GHS board votes to sell The Cottages at Brushy Creek

The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees voted today to sell GHS’ skilled nursing facility, The Cottages at Brushy Creek, to Orianna Health Systems. The decision to sell The Cottages was the result of a plan to position GHS to respond to a healthcare environment with rapidly changing reimbursement and care delivery patterns driven primarily by changes in Medicare and Medicaid.

“As our population ages and the demand for affordable, high quality services continue to grow, innovative partnerships become more important,” said Lisa Stevens, chair of the GHS Board of Trustees. “GHS needs access to nearly 3,000 skilled nursing beds to meet the needs of its patients, and it’s clear that we need a partner to help us meet this demand. Orianna Health Systems is a natural choice because they specialize in skilled nursing facility operations, have a significant presence in the Upstate and have already collaborated with GHS on a number of quality improvement initiatives.”

Orianna operates 48 skilled nursing facilities in 11 states. Of those, 17 are in South Carolina and 13 of those are in the Upstate. The company’s skilled nursing homes feature a team approach to patient care, and individual plans of care are tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient.

“Our mission is to serve the needs of our communities, one patient at a time,” said Craig Robinson, CEO of Orianna Health Systems. “We are committed to serving the Upstate community and look forward to building upon the strong foundation of skilled nursing care GHS has established at The Cottages at Brushy Creek.”

GHS and Orianna have worked together on a number of quality improvement initiatives over the past few months. The focus of these initiatives has been on optimizing care transitions from the hospital to the skilled nursing setting, developing innovative models of care, reducing avoidable readmissions and enhancing the overall patient experience.

“We view this not as a sale but as a partnership with Orianna,” said Angelo Sinopoli, MD, chief medical officer for GHS. “We have a vested interest in Orianna’s success as we already place a significant number of patients in their facilities and will continue doing so in the future.”

Skilled nursing is just one piece of the post-acute care puzzle. With South Carolina’s senior population expected to double by 2030, GHS and other healthcare providers are looking at new and innovative ways to deliver affordable, high quality post-acute care to a population known to be high utilizers of healthcare services.

One strategy is to help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible, which is why GHS is expanding its home health services and recently opened GHS Senior Care.

GHS Senior Care is a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program. The PACE model was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help meet the healthcare needs of the elderly in the community. The goal is for seniors to age in place in their homes rather than in a nursing home or long-term care facility, remain active in their communities and receive high quality care at an affordable price.

“The cost of providing home-based medical services is about one-third the cost of putting seniors in nursing homes,” said Sinopoli. “Using the PACE model and expanding our home health services allows us to provide seniors with the right care when they need it, thereby decreasing hospitalizations and reducing overall healthcare costs. Best of all, seniors get to maintain their independence and remain active in their communities. And for those seniors who need a higher level of care, Orianna is one of many partners in providing that care.”

Orianna will officially assume ownership of The Cottages at Brushy Creek on or before September 30. At that time, approximately 200 GHS employees will become employees of Orianna Health Systems or its affiliates.

About Greenville Health System
Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit ghs.org for more information.

About Orianna Health Systems
Orianna Health Systems and its affiliates operate 48 skilled nursing centers (SNFs) with almost 5,000 beds in 11 states. Orianna partners with more than 5,000 employees, independent physicians, contractors, suppliers, vendors and consultants to provide skilled nursing, assisted living, dementia care and rehabilitation services to its patients throughout the system. Visit orianna.com to learn more.

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