To achieve our vision and mission, it is imperative that GHS continue to improve. The programs outlined below illustrate improvements in access, efficiency, patient care and health status.
Unique Lab Tackles Cancer Fatigue
GHS’ Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is the first HPL in the nation to be fully embedded into a cancer research and treatment program. A collaboration between GHS and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, the lab’s focus has centered on cancer survivors. The 1,000-square-foot lab, based at the GHS Cancer Institute, measures cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, body composition and metabolic fitness.
Such labs traditionally have been the province of elite athletes. However, this marks the first time that a HPL has been designed to measure changes in post-treatment cancer survivors in an effort to improve patient health and outcomes.
Veterans Liaison Office
On Veterans Day in 2013, GHS announced the establishment of a Veterans Military and Government Liaison Office. Staffed and funded by GHS, the office works closely with local veterans groups while building partnerships and overseeing the system’s various projects focused on veterans.
This office allows the system to better collaborate with veterans organizations and explore future initiatives, including research to benefit veterans. For more information about GHS’ efforts to help upstate veterans, visit our Newsroom.
Oconee Medical Center to Join GHS
On June 25, GHS announced that Oconee Medical Center (OMC) will become part of GHS effective October 1. OMC began exploring the idea of affiliating with a larger hospital several years ago. After meeting with numerous regional organizations, the leaders chose not-for-profit GHS based on a desire to affiliate with a South Carolina-based group that shares similar values and a commitment to improving the health of the Upstate.
OMC includes the 169-bed Oconee Memorial Hospital, 120-bed Lila Doyle long-term care and rehabilitation center, GHS Cancer Institute, Omni Place physician office complex, and headquarters for the local EMS. GHS also will assume operation of Oconee’s physician network, home health services and 15-bed Cottingham Hospice House. Learn more about the integration in our Newsroom
GHS Joins MyHealth First Network
Health care is moving from a volume-driven to a value-driven environment. Such a move requires providers to work together to improve health, reduce costs and enhance the patient experience. These three goals are the basis of a new clinically integrated network called MyHealth First Network (MyHFN).
More than 1,600 healthcare providers, including GHS and its employed doctors, now take part in the network, and the number continues to grow. The network is governed by doctors and spans nine counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg.
MyHFN focuses on preventing acute disease and reducing the onset and complications of chronic disease. It also works to deliver care in a high-quality, cost-effective setting and to engage patients in total health. Areas of efficiency include case management for patients with chronic disease; constant improvement to ensure the best care and adherence to evidence-based medicine; and an integrated approach of both health systems and physician groups to monitor and reduce costs for items like medications, X-rays and ER visits.
Five of South Carolina’s largest health systems—including GHS—have formed a healthcare collaborative to lower medical costs. CEOs of these systems sought ways to create synergies through the development of Initiant Health Collaborative, while remaining independent to serve patients in their communities.
Legislation and payment reform introduced in the Affordable Care Act have created an environment that begins to compensate hospitals and doctors for the value of services provided rather than solely on traditional fee-for-service. This shift has accelerated efforts to stem rising costs, explore ways that optimize access to health services, and enhance community health and wellness.
These five systems are working together for economies of scale in areas such as joint purchasing of equipment, supplies and services; and shared basic administrative and clinical support systems. Additional information is available at initianthealth.com.
New Practices or Expansions
During FY 2014, the system established or acquired the following practices, increasing patients’ access and convenience to primary or specialty care:
- Emergency Medicine (formerly Carolina Emergency Medicine)
- GHS Gastroenterology
- GHS Pediatrics & Internal Medicine
- Greenville Pediatric Health Center
- The Hand Center
- Pediatric Rheumatology
In addition, GHS expanded several existing services. These services include adding more companies to Business Health, opening Equipped for Life-Prosthetics and adding an ENT oncology program within the Cancer Institute.