AnMed Health, McLeod Health, Self Regional Healthcare Join Health Sciences South Carolina

April 8, 2010

Three new health systems have joined Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) to improve public health and boost stateʼs economy. Joining HSSC are AnMed Health, Anderson, S.C.; McLeod Health, Florence, S.C.: and Self Regional Healthcare System, Greenwood, S.C. These organizations join existing members Greenville Health System Palmetto Health, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these new affiliates,” says Jay Moskowitz, HSSC president and CEO. “By contributing their expertise and resources to our efforts, they will add even more strength to HSSCʼs drive to improve public health and economic wellbeing in South Carolina through better health care and health research.”

“At AnMed Health, a core part of our mission is to take proactive steps toward optimizing the health of our patients, staff and community,” says John A. Miller, CEO of AnMed Health. “We have a long-standing commitment to this core value, and as a result we view our new relationship with HSSC as a tremendous positive. This new partnership matches our strategic and organizational goals as it relates to research, patient care and quality. This new partnership also aligns with AnMed Healthʼs belief that collaboration among institutions will be critical to facing the challenging and changing environment we see not only in health care, but across a broad spectrum of arenas in South Carolina. We are excited to join in the efforts of Health Sciences South Carolina, and we look forward to contributing to the building of a stronger and healthier state.”

“Health Sciences South Carolina is truly to be applauded for their progress,” says Senator Hugh Leatherman. “As the nationʼs first statewide biomedical-research collaborative, they are continuing to improve the lives of all South Carolinians."

"The selection of McLeod Health into this group of research universities and major healthcare systems is further proof that McLeod Health continues to produce first-class medical services and professionals. I have no doubt McLeod Health will be a pivotal player in this collaborative, as they seek to further study disease treatment and prevention,” he added.

Commenting on the announcement, Self Regional Healthcare CEO Jim Pfieffer said, “Our mission is to bring advanced health care closer to home, so affiliating with HSSC and its statewide biomedical research collaborative is another step in this direction. Joining forces with HSSC complements our efforts and places us in the forefront of major efforts to expand information technology for the betterment of our patients. HSSC is also involved in clinical trials networks for cancer trials and other cutting edge advances in medicine. Further, the collaboration is actively working on research to improve the quality of rural health care and reduction in health care associated infections. We see these benefits as an asset to the Greenwood area.”

South Carolina is the only state in the nation in which all major research universities and six teaching hospital systems have joined forces to improve the quality of health care. Among its many activities, HSSC is leading efforts to provide better education and training for the stateʼs health care workforce, to develop a statewide strategic plan for e-health, and to develop a care.

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