Patient care is the focus of everything we do, and our employees are committed to healing compassionately as demonstrated in these initiatives launched this past fiscal year.
Because of treatment advances, many cancer survivors can look forward to normal life spans. But many also face fears about recurrence, new cancers and long-term side effects from the same therapies that helped save them. In response to a growing body of national research on cancer survivors’ ongoing needs, GHS launched a clinic dedicated to these survivors. It is the first of its kind in South Carolina.
Survivors will be referred to the Cancer Institute’s Lifetime Clinic when they are in the third stage of survivorship, which means the risk of cancer recurrence is low. The clinic will ensure communication and coordination with the survivor’s medical team—including the primary physician—as well as ensure that all recommended follow-up tests are ordered.
Baptist Easley has implemented hospital-wide Quiet Time to promote optimal healing for patients. Studies show that decreased noise levels aid in healing and recovery. Thus, Quiet Time occurs daily for all medical/surgical and critical care patients from 2-3:30 p.m. Quiet Time on The Birthplace is observed 2-4 p.m. daily.
In September 2014, the first School-based Health Clinic debuted in Greenville County Schools. Its mission is to provide non-emergent and preventive medical care to schoolchildren, promote healthy development, serve populations who face challenges accessing health care, and educate the next generation of GHS residents to be child advocates.
Two pediatricians each spend one day a week at Hughes Academy treating students with conditions that would normally require them to go home or visit a doctor. The result is increased class time and decreased absenteeism.
Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, North Greenville Medical Campus and GHS’ Department of Outpatient Radiology-Faris Road were selected as screening sites for Best Chance Network (BCN). This network provides uninsured women ages 40-64 who meet certain income guidelines with free clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap smears and mammograms.