In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
The new program—AccessHealth Spartanburg—is part of
The goal of AccessHealth Spartanburg is to create a community case management system that will connect clients to medical homes and provide more comprehensive, coordinated care.
“We have numerous agencies in this community, and each has its own process to determine eligibility for the services it provides,” says Renee Romberger, vice president for community health policy and strategy at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. “The overall health of our community suffers because uninsured adults face the daunting task of filling out paperwork and seeking support at multiple locations to see if they qualify. Some get lost in the shuffle, and some don’t seek care until it’s too late. We want to close the gaps.”
AccessHealth Spartanburg is expected to begin accepting clients this summer. Rebecca Parrish has been hired as the director. A registered nurse and a licensed social worker will help clients navigate the health care system.
Besides Spartanburg Regional, partners include Mary Black Health System, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Region 2, St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic, the Spartanburg Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, Welvista, the S.C. Department of Mental Health and ReGenesis Health Care, a health center in
George Newby, executive director of ReGenesis, believes the new effort will offer hope to the low-income uninsured.
“As health care providers, we are committed to meeting the needs of everyone in our community,” Newby said in a news release about the effort. “However, limited resources can make this a challenge. Working with
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