Featured Members!

In an effort to highlight our members' successes and stories, the Alliance highlights one member weekly in the newsletter as the "Featured Member of the Week." Below, you can find Featured Member archives and learn more about how submit your organization's story.

December 9, 2016

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation Featured on Detroit Free Press

In a series of stories looking at efforts to improve children’s lives, the Detroit Free Press pointed to South Carolina as an example of social impact bonds at work. The Institute for Child Success brokered a deal with SC DHHS and other stakeholders to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership to 29 counties in the Palmetto State. DHHS then applied for a waiver to use $13 million toward the project. Other highlighted Alliance members are the Children’s Trust and The Duke Endowment.

Our featured member this week is BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina Foundation. Their mission is to promote and support healthier South Carolinians, particularly the economically vulnerable, by supporting solutions to address gaps in health care and serving as an agent of change to support innovation and value-added public-private partnerships.

November 18, 2016

MUSC, Roper St. Francis Announce Novel Partnership in Creation of Lowcountry Stroke Collaborative

On October 28, MUSC and Roper St. Francis celebrated the partnership between the two hospitals in what is being hailed as a highly unusual collaboration between two competing institutions. The Joint Commission has recognized the Lowcountry Stroke Collaborative as a comprehensive stroke center, which is its top certification. In the past, a patient who was possibly having a stroke would come into the emergency department, and then a neurology consult would be requested. Now, physicians and nurses have been trained to use MUSC’s telestroke carts. Roper doctors will handle the telestroke calls during the day for their locations, but MUSC Health and Roper doctors will share calls at night to ensure 24-hour care at all of the sites.

Our featured member this week is the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information on what MUSC is doing, you can visit their News hub here.

November 11, 2016

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

In 1992, the month of November was designated to raise awareness of the availability of hospice and palliative care within our communities. During this month, hospices across the 46 counties in South Carolina are reaching out to raise awareness about important issues for people coping with serious illness. Too often, people shun the thought of hospice, as it represents to most the end of life.  However, hospice organizations provide skilled and compassionate care for those living with a life threatening illness.  They carry out the spirit of Cicely Dame Saunders words “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can do, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to help you live until you die.”

This article was submitted by Marisette Hassan from Carolinas Center, our featured member this week. For more information regarding hospice programs in your area and/or the services they provide contact Marisette Hasan via email at mhasan@cchospice.org or via her cell at 803-509-1021. You can also check out The Carolinas Center Website or their daily hospice posts during November on their Facebook page.

November 4, 2016

Dr. Bruce Snyder Named SC Physician of the Year, Awarded Order of the Palmetto 

Alliance for a Healthier SC Chair Bruce Snyder has been named the 2016 SC Medical Association’s Physician of the Year. Snyder was also presented with the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto. Dr. Snyder is a vascular surgeon at Greenville Health System and is the former president of the SC Medical Association. He has been involved in ScaleDown South Carolina, has led efforts to encourage health care organizations to remove sugary drinks from their campuses, and was crucial to the formation of the statewide Childhood Obesity Taskforce. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Snyder as part of the Alliance leadership! Congratulations.

October 28, 2016

More Mental Healthcare Needed to Reduce ER Visits, Especially for Children

At the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians last week, scientific abstracts presented offered insights into how frequently patients with mental health issues land in the emergency department. Six percent of patients of all ages admitted into the emergency room have some kind of psychiatric condition. Healthcare professionals are especially concerned about the amount of children going to the ER for psychiatric help. Dr. Steven Schlozman, a research psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, points to the lack of child psychiatrists in areas other than large metropolitan cities.

This article was submitted by Maya Pack, Associate Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health, our featured member of the week. IMPH is “an independent entity serving as an informed, neutral convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider of evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.” You can learn more at IMPH.org.

October 21, 2016

Bon Secours Health System Receives Thanks From Harlem Globetrotter, Experiences Telehealth Success

Our featured member this week is Bon Secours St. Francis in Greenville, and they have been doing some great work. Here are a few highlights:

October 14, 2016 Newsletter

Last Chance to Register for Annual Rural Health Conference

The 20th Annual Rural Health Conference, held by the SC Office of Rural Health, is still being held at Hilton Head’s Sonesta Resort despite the damage from Hurricane Matthew. The conference will be from October 25th to the 27th and its purpose is to provide support, education, and peer discussion between rural healthcare entities in SC.

This event was submitted by Melinda Merrell of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, our featured member of the week. Established in 1991, SCORH’s vision is that SC’s “rural and under served people have optimal health care services that enhance the quality of life in every community.”

October 7, 2016 

Agriculture Secretary Speaks at Obesity Prevention Workshop

On September 27, 2016, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted their third Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, which engages leadership from multiple sectors to solve the obesity crisis. Speakers included the US Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, as well as Tom Vilsack, the US Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack gave the closing keynote, where he shared his vision on how we should move forward as a nation. Click here to view other videos from the workshop.

This topic was submitted by David Garr of South Carolina AHEC, our featured member of the week.  AHEC is the only organization in
South Carolina that addresses healthcare workforce needs starting at the level of elementary school education and extending to practicing healthcare professionals throughout the state. You can read more about SC AHEC here.

We’d love to share your organization’s story in the newsletter. Possible topics include:

  • Successes in your organization or in your area of SC
  • Areas of need in SC
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