The View – May/June 2018

Volume 73, Issue 3

May/June 2018

Taking Control of Diabetes

Prisma Health has one of the most integrated Diabetes Self-Management Education programs in the Southeast.

Uncontrolled diabetes is a common cause of death in the United States, impacting millions of people and costing billions of dollars. Serious complications include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease and blindness.

But there is good news. By partnering with their healthcare providers and through a Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), people with diabetes can live healthier lives. Key components of a DSMP are evidence-based education in understanding diabetes and how it affects the body, glucose testing, nutrition education, weight management, and exercise.

Over the last several years, Prisma Health has focused on an integrated approach that includes diabetes self-management standardized medication protocols, telehealth and collaboration with providers across the system.

Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, Prisma Health’ Diabetes Self-Management Program team consists of registered nurses, registered dieticians, a licensed social worker, many who also are Certified Diabetes Educators, and a pharmacist who is board-certified in advanced diabetes management. Oversight is provided by John Bruch, MD, medical director for Prisma Health Diabetes Services.

The program has grown to five sites and tripled its number of full-time certified diabetes educators (from four to 12). Locations are the Prisma Health Life Center®, OB/GYN Center, Patewood Medical Campus, Laurens County Memorial Hospital and Oconee Memorial Hospital. Educators are available to meet individually with patients weekdays, weeknights and Saturdays.

Diabetes can pose a huge complication for women during pregnancy. Last year, the program expanded to its newest site, the Prisma Health OB/GYN Center. In that year, 18 hospital admissions were prevented because the team was able to start insulin on a same-day visit.

The program also offers support groups in five convenient locations, including an insulin pump support group.

Learn more about the Prisma Health Diabetes Self-Management Program, classes and support groups or call (864) 455-4003.

A Focus on Employees

In 2015, Prisma Health launched a pilot to help employees with diabetes better manage their health. The pilot combined diabetes education, telehealth, a wireless enabled meter and standardized formulas for medication adjustments.

Fifty Prisma Health employees with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and A1c levels of 8.0 or higher were enrolled. Objectives were to lower participants’ A1c by 15% and improve their understanding of diabetes and self-management.

Results were impressive: A1c values went down by 18%! And participants reported increased understanding of diabetes and improved self-management.

The most recent opportunity for employees is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Launched in November 2017, this program provides education and coaching for those with pre-diabetes who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This 12-month program is offered to Prisma Health employees and dependent adults covered by the Prisma Health Health plan.

Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program.

See how the DPP has helped one employee. Watch her story here.

Questions? Contact or call (864) 522-1440.

Employee of the Year

During National Healthcare Week in May, Brendi Stokes, RN, was named Prisma Health Employee of the Year and presented with the Larry M. Greer Stellar Service Award. Each year, Prisma Health honors the employee who has best demonstrated outstanding service over the past 12 months.

Stokes, an administrative nursing supervisor at Patewood Medical Campus, has served in a similar role at Greer Memorial Hospital. Honored for her compassionate care and commitment to going above and beyond, she has been with Prisma Health since 2006.

In one instance, Stokes checked on the husband of a patient who had passed away, a man with dementia who now was living alone. When she arrived at his home, Stokes learned he had diabetes and had not eaten. She fed him and dispensed his insulin.

Seeing a church directory, she asked his permission to call his pastor. The elderly man agreed. No one knew the wife had died, the pastor wrote in Stokes’ nomination. Without her compassionate intervention, he added, the man also could have died.

Nominators also emphasized her exemplary leadership and willingness to step in when staff or supplies run short.

Brendi Stokes accepts the Larry M. Greer Stellar Star Service Award from David Williams, MD, chief clinical officer for the Prisma Health Southern Region.
Brendi Stokes accepts the Larry M. Greer Stellar Star Service Award from David Williams, MD, chief clinical officer for the Prisma Health Southern Region.

Baptist Easley Hospital Integrating with Prisma Health

Baptist Easley Hospital (BEH) will fully integrate with Prisma Health on October 1. Founded in 1958, BEH first affiliated with Prisma Health through a joint venture with Palmetto Health 10 years ago. In fully integrating, BEH will enhance healthcare services for people in Easley and surrounding communities. We also anticipate greater opportunity for BE staff. The hospital will continue to operate within the Western Region of Prisma Health, which includes Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.


A high survey participation rate means that our employees are engaged and believe that providing feedback leads to positive organizational change.

President's Report

As one of the Upstate’s largest employers, Prisma Health is committed to being an employer of choice. One way we do that is through listening to your concerns and suggestions about the organization through leader rounding and Town Hall surveys. Also, we offer our 15,000+ employees the opportunity to anonymously share feedback through our annual employee survey.

I am excited to share that 14,249 employees participated in the 2018 Employee Opinion Survey, exceeding our goal of 89% survey participation and achieving the stretch goal of 91% participation! This high level of participation moved Prisma Health from the 53rd percentile to 74th percentile when compared to the national healthcare average. That means our employees are among the most engaged in the country—a great achievement for all of us.

The survey was administered in March, and I am grateful to each of you who took the time to share thoughtful feedback. Every year, we strive to increase employee participation. In fact, increasing participation is so important that it is a system-led priority. For the last several years, it has been our primary fiscal year People Pillar goal.

The more survey responses we receive, the better able we are to gauge what is working well and where our opportunities are for improvement systemwide. A high survey participation rate means that our employees are engaged and believe that providing feedback leads to positive organizational change.

By now, managers will have shared their individual work area results with their staffs. Together, they are forming action plans for opportunities to improve that were identified in the survey for their areas. Over the next few months, Prisma Health managers, directors and other leaders will use system-level survey results to develop enhancements that will help us remain an employer of choice and a health system committed to high-quality patient care.

Each year before the survey, enhancements from the previous year are shared with employees through their managers and survey ambassadors. You can see a partial list of enhancements from the 2017 survey in the January-February 2018 issue of The View.

Thank you for all you do each day to help Prisma Health better serve the needs of our patients, employees and community!

Spence M. Taylor, MD

Quick Takes

Hometown: Seneca, S.C.

Family: Spouse Allen, two children David and Emma

Interests: Enjoys music, reading, the outdoors and traveling with family

Leadership Profile

Michelle Stancil, BSN, RN, CDE, manager of Diabetes Management

“A 6-year-old taught me how to count carbs,” Michelle Stancil confessed. Stancil had just started her first job as a school nurse when she met a first-grader with type 1 diabetes. Stancil would learn more about diabetes from this little girl than she had learned in nursing school.

That encounter sparked her passion for helping people learn to manage diabetes. She thought, “If that 6-year-old could learn to self-manage her diabetes, anyone can.”

As her career progressed, she saw firsthand how diabetes affects people of all ages. And she saw the tremendous difference that self-management education could make in people’s lives.

Stancil became a certified diabetes educator and an advocate for diabetes self-management. Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) has been linked to increased use of primary care and preventive care services, less frequent need for hospitalizations and lower medical claims costs.” Stancil explained. “And, patients who participate in DSME are more likely to follow best-practice recommendations.”

Despite these benefits, Stancil added, only five to seven percent of patients who are eligible for DSME through Medicare or their insurance planes will receive it.

In 2012, she joined Prisma Health to fill a newly created role as manager for the Diabetes Management program. Among her tasks was to break down silos—integrate inpatient and outpatient diabetes education efforts as well as develop standardized protocols.

“Integration is vital,” she stated, “to put us all on the same page, following the current standards of care and being aware of what is available systemwide.”

As Laurens County Memorial and Oconee Memorial hospitals came on board, Stancil worked with their teams to integrate their programs with Prisma Health.

She acknowledges physician champions who have supported the program’s growth. Among them are John Bruch, MD, endocrinologist and medical director for the Diabetes Self-Management Program, and Daryl Lapeyrolerie, MD, at Cypress Internal Medicine–Patewood.

“Dr. Bruch is a staunch advocate for diabetes self-management,” Stancil pointed out. “He has provided support and guidance that are invaluable.”

Stancil noted that Dr. Lapeyrolerie was instrumental in establishing a program site on Patewood’s campus. “He wanted more convenient access for his patients—his support helped us build the case to open a second site,” Stancil explained.

Today, there are four sites: two in Greenville and one each in Laurens and Oconee counties. A fifth site for pregnant women with diabetes opened last year at the Prisma Health OB/GYN Center. Staff and support network include nurse educators, registered dietitians, a social worker and a pharmacist.

The team also works with Pediatric Endocrinology to integrate pediatric diabetes education into the program. This collaboration will be particularly beneficial for young patients with diabetes as they grow older and transition to adult care.

“This program is a true example of breaking down silos to improve patient care,” she summarized.


When a Baby Is Dependent on Opioids: A Better Way Forward

Opioid addiction is one of the nation’s top public health crises. Those seeking to break the cycle of addiction undergo intense treatment that combines counseling, behavioral therapy and often methadone—a medication that, in itself, is an opioid.

Methadone is not a substitute of one addiction for another. Rather, it minimizes drug-seeking and the often devastating symptoms of withdrawal. For some people, methadone therapy may be needed for years or even decades.

Methadone is an issue when a baby becomes used to receiving the medication from its mother during pregnancy. At birth, it’s as if the baby quits cold turkey, which brings the full brunt of withdrawal symptoms, including tremors, inconsolable crying, vomiting, difficulty sleeping, feeding problems, diarrhea and extreme weight loss. Known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), this condition traditionally is treated only when it is clear a baby is experiencing symptoms of withdrawal.

Jennifer Hudson, MD, director of Newborn Services at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (Prisma Health), saw something drastically wrong with an approach that waited until symptoms appeared to provide treatment. It spurred her to develop a new way of proactively treating these babies that can bring with it a host of benefits.

“To have these babies suffer—when we can ease or even eliminate it—is cruel and unnecessary,” Dr. Hudson stated. “Newborns deserve early and effective treatment for NAS just as much as they do for non-drug-related pain.”

The Managing Abstinence in Newborns (MAiN) program involves giving low doses of methadone to the baby starting around six hours after birth, gradually weaning the baby off the medication. Babies are weaned over two to four weeks after discharge, with follow-up monitoring through weekly doctor visits and in-home nursing visits. No known lasting health problems are related to methadone exposure, Dr. Hudson noted.

Besides avoiding withdrawal symptoms, program benefits include shorter length of stay for baby (one week, compared to the national average of three weeks for babies with NAS) and the ability to keep mom and baby together instead of treating the baby in a neonatal intensive care unit.

“Moms and babies belong together whenever possible,” Dr. Hudson pointed out. “Babies do better when their moms are taking care of them.”

Parents who take part in the MAiN program report high levels of satisfaction with the program.

Key to MAiN’s success is open communication, according to Dr. Hudson. She estimates that 75 percent of the moms whose babies are treated through the MAiN program were already in treatment when they became pregnant. The other 25 percent started methadone therapy after learning they were pregnant.

“For the moms who openly share that they’re on methadone, we can start their babies on medication early and prevent withdrawal,” Dr. Hudson said.

“Being in treatment doesn’t make you a bad parent—it makes you a better parent than you could otherwise have been,” she emphasized. “An opioid-dependent baby is an expected outcome for moms in treatment. We can predict and treat it to keep babies from suffering.”

Dr. Hudson cuddles one of the babies in the MAiN program.

Research Collaboration

Researchers in Clemson University’s Department of Public Health Sciences compared health outcomes of babies in the MAiN program with babies who received traditional NAS care at other S.C. hospitals. They found that babies treated in the MAiN program had no increases in emergency department visits or readmission rates.

This year, the MAiN program will expand to four S.C. hospitals, with more expected to follow. Prisma Health will provide on-site and online training, tools and resources. The initiative is funded by the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services.


Getting a JUMP on Diabetes Control

Program shows promise in the clinic setting.

In 2016, the Prisma Health Internal Medicine Clinic (IMC) launched JUMP. This program targets IMC patients, most of whom have limited incomes and little or no insurance; 40% are self-pay. They also face challenges such as lack of transportation and limited access to affordable, healthy food.

Over the past two years, A1c numbers have undergone a significant, sustained decline among JUMP participants.

JUMP is based on the successful CenteringPregnancy model in which patients from similar socio-economic backgrounds meet as a group for education and support. JUMP focuses on dietary and behavioral changes. The program is voluntary; participants must state that they are ready to change.

A new class starts each fall. Participants meet once a week for three weeks to learn about monitoring glucose, taking medications properly, exercising and eating a healthy diet. A maintenance phase follows in which the group meets every few months to support and encourage each other.

Resident physicians have been integral to the program’s development and continued success. Also central to JUMP’s success is dedicated clinic staff, including a certified diabetes educator and a nurse practitioner.

Research tracking the program is gaining attention. In April, IMC’s “Jumping into Diabetes Control” received the Best Investigation in Diabetes Research Award during the Prisma Health Research Showcase. Authors are Lauren Hassan, MD; Sheena Henry, MD; Gail Chastain, CDE; and Meenu Jindal, MD, program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Drs. Hassan and Henry, both Internal Medicine residents, have presented this research at regional and national meetings.


Stellar Service


Cassandra (Cassie) Mann, scheduler/Surgical Oncology MDC, received two nominations for her act of kindness. One cold, rainy day she received a call from a patient who did not have transportation to his pre-anesthesia visit. He was walking because he did not want to miss the appointment. Worried about the patient walking in such bad weather, Cassie asked his location. She then drove to pick him up and bring him to his appointment.

Jordache Motley, EVS/Oconee Memorial Hospital, demonstrated compassion to a woman he encountered in the elevator at the hospital. She appeared confused and he asked if he could help. As she answered, he suspected that she may be in need of mental health care. Maintaining a kind manner, he led her to the lobby where he asked a volunteer to call Security. He sat with the patient, speaking gently to her until Security arrived to escort her to the Emergency Department.

Stephanie Roberts, RN, Med-Surg Unit/Oconee Memorial Hospital, is regarded as a highly skilled nurse and model preceptor for new nurses. When a patient’s pain became increasingly harder to control, Roberts assessed the patient. She detected a serious condition and immediately called the doctor who confirmed her assessment and commended her for her knowledge and quick thinking. In the Stellar Star nomination, Roberts’ supervisor wrote, “I am beyond proud of her and glad she is teaching new nurses these exemplary skills.”


Kym Hoffman, child life specialist/GMH, is recognized for her compassionate and skillful attention to a young boy whose mother had just passed away in the ICU. Hoffman and teammate Jenna Boettcher responded to a request for child life specialists to help the child begin coping with the grief in losing his mother. They made prints of his mother’s hands and brought helpful resources for the boy and his adult family members.

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Jenna Boettcher, child life specialist/GMH, along with teammate Kym Hoffman, was commended for her compassion and skill in helping a young boy begin the grief process. They gently spoke to him about death and prepared him for what to expect if he decided to see his mom. Lydia Leach, who nominated Hoffman and Boettcher, wrote that she is “thankful for these ladies and their heart for helping people.”

Julie Jones, PsyD, pediatric psychologist/Pediatric Supportive Care Team, is highly valued for her compassionate work as a member of this team. Recently, she became close to a young patient who had been in the hospital for four months. The patient could not speak or do anything on her own. She was frightened about an upcoming surgery. To help ease the patient’s anxiety, Jones escorted her to the OR and waited for her in the recovery room.

Debbie Sharp, admissions counselor, Patient Access/OMH, was nominated for a Stellar Star by a patient who credits her with saving his life. While registering him for routine blood work, Sharp noticed that he was quite pale and sweating profusely. She convinced the patient to go to the Emergency Department where he was diagnosed as having a major cardiac event. When he was fully recovered, the patient returned to commend Sharp for her compassion and observant behavior.

Prisma Health’ss Stellar Service program recognizes employees for demonstrating service behaviors that are above and beyond. Such recognition ranges from individual recognition within a department to the Prisma Health Employee of the Year award. A story about an employee should stand out as exemplary. Exemplary means serving as a model or an example worth imitating. The behavior should contribute toward patient and family focused care or the equivalent type of service and focus for other customers, including fellow employees. Click here to nominate an employee for stellar star recognition.

Volunteers of the Month

Chery O’Malley is the Volunteer of the Month for May. O’Malley has volunteered with the pet therapy group at Greenville Memorial Hospital for two years, joining them in bringing joy to patients, visitors and staff. Recently, O’Malley recalled a typical day with her four-pawed partner Wylie: A patient lit up when Wylie visited her room on her birthday; an employee shared that hugging Wylie was just what he needed; and two girls in the Hospitality Shop giggled in delight while petting Wylie.

Phyllis Rouleau is the Volunteer of the month for June. Since 1997, this former Prisma Health employee has driven from Anderson to volunteer at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Rouleau has served in the Newborn Nursery and Coronary ICU Waiting Area. Currently, she volunteers in the Medical/Surgical/Trauma ICU Waiting Area where she helps with visitation and facilitates communication between families and staff. Rouleau offers a listening ear to family members and tries to make them comfortable during a stressful time.


Maintain Clean and Quiet Surroundings

An important component in the patient experience is an environment that speeds healing. Quiet and uncluttered surroundings create spaces that promote rest, calm spirits, and clear thinking.

Maintain clean and quiet surroundings is this issue’s COMPASSION Standard. Representing the “m” in the word compassion, this standard demonstrates our commitment to providing professional service that is caring and respectful of patients, visitors and coworkers.

For patients, a quiet, clean room is critical to healing and to safety. Our Environmental Services staff and our Engineering and Maintenance staffs have a tremendous responsibility to make sure rooms are clean and that elements such as doors, lights, cabinets and guest chairs are in working order. This attention to the environment provides a front line for infection prevention. The temperature in our ORs, for instance, must be maintained and also have the right balance of humidity.

Quiet is essential in any environment. Many non-clinical support staff work in cubicles within close proximity to their peers. Conversation is inevitable and necessary for collaborative work; however, employees demonstrate compassion for one another when they set their cellphones to vibrate, refrain from using a speaker phone and wear headphones to listen to music.

Compassion is in the details. Maintaining clean and quiet surroundings is something that we all can do to promote a culture of excellence that makes Greenville Health System a great place to work, receive care and practice medicine.

Find more tips here.


April Buchanan, MD, has been selected as the Undergraduate Medication Education Representative and Steering Committee Member for the American Association of Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs. Responsibilities include serving on the national Undergraduate Medical Education Steering Committee, promoting educational innovations and research at regional and national meetings, and participating in initiatives related to medical student education.

Jim Cochrane, MD, a Prisma Health pulmonary disease specialist, received national recognition for his work to improve the Epic user’s experience. His presentation from the 2017 Epic Users Group Meeting, titled “Comprehensive Health Maintenance,” was chosen for inclusion in Epic Classics. Epic Classics is a project to improve the education of new Epic users. His presentation is available on the Epic UserWeb and on Epic Earth.

Lee Dailey, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, manager of Pharmacy Services at Prisma Health Laurens County Memorial Hospital, was named Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy’s Preceptor of the Year for 2018. To recognize exceptional education of students in practice settings, the School of Pharmacy invites student nominations of affiliate preceptors who excel in experiential education. This award honors a preceptor’s commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Dailey (left) with Kate Moore, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, executive director of Experiential Education at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Nancy Fowler, Prisma Health Volunteer Services, was presented the 2018 Health Careers Program Community Partner of the Year Award from Upstate AHEC (Area Health Education Center). This honor recognizes an outstanding individual who shares resources with students and provides shadowing and volunteer sites for AHEC’s internship programs. 

Nancy Fowler (left) is congratulated by an AHEC student ambassador and Karina Suri, AHEC health careers coordinator.

Allison Greene, marketing coordinator, Prisma Health Marketing & Communications, has published Since John Got Sick. Co-authored with her son, this book tells the compelling story of their journey through his rare serious illness and consequent transplant. The book is available on Amazon and at

Robert Saul, MD, medical director of General Pediatrics at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, received the 2018 David W. Smith Award for Excellence in Genetics and Birth Defects Education from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This biennial teaching honor celebrates individuals for their lifetime accomplishments in genetics and birth defects education.

Celie Schilz, BSN, RN, has received the DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses. Always attentive to the needs of patients and families, Schilz makes time to listen and answer questions. She maintains a positive attitude and is a model to coworkers and students of a nurse who shares knowledge and who continually seeks to learn more.

William Schmidt III, MD, PhD, VP of Development, Prisma Health Health Sciences Center, has received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor. Dr. Schmidt’s impact on children’s health in South Carolina spans a 27-year tenure as medical director of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. Under his leadership, the system established the Upstate’s only pediatric cancer center, the most advanced pediatric trauma center in the area and a philanthropic spirit that provides children with opportunities from facility dogs to summer camps.

Rebecca Snyder, MD, MPH, Prisma Health surgical oncologist, recently was board-certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Snyder completed her surgical oncology training at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center before being recruited to Prisma Health. She is the only surgeon in the Upstate to be CGSO board-certified. She is among just 202 surgeons nationwide to earn this certification.

The CGSO subspecialty certification, first conferred in 2015, assesses qualifications to treat complex cases typically seen in cancer centers and specialized institutions. It also recognizes surgeons with specific knowledge in the diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation of patients with more rare, unusual or challenging tumors. Dr. Snyder’s clinical focus is in hepatobiliary, pancreatic, GI and peritoneal malignancies.

Volunteer Appreciation
In May, Prisma Health celebrated our volunteers with an appreciation banquet. Volunteers play an important role in helping patients feel welcomed and at ease across our system. From giving directions to delivering flowers and sweet treats, our volunteers are the friendly faces our patients depend on.

Campuses also honored a Volunteer of the Year. Thank you to these individuals for exceptional dedication to our patients!


All in Good Fun
Ric Ransom, chief operating officer/Greenville Memorial Hospital, braces for another dunking during the employee meal party to celebrate National Healthcare Week.
2017 Report to the Community

Prisma Health’ annual report for Fiscal Year 2017 summarizes our efforts to fulfill our mission to heal compassionately, teach innovatively and improve constantly. Read it online here.

Kiss the Pig

Internal Medicine Clinic staff raised $1,800 for the 2018 March of Dimes Campaign. Activities included a “Kiss the Pig” contest, which garnered $350 by nominating physicians and coworkers for the honor of kissing Macy, a winsome pot-bellied pig. Winners were fourth-year medical student (now graduate) Ryan Dennis Paulk, MD, and Travis Smith, administrator, Patient Support.

From bake sales and Blue Jean Fridays to walking in the March for Babies on May 4, teams across Prisma Health helped raise funds for ensuring healthy starts for newborns.

With a boost from owner Beth Hudson, RN, Macy accepts her kiss from Dr. Paulk, aka “Best Pig Kisser.”
With a boost from owner Beth Hudson, RN, Macy accepts her kiss from Dr. Paulk, aka “Best Pig Kisser.”
New Format for Employee Orientation

The Academy of Leadership and Professional Development Organization Development Team will launch a redesigned New Employee Orientation (NEO) on August 27. The team has been working with its Palmetto Health counterparts to align programs and processes to prepare for further development of the SC Health Company. As part of this alignment, NEO will transition from a two-day to one-day event.

The new format includes these benefits:

  • Allows new hires to report to their departments earlier
  • Creates substantial efficiencies for the organization
  • Enables Prisma Health to better align orientation program/processes with Palmetto Health

The one-day format will focus on service, organizational culture, patient experience and equity and inclusion.

A Great Time for a Great Cause

Staff from North Greenville Hospital’s Emergency Department (and some family members) gathered June 2 for a “period packing party.” The group assembled 130 packages of female sanitary supplies to donate to The Homeless Period Project. The organization distributes these supplies to area shelters for the homeless and victims of sexual abuse to give to underserved women and girls.

(l-r): Andrea Nettles, RN; Mary McGee, RN; Lori Carroll, RN; Diane Welborn, RN; Sarah Guinn, RN; Robyn Peeler, RN; Daphanie Evans, RN; and Avery Evans. Not pictured: Lindsay Tjiattas-Saleski, DO, MBA; Madeline Saleski; Jen Cox, RN; Lydia Cox; Dana Laws, RN; and Rhonda Robinson, RN
(l-r): Andrea Nettles, RN; Mary McGee, RN; Lori Carroll, RN; Diane Welborn, RN; Sarah Guinn, RN; Robyn Peeler, RN; Daphanie Evans, RN; and Avery Evans. Not pictured: Lindsay Tjiattas-Saleski, DO, MBA; Madeline Saleski; Jen Cox, RN; Lydia Cox; Dana Laws, RN; and Rhonda Robinson, RN
An AED for Laurens Parks & Rec

Prisma Health Southern Region and Laurens County Memorial Hospital leadership donated a life-saving mobile defibrillator to Laurens Parks and Recreation Department for use at The Ridge convention center in Laurens and the ball fields during tournaments.

The gift was made after COO Justin Benfield heard about an incident that took place last fall during a basketball game. Although EMS arrived quickly to aid the victim, more immediate help could have been given if an AED had been on-site.

(l-r) Laurens Mayor John Stankus, Prisma Health Southern Region officers Justin Benfield, COO and David Williams, MD, CCO; Laurens City Manager Gary Coleman; Jason Pridgen, director, City of Laurens Parks and Recreation, and staff members Andy McLeod and Bob Gates
2018 Healthy Greenville Grants

In May, the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees approved $5.3 million for this year’s Healthy Greenville grant projects. These projects target everything from preventing diabetes and substance abuse to using mindfulness therapy to combat depression relapse and opioid misuse.

Healthy Greenville 2036, launched last year, will reinvest $100 million in grants over the next 20 years to improve the health of Greenville County residents. Learn more.

Prisma Health Leaders in Becker’s Top 100

Becker’s Healthcare has recognized Spence Taylor, MD, president of Prisma Health, and Mike Riordan, co-CEO of SC Health Company, as two of the top 100 leaders in the Becker’s Hospital Review 2018 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare. Dr. Taylor and Riordan are the only healthcare leaders on this list from South Carolina.

2018 Prisma Health Nursing Excellence Awards

Nursing Excellence Award winners were announced during National Nurses Week in May. Recipients of these peer-nominated awards excel at promoting and advancing their profession; display caring and commitment to patients, families and co-workers; and demonstrate leadership in the profession and at Prisma Health.

Awards cover the following categories: inpatient, outpatient, specialty role or area, leadership—and new this year—ambulatory and ambulatory leadership. Also new is the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a newly licensed RN who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice.

Central Region
Greenville Memorial Medical Campus
• Elizabeth Madrid, BSN, RN, CPN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Michelle Farr, BSN, RN, CPN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Loretta Johnson, BSN, RN, CCM—Award for Excellence: Specialty
• Katrice Carpenter, RN—Award for Excellence: Ambulatory
• Joyce Griffin, BSN, RN, CCRN—Award for Excellence: Leadership
• Jennifer Reed, RN—Award for Excellence: Ambulatory Leadership
• GMH Oncology/BMT Team—DAISY Team Award
• Mary Evans, BSN, RN—Rising Star Award

Patewood Medical Campus
• Julie Gentry, RN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Tina League-Axson, RN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Gwen Usry, RN—Award for Excellence: Specialty

North Greenville Medical Campus
• Felicia Leese, ADN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Jay Foster, BSN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Cindy Horton Dias, BSN—Award for Excellence: Specialty
• Jessica Gallant, BSN, RN—Rising Star Award

Simpsonville Medical Campus
• Angie Moore, RN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Evelyn Pili, BSH, RN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Debra Wilde, BSN, RN, CNOR—Award for Excellence: Leadership
• Nadine Marshall, RN—Rising Star Award

Eastern Region
• Pat Petty, RN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Jessica Clayton, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Angela Kutzner, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Specialty
• Malinda Martin, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Ambulatory
• Jahel Estrada, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Leadership
• Alexanne (Aly) Kratzer, BSN, RN—Rising Star Award

Southern Region
• Billie Jo Mitchell, RN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Don Davis, RN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Lisa Kuykendall, RN—Award for Excellence: Ambulatory
• Becky Roberts, RN—Award for Excellence: Leadership

Western Region
• Kristin Gonzales, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Inpatient
• Lisa Lecroy, RN—Award for Excellence: Outpatient
• Melinda Burt, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Ambulatory
• Rebekah Crooks, BSN, RN—Award for Excellence: Leadership
• Whitney Garland, BSN, RN—Rising Star Award

May Service Anniversaries

50 Years
Shirley Crawford

40 Years
Gladys Center
Charlene Wells

35 Years
Linda McCoy
Sharon Pelfrey
Nelson Proffitt

30 Years
Ada Fuller
Joy James
Angie Jones
Stephanie Kelly
Barbara Loomis
Chris Rayburn
Becky Ware

25 Years
Shelley Alverson
Naomi Andrews
Valerie Douglas
Karen Ernest
Marvin Grover
Mark Henderson

Shannon Lineberger
Linda Mobley
Shyla Shockley
Tanya Watson

20 Years
Trudy Ackard
Cindy Allison
Kim Anderson
Melinda Burt
Jillana Cameron
Joan Cox
Sheila Davis
Cyndie Ford
Sara Herndon
Tara James
Rebecca Jones
David McAlister
John Vernon
Don Watts

15 Years
Shelley Austin
Lori Buchanan
Haley Certain
April Coffey
Ashley Coppins

Sheila Craig
Angela Deloach
Pam Folger
Vikki Harton
Stephanie Johnson
Kyoung Kim
Tonion Leak
Rick Mamrick
Regan Oeser
Akunna Olerum
Anita Parra
Patty Reaux
Pat Sinclair
Darryl Starkey
Karen Tollison
Linda Wilbanks

10 Years
Michelle Albrecht
Nancy Allen
Rey Bolatete
Aaron Bowers
Mylinda Bryant
Laura Burrows
Katie Dobson
Heather Edmonds
Jenna Hayes
Jessie Henson

Gretchen Humerickhouse
Greg Irick
Thelma Kontorovsky
Vickie Leonard
Tracy Lowe
Candy Mak
Tammy Mamo
Bridgette McCullough
Jodie Mull
Eric Nguyen
Julie Nicholson
Julie Peterson
Chad Richard
Anita Richardson
Beth Richardson
Larry Rohrer
Tammy Scarborough
Shiree Sims
Becky Stegall
Amanda Stone
Kenneth Towe
Aurelia Tutt
Rina Vashi

Nicole Watkins
Tangi Williams

5 Years
Nicki Addis
Kimberly Beebe
Debbie Birckbichler
Mary Boggs
Jeanne Brown
Juan Cabanero
Whitney Chisolm
Michele Chrismer
Brooke Clayton
Nancy Copeland
April Cox
Mary Lou Dennis
Stacy Dill
Anita Fredman
Annie Gersh
Morgan Harvey
Raza Hassan
Roy Jackson
Eric Keiper
Corey Kelly
Ashlyn Klas
Regina Kruszka
Caran Larsen

Mary Lee
Leanne Lemaster
Kris Leo
Mary Logan
Olivia Martin
Nina Morris
Stephanie Murray
Deborah Porche
Carrie Rafferty
Alex Robertson
Anna Roseberry
Nicole Scates
Candi Shepherd
Sylvia Stancil
Jennifer Stauffer
Shelly Stein
Jennifer Subrizi
Cathy Taylor
Tabatha Taylor
Stephanie Teems
Amy Trull
Debra Tucker
Cookie Valentine
Mary Vanmeter
Krista West
Alicia Wilbanks
Lee Williams

June Service Anniversaries

40 Years
Elizabeth Ferguson
Mark Hopkins
Nina Lee-Pittman
Terri Moore

35 Years
Carla Banish
Marlee Engelman
Kay Smith
Katie Woodfin

30 Years
Cynthia Baxley
Rita Desai
Susan Grier
Ann Lewis
Myron Messich
Felicia Smith

25 Years
Julie Bull
Lynn Carter
Shelia Davis
Faye Findlay
Charlette Jordan
Gail Keahey
Janine Kirkman
Lisa Lecroy
Jonathan Lokey
Terrie Long
Angela Trammell
Laura Turman
Lb-Lynn Turpin

20 Years
Lorena Adkins
Ashley Clark
Will Cobb
Leigh Ann Crawford

Diane Croft
Carolyn Farmer
Kelly Faulkner
James Ford
Pam Gilstrap
Peggy Goodlett
Jane Guthrie
Kim Hembree
Stephanie Jones
Melanie Kelley
John Kim
Phil Manley
Phyllis Mingo
Mary Owens
Susan Owens
Brad Smith
Andrea Speed
Shannon Summer
Sheila Walters

15 Years
Vanessa Alvarez
Bethany Batts
Sarah Becker
Salia Broome
Michael Cain
Sheryl Cason
Lisa Darby
Brenda Douglas
Annette Dunphy
Barbara Everette
Patricia Ewell
Sonya Gardner
Patty Green
Daria Hughes
Chris Ilcheson
Stacia Johnson
William Johnson
Kristen Macclenahan

Jackie Martin
Marian McVey
Evie Mills
Tiffany Odom
Pat Petty
Mollie Respass
June Ross
Felipa Sligh
Svetlana Stukalova-Davis
Pam Talmage
Debbie Thomas
Paula Thompson
Deborah Tipton
Markylena Tolbert-Wydman
Cathy Williams
Peter Zwolski

10 Years
Brenda Busby
Marsha Carroll
Sara Clark
Christa Cornelius
Faye Dennis
Kayla Dickson
Ellen Ferguson
Kenya Fernanders-Briggs
Terikka Foster
Debbie Gestring
Drew Goldsmith
Emmy Gotchy
Tara Graddick
Dina Graham
Tyler Greer
Heidi Harmon
Brandon Harris
Kelly Harris

Denise Hemlinger
Beth Hudson
Bonnie Humphries
Rodney Johnson
Jim Kaltenbach
Karen Keane
Mari Knowles
Annette Larsen
Karen Leyers
Jenna Livingston
China Love
Nancy McMahan
Amy Milam
Nerissa Miller
Kate Minka
Kimberly Moffat
Mandrill Montgomery
Denny Myers
Lynn Newman
Katie O’Connor
Robin Owens
Judy Pegram
Deborah Pittman
Gina Podolsky
Stacey Pough
Debra Redden
Kathleen Roper
Ihab Shenouda
Tray Stephens
Janine Stoddard
Terry Stokes
Leeann Storen
Erin Thurston
Leslie Wakefield
Thomas Wheeler
Angie Whitted
Carrie Willis

5 Years
Rachel Banta
William Beam
Wanda Benton
Tequilla Bethea
Kaleisha Bobo
Laura Bowen
Lolita Boykins
Sarah Brown
Janice Butler
Mary Campbell
John Carpenter
Kayce Cartee
Amber Chapman
Angela Coreas
Melissa Couch
Anna D’Alessio
Jes Damitz
Aimee Darnell
Tracy Davis
Jennifer Debusk
Cortney Easterling
Carter Edwards
Bernard Endebrock
Jasmine Felder
Katie French
Nicole Gammon
Zane Gardner
Angela Gary
Rhonda Giese
Tara Hale
Tammy Hardin
Regis Hill
Janelle Hix
Cassandra Jenkins
Nicholas Kelley
Sandy Kraus
Mark Krom

Samantha Lell
Lashawn Lewis
Kevin Lynn
Sharon McCown
Karen McDaniels
Tasha McGhee
Nancy McHone
Tasha Miller
Paola Mora Tobon
Heather Munyan
Dorothy Noone
Melissa Owens
Jaclyn Payne
Casey Penland
Easter Pennington
Elizabeth Pernotto
Jordan Popham
Dedra Ray
Allison Reed
Sharon Reynolds
Tom Rice
Tiffany Roach
Kellie Savage
Steven Shim
Stephanie Sisk
Darcy Slizewski
Emily Smith
Shannon Smith
Laura Stoudt
Ayesha Surratt
Megan Thornton
John Van Deman
Aaron Vander Mei
Jeremy Warren
Sarah Wells
Ohmar Win
Mark Woods

Upcoming Events

Red, White & Blue Shoes 5K
July 4—Furman University, 8 a.m. Learn more and register here. Contact Caci Scroggs at about reimbursement of entry fee for this Corporate Shield Event.

Meet the Midwives
July 24—35 Medical Ridge Dr., Greenville, 6-7 p.m. Meet the midwives of Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center to learn more about midwifery and if that is the right choice for you. Free; register at

See You at the Market!
Prisma Health sponsors the weekly TD Saturday Market and its Spuds & Sprouts program for
children in downtown Greenville, as well as the Fountain Inn Farmers Market in
Commerce Park. Both markets are open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon.

Prisma Health North Greenville Hospital is a sponsor for the weekly Travelers Rest Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8:30-a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Support Groups

This free group meets the second Monday monthly, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Prisma Health Life Center®. For more information, call 455-4025.

Tobacco Cessation
This free group meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Patewood Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 455-7737.

Weight Management
This free group meets Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m., at the Prisma Health Life Center. For more information, call 522-3144.

Bereavement Support
Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills offers bereavement support and education to the community. Dates, times and locations vary. To learn more, call 882-8940.

Mark Your Calendar

Prisma Health Children’s Hospital Radiothon airs August 9-10. Tune into B93.7, Magic 98.9, 93.3 The Planet, Classic Rock 101.1, ESPN Upstate, 106.3 WORD and 96.3 The Block, or stop by Greenville Memorial Hospital lobby to hear how your donation can make miracles happen at Children’s Hospital.

To learn more or to donate today, visit or text “Prisma Health” to 51555! Click here to donate by payroll deduction.

See a full list of Prisma Health classes and events at

Community Connections

Wow, What a Weekend!
From the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit 5K to March for Babies, Dragon Boat to Duck Derby, and Hands On Greenville Day to the opening of summer farmers markets, the weekend of May 4-5 saw folks running, walking, paddling, mulching and, yes—nibbling—to celebrate healthy living for today and raise funds for hopeful futures.

Prisma Health employees and their families supported healthy starts for babies in Greenville's March for Babies®.
Prisma Health employees and their families supported healthy starts for babies in Greenville's March for Babies®.
Nearly 5,000 people of all ages turned out for the 10th annual Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit 5K. This signature family-friendly event features a free block party complete with food, games and live music.
Nearly 5,000 people of all ages turned out for the 10th annual Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit 5K. This signature family-friendly event features a free block party complete with food, games and live music.

Annual Event Tests Cyclists’ Endurance
On May 14, hundreds of cyclists from around the world attempted the 102.7 mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell and its sister ride, the 74.2 mile Assault on Mt. Marion.

Prisma Health was a presenting sponsor of this event. A portion of proceeds supports the HUB Cycle Program in Spartanburg, which provides re-purposed and donated bikes to people of all ages for recreation, exercise and transportation.

Caption: (l-r) cyclist favorite George Hincapie and NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson were among the cyclists attempting the Assault on Mt. Mitchell.
Caption: (l-r) cyclist favorite George Hincapie and NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson were among the cyclists attempting the Assault on Mt. Mitchell.

Cancer Survivors Park Opens
The Cancer Survivors Park officially opened June 3—Cancer Survivors Day. The park, located along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail between Falls Park and Cleveland Park in Greenville, serves as a respite for people seeking healing, community and education.  Prisma Health is one of the park’s major sponsors.

View of Cancer Survivors Park from Falls Park. Hope Pavilion is in the background.
View of Cancer Survivors Park from Falls Park. Hope Pavilion is in the background.

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