To achieve our vision and mission, it is imperative that GHS continue to improve in many ways. The programs outlined below illustrate improvements in access, patient care and health status.
On July 1, Laurens County Health Care System officially became part of GHS. The hospital’s new name is GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital; the campus name is Laurens County Medical Campus (LCMC).
LCMC operates as a sixth campus of GHS. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed for 90 beds. It has more than 500 full- and part-time employees and 60 volunteers, in addition to a medical staff of approximately 48 doctors and 65 consulting physicians.
Laurens County Health Care System is joining GHS by becoming a part of a single integrated health system that will serve the needs of the residents of Greenville and Laurens Counties as well as other communities in the Upstate.
The changing face of healthcare and the extreme difficulties it has caused for some hospital systems prompted Laurens’ decision to seek new ways to ensure that the healthcare needs of the community will be met in the future.
The integration solidifies the historic relationship between the two areas—GHS practices such as Laurens Family Medicine date back almost 20 years. Nearly 25% of Laurens County patients seeking hospital services already turn to GHS for some portion of their healthcare needs. That percentage is even higher in specialty areas such as cardiology, neuro-surgery and pediatric intensive care, which usually aren’t available in outlying areas.
GHS is making services more accessible to Greer residents through a new medical office building on its Greer Medical Campus. The 32,000-square-foot building houses these GHS practices: Cancer Institute, General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Greenville ENT, Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, and Regional Urology. Aesthetics and urology are new services to the campus.
Each floor of the two-story building is 16,000 square feet. GHS’ Cancer Institute occupies the building’s first floor. The surgical practices upstairs share 10,000 square feet of space, including a waiting room, scheduling, business office and other support services. This shared space reduces costs and improves efficiency. The building has 6,000 square feet shelled for future use and connects to Greer Memorial Hospital.
GHS has opened fully functioning retail pharmacies in Greer (very close to Greer Medical Campus) and at Internal Medicine Associates (in Greenville). The new pharmacies offer very competitive pricing and are conveniently located for physician practices and hospital-discharged patients.
GHS Children’s Hospital has made it easy for pediatric patients in Spartanburg to receive medical care by expanding hours at its 1650 Skylyn Drive location. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m. and weekends 2-6 p.m. for non-emergent care.
Baptist Easley Hospital, in collaboration with GHS, opened Medical Center Powdersville in January. The 32,500-square-foot facility holds several practices and provides much-needed access to medical care for Powdersville and surrounding communities.
GHS’ MD360® urgent care anchors the complex, which also includes Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas (orthopaedics) and Proaxis Therapy. Surgical specialists from the GHS Department of Surgery—General Surgery, Regional Urology and Greenville ENT—also have an office on-site.
Also accessible are diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and a sleep lab operated by Baptist Easley.
Baptist Easley Hospital is a partnership between Palmetto Health and GHS. This unique collaboration serves to enhance health care in the Upstate in a cost-effective manner by increasing access, improving quality and facilitating the coordination of patient care in the community hospital. While independent, Baptist Easley draws on the expertise of both organizations to provide stellar care.
Learn more at medicalcenterpowdersville.org.
MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS, and GHS have entered into a clinical affiliation to enhance access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services in the Upstate.
MinuteClinic has more than a dozen walk-in clinics open daily inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the area with no appointment necessary. The agreement includes locations in Greenville, Simpsonville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Clemson and Travelers Rest. Clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide treatment for common family illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services, including health-condition monitoring.
The clinical affiliation encourages collaboration among GHS and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at these sites. GHS will provide the required physician supervision for these nurse practitioners and assist them with their continuing education needs.
During FY 2013, GHS acquired the following practices as part of integrating Laurens County Health Care System, increasing patients’ access and convenience to primary or specialty care offered by the system:
In addition, GHS also expanded several existing services or opened satellite offices throughout the Upstate, particularly in Anderson, Greenwood, Laurens and Spartanburg as well as in Greenville County in primary or specialty care. New offices/services range from Colon & Rectal Surgery in Laurens to Kidnetics® (pediatric therapies) in Spartanburg and from Bariatric Surgery in Anderson to Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Greenwood.