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Published on December 01, 2011

Local Program Awarded Duke Endowment Funding

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Georgetown, SC – A project designed to establish a community network of care for low-income, uninsured Georgetown County residents has received commitment for $500,000 in funding from The Duke Endowment.Georgetown, SC – A project designed to establish a community network of care for low-income, uninsured Georgetown County residents has received commitment for $500,000 in funding from The Duke Endowment.

The initiative, which is organized as part of AccessHealthSC, is being facilitated by Georgetown Hospital System, to whom the Duke Endowment awarded the two year grant, to be paid in two installments of $250,000 in 2011 and 2012.  The vision of the project is to sustain an integrated system-wide network that results in better health outcomes and 100% access to safe, effective, efficient, equitable, timely and patient centered care.

“We are grateful to The Duke Endowment for funding this project which will help provide a framework to offer coordinated healthcare services to those in our communities who are most in need,” said Rick Kaylor, Georgetown Hospital System, Vice President of System Development.

The local group composed of representatives of area medical clinics and various medical and health related groups and organizations, began working on a strategic plan for the program during the summer of 2011, following a comprehensive assessment of community health needs and available resources.  The assessment process involved interviewing representatives from the local hospitals, primary care providers, community service organizations, economic development and governance, behavioral health and philanthropic foundations.

Following assessment and identification of needs and barriers to receiving care, the multi-disciplinary planning group developed a model for care delivery which will serve as a roadmap for the project going forward.

Georgetown Hospital System is a private, not-for-profit organization.  The system consists of Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Waccamaw Community Hospital and several facilities throughout Horry and Georgetown counties.  For more information about Georgetown Hospital System, please visit our website at www.georgetownhospitalsystem.org. 

The Duke Endowment, a private foundation in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by enriching lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services.  Its founder is the same Duke behind Duke University and Duke Energy, but they are all separate organizations.  Since its inception in 1924, the Endowment has awarded nearly $2.8 billion in grants. 

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