Community Benefit

Greenville Health System uses guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) that will allow for equitable comparisons of community benefits among healthcare institutions. In recognizing the importance of community outreach in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents in the region, GHS offered support in a variety of ways during Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015 through September 2016):

To help meet the medical needs of upstate citizens who have no healthcare coverage and cannot afford to pay for healthcare services, GHS provided over $47 million in charity and government-sponsored healthcare (at cost) in Fiscal Year 2016.

Community benefit programs encompass community health services, education of health professionals, subsidized health services, research, and financial and in-kind contributions. In addition to offering health fairs, screenings and information sessions, GHS works with community groups and educational institutions to train healthcare workers and to ensure access to basic medical services for everyone.

Charity and Government-sponsored Healthcare Services $47.2
Support to the Community and Community Health Partners $88.4 million
Benefits Recognized by CHA $135.6 million

Medicare shortfall and bad debt (at cost) also are benefits that the health system provides. The Medicare shortfall represents $173.5 million of unpaid costs when reimbursement falls short of the actual cost of care. Bad debt, which totaled $103.7 million, occurs when patients are unwilling or unable to pay for services and do not seek charity care.

Medicare Shortfall $173.5 million
Bad Debt $103.7 million
Additional Benefits Recognized by American Hospital Association $277.2 million
Total Quantifiable Community Benefit $412.8 million

Honoring Our Veterans

GHS is a sponsor for Honor Flight Upstate, which organizes two flights a year to Washington, D.C., for World War II and Korean War veterans. The veterans get a chance to visit memorials built in their honor and be recognized for their service. GHS provides a physician, nurses, physical therapists and other employees and volunteers to assist veterans during the trip. The system also donates medical supplies, including wheelchairs.

These girls from Clinton Elementary School are all smiles, having just finished a trial run for their first 5K on May 6.
These girls from Clinton Elementary School are all smiles, having just finished a trial run for their first 5K on May 6.

On the Run for 10 Years

GHS Children’s Hospital’s Girls on the Run (GOTR) program goes far beyond getting girls to run. The national program, now in its 10th year here, also focuses on empowerment, self-esteem, collaboration, positive body image, community involvement and all-around life lessons. The ultimate goal is to promote good physical, mental, social and emotional health for participants in grades three through eight.

Twice each year—spring and fall—girls across the Upstate complete the 20-lesson GOTR curriculum while preparing to run a 5K. This spring, 195 girls took part at 13 locations. Among the new sites is Clinton Elementary School in the southern Upstate.

Read more in the Summer 2016 issue of Focus on Pediatrics.

A Prescription for You and the Environment

In April, a permanent drop box for expired or unused medications was installed at Greenville Memorial Hospital in partnership with Project Rx. The box is where the public can deposit over-the-counter and prescription medication freely and anonymously at any time.

Between April and July, nearly 300 pounds of medication were placed in the hospital’s drop box. At this pace, approximately 1,800 pounds of medications could be collected by 2017. Thanks to the project’s success, drop boxes are being installed at Oconee Memorial Hospital and Greer Memorial Hospital in the fall.

Read Full Commentary at Greenville Online.

Minority Health Summit Marks 10 Years

The 10th Annual Minority Health Summit was a tremendous success with 2,500+ people in attendance. This free event seeks to educate and increase awareness of major health disparities disproportionately affecting minorities. The focus this year was on diabetes and mental health.

GHS works with minority leaders, churches and organizations to educate, empower and equip individuals to take control of their health through adopting healthy lifestyles. The summit includes physical activity, physician speakers, health-risk assessments and medical information.

TD Saturday Market a Top Pick

GHS serves as presenting sponsor of the TD Saturday Market, a weekly farmers market that takes place from May to October in downtown Greenville. We also sponsored the Spuds & Sprouts booth to help children learn about locally grown foods and have an opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables. Southern Living magazine recently named TD Saturday Market as one of the South’s best farmers markets. Find out more at or

GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Going Strong

To encourage healthy lifestyles and physical activity, GHS partnered with the Greenville County Recreation District to create the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail several years ago. The paved trail continues to expand, experience heavy use and provide economic benefits to nearby businesses. Each May, our system hosts the GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K in Travelers Rest. Approximately 6,000 people attended the 2016 walk/run, making it the largest 5K in the state!

Keeping Kids Safe for 20 Years

Unintentional childhood injury is the top killer of children in the nation. In South Carolina, a child dies every day from such injury; 90 percent of these injuries could be avoided.

Thanks to targeted efforts by Safe Kids™ Upstate (led by GHS Children’s Hospital) over the past 20 years, Pickens, Oconee and Greenville counties have seen a 43 percent drop in childhood deaths from unintentional injuries and a 22 percent decline in unintentional injuries to children. Motor vehicle deaths of those under 5 also have fallen by an impressive 45 percent!

Read the full article from the Fall 2015 Issue of Focus on Pediatrics.

Health Screenings

GHS hosts many free or low-cost community events each year, several of which include health screenings.

Here are some free cancer screenings we conducted this fiscal year:

  • Oral cancer—114 people were screened April 8 at GHS’ Greenville ENT
  •  Skin cancer—177 people were screened May 14 at Patewood Medical Campus
  • Prostate cancer—75 men were screened Sept. 10 at TD Convention Center as part of Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

Screenings followed National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines and best practices. Anyone with an abnormal result was provided follow-up treatment.

During Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day, Ask-a Doc and Ask-a Pharmacist stations were available for attendees, along with these additional screenings:

  •  Kidney disease—130 people were screened
  •  Vision—125 people were screened
  •  Hearing—78 people were screened

GHS also hosted a skin cancer Lunch & Learn in April. Thirty-five people attended the free seminar, which covered the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Giving the Public a Shot in the Arm

Each fall, GHS administers flu shots for adults at multiple drive-thru and walk-in sites in Greer and SImpsonville. The shots are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2016 Annual Report Table of Contents