Coming together now to form a new South Carolina-based health organization allows us a unique opportunity to build something new to respond to a challenging health care environment and keep our focus squarely on the health and well-being of patients and the communities we serve.
For months, the respective boards of each organization have been evaluating how best to navigate what is expected to be a challenging time for health care in the years to come. Fortunately, we can come together now from positions of strength to form a new health company to serve the people of South Carolina for generations to come.
A new company created by Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health coming together as one ensures a South Carolina-based organization will always be here for our patients.
Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System are committed to our region’s health care future through a mission-driven, not-for-profit health care solution. Numerous for-profit health systems, motivated by shareholder returns and high profit expectations, are shredding the health care safety net. We are driven by a desire to improve each patient’s experience, improve clinical quality, make our state healthier, reduce the cost of care, and treat all regardless of ability to pay.
Factors unique to South Carolina, including the lack of access to care in more rural parts of our state, the need to expand investments in research and clinical training programs, and the overall poor health status of our state’s population make the formation of a new, not-for-profit company focused on improving quality, availability and affordability of health care even more important.
As one health company – led by a diverse mix of board members – we will be able to improve health outcomes through better coordination of services across the care continuum. We will be uniquely positioned, as a new health organization, to deploy our collective resources and expertise to address critical public health issues – such as obesity, heart disease, smoking, mental health and other conditions – to keep more people well, while providing care for those who do become sick.