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Published on May 18, 2015

SCMA Physician of the Year Says Medicine Allows Him to Give Back

George Bass

Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC) internal medicine physician George Bass, MD, was named South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Physician of the Year for 2015.

Bass was honored at the SCMA Annual Meeting in Charleston on April 18. The Physician of the Year award is given annually to a physician who works tirelessly in their respective community and South Carolina at large, honoring them for their service.

"I've always wanted to live a life of service, ever since I was a child and helped my mother as she was dying of colon cancer,” Bass said. "Practicing medicine is the best way I can use my talents and brain to help others and to share what God has given me."

Recognized for his tremendous work both at home and abroad, Bass has been treating patients for more than 44 years. He has participated on international mission trips every year for the past 21 years and  also volunteers regularly at free clinics throughout the Upstate. It is this commitment to his community, near and far, that has earned him this year’s award.

Prior to joining MGC, part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, in 2013 Bass completed his internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital and his residency at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Spartanburg County Medical Society and The South Carolina Medical Society. Bass is board certified in internal medicine.

About Medical Group of the Carolinas

Medical Group of the Carolinas is a group of more than 300 physicians in more than 22 specialties and primary care, serving 11 counties. Originally named the Spartanburg Regional Physician Group, the Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC) offers five OB/GYN practices at six locations for women’s health. MGC also offers two pediatric practices, and 16 family medicine and internal medicine practices throughout the Carolinas. MGC has locations throughout the region including Spartanburg, Greer, Chesnee, Boiling Springs and Duncan. Eighteen of the practices have been recognized as Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Homes.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through three hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center and Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award. The American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.

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