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Palmetto Health Awarded $3 Million From The Duke Endowment
Columbia, SC—Palmetto Health received a $3 million grant from the Duke Endowment to develop a new model of care for complex patients. The grant will be used over the course of three years to expand Ambulatory Care Transition Team, an outpatient case management program, to develop an Ambulatory Care Center for Evaluation and Stabilization of patients, and to strengthen physician practices by securing National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation as a patient-centered medical home.

“This kind of program is the future in healthcare, and it puts Palmetto Health in the best position to address the gaps that are frequently encountered in our current health care system,” said Charles D. Beaman Jr., CEO of Palmetto Health. “Issues such as fragmentation of care, lack of access, lack of emphasis on the patient and prevalence of chronic disease will be addressed in this program. It’s another way we continue to lead in our community.”

This grant will enable Palmetto Health and the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative, LLC, a physician-led, clinically integrated health care model, to lay the foundation for transitioning the current focus from an acute care model to a chronic care model.
Dr. Bill Gerard, M.D., chairman of the Board of Managers of the Collaborative added, “The goal of the Quality Collaborative is for physicians and medical professionals to effectively work together to increase the quality of care the patients receive in the most seamless cost-effective way possible. This grant will assist in creating the infrastructure needed to provide a seamless integrated care delivery system for the patients we serve,” said Dr. Bill Gerard, Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative.

Mary Piepenbring, vice president at The Duke Endowment, agreed. “Creating a patient-centered model that focuses on chronic diseases and improves coordination of care will improve patient outcomes and make health care more affordable,” she said. “This innovative approach will be evaluated and measured as part of the grant.”

About The Duke Endowment
The Duke Endowment, located in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded $2.8 billion in grants.

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health is the region’s most integrated health system in which a progressive environment, the latest technology, including research and treatment protocols, goes hand-in-hand with quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of four outstanding hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC—and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Carolina. Palmetto Health’s hospitals are highly respected, long-time community members. Each year, they treat nearly a half million patients, welcome more than 6,000 babies into the world, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients, 3,000 cancer patients, accommodate 160,000 Emergency department visits and make nearly 50,000 home care visits. Employing more than 8,000, Palmetto Health is one of the state’s largest non-governmental employers.

About Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative
Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative, a clinically integrated health care organization with a membership of over 200 physicians, was created in 2010 as part of the strategy of Palmetto Health to align the acute care hospital system with the medical staff and community physicians in an effort to improve the quality and coordination of care and medical services to our patient population. All physicians who are members in good standing with Palmetto Health are invited to join. As a hybrid medical staff, this includes physicians who are direct employees of Palmetto Health, under contract with Palmetto Health and community physicians.