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Published on October 13, 2016

Pelham Medical Center Tops in Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Pelham Medical Center wins national award


Pelham Medical Center (PMC) was chosen as one of 100 companies and organizations named The Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016 by Modern Healthcare. PMC is a division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.


“This award makes me proud for our hospital team,” said Tony Kouskolekas, PMC president. “This recognition marks Pelham Medical Center as one of the best employers in the healthcare industry, and it’s an honor to receive that designation.”


Modern Healthcare is a business publication that produces information targeting the healthcare industry with national and regional healthcare news. Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare award requires a two-part application process, including an 80-question questionnaire for the employer, followed by online surveys of the employees.


“At PMC, we are serious about creating a great workplace, empowering associates to excel in their positions, and to use their talent to create an environment where we all benefit and perform at extraordinary standards,” said Connie Spykerman, vice president and chief nursing officer of PMC.


One of PMC's achievements is the teamwork embedded in the workplace, starting with hiring committed and passionate personnel, followed by careful training. 


“I've been in other places where teamwork was excellent, but the teamwork here is off-the-charts excellent,” said Kouskolekas. “When our senior team meets with new employees who have worked here for 90 days, the consistent theme is that we have good collaboration and teamwork.”


Transparency is important at PMC, and Kouskolekas and staff meet with associates regularly to update them with healthcare system news. Kouskolekas and PMC’s leadership team also meet monthly with new associates to discuss if their new position is meeting the associate’s expectations. During these meetings, new associates can ask questions and provide suggestions for improvement.


“There is a healthy sense of pride in the work that our associates do,” Spykerman said. “They're in an industry that's changing all the time, but they don't lose the eagerness to learn and grow and take on new challenges.”


The work/life balance for employees is part of PMC's culture. The campus has an on-site gym and walking trail, a weight loss incentive program, and an award-winning food menu in Dogwood Cafe, which is run by a restaurateur and resembles a restaurant rather than a cafeteria.


Pelham Medical Center associates are active in promoting health education at schools, churches, civic organizations, senior centers and health fairs throughout the area. Associates also teach CPR and provide blood pressure and cancer screenings at the annual Greer Family Fest.


“Our focus here is always on the patients, but ultimately, we're trying to create the best culture that we possibly can,” Kouskolekas said. “This award edifies that we are committed to do the right thing.”


Modern Healthcare honors workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empower their employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care. The award was presented at an awards dinner on Oct. 6 in New Orleans during the organization's annual Workplace of the Future conference. Award-winners were also featured in a special supplement published along with the Oct. 10 issue of Modern Healthcare.


About Pelham Medical Center

Located at the intersection of Westmoreland Road and Highway 14 in Greer, SC, Pelham Medical Center (PMC) is Greer’s only certified Primary Stroke Center. PMC provides a wide range of healthcare services, including surgery, intensive care, emergency room services, world-class cancer treatment and primary care. The renowned Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute—Pelham delivers comprehensive, personalized cancer care to patients in a 750-square-foot facility devoted to medical oncology and radiation oncology. PMC harnesses the power of the Medical Group of the Carolinas, a physician network consisting of more than 300 physicians. Adjacent to the main PMC hospital and Medical Office Building is the Surgery Center, the first freestanding outpatient surgery center in the Greer/Pelham area. The facility is a joint venture between local physicians and the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.


About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals:  Spartanburg Medical Center (Spartanburg), Pelham Medical Center (Greer), Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care (Spartanburg) and Union Medical Center (Union). SRHS includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services in Union. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute in Spartanburg, Greer, Union and Gaffney. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 350 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division and a Level I Trauma Center. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15.Spartanburg Medical Center was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac SurgeryTM by Healthgrades in 2016 and is in the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.


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