GHS to Receive Assistance in Developing a Care Network for the Uninsured
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Columbia, SC - Georgetown and Horry Counties’ adult uninsured citizens are one step closer to having a better option than local emergency rooms for much needed preventive and acute healthcare services.
AccessHealth SC, a program that seeks to improve access to healthcare services for South Carolina's low-income uninsured population, has announced the selection of eight communities that will receive technical assistance and support to establish local, coordinated networks of care for the low-income uninsured. The winning communities are: Allendale County Hospital on behalf of Low Country Health Care Network; Beaufort Memorial Hospital (Beaufort County); Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College (Horry County); Clarendon Memorial Hospital on behalf of Coastal Plain Rural Health Network; Fairfield Memorial Hospital on behalf of Upper Midlands Rural Health Network; Georgetown Hospital System, Greenville Hospital System (Greenville County), and Oconee Memorial Hospital (Oconee County)
To be selected, the applicants underwent a stringent review process with four requirements. First, they must have the commitment of specific healthcare providers required for a community network: hospital(s), Free Medical Clinics, Community Health Centers/Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, local health department, local behavioral health agency, physicians, and medication provider(s). Applicants also had to demonstrate they have strong leadership, trust between community partners and the time and ability to focus on developing a local network of care.
Commenting on the selection, Rick Kaylor, Vice President System Development, Georgetown Hospital System, said "We are very pleased to have been selected by AccessHealth SC to begin the process of developing a community care network that will be better able to help fellow citizens who have no health insurance and limited income. As healthcare providers, we are committed to meeting the needs of everyone in our community. However, limited resources can make this a challenge. Working with AccessHealth SC, we plan to develop a system that can provide the continuum of healthcare services people need regardless of job status or income level, from preventive care to managing chronic diseases like diabetes to acute care to medications, in a coordinated, efficient manner. Our goal is to make it easier for people who need help to get help."
The awardees will now begin Phase 1 System Orientation, an 8 – 12 month process that includes the development of a strategic plan. The planning process is critical to establishing an effective network as it will assess the number of uninsured adults, the diseases most prevalent in the community, barriers to care, and processes to overcome these barriers.