Greenville Health System (GHS) receives numerous awards and recognitions each year. Below is a list of some of those honors received in FY 2015. Each is a demonstration of our commitment to heal compassionately, teach innovatively and improve constantly.
Making the Grade
GHS was named a top learning organization by Elearning! Media Group. In its fourth year, the Elearning! award program honors the top 100 organizations that embrace collaboration and innovation to become high-performance organizations. For these 100 companies, learning is a core success factor that drives business performance.
Models of Diversity
For the fourth year in a row, Diversity MBA Magazine named GHS a top 50 company for diverse managers and women. Businesses included in this ranking have established programs that create access for women and people of color to move into leadership roles.
In addition, GHS was ranked in the Top 10 Best in Class category for “Accountability and Board Diversity” by that same magazine.
The system also received the Minority Economic Development Institute’s 2014 Corporate Supplier Diversity Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations that demonstrate innovation in identifying opportunities for minority-owned businesses. GHS was honored for the Facilities Department’s efforts in developing a mentoring program that helps under-represented general contractors gain healthcare construction experience.
Healthy Workplace Honor
GHS received a gold-level Healthy Workplace Award from LiveWell Greenville. The award recognizes companies that promote health and wellness and empower their employees to make positive changes. This is the third year in a row that GHS has garnered the award!
National Nods to GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail
Fodor’s Travel recently named the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail one of America’s Best Urban Bike Paths! The trail, which spans roughly 18 miles from downtown Greenville to Travelers Rest, averaged more than 500,000 users last year and generated nearly $7 million in tourism revenue.
GHS Designated a Low Volume Transplant Center
Be the Match®, a global leader in bone marrow transplantation operated by the National Marrow Donor Program®, has designated GHS as a Low Volume Transplant Center. With this designation, GHS can provide unrelated stem cell transplants for patients with blood cancers who do not have a matching family member.
Eight 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.
- Susan Boeker, BSN, RN, CIC, GHS Department of Infection Prevention
- Annette Dunphy, MSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Institute
- Debbie Leigher, BSN, RN, Greer Memorial Hospital
- Brittany Medlin, BSN, RN, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital
- Deidre Nall, RN, IBCLC, Greer Memorial Hospital
- Christy Porter, MSN, RN, Baptist Easley Hospital (of which GHS is 50% owner)
- Rhonda Stubbs, MSN, RN, Greenville Memorial Hospital
- Linda Williams, BSN, MHA, RN, Greer Memorial Hospital
Patient-Centered Medical Homes
The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced that 31 GHS primary care practice received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. All six of Baptist Easley Hospital’s primary care practices also received PCMH Recognition (GHS is 50% owner of this hospital), for a grand total of 37. PCMH Recognition focuses on improving experiences for patients, providers and staff. This model of care emphasizes care coordination and communication with the goal of making primary care what patients want it to be.
Zero Harm Awards
Six hospitals received the Certified Zero Harm Award by the S.C. Hospital Association: Greenville Memorial, Greer Memorial, Hillcrest Memorial, Laurens County Memorial, North Greenville Memorial and Baptist Easley (of which GHS is half owner). The awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during the awards’ reporting period.
Over the past three years, several GHS hospitals have significantly reduced readmissions for Medicare patients treated for one or more of four chronic conditions: heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), pneumonia (PNE) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The following were among 47 Palmetto State hospitals that received awards for sustaining 20% reduction in readmissions over one year (2014-15) and/or 20% over 2 years (2013-15):
- Greer Memorial Hospital: HF (1 and 2 yrs.)
- Greenville Memorial Hospital: AMI (1 yr.)
- Hillcrest Memorial Hospital: HF (2 yrs.); COPD, HF, PNE (1 yr.)
- Oconee Memorial Hospital: COPD (1 and 2 yrs.); AMI (1 yr.)
- Patewood Memorial Hospital: AMI, HF, PNE, COPD (1 yr.)
- Baptist Easley Hospital (GHS is 50% owner): HF, PNE (1 yr.)
Pathway to Excellence
Patewood Medical Campus was named a Pathway to Excellence program in June by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This designation recognizes a healthcare organization’s commitment to creating a positive nursing practice environment. The campus is the first in the Upstate and the fifth in South Carolina to earn this honor.
Screening Centers of Excellence
The Center for Integration Oncology and Survivorship at the GHS Cancer Institute has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. GHS Outpatient Radiology also was named a Screening Center of Excellence.
Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are recognized for their commitment to providing clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening. In addition, they comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multidisciplinary clinical setting.
GMH’s Certified Primary Stroke Center recently received the Stroke Gold Plus, Target Stroke Elite Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines program. In addition, Greer Memorial Hospital earned the Gold Plus Achievement Award from the same program for outstanding stroke care. This award is given to hospitals that consistently meet stroke quality measures outlined by the American Stroke Association.
GMH has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for treating patients with severe heart attacks. The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers for prompt treatment of heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.
Greenville Memorial Hospital also received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2015. GMH is one of only 78 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor, which recognizes commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.
Cheers for Greer
Greer Memorial Hospital has been named among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the Small Community Hospitals category and also received the Everest Award by Truven Health Analytics. Truven is a national healthcare information and benchmarking organization.
The “100 Top Hospitals” designation was based on a combination of the high-quality care that Greer administers and the patient experience it provides. The Everest Award recognizes this hospital as one of only 17 hospitals in the nation that has simultaneously met national benchmark for balanced excellence in a single year as well as greatest improvement for over five consecutive years.
Greer also has been recognized as the highest scoring hospital in the Upstate in Medicare’s Hospital-acquired Conditions Reduction Program and was named among the 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review. And in a review of over 2,500 hospitals this year, Consumer Reports ranked the hospital in the top 10 for patient safety and respect.
Baptist Easley Hospital (of which GHS is part owner) and Greer Memorial Hospital received Safe Surgery 2015 Hospital designation during the annual S.C. Medical Association and S.C. Hospital Association TAP. Those facilities are two of seven hospitals across the state recognized with this designation.
TAP stands for “trustees, administrators and physicians.” At the conference, leadership teams of board members, doctors and senior leaders from hospitals across the South Carolina network and look into the future of health care for Palmetto State hospitals.
Patewood Medical Campus received the 2014 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. This award is presented to organizations that reach the 95th percentile in employee engagement for each reporting period during the award year.
Food for Thought
Culinary staff at GHS’ Oconee Memorial Hospital won the S.C. Hospital Association’s Cooking Well Invitational for the second year in a row! Culinary teams from nine hospitals competed to create delicious, attractive dishes that met strict nutritional guidelines. The purpose of the event is to showcase how different industries are working to improve the health of their workforce.
On the Record
Laurens County Memorial Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission as a MEDITECH EHR (Electronic Health Record) Best Practice Site.
Consumer Choice Award
GMH received the National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award for being one of the nation’s top hospitals that consumers choose for delivering high-quality health care. GMH is the only hospital in the state to have won this prestigious award every year since the award’s inception in 1996.
Young Stroke Program
West End Coop and the Young Stroke Program at Roger C. Peace Hospital received the Program Award during the YoungStroke 2015 Inaugural International Conference in July. This honor recognizes programs that are distinguished by innovative and creative alternatives to conventional rehabilitative therapies that use real-life skills and applications. This was the first award given by YoungStroke, Inc., an organization that advocates on behalf of young adult stroke survivors and their caregivers.
Urology Center of Excellence
Coloplast Men’s Health has designated the Cross Creek location of GHS Regional Urology as a Center of Excellence for treating erectile dysfunction (ED)—the only such center in South Carolina. ED, estimated to affect 30 million men in the United States, often is associated with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and hyperlipidemia. The condition also occurs as a side effect following therapies for prostate cancer.
Best of the Best
The following GHS campuses, facilities and practices were voted “Best” in their respective communities’ Readers’ Choice contests sponsored by local newspapers:
Greenville News Best of the Upstate
- MD360®: Best Urgent Care
- Life Center®: Best Exercise Studio, Best Wellness Center (the Life Center marked its 25th anniversary this year)
Clinton Chronicle Best of the Best
- Laurens County Memorial Hospital: Best Hospital (the 10th year in a row LCMH has received this honor)
Daily Journal (Seneca) Readers’ Choice Awards
- Seneca Medical Associates: Best Doctor Office (tie)
Straight A’s for Workplace Health
For the second consecutive year, Working Well and Prevention Partners have awarded Baptist Easley Hospital with Excellence Recognition for reaching the highest standards in workplace health and prevention. The hospital earned straight A’s in four areas—Physical Activity, Nutrition, Tobacco Free and Culture of Wellness—demonstrating its strong commitment to employee health.
About Baptist Easley Hospital
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.
Chest Pain Center
Greenville Memorial Hospital earned its third Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care. To achieve this distinction, the hospital had to demonstrate expertise and commitment to high-quality patient care, meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo on-site review. Greenville Memorial is the only hospital in Greenville County to receive this three-year accreditation.
North Greenville Hospital earned Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) status in January. Accreditation allows the hospital to access state funds to care for patients with traumatic spinal cord injury.
GHS’ Fertility Center of the Carolinas (FCC) has earned accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. To earn accreditation, FCC had to pass inspection on hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety.
Baptist Easley Laboratory
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) again awarded accreditation to the Baptist Easley Hospital Laboratory. CAP inspectors examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record and overall management. This lab is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
Institute for Child Success Grant
The Institute for Child Success has received monies exceeding $780,000 to support early childhood outcomes. The grant, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, promotes strong social outcomes while advancing and evaluating Pay for Success financing models.
A partnership of Children’s Hospital and the United Way of Greenville County, the institute is a research and policy organization that leads public and private partnerships to align and improve resources for the success of young children in South Carolina and beyond.
GMH was awarded $25,000 from the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Birth Outcomes Initiative for achieving Baby-Friendly status, an honor held by fewer than 200 of the nation’s 3,200 birthing centers. This international designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
43 Schools Practice “Safe Sports”
Greenville and Spartanburg county high schools and middle schools covered by the GHS Athletic Trainer Network have been recognized with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award—the largest group to earn Safe Sport School Status in the nation. The designation reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care to prevent, manage and treat injuries. GHS’ Athletic Trainer Network serves more than 15,000 athletes across the Upstate and is the largest such network in the Southeast. The network is part of GHS Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas.
Oconee EMS and Greenville County EMS each received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing improvement measures to treat patients who experience severe heart attacks. This award recognizes the vital role EMS plays in helping patients receive timely access to appropriate treatments and improving systems of care. GHS has long played an integral role in serving the county EMS system.
Nursing Receives DAISY Grant
GHS Nursing has received a research grant from the DAISY Foundation. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation recognizes the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses. (GHS, a Daisy Award Hospital Partner since 2009, recognizes nurses with this honor each quarter.) To further support nurses, the foundation funds nursing research to improve care for patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer.