Teaching is more than graduate medical education, and learning can take place in a variety of venues. Look below to find out some of the innovative ways Prisma Health is educating upstate citizens of all ages.
Prisma Health launched its first Medical Scholars Program in February. The eight-week program educates participants about the changing healthcare environment and how Prisma Health is helping to transform care. The inaugural class of 17 consisted of upstate business and community leaders with an interest in learning more about health care from both a business and a consumer perspective.
Topics included population health management and medical neighborhoods; healthcare costs and what it means to be a value leader; and the importance of medical education and research in transforming care delivery. Learn more at ghs.org.
Pedville is a model safety town that provides hands-on, interactive pedestrian safety education for upstate students in kindergarten through second grade. Teaching young children about pedestrian safety is an important component of childhood injury prevention. By encouraging and reinforcing pedestrian safety skills, Pedville scenarios showed 7,275 youngsters that walking is an effective, safe, easy form of exercise.
The Bicycle Skills Clinic is a month-long education program for fourth and fifth graders in Greenville County Schools. It offers adult instructor training, a bicycle skills and safety education curriculum, and a “bike trailer.” (Each of the three trailers includes 25 youth bikes, one adult bike and helmets for everyone.)
With funding from the Community Transformation Grant, the clinic launched in 2014. First of its kind in the state, the clinic has taught 4,800 students how to safely ride bikes and encouraged youth to cycle as a way of staying fit and active.
This summer, Baptist Easley Hospital (of which Prisma Health is part owner) and Southern Wesleyan University announced an innovative collaboration that offers a 20-month MBA degree with a healthcare concentration and new wellness programs. The online MBA—the first program of its kind in the Upstate—will begin March 2015.
The Children’s Hospital School Program is staffed by a state-certified teacher and offered at no cost to pediatric patients. With permission from parents, the teacher gets assignments for students from their schools and returns completed work to their teachers. This service is particularly valuable to patients hospitalized for an extended time.
The instructor works individually with patients at the bedside or in groups in one of two classrooms: a new dedicated classroom on Children’s Hospital’s sixth floor, which opened in August, and one in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. The School Program also serves inpatients in units outside of Children’s Hospital.