Greenville Health System (GHS) is taking steps to implement its new governance model, which is focused on improving outcomes, reducing costs and enhancing the patient experience. Earlier this year, two new boards were established, and today it was announced that current GHS President and CEO Mike Riordan is transitioning to the role of president and CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization.
As part of the new model, GHS will remain a public entity that leases its facilities to the Upstate Affiliate Organization, a private, not-for-profit that will serve as the provider of care for the region like GHS does today. The Strategic Coordinating Organization sets the strategic direction and provides corporate support for the Upstate Affiliate Organization and any other affiliates that join the new system. The goal is to ensure healthcare decisions remain local and that high quality, affordable care is available for years to come.
“Moving to this new model is one of the most critical changes in GHS’ history as it will allow us to be more nimble and responsive to the changing healthcare needs of our communities,” said Frances Ellison, chair of the Strategic Coordinating Organization Board of Directors. “To be successful, though, we need dedicated leadership at the top, and we believe Mike Riordan is well suited to lead this transition and help us develop a premier system that will bring more value to our community.”
Riordan has served as president and CEO of GHS for 10 years. Under his leadership, GHS has grown its employed physician group to nearly 1,000 providers, established a physician-led clinical integration network focused on improving health outcomes and reducing costs, and expanded medical education to include a four-year medical school in partnership with USC.
“Transitioning to president and CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization will allow me to devote greater time to developing the new system,” said Riordan. “While my focus will no longer be on the day-to-day operations of GHS, I remain committed to our patients and employees and am excited about the changes taking place as we continue transforming health care for the benefit of the people and communities we serve.”
It was also announced that Spence Taylor, MD, will become president of the Upstate Affiliate Organization.
Taylor, a vascular surgeon, has been with GHS for 24 years. Most recently he served as vice president of physician engagement, president and chief academic officer for the GHS Clinical University, and senior associate dean for academic affairs and diversity at the USC School of Medicine Greenville. Under his leadership, GHS has experienced unprecedented growth and advancement in academics, including the opening of the USC School of Medicine Greenville in 2012, development of a one-of-a-kind academics and research model called the GHS Clinical University and designation as an academic health center.
“The Upstate is my home, and I am honored to continue serving this great community as president of the Upstate Affiliate Organization,” said Taylor. “The healthcare industry is in the midst of great change, and GHS is no different. I look forward to bringing my 30-plus years of experience as a physician to the table and working with others to ensure high quality, affordable care is available to all who need it.”