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Prisma postpones elective surgeries due to COVID-19 surge
SEP 8, 2021

Prisma Health Inpatient Trends
 

Prisma Health will temporarily postpone elective inpatient surgeries at Greenville Memorial Hospital on Thursday and Friday to manage the need for additional beds.  That's in response to a now record-breaking surge of COVID-19 hospital admissions throughout Prisma healthcare system,

As of Wednesday, elective surgeries were also paused at Prisma Health community hospitals in the Upstate. The pause on elective surgeries at community hospitals will run through at least Friday, Sept. 17. Those hospitals, which include Baptist Easley Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Laurens County Memorial Hospital and Oconee Memorial Hospital, will continue to perform emergent and urgent surgeries on a case-by-case basis. Patewood Hospital will continue to operate normally for now. Outpatient surgeries at Prisma Health’s ambulatory surgery centers are not impacted at this time.

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Prisma limits visitation due to surge in COVID-19 infections
AUG 10, 2021

Prisma limits visitation due to surge in COVID-19 infections

Prisma Health has begun limiting visitation at all hospital and clinical facilities due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections. The limitations began Monday. Adult inpatients, outpatients and ambulatory pediatric patients will be limited to one visitor. These restrictions also will continue:

“This measure is essential in the wake of a new surge of hospitalized patients who are very sick with COVID-19,” stated Dr. Rick Scott, leader of Prisma Health’s COVID-19 response. “Given the rapid community spread of the Delta variant, the trend is very concerning.”

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Greer Memorial among Prisma hospitals rated 'A'
MAY 5, 2021

Greer Memorial Hospital earned a

Seven Prisma Health hospitals, including Greer Memorial Hospital, have earned A grades in the Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades, released by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. 

The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades to approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country based on their performance in process/structural and outcome measures, representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

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No more Prisma vaccine walk-ins for rest of week
FEB 8, 2021

The end of the line is near at the entrance to the Prisma Health vaccination location at the former Greenville Kmart.
 

Prisma Health will not be able to hold any walk-in vaccinations the rest of this week, according to a statement from Dr. Saria Saccocio, ambulatory chief medical officer and co-lead of Prisma Health vaccine task force.

"There are two factors that led to this decision. First, the delivery of our supply was changed at the last minute on Friday. We were told our supply would come in stages over several days this week, instead of Monday and Tuesday mornings.  This morning we received only a partial supply delivery for the Upstate – and we still do not know the amount of the rest of supply we will receive this week for the Upstate or the Midlands. 

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Vaccines for walk-ins at Prisma hospitals available
JAN 27, 2021

Vaccines for walk-ins at Prisma hospitals available

Prisma Health has reopened walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations to assist those in the 1a category who do not have computer access. The walk-ins will be based on vaccine availability. Prisma Health will calculate its vaccine availability for walk-ins every day based on those who have appointments. 

Limited walk-in appointments for vaccines will be allowed at the following locations:

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Prisma's goal of 10,000 doses is near, vaccine supplies run low
JAN 22, 2021

Prisma Health staff and volunteers were successful moving a large group of people who received COVID-19 vaccines at Kmart Plaza in Greenville.
 

Prisma Health reached 9,370 daily COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday and is well on its way to meeting its goal of 10,000 vaccinations per day due to the rapid mobilization of staff and the enormous success in quickly standing up two high-volume community vaccination sites in Columbia and Greenville. 

No figures were provided for today’s vaccinations, which were continuing through 7 p.m.

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Prisma Health restricting patient visitation
JAN 9, 2021

Prisma Health restricting patient visitation

Prisma Health is restricting patient visitation effective today (Jan. 9), in the wake of a growing surge of COVID-19 infections across South Carolina.

“We know that being with families is itself a healing therapy and so we wrestled with this decision. But we believe this measure is needed in the wake of the growing post-holiday surge of COVID-19, especially given the growing community spread,” said Dr. Eric Ossmann, an emergency medicine physician who is Prisma Health’s Chief of Preparedness and leads its COVID-19 response system-wide.

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ARTICLE ARCHIVES

Greer physician lived a storied life as a Renaissance man
DEC 29, 2020

Dr. Raymond Van Grubbs
 

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Dr. Raymond Van Grubbs lived a storied life as a Renaissance man.

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Greer Christmas Parade is Sunday
DEC 6, 2020

Greer Christmas Parade is Sunday

The Greer Christmas Parade is scheduled for 2:30 Sunday with a scaled down version because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme is “Christmas Melodies”.

A virtual grand marshal vehicle honoring frontline healthcare workers leads the 63-unit parade on its 1.1-mile route. A sensory safe zone is on the first block of the parade route on Poinsett Street between Memorial Drive and Hubert Street. The parade turns left at North Main Street and ends at Cunningham Road.

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Healthcare workers honored at Greer Christmas Parade
DEC 2, 2020

Healthcare workers honored at Greer Christmas Parade

The Greer Christmas Parade will honor frontline healthcare workers with a virtual Grand Marshal vehicle leading the parade on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

The festivities are held in conjunction with a weekend of activities organized by the City of Greer Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 4 and Greer Station Association.

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Drive-thru COVID-19 test sites on Friday
NOV 25, 2020

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Drive-thru testing will resume from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

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Free flu vaccine at Cornerstone Baptist Church Saturday
NOV 13, 2020

Free flu vaccine at Cornerstone Baptist Church Saturday

A free flu vaccine is available Saturday (Nov. 14) from 1-4 p.m., at a drive-thru clinic at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 700 South Converse St., Spartanburg.  

Doctors and health experts are reporting that this year, with COVID-19 still prevalent,  it's more important than ever to protect yourself and family from the flu.

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Blood Connection needs immediate donations
OCT 2, 2020

Blood Connection needs immediate donations

The Blood Connection (TBC), the local non-profit, community blood center, is asking for the community’s immediate support in donating blood to help meet the urgent need of blood products for area hospitals.

Officials from TBC say that COVID-19 keeping some from donating blood, combined with hospitals seeing a “recent influx of traumas, in addition to restarting elective surgeries, has created a ‘storm of sizeable proportions.”

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Presbyterian College students moving in, getting acclimated
AUG 11, 2020

Classes for Presbyterian students will be in person, on-line and a hybrid of both.
 

“This fall will look different than any semester we’ve had at PC,” said Dr. Joy Smith, Presbyterian’s College vice president for campus life and dean of students. “We’ve been working hard all summer to get to the point where students can return.

“We’ve been following the guidelines established by the CDC and are taking extra precautions in an effort to remain healthy during this time,” said Smith.

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Spartanburg community receives $4.4 million grant to combat teen pregnancy
AUG 10, 2020

Spartanburg community receives $4.4 million grant to combat teen pregnancy

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation has been awarded a three-year, $4.4 million federal grant to reduce teen pregnancy. The grant will support a coalition of organizations working together to address high teen pregnancy rates and prevent related negative health outcomes.

“We’re so excited to bring national funding to Spartanburg to support local needs,” said Kristy Caradori, executive director of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “We are grateful to our program partners because this award would not have been possible without their commitment and expertise.”

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McMaster makes previous guidelines mandatory
JUL 30, 2020

Gov. Henry McMaster announced that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. The governor’s Executive Order establishing these new measures will go into effect Monday, Aug. 3.

“These limited restrictions are temporary, they are measured, and they are targeted towards what we know works,” said  McMaster. “These measures give South Carolina the best chance to slow the spread of the virus without shutting down the state’s economy – which we cannot and will not do – as many continue to call for.”

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Spartanburg Regional offers no cost, no order COVID testing
JUL 30, 2020

Spartanburg Regional offers no cost, no order COVID testing

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is now offering no-cost, no-order testing at its COVID-19 testing facility in Spartanburg.

Those seeking COVID-19 testing can visit the former Spartanburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership, located at 1035 N. Church St., and have a specimen collected without leaving their vehicles, regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms.

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Spartanburg Medical Center gets high marks from U.S. News & World Report
JUL 29, 2020

Spartanburg Medical Center ranks as the No. 2 hospital in the state, a Best Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.  
 

Spartanburg Medical Center ranks as the No. 2 hospital in the state, a Best Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.  

“In the midst of a pandemic, it is gratifying to be recognized for our hard work,” said Spartanburg Medical Center President Phil Feisal. “Each and every day, our medical professionals work hard to provide excellent care and keep our community healthy.” 

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High school sports will begin later, have shorter seasons
JUL 16, 2020

High school football will remain played in the fall but with a later start and shorter schedule.
 

High school sports will get a later start because of the impact of COVID-19.

The South Carolina High School League Executive Committee approved Wednesday to forward the start of fall sports contests to September. The 14-2 vote was reached by the virtual meeting.

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Greer City Council proposes emergency ordinance for masks in certain businesses
JUL 14, 2020

Greer City Council proposes emergency ordinance for masks in certain businesses

Greer City Council will vote on an emergency ordinance and resolution Tuesday to mandate individuals to wear face coverings/masks within the city in certain circumstances.

South Carolina’s spiking and record-setting COVID-19 cases have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, according to Dr. Joan Duwve, Director of Public Health for DHEC. Greenville County is a hot spot with daily record cases.

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