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Hospital Controversy Should Be Settled

Mar 21, 2018 04:36PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Guest Opinion

From Bon Secours St. Francis Health System CEO Craig McCoy:

The mission of Bon Secours St. Francis is to be Good Help to Those in Need and to bring people and communities to health and wholeness. While the language of our respective mission statements are different, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Greenville Health System share a common commitment to improve the health of Greenville County citizens. A community as large and diverse as ours benefits from two strong, not-for-profit healthcare organizations to best serve the needs of our patients and to build a healthier community.

Both Bon Secours St. Francis and Greenville Health System share a commitment to create a stronger, healthier Upstate. One recent example of our respective organizations working together, along with other community partners, is to address mental health issues, especially among some of our most vulnerable citizens through the Greenville Behavioral Health Task Force.

Recent activities calling for the sale of GHS have created instability and distraction across our community. We believe it is in the community’s best interest to settle this controversy as soon as possible to allow local health care providers to focus on what we do best: serving patients, families, and the community.

Bon Secours St. Francis supports the work between GHS and elected officials to reach an agreement and put this uncertainty behind us. We are encouraged by recent progress, and urge both GHS and local officials to continue to work together to create a resolution that serves the best interest of our entire community.