Liaison, ED/GMH, was a kind, supportive presence for a spouse of a patient in the ED. The gravely ill patient had opted for comfort care – kept as comfortable as possible until his death. While waiting to be admitted, his spouse became sick. Waring led her into a consulting room and tended to her until she was ready to join her husband. When it was time to transport him to a room, she gently helped the spouse into a wheelchair and rolled her to her husband’s bedside.

David Hartsa, RN, 5C Pulmonary/GMH, demonstrated professionalism and compassion on his time off. While preparing for a scuba diving exercise at Lake Jocassee, he learned that a man who had jumped off a cliff had not resurfaced. Along with Hartsa, a scuba instructor and another diver (also an EMT) found the man and pulled him into a boat. He had no pulse, so they began CPR. By the time they returned to the dock, the man was breathing on his own.

Malcolm Thompson, nursing assistant, Supplemental Staffing, became the difference for a teen patient. Thompson had been assigned to sit with the patient, who often became agitated and disruptive. Over several months, he helped redirect the boy to become calm. Other sitters had refused to care for this patient, but Malcolm showed patience and compassion. He developed a rapport with the boy and earned his trust.

Volunteers of the Month

Faye Rentz  is the Volunteer of the Month for January. She has volunteered weekly at the Visitors Desk at Greenville Memorial Hospital since 2006. She works in the late afternoon and early evenings, which are among our busiest times for guests. She is known for her smile and wonderful sense of humor. She always has a funny story to share with team members, and she greets each guest in a professional and caring manner. Those who work with her just wish she would work every afternoon.


Gela Fogle is the Volunteer of the Month for February. Since November, 2011, Fogle has volunteered in the Greenville Memorial Hospital Hospitality Shop. She faithfully works every Monday and fills in for other volunteers as her schedule permits. Dependable and extremely personable, she greets guests with a warm smile and a helpful attitude. She is a wonderful member of the Hospitality Shop family.

Behavior Essentials

Inspire health.

Team members are the heart and soul of this organization. We are each responsible for living our new purpose through our beliefs, which in turn, form our attitudes. We show our attitudes through the words we choose and the way we interact with others.

Our new Prisma Health Behavior Essentials were designed with our purpose as a guide:
Inspire health.
Serve with compassion.
Be the difference.

There are 12 Behavior Essentials. All are a common set of behaviors for all team members and were built on the behavior standards from both affiliates.

The first four Behavior Essentials support how we live our purpose in regard to inspire health.

• Support the wellness and well-being of others and myself.
• Be curious, learn continuously and strive to be my best.
• Encourage and build teamwork.
• Embrace change and grow.

These essentials start with our attitude toward ourselves, our work and our team members.

Some examples of these essentials are in our January and February “Stellar Service” stars. Malcolm Thompson, Beth Batson and Halley Wilson all were commended for approaching difficult situations with a positive attitude. Each demonstrated curiosity in finding ways to connect compassionately with a patient. And all three were recognized for the way they supported their respected teams.

What are some concrete ways that you practice these four essentials? How do you inspire health?


Melissa Bailey-Taylor, DO, MPH, Center for Success in Aging, was accepted into the 2018 class of the Disparities Leadership Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. The yearlong program gives emerging health care leaders in-depth knowledge of the field of disparities, quality improvement strategies for identifying and addressing disparities, and the leadership skills to implement strategies and facilitate organizational change toward greater equity.

Shaun Wagner, manager, Information Services, has been named to the 2019 Advisory Council for Furman University’s Undergraduate Evening Studies program. This council supports and advocates for this program, which helps working adults earn a degree from the university. Council members include Upstate business and community leaders and Furman alumni and instructors.

Brenda Thames, EdD, executive VP and provost, Health Sciences Center, has been appointed to the Hollingsworth Funds board of directors. Hollingsworth Funds is a charitable support organization that seeks to ensure Greenville County is a community where all have a meaningful opportunity to achieve their highest potential.

Chris Schaff, RN, Cross Creek Surgery Center, was presented the DAISY award for her compassionate manner in guiding patients through the preoperative process. She greets every patient warmly and gives each person her full attention. One patient shared these remarks: “I was so impressed with nurse Chris; she was so good to my teenager, explained everything and made sure he understood what was happening. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her positive attitude; she made an unfortunate situation better.”

Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, director, Infection Prevention, has been named president-elect of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. This 15,000+ member organization is committed to creating a safer world through infection prevention. During her three-year term, Steed will represent Prisma Health nationally and internationally.

Grants featured in February research update

Kerry Sease, MD, MPH, medical director of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy, received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. This award, funded through Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, will provide $250,000 over the next five years to support a project called “Pediatric Support Services: Improving Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Resources.”

Katie Isham, MD, of Gynecology Specialists, has received continuation funding from the New Morning Foundation for the ChooseWell initiative totaling $150,693. Through this funding, Prisma Health‒Upstate is able to support the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies by increasing the education about highly effective contraceptives and providing access to these methods.

Learn more about the Division of Research and Scholarship or subscribe to its quarterly research updates at

MoveWell earns outreach award

The MoveWell program was awarded a Silver Tusk in the Community Outreach category at the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society’s annual meeting in December. MoveWell is an online exercise program developed and launched here in January 2018 to make exercise more accessible and affordable for people across the Upstate. Workouts are free, require no equipment, are easy to modify and can be performed almost anywhere. Learn more at

Congratulations to 59 of the ‘Best Doctors in America’

Congratulations to the 59 physicians (45 employed, 14 in network) on the Upstate’s Medical Staff listed in the 2017-18 “Best Doctors in America List”! To see the list and to read about the selection process, visit

Nursing excellence

What’s your purpose?

“Having a rough day? Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s called Purpose. You are alive for a reason. Don’t give up.” —Author Unknown

Five years ago, I began my blog for, the website for nursing at what was then Palmetto Health and now is Prisma Health‒Midlands. It has been a space to encourage nurses and help connect them to that which drives them personally and professionally.

My first blog encouraged nurses to define their individual purpose and to connect that to the “why” of their choice to become nurses.

A sense of purpose is at the very top of the pyramid of self-actualization created by Abraham Maslow more than 50 years ago. If you have been to nursing school,  you have studied Maslow. Through his research, Dr. Maslow discovered that those who feel purposeful are living with the highest qualities that humanity has to offer. The key question for most of us is: “What is my purpose?”

While the name and structure of our organization has changed, our reason for being – the delivery of quality patient care – remains our focus.

I am excited about all of the promise and possibility ahead as we move forward together as Prisma Health.

To my fellow nurses at Prisma Health‒Upstate, what is your “Why”? What is your reason for being? The answer to that question will open up a whole new world of promise and possibility. A world that I can’t wait to explore with you!



Carolyn Swinton, MN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer, Prisma Health

Read Carolyn Swinton’s monthly blog for nurses here.

Around Prisma Health–Upstate

Find your answer at Nutrition Solutions
The Nutrition Solutions team offers personalized service.

Have you tried weight-loss programs that didn’t work for you? The Nutrition Solutions team understands that not all weight-loss plans fit all people. This team will help you find the right solution to achieve and sustain a healthy weight.

Nutrition Solutions offers a variety of services, including weight-loss programs personally overseen by registered dietitians, nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations, and metabolic and genetic testing.

One program, OPTIFAST®, is designed for those who require larger weight loss. This medically supervised program is clinically proven to result in higher rates of clinically meaningful weight loss than traditional food-based diets. A medical team closely monitors each patient.

Remember that a busy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean a compromise in healthy eating. Through Nutrition Solutions Culinary, you can improve your healthy cooking skills, order prepared meals online or visit the full-service café.

Prisma Health‒Upstate team members get 10% off in-store products. Order meals online and get a 10% discount using promo code Prisma HealthMeals at checkout. To schedule a consultation or learn more, call 676-1248 or visit

Note: Nutrition Solutions will move from Woodruff Road to Verdae Boulevard at the end of March.

Hillcrest team sparks student curiosity
(l-r) Thomas Gonzales, technician/Radiology; Sara Heller, RN, Emergency Department; Teena Thurman, RN, charge nurse/ED, and Hillcrest Hospital Professional Practice Council chair; Kodee Spearman, RN, nurse manager/ED; and Stormie Albrecht, NP, inpatient services.

Hillcrest Hospital team members shared their career journeys with 100 students at Hillcrest High School through the school’s School Career Readiness Program. The highly engaged students quizzed team members on classes to take in high school to prepare for a health science career, what they might expect in college and how team members arrived at their chosen fields. The team thanks Assistant Principal Ken Ashworth for hosting the program and allowing them to foster interest in future health science professionals.

Health care neighbor event

Nursing leaders at Hillcrest Hospital promoted health lifestyles and stroke awareness at Monarch Elementary School’s “Meet Your Health Care Neighbor” event: front row, (l-r) RNs Cameka Jackson, MSN, stroke coordinator; Rachael Drake, MSN, CVRN, associate chief nursing officer. Back row, (l-r) RNs Rhonda Davis, BSN, SCRN, stroke coordinator; Kodee Spearman, BSN, CEN, nurse manager, Emergency Department; and Jahel Estrada, BSN, nurse manager, Med/Surg/ICU.

Team members share joy of giving

Each year, the Employee Assistance Program sponsors the Joy of Giving program, through which departments and individuals anonymously help other team members who struggle financially to give their children holiday gifts. During the 2018 holiday season, 110 team members sponsored 295 children from 131 families. In addition to the children’s gifts, families also received in-kind and gift card assistance for food and other needed items.

NGH ED elves gift Safe Harbor kids
Some NGH ED elves left the shelf to be in this picture. (l-r) RNs Mark Walkenhorst (nurse manager), Jay Foster, Shae Simmons, Rhonda Robinson and Mary McGee.

Across the system, team members chipped in to help others in need in their communities. In Travelers Rest, the North Greenville Hospital ED team collected gifts for children living with their moms at Safe Harbor. “We really had a great time supplying a little bit of Christmas to some kids who may not have had it otherwise,” said Mary McGee, RN.

Campus police get new look

Over the next few months and into next year, most everything that currently sports a Prisma Health logo will get a new Prisma Health logo. Among those exceptions is our law enforcement vehicles along with the badges and patches our police officers wear.

That’s because the law enforcement division of the Prisma Health‒Upstate Department of Public Safety is overseen by the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees, and the authority granting it police powers is issued by the governor of South Carolina. While its jurisdiction is Prisma Health-Upstate campuses and facilities, it is not a service that falls under the Prisma Health brand.

Because authority as a police department is issued by the state, campus vehicles and police uniform patches and badges will bear the seal of South Carolina instead of the Prisma Health logo. Look for these changes this spring.

Our police officers and the security officers who work within Campus Security remain committed to protecting the safety of our patients, guests and team members.

Questions? Contact Doug Horton, chief of police and director of Security for Prisma Health‒Upstate Department of Public Safety, at 455-3485 or

Service anniversaries


50 Years
Gwen Stubbs

45 Years
Susan Connelly
Pat Marshall

35 Years
Nancy Sanders
Lauren Vanpelt

30 Years
Norma Black
George Blestel
Becky Carros
Carol Lane
Richard Moretz
Kimberly Shands
Elsie Sparks
Connie Steed

25 Years
Carrie Cassell
Jerry Condra
Angie Craig
Glenn Mason
Donna Matheny
Loretta Westcott

20 Years
Kelli Caldwell
Jacqueline Carroll
April Foster
Yuvani Gardner
George Haddad
Wendy Luce

Vernon Merchant
Lizanne Olyarchuk
Karen Smith
Shirley Suggs
London Taylor
Steve Timmerman
John Vitosky

15 Years
Jennifer Ballard
Rickey Beeks
Tracy Couch-Allen
Holly Frye
Crissy Hammerbacher
Sarah Horrell
Allison Lipsey
Marlene McCranie
Chris Merkel
James Patterson
Laura Robbins
Shenae Sargent
Janet Specht
Cathy Stewart

10 Years
Denise Addis
Shay Byers
Tracy Carbonel
Donna Dawley
Lisa Dowbak
Randy Erkens
Debra Evette
Laurie Funderburk
Debra Garrison

Missy Gilbert
Kara Girton
Donna Gosnell
Anita Guy
Leslie Helms
Angela Hendricks
Kay Hornaday
Melissa Howell
Tina Hudson
Anastasiya Kovalenko
Yvette Lattimore
Melissa Marbut
Adam McKee
Jessica McMahan
Alice O’Handley
Lesley Osborne
Kevin Phillips
April Pierce
Karen Rigby
Kim Roberts
Kendyle Siefert
Asha Sledge
Ray Sumner

5 Years
Donald Anderson
Jessie Armerding
Jamie Armstrong
Antoinette Bannister
Amber Barber
Lisa Barr
Lorraine Baxter
Karrie Beeman

Kathie Beldon
Emmanuelle Bowe
Sarah Breeze
Jessica Brown
John Bryson
Natalie Bueno
Alan Clardy
Marina Clark
Katie Clifton
Brandon Coker
Christy Collins
Brad Courter
Daniel Cranston
Ben Crumpler
Keith Cuddy
Kizzy David
Don Davis
Manuel De Pina
Diana Marie Dejesa
Petr Domas
Karen Eastburn
Elizabeth Ellis
Sarah Fabiano
Brook Fisher
Elizabeth Foxworth
Mary Frederick
Meg Galipeau
Beverly Garrison-Stigall
Andrea Gilbert
Joseph Gnanashekar
Tyler Graham
Jacqueline Granger
Valerie Greer

Kevin Gregg
Courtney Gregory
Luz Guerra
Antonio Hawthorne
Michael Hildebrand
Brianne Hughes
Brittany Jacobson
Melissa Janse
Alison Jones
Karrie Jowers
Bonnie Kennedy
Tracy Lance
Jeffrey Leshman
Justine Liptak
Kelsey Lumang
Laurie Malmstrom
Jordan Marchbanks
Rebekah Martin
Michelle Mastin
Sandi Mataranglo
Martha McKinney
Christy Medlin
Sherry Miller
Jessica Moroney
Melissa Mummert
John Neuffer
Lien Nguyen
Lora Overacre
Deandre Perry
Alicia Pittman
Kevin Polley
Melissa Poole
Kyle Porter

Richard Randol
Angel Rochester
Katelyn Roper
Nadim Salman
Victoria Santana
Fred Schure
Pat Scott
Vera Scruggs
Lori Shore
Leslie Simpson
Jennifer Smith
Melinda Smith
Scott Smith
Amanda St. Marie
Rhonda Steele
Zachary Sutton
Africa Tate
Sarah Tellier
Megan Thacker
Sarah Thompson
Kimberly Tillman
Carter Tilman
Michael Toth
Cheryl Tucker
Ashley Vaughn
Anilaben Vyas
Kiesha Watson
Crystal Whitley
Brooke Williams
Denarda Williams
Kathy Williams
Lou Williamson
John Wilson
Tammi Wilson
Scott Witt
Donna Yount


40 Years
Regina Godfrey
Jimmy Hill
Eileen Martin
Rita McGuffin

35 Years
Beverly Jameson

30 Years
Kristy Burroughs
Natalie Carey
Jill Clemment
Shelia Glenn
Vicki Harris
Don Lusk
Beth Newton
Louise Rutland
David Stewart
Craig Young

25 Years
Jeanette Becker
Sandra Pittman
Diane Riggins
Charles Smith
Doug Whitehead
Wanda Wilson

20 Years
Trinette Chiles
Rebekah Ciardi
Dorothy Dillon
Angie Gleason
Jennifer Hawkins
Chrissie Hildebrand
Robin Lynn
Regina Mansell
William Richmond
Jill Roemmich
Stu Saunders
Donna Seigler
Myra Sims

15 Years
Naomi Barnes
Osha Brown
Sheila Calcutt-Calvert
Lucie Comeau
Carl Gamble
Lawrence Hartley
Donna Holder
Cindy Macleod
Don McCall
Jeff Moore
Debbie Pearson

Chris Simmons
Dameon Smith
Jeananne Smith
Alicia Watson

10 Years
Jeanne Allred
Chassidy Balentine
Shelley Bauer
Tammie Bolin
Blythe Bottino
Carlos Bracale Vizquerra
Bre Bush
Bobbie Carmichael
Lisa Childs
Brandy Cooper
Deborah Craddock
Elliott Craig
Teresa Crowl
Ben Crowther
Janessa Douglas
April Duckert
Robin Holbrook
Sara Holiday
Tasha Houston
Matt Hudson
John Larocque

Melissa McGee
Luz Moreno
Melissa Palmer
Tammie Palmer
Dora Parks
Evelyn Pili
Vickey Purser
Denise Raines
Douglas Rogers
Ernesto Rojas
Jane Simpson
Rhonda Walker
Detra Watson
Maria Weems
June Weir
Deborah Wilson

5 Years
Kristie Anderson
Karen Bentley
Francie Black
Sherri Bramlett
Christine Buffington
Meghan Burke
Jennifer Cline
Kathy Crohn
Wesley Culpepper

Nikki Donahue
Ashlee Dowling
Brynn Durham
Kimberly Eininger
Danielle Eison
Anne Ellefson
Julie Erwin
Kimberly Evans
Vanessa Finley
Matt Gartner
Ronald Gooden
Heather Grounsell
Linda Gubitose
Dianne Hall
Kerri Hall
Debbie Harned
Rob Harris
Sherrie Hightower
Kerri Houston
Anita James
Carla Jones
Missy Kaspar
Heather Kemp
Megan Kennedy
Jennifer King
Tina Kraus
Nicole Laquerre
Shelby Livingston

Caitlin Lucas
Dan Lunn
Karen Martin
Kayce Massa
Joanne Mazzarell
Chris McCarter
Shannon McKay
Jackie Mims
Joan Nino-Agrazal
Cindy Osborne
Shellane Pabello
Jess Palmer
Valerie Pickett
Lisa Pitzer
James Rau
Sarah Reed
Lisa Ritter
Caroline Sanders
Angela Schwartz
Larry Sinclair
Shannon Smith
Jill Stahl
Larry Stewart
Susan Tate
Stephanie Tindle
Phil Tull
Betty Underwood
Tammy Weinstein

Upcoming events

IHOP Pancake Day
Tuesday, March 12
Participating IHOP locations will give each customer a free short stack plate. In return, customers will be asked to make a donation to Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate.

Centre Stage Performance
Monday, March 18
Join Prisma Health at Centre Stage in Greenville as we observe Colon Cancer Awareness Month with Stages, David Lee Nelson’s entertaining and poignant play. Tickets are free; registration is required. Visit to learn more.

Functional Radiology Symposium
Saturday, March 16 • Greenville Memorial Hospital, 8 a.m.‒5:30 p.m.
Physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, engineers, scientists and students are invited to hear about new research developments and foster research collaborations. The symposium includes podium presentations, panel discussions and poster competition. Click here to learn more or to register.

6th annual Care Coordination Institute® Symposium
April 4‒6, Hyatt Regency Greenville
The CCI Symposium welcomes leaders from across the health care industry to share innovative approaches and best practices on a variety of topics related to care transformation. Click here for additional information or to register.

 13th Annual Community Health Summit
Saturday, April 6 • Greenville Convention Center, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Keynote speakers are Drs. Brandi and Brittani Jackson, twin sisters, medical doctors and co-founders of Med Like Me. The event includes physician panel; heart disease, hypertension and diabetes presentations; cultural nutrition speakers; on-site community health partners; basic health screenings and consultations for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes; and health risk assessments. This FREE event is for adults and youth ages 10 and older with registration. Register here.

Safe Kids™ Day at the Greenville Drive
Sunday, April 7, Fluor Field
Gates open at 2 p.m. with a helmet giveaway for the first 500 children. Bring your family to play safety games, win prizes and watch baseball! Find out more and get your tickets at

Upstate Heart Walk
Saturday, April 13 • Downtown Greenville, 9 a.m.
Step up for this annual event to help fight heart disease and stroke. Learn more and register here.

South Carolina Nursing Excellence Conference
Friday, April 26 • SCHA William L. Yates Conference Center, Columbia
Register now for the 2019 South Carolina Nursing Excellence Conference. Click here to learn more and register.

Mark your calendars

11th Annual Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit 5K
Friday, May 3 • Gateway Park, Travelers Rest, 6:30 p.m.
Hop on over to and sign up early for a $6 registration fee ($15 starting 4/28).

Young Professionals HOG Day
Saturday, May 4
The Young Professionals group is proud to support Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day! Be on the lookout for more information.

Paddle against cancer ‒ Dragon Boat 2019
Saturday, May 4, Lake Hartwell
Join Prisma Health for a day on the water and support the fight against cancer. Get your team together now to paddle against cancer! Register now for Dragon Boat 2019; proceeds benefit benefits the Prisma Health Cancer Institute. Learn more at or contact Rhea Adkins at 797‒7738.

Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health
May 17-18, Greenville Convention Center
This year’s theme is “Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge Through Research, Education and Practice.” Learn more at

See a full list of Prisma Health classes and events at

Community Connections

Oconee Memorial Hospital celebrates 80 years

On Jan. 31, 1939, the original Oconee County Hospital opened its doors to care for patients for the first time. Now – 80 years later – Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital continues to provide a full spectrum of care to Seneca and surrounding communities, from primary, specialty and emergency care to long-term care and hospice.

We are proud to honor Oconee Memorial Hospital’s 80th anniversary and look forward as the hospital continues to serve this community for years to come!

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