Community Benefit

Greenville Health System uses guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) that will allow for equitable comparisons of community benefits among healthcare institutions. In recognizing the importance of community outreach in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents in the region, Prisma Health offered support in a variety of ways during Fiscal Year 2014 (October 2013 through September 2014):

To help meet the medical needs of upstate citizens who have no healthcare coverage and cannot afford to pay for healthcare services, Prisma Health provided more than $113 million in charity and government-sponsored healthcare (at cost) in Fiscal Year 2014.

Community benefit programs encompass community health services, education of health professionals, subsidized health services, research, and financial and in-kind contributions. In addition to offering health fairs, screenings and information sessions, Prisma Health works with community groups and educational institutions to train healthcare workers and to ensure access to basic medical services for everyone.

Charity and Government-sponsored Healthcare Services $113.1 million
Support to the Community and Community Health Partners $81.1 million
Benefits Recognized by CHA $194.2 million

Medicare shortfall and bad debt (at cost) also are benefits that the health system provides. The Medicare shortfall represents $138.6 million of unpaid costs when reimbursement falls short of the actual cost of care. Bad debt, which totaled $67.7 million, occurs when patients are unwilling or unable to pay for services and do not seek charity care.

Medicare Shortfall $138.5 million
Bad Debt $67.7 million
Additional Benefits Recognized by American Hospital Association $206.2 million
Total Quantifiable Community Benefit $400.4 million

“A Life Transformed: A Conversation with Alan Ethridge”

Alan Ethridge, executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Council, candidly shared his story involving weight loss and smoking cessation after experiencing a heart attack. Within 12 months, he lost 70 pounds, quit smoking and started exercising seven days a week. Prisma Health partnered with Centre Stage to host this event, which included a panel discussion with Ethridge and four Prisma Health physicians.

Minority Health Summit

Prisma Health “Knocked Out Cancer” with its 8th Annual Minority Health Summit that featured world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard as the keynote speaker. More than 2,000 people attended this free event that included exercise demonstrations and a health fair including Greenville County agencies focused on health and underserved populations. Learn more at


The annual Splash-n-Dash Series added an extra date in 2014 with its first-time event in Laurens County. Prisma Health partners with the YMCA of Greenville to host this fun series intended to give kids ages 3-16 a taste of multi-sport competition without the pressure of a full triathlon. The event consists of a pool swim followed by a cross-country run. It’s part of the PATH (Partners Achieving Total Health) wellness initiative of Prisma Health and YMCA of Greenville that provides access to fitness and preventive care that’s affordable, easily accessible and focused on reaching people before they get sick. Learn more at

2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

Hundreds of athletes from more than 40 countries were in Greenville Labor Day weekend for the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. Prisma Health was a sponsor for this event, which gave the Upstate an opportunity to witness some of the most elite athletes in the world while learning many of their inspirational stories. The event had a $4.5 million economic impact in Greenville.