Fellowship brings together health care sectors often at odds

Last week, Greenville Health System welcomed the third class of Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellows to Greenville, S.C. for a six-day seminar examining effective, enlightened leadership in the health care sector. Over these six days, industry leaders from across health care sectors—from medicine and health insurance to biotechnology and venture capital—discussed and debated truly transformative topics, such as health care costs, experimental medicine, clinical trials and medical ethics.

We don’t always see these leaders in the same room. In fact, they are often on different sides of some of the most contentious issues in health care. But through initiatives like the Fellowship, we begin to take those conversations out of their silos and into an open, collaborative forum. We begin to make headway on solving significant problems together, rather than attacking them individually with opposing agendas.

Prisma Health is honored to be at the forefront of these conversations through our partnership with The Aspen Institute. We jointly launched the Health Innovator Fellowship in 2015. I am one of two Prisma Health team members who have participated in the Fellowship to date, and we eagerly look forward to getting more of our clinical and administrative leaders engaged in the program.

Holding the seminar in our community also enables us to showcase to a national group of leaders the kind of innovation and expansion Greenville has experienced in recent decades. We’re able to introduce the Fellows to the kind of boundary-breaking work we’re doing here at home, such as our partnership with Mill Village Farms to bring fresh produce to our patients in food deserts. The partnership between the Aspen Institute and the Greenville Health System is just one more example of the kind of commitment our health system and Greenville have to improving the region’s health and addressing local and national health care challenges.

Learn more about the Fellowship here and the Aspen Institute here.

Patrick Springhart, MD, is a urologist and Vice President of Institutional Innovation at Greenville Health System.

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