Different name, evolving hospital care: Sumter's Palmetto Health Tuomey becomes Prisma in merger

BY TRACI QUINN
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 1/25/19

Through 105 years of growth and evolution, one thing hasn’t changed: Tuomey hospital’s commitment to the Sumter community to provide safe, skilled, specialized care in our …

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Different name, evolving hospital care: Sumter's Palmetto Health Tuomey becomes Prisma in merger

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Through 105 years of growth and evolution, one thing hasn’t changed: Tuomey hospital’s commitment to the Sumter community to provide safe, skilled, specialized care in our hometown.

Palmetto Health Tuomey, which became part of the Palmetto Health system of hospitals in January 2016, is celebrating even greater growth in 2019: Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System have united to form Prisma Health, the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. The new company employs more than 30,000 team members. Its objective is to improve the health of all South Carolinians through improved clinical quality, access to care and patient experience, while also addressing the rising cost of health care.

Tuomey is now known as Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. The name change represents our membership in this exciting organi­zation while reflecting a century of continuous service to Sumter.

The local campus includes more than 1,700 team members and 228 practicing physicians representing 37 medical special­ties. Our local facilities include a Level II Nursery; an Intensive Care Unit; an Acute Rehabilitation Unit; 10 operating suites; cen­ters for outpatient surgery, imaging and cancer treatment; an Infusion Center; an award-winning Wound Healing Center; as well as cardiac, speech, physical and occupational rehabilitative services. Our diagnostic capabilities feature comprehensive pa­thology services, interventional radiology and cardiac catheter­ization. Transitional care is provided through our Home Health Services program, as well as hospice and palliative care.

The formation of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group brought more specialties to the Sumter campus. A pulmonary practice brought Sumterite Charlie White, M.D., back home, and an infectious disease practice with Bhatraphol Tingpej, M.D., was established. Montgomery Pate, M.D., opened a Med­ical Group practice in Bishopville. There are two general medi­cine practices on campus: Palmetto Family Practice and Carolina Family Medicine. Palmetto Heart-Sumter provides electrophys­iology and medical and interventional cardiology with care pro­vided by four cardiologists and several advanced providers, and most recently, Sumter Plastic Surgery welcomed Dr. Emily Grace Clark.

TUOMEY CAMPUS OFFERINGS

The Wound Healing Center

Chronic wound care impacts 6.5 million people a year nationwide, costing $20 billion. Prisma Health Tuomey’s wound center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, pres­sure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and dehisced surgical wounds. The center offers outpatient care and hyper­baric oxygen therapy as well as disease management and diabetes care, vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, biological skin substitute applications and clinical or surgical debridement.

Cancer Treatment Center

Aggressive technology + clinical expertise + per­sonalized care: The center ensures that local patients receive the best cancer care without having to travel to get it. For nearly 25 years, CTC has maintained cut­ting-edge technology and new services to fight can­cer. It was one of the first facilities in the state to offer TrueBeam radiation treatment, using state-of-the-art linear accelerators, paired with CT-based treatment planning, which allows radiation oncologists to offer intensity-modulated radiotherapy. The center utilizes Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for early stage lung cancer to allow highly precise delivery of high doses of radiation to a small target.

The Women’s Center | Birthplace

The 18,000-square-foot Women and Infants Pavilion is a dedicated unit designed to meet the unique needs of our gynecological and obstetric patients. The facility features 24 modern inpatient rooms designed to cre­ate the optimum conditions for in-room treatment and examinations, while accommodating supportive family and friends comfortably. For postpartum patients, the center provides a worthy extension of our labor and delivery rooms. The Level II Nursery allows the hospital to treat high-risk newborns. The center also features breastfeeding rooms, a lactation consultant and edu­cation nurse, antepartum rooms and a bereavement room.

The Infusion Center

Efficient, convenient and patient-friendly: Having an infusion center on site means that patients are able to get home from the hospital more quickly and perhaps even avoid being admitted. We provide treatment for Crohn’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as infusions of medications such as antibiotics, antivirals and iron drugs in an outpatient setting. Infusion thera­py is also utilized for hydration.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine eliminates distance barriers and offers patients access to great care and quick intervention. Prisma Health Tuomey uses telemedicine technology to provide clinical care in the areas of mental health, advanced intensive care and stroke. If a patient presents with stroke-like symptoms, time is of the essence; neurologists from MUSC can guide in­tervention and save lives. We use credentialed psychiatrists and intensivists as well to improve medical access to services not consistently available.

Acute Rehabilitative Unit

Community Wellness

Prisma Health wants a healthy workforce and a healthy com­munity, so it provides services to help people get and stay well. Corporate wellness initiatives, cholesterol and diabetes screen­ings and drug testing options are available. Some employers partner with Palmetto Health to bring nurses into their facili­ties, to provide on-site first aid, check blood pressures, work on health and safety initiatives and evaluate jobs for ergonomic issues.

Wesmark Boulevard Campus

Our satellite campus at Alice Drive and Wesmark offers out­patient imaging, programs in physical therapy, speech and oc­cupational therapy, cardiac rehab, audiology and one of the most comprehensive sports medicine/orthopedics programs in the region. We provide pre-season screenings for athletes, injury clinics to assess injuries post-game and on-site sporting coverage. The Imaging Center provides noninvasive testing procedures such as MRI and CT scans, ultrasound, bone den­sity studies and X-ray, as well as 4D ultrasounds for pregnant women.

For more information about Prisma Health Tuomey, visit Pris­maHealth.org.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE OFFERED BY OTHER HOSPITALS IN THE PRISMA HEALTH SYSTEM

Prisma Health Heart Hospital

The Heart Hospital is South Carolina's only freestanding hos­pital dedicated solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treat­ment of hearts. Our continuum of care begins with disease pre­vention and management and extends to emergency services and procedures, diagnosis and surgery and rehabilitation. Ser­vices include cardiac catheterization and diagnostics, cardiovas­cular surgery, pulmonary rehabilitation, a Chest Pain ER and a mobile Coronary Care Unit.

Prisma Health Children’s Hospital

The state’s first children's hospital treats more than 80,000 children each year. It has a Children’s Emergency Center and of­fers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children. Supportive, family-centered care includes centers for Sleep, Cancer and Blood Disorders and Cystic Fi­brosis, as well as a Critical Care Transport Team, physical and specialty therapy, Pediatric Intensive Care and Palliative Care and the Tom Bates Day Hospital.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The NICU at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital is an extraor­dinary place for healing and growth for some of the tiniest and sickest babies in our region, and we are committed to it remain­ing that way. As only one of five Level III NICUs in South Car­olina and the designated Regional Perinatal Center, the NICU provides expert care for the smallest and sickest babies in a 16-county region, which encompasses Sumter, Lee and Claren­don counties.

Prisma Health Richland Trauma Center

It’s the only Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands, caring for an average of 2,400 serious injuries each year. The interdisci­plinary team is composed of trauma and specialty surgeons, emergency medicine and other specialty physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and other health care professionals to provide total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.

Stroke Center

The only Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands is led by an internationally recognized stroke neurologist and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The stroke team is often referred to as the "Brain Attack Team." We are ready to treat victims of stroke, brain aneurysms and other abnormal vascularities of the brain 24/7 as well as provide in­terventional treatment to retrieve clots causing a blockage of blood supply to brain tissue.

Acute Rehabilitation Unit

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Prisma Health Tuomey Hos­pital is dedicated to helping patients maximize functionality, mobility and independence after an injury or illness. Patients who have had a recent hospital stay, are prone to falls, or have a decline in functional status work with a broad team of special­ists to redevelop and improve skills and help restore the health and independence. Emphasis is placed on relearning or adapt­ing skills associated with the care of self (feeding, grooming, bathing, dressing, toileting), mobility (moving from chair to bed, walking, using stairs), communication (understanding others, expressing oneself), social awareness (interacting with others, solving problems, memory) and community re-integration (re­adjustment to family and community life and leisure activities.)