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Greenville & Laurens County Hospitals Integrate In New Approach

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GHS & LCHCS Team Up For New Collaborative Approach GHS & LCHCS Team Up For New Collaborative Approach
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

Laurens County Health Care System will integrate with Greenville Health System as part of a new collaborative approach to better serving patients.

GHS will lease the hospital facilities from LCHCS and begin operating the newly named Greenville Health System Laurens County Memorial Hospital on July 1.

The changing face of healthcare and the extreme difficulties it has caused for some hospital systems prompted LCHCS' decision to seek new ways to ensure that the healthcare needs of the Laurens County community will be met in the future.

"As a community hospital, we have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that we deliver health care in the most effective way for our patients in Laurens County," said W. Michael Ellison, chairman of the Laurens County board of trustees. "We knew it made sense to become part of a larger health system to make better use of scarce dollars – and we wanted to work with someone that shared our vision, values of clinical quality, and, more important, had a long-standing connection to the community. Overwhelmingly, Greenville Health System was the top choice." 

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 like cardiology, neuro-surgery and pediatric intensive care, which usually aren't available in outlying areas.

"GHS has a long history of serving the Laurens County community, and this new structure will allow us to further strengthen that relationship," said GHS President and CEO Mike Riordan. "As an integrated health system serving the Greenville and Laurens county markets, we will look at the needs of the community and develop a plan to meet those needs. As always, our focus will be on delivering quality care in a cost-effective, patient-centered environment." 

Under the integration agreement, Laurens County Health Care System will lease its facilities and transfer its operating assets under a 40-year long-term lease. Patients receiving services beginning July 1 will be patients of the GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital. Physicians and allied health practitioners practicing at the LCHCS today will be granted privileges to practice at the new GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital.

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