October 7th, 2019
The Healthcare Leadership Council honored AccessHealth Spartanburg with the Redefining American Healthcare Award at the John B. Cleveland Events Center this morning.
AccessHealth Spartanburg opened its doors in 2010 with the mission to provide quality and timely health care to low-income, uninsured adults in Spartanburg County. The organization helps guide program participants to a network of local physicians who have donated their time to provide care to the uninsured. Utilizing an innovative complete care navigation model, AHS also directs its clients to a host of behavioral health and social service programs and services.
"AccessHealth Spartanburg serves to increase access to healthcare for our county's most vulnerable population," said AHS Director Summer Tebalt BSN, RN. "By taking a holistic approach and meeting people where they are, we are able to give our clients the tools and resources they need to improve both their health and quality of life. The work we do increases health equity and improves health outcomes, which are vital for a strong workforce and thriving community."
Debbie Witchey, the Helthcare Leadership Council's executive vice president and chief operating officer, presented the award. "Relationship-building with community partners has increased effective care navigation by AccessHealth Spartanburg. HLC applauds the needs assessments and prep work provided to patients, which address social barriers and ensures they are connected with the most suitable resources."
Congressman William Timmons attended and spoke at the event. "I want to congratulate AccessHealth Spartanburg for receiving the Redefining American Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Leadership Council. AccessHealth is an incredible resource that has helped underserved populations in Spartanburg County for the last decade."
The Healthcare Leadership Council created the Redefining American Healthcare Award to recognize best practices and programs in communities and organizations across the nation that optimize care for high-need patients. Award recipients are organizations developing and activating cost-effective, measurable community programs promoting a patient-centered approach to care that considers outside social factors in order to achieve the best outcomes.