Greenville Health System (GHS) receives numerous awards and recognitions each year. Below is a list of some of those honors received in FY 2014. Each is a demonstration of our commitment to heal compassionately, teach innovatively and improve constantly.
GHS received a Gold Healthy Workplace Award for its LoseWell and QuitWell programs from LiveWell Greenville. Three of the system’s Business Health clients also were honored: ScanSource and Southern Weaving won gold awards; Drive Automotive garnered a silver award.
In just over two years, GHS employees collectively have lost more than 4,500 pounds through LoseWell; 53 percent also have lowered their A1c levels. The 12-week program has a 95+ percent retention rate. QuitWell has a success rate of more than 50 percent.
This is the second year that GHS has been recognized as a leader in supporting employee health and cultivating healthy work environments.
For the third year in a row, Diversity MBA Magazine named GHS one of the top 50 companies for diverse managers and women to work. Companies included in this ranking have established programs that create access for women and people of color to move into leadership roles.
Nine nurses from across the system have been named among the top 100 nurses in the state. Nurses are recognized with the Palmetto Gold Award for providing excellent patient care and demonstrating a strong commitment to the nursing profession.
GHS was listed among the top 500 Security Leaders by Security Magazine in 2013. Ranked 18 of 72 in the Healthcare/Hospital/Medical Center category, GHS is the only health system in the Upstate and one of just two in the state to be ranked in this category. Security 500 serves as an ongoing peer review process and a benchmarking program among security organizations.
Supply Chain Leadership
The system received Healthcare Purchasing News’ (HPN) 10th Annual Supply Chain Management Department of the Year Award. HPN, which provides clinical intelligence for supply chain leadership, selected GHS for its transformation into a progressive, carefully crafted, technology-centric but patient- and people-oriented organization.
GHS garnered the Day One Retirement Innovator Award from Prudential Retirement for its 403b Retirement Savings Plan. After the system added an automatic enrollment feature in 2014, employee participation jumped from 58% to 91%, helping employees stay on track with their retirement goals.
The Center for Pediatric Medicine (CPM) of Children’s Hospital boasts one of only five programs in the nation to receive a NOVA award by the American Hospital Association. Presented to the center’s Asthma Action Team, this award recognizes hospital-led collaborations in which interdisciplinary agencies work to improve community health through education and outreach. Each year, team members oversee medical care, case management, school/daycare visits and environmental control home visits for more than 4,000 children and adolescents with asthma.
Cancer Institute Accolade
GHS’ Cancer Institute is one of just 34 programs in the U.S. lauded by the National Cancer Institute as a leader in community-site care delivery and research. Along with national inclusion as an NCI program, the Cancer Institute was awarded a multi-million dollar grant-the largest in GHS history-to conduct clinical trials and research studies that improve patient outcomes and reduce health disparities. GHS is the only community-based program originating in S.C. to attain this distinction.
Greenville Memorial Hospital has received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly birth facility, an honor held by fewer than 200 of the nation’s 3,200 birthing centers. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Its goal is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies through breastfeeding and immediate skin-to-skin bonding. Learn more at GHS Womens.
Zero Harm Awards
Five facilities received the Certified Zero Harm Award by the S.C. Hospital Association for having no preventable hospital-acquired infections with central line-associated bloodstream and/or knee or hip replacement sites during the award’s reporting period. The hospitals are Greenville Memorial, Greer Memorial, Hillcrest Memorial, Laurens County Memorial and Baptist Easley (of which GHS is part owner).
Both Greer and Greenville Memorial hospitals (GMH) earned the Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines program. The award goes to facilities that deliver high-quality care and outcomes for stroke patients.
GMH also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes
The GHS Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Medicine and the GHS Internal Medicine Clinic have achieved status as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This recognition honors practices for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on care coordination and communication. Earning this status is a lengthy, rigorous process but one that results in higher quality and lower cost for patients. CPM is the first pediatric practice in the state to earn Level 3 (highest level) recognition.
Greer Memorial Hospital made the inaugural National Patient Engagement Ranking by Axial Exchange and Becker’s Hospital Review. More than 3,000 U.S. hospitals were evaluated for the Top 100 ranking and were analyzed based on readmissions, patient satisfaction and the extent that hospitals offered information and tools to help patients engage in self-care.
Excellence in Patient Care
Greer Memorial, Patewood Memorial and Baptist Easley hospitals have been named 2014 Excellence in Patient Care Award winners by outcomes firm Studer Group. To be eligible for this award, an organization must demonstrate outstanding performance in patient care.
Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline award is Greenville Memorial Hospital. This achievement recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients. For more information, visit ghs.org.
Patewood Memorial Hospital was listed by a Hospital Compare survey as one of the top 43 hospitals with the highest proportion of patients who reported their room and bathroom were “always” clean.
Greenville Memorial Hospital received the Outstanding Partner Award from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control during the group’s annual HIV/STD Conference. GMH was commended as a service provider, community partner and leader in improving the health of South Carolinians. For the past five years, GMH Laboratory Services and Emergency Department have collaborated under a grant to offer free HIV screenings.
Greer Memorial Hospital recently received a S.C Partnership for Health Award for reducing its number of hospital readmissions for patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The award is co-sponsored by the S.C. Partnership for Health, which includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, South Carolina Hospital Association, Health Sciences of SC and The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence. The award recognizes hospitals that improve quality of care for those with COPD by reducing avoidable re-hospitalizations.
GHS’ Blood and Marrow Transplant Program was recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program for exceptional service in apheresis and collection. GHS offers both autologous transplants (patients receive their own stem cells) and allogeneic transplants (patients receive stem cells from a related or unrelated donor) as treatment methods for adults with blood-borne diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
GMH received the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for being one of the nation’s top hospitals that consumers choose for delivering high-quality health care. It is the only hospital in the state to earn this honor every year since the award’s inception in 1996.
Baptist Easley Awards
Baptist Easley Hospital is a 50/50 ownership/operation venture between GHS and Palmetto Health intended to enhance access to care, improve quality, and facilitate coordination of care between the area’s community and tertiary care hospitals. The highly regarded facility amassed several accolades this year in addition to those already mentioned, a sampling of which follows.
Baptist Easley Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. The hospital was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Recipients must achieve a cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures.
Gold Medal Triple Threat
Baptist Easley was tapped by Working Well as the state’s ninth Gold Medal Triple Threat hospital to reach the highest standard of excellence in three areas: tobacco-free people and places, healthy food environment, and culture where physical activity is the norm. Working Well is a collaboration between the S.C. Hospital Association and N.C. Prevention Partners.
Baptist Easley earned finalist status for the QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare, which recognizes hospitals achieving top performance in five of six quality indicators measured by the Quest Collaborative: harm, mortality, readmission, cost, patient experience and evidence-based care. Only 37 hospitals nationwide received finalist ranking.
Baptist Easley was named a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This is the first year the hospital has achieved platinum status. During the previous three years, Baptist Easley attained gold-level standing. Platinum-level employers offer physical activity options at the workplace, healthy eating options at work and promote a culture of wellness that includes measurable outcomes.
Center of Excellence
Baptist Easley’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center received the Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence Award from Healogics, Inc., for patient satisfaction rates exceeding 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 days.
Beacon-and Guardian-of Excellence
Baptist Easley’s Ambulatory Surgery area was tapped as a Press Ganey Beacon of Excellence Award winner for 2014, which recognizes top-performing facilities that maintain high levels of excellence in patient satisfaction. Ambulatory Surgery also received Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award for being at the 95th percentile or above for one year in patient satisfaction.
‘A’ in Safety
Baptist Easley was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog agency. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
Hillcrest Memorial Hospital (HMH) again received renewal of accreditation for comprehensive bariatric services. Awarded for a three-year term, this recognition acknowledges commitment to providing quality improvement and patient safety for weight-loss surgery patients. Accreditation was granted by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
The Greenville Memorial Childcare Center earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality in early childhood education.
The Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership (CVT) program, offered by Clemson University in partnership with GHS, has been approved for initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. The collaboration is one of only eight programs nationwide to offer an undergraduate degree in cardiovascular technology.
The program is unique in two ways: 1) adult echocardiography and vascular technology training are offered simultaneously; and 2) students have a strong undergraduate background in public health. The first class graduated in 2014.
Pediatric Echo Lab
The Outpatient Pediatric Echocardiology Lab at GHS Children’s Hospital and its outreach clinics in Spartanburg and Anderson were accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). GHS has the only labs in the Upstate accredited by IAC to perform both inpatient and outpatient pediatric echocardiography. Labs accredited by IAC demonstrate dedication to high-quality medical testing.
GHS Security was awarded the Program of Distinction Department Accreditation by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). This award recognizes healthcare security and safety departments in which at least 70 percent of staff have achieved and maintained IAHSS certification. Over 80 percent of GHS’ security and law enforcement officers are IAHSS certified.
GHS received its third consecutive Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission. This distinction recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. The two-year certification is awarded following a rigorous survey process.