Participating providers in the counties receive technical support from AccessHealthSC, a program of the South Carolina Hospital Association funded by the Duke Endowment. The first step is to develop a community health system profile of available services. The University of South Carolina School of Public Health is helping with this phase of the project, which typically takes six to 12 months, according to AccessHealthSC.
“All of the participants in this collaboration, many of whom might be competitors or rivals in a different setting, are committed to working together to meet the healthcare needs of everyone in our community,” said David Dunlap, president and CEO of 335-bed Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, in a statement. “This effort aims to provide our uninsured with patient-centered medical homes and the preventive care that they need and deserve.”
Other participants include 656-bed MUSC Medical Center and 306-bed Trident Medical Center, both in Charleston; 106-bed East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Mount Pleasant; the Charleston County Medical Society; and the Trident United Way.
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