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Population Growth in Greenville Spurs Hospital Competition
Growing Demand Challenges Greenville’s Safety Net Providers
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The hospital systemsGreenville Hospital System, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Spartanburg Regional Health Systemare aggressively expanding around the town of Greer, on the border of Greenville and Spartanburg counties, because of its growing population of middle-class, insured residents.
"The hospitals are focusing their expansion efforts on such profitable services as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics and obstetrics," said Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., president of HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Other key findings of the report, Growth Fuels Hospital Competition and Challenges Greenville Safety Net, which is available online here, include:
Greenville is one of 12 communities across the country tracked intensively by HSC researchers through site visits. The new report is based on a May 2005 site visit and interviews with more than 50 Greenville health care leaders, representing health plans, employers, hospitals, physicians and policy makers.
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.