Michael C. Riordan, president and CEO of GHS, said the expanded program in Greenville will help mitigate the long-standing physician shortage in the state and improve healthcare across South Carolina, particularly rural areas. The program will also spur job growth, increase per-capita income and help make the state more attractive to corporations considering expansion or relocation.
“Having an adequate number of highly trained physicians is critical to our ability to deliver quality healthcare,” Riordan said. “As one of the largest health systems in the region working in close partnership with USC, it is our responsibility to anticipate the future healthcare needs of our community and address them.”
Charles D. Beaman Jr., CEO of Palmetto Health, said the proposed expansion offers the best chance for addressing the state’s future medical needs.
“As the largest health system in central South Carolina and with more than 30 years invested in the education of physicians, Palmetto Health applauds efforts being made by the University of South Carolina and Greenville Hospital System to increase the number of physicians, especially primary care, being educated in our state,” Beaman said.
“Additionally, we are committed to exploring the expansion of the USC School of Medicine here in Columbia with President Harris Pastides and Dean Richard Hoppmann. I believe that an expanded medical school here as well as an expanded medical program in Greenville, should it be established, will offer the best chance for South Carolina to address the future medical needs of our citizens. Palmetto Health is eager to partner with USC to assure that it can happen.”
Education has always been an integral part of GHS’ mission. In fact, GHS accepted its first nursing student just three days after its original Greenville General Hospital opened its doors in 1912. In the nearly 100 years that have followed, GHS has helped train thousands of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.