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.
Oconee Medical Center Joins GHS
Oconee Medical Center has officially joined Greenville Health System. The hospital’s new name is Oconee Memorial Hospital, and the campus name is Oconee Medical Campus (OMC).
“Nothing excites me more than to have the entire Oconee Memorial Campus team become part of GHS and share in our vision to transform health care for the benefit of the people and communities we serve,” said GHS President and CEO Michael Riordan.
Oconee Medical Campus includes the 169-bed 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 has assumed operation of Oconee’s physician network, home health services and its 15-bed Cottingham Hospice House.
Oconee was looking to affiliate with a S.C. healthcare organization that shared its values and commitment to improve the health of the Upstate and found that fit with GHS.
Epic News: Better Care for Patients
Epic is an electronic medical record (EMR) and billing system that began being piloted in outpatient practices in June 2015. Ultimately, this software will combine GHS’ many different EMRs into one enterprise-wide medical record, reducing redundancy and improving continuity of care for patients. Since July, most practices have been using the Epic system.
Inpatient and outpatient visits will be available in the same EMR, along with imaging and lab results. Up-to-date patient problem lists and medication reconciliations also will be available for every patient. Clinical information, registration, patient scheduling and billing will be on the same system. And all clinical information can be shared effectively—and securely—with the entire health community.
Epic rollout will continue into 2016.
Construction Begins on Senior Care Facility
Construction began on a new facility, GHS Senior Care, which will provide coordinated medical care for up to 200 people. When it opens in 2016, GHS Senior Care will be the only program of its kind in the Upstate, the third in the state and one of just over 100 in the nation using the PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.
PACE was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help meet the healthcare needs of the elderly in the community. The goal is for seniors to stay in their homes rather than move to a nursing home or long-term care facility, remain active and receive high-quality medical care at an affordable price.
Services will include primary care, dentistry, emergency services, home care and hospital care. Meals, nutrition counseling, occupational and physical therapy, and other specialty services also will be offered.
Neighborhood Health Partners
GHS has established Neighborhood Health Partners to help underserved patients in the neighborhoods where they live. The Neighborhood Health Partner team, consisting of a social worker and paramedic, visits patients in five neighborhoods: Belmont, Berea, Gantt, Greenville and Parker.
The care team visits patients, conducts health screenings, and helps establish a care plan and medical home. The team also connects patients with community resources, helps them gain access to medications and enrolls patients for insurance.
New Practices or Expansions
During FY 2015, the system established or acquired numerous practices, increasing patients’ access and convenience to primary or specialty care. Many of these practices resulted from the addition of the Oconee physician network (approximately 20 sites).
Other new or expanded GHS practices include the following:
- Anesthesiology (formerly Greenville Anesthesiology)
- Blue Ridge Orthopaedics
- Cancer Institute–Laurens
- GHS Eye Institute
- Family & Internal Medicine–Simpsonville
- Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center
- Interventional Pain Management Associates
- Regional Urology–Pelvic Floor Center
- Skylyn Medical Associates
- Center for Complex Health Conditions (pediatrics)
- Greenville Pediatric Health Center
- Spartanburg Pediatric Health Center
- Children’s Hospital After-hours (urgent) Care
- The Children’s Clinic–Duncan Chapel
In addition, other expansions of note include adding more on-site medical clinics in upstate businesses, opening more Prosthetics & Orthotics offices, and increasing the number of Upstate Pharmacy locations.