To achieve our vision and mission, our health system must continue to improve and adapt to the ever-changing healthcare environment. The information below illustrates leadership in governance, access, patient care and efficiency.
New Governance Structure
As you know, health care is changing. As an industry, we are moving from a fee-for-service to a value-based environment. Such change requires us to think and act differently. For example, we will no longer be paid based on the number of services we provide. Instead, we will be rewarded based on our performance and ability to achieve the Triple Aim—improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and enhance the patient experience across populations.
As a result, GHS is changing its governance structure so that it can remain a public not-for-profit that is part of a larger, private not-for-profit health company. This change gives GHS the flexibility it needs to explore partnerships with other entities while continuing to deliver high-quality patient care in a rapidly changing medical world.
Under this new structure, GHS remains a public entity but leases its properties to the Upstate Affiliate Organization, a private-not-for-profit that provides day-to-day oversight and management. The Upstate Affiliate Organization, and any other affiliates that join the healthcare company, reports to the Strategic Coordinating Organization (SCO), a private, not-for-profit that provides strategic direction and corporate services for all affiliates. Mike Riordan heads the SCO; Spence Taylor, MD, serves as president of GHS.
As with our previous structure, the new governance structure remains responsible and accountable to our patients, payors and community. Rest assured that we will continue to care for patients regardless of their ability to pay. And we will continue to strive to meet the Triple Aim and provide all patients the right care at the right time in the right place.
To learn more, visit ghs.org/governance.
Setting the PACE for Senior Care
This spring, Greenville Health System opened GHS Senior Care, a Medicare program for people over age 55. The program provides community-based care and services for those who would otherwise need nursing home-level care. It is one of three such programs in the state and the first in the Upstate.
Based on the PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model, the program is centered on the belief that the best outcomes for seniors with chronic conditions happen when they are served in their community—and that taking preventive measures can help avoid some problems. Services include primary care, dentistry, emergency services, home care and hospital care, as well as meals, nutrition counseling and occupational and physical therapy.
Currently, 18 participants are enrolled in Senior Care. Half live alone and half live with family or other caregivers. All are Medicare and Medicaid eligible.