Tandem Health wins 'Health Center of the Year' at conference


Tandem Health received the "Health Center of the Year" award and an award for having a positive impact on mental health patients in the community this month, according to a news release.

Tandem Health was presented with the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association's Health Center of the Year award at the 36th-annual Conference and CHC Board Governance in Columbia.

The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association's Health Center of the Year award is awarded to a community or mental health center in the state that has improved access to care through innovative and comprehensive approaches.

The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association has seen Tandem Health continuously demonstrate a commitment to improving the health of the Sumter community.

"I am so proud of the entire Tandem Health team and the hard work they do to make a difference in the Sumter community," said Annie Brown, chief executive officer at Tandem Health. "Our team is dedicated to our mission and demonstrate care and compassion to our patients every day. Each and every employee is an essential part of our success."

In the past year, Tandem Health experienced significant organizational growth. From corporate rebranding to the first-ever Family Medicine Residency program that collaborated on a community health center and a hospital system in South Carolina, Tandem Health provided comprehensive and affordable care to Sumter and surrounding communities.

"I am so excited to see that our hard work is being recognized not only in our community, but across the state," Brown said. "We are committed to excellence and will continue to strive to make a difference in Sumter as we work to keep changing health care and enriching lives."

The Health Center of the Year award was a shared honor with Health Care Partners of South Carolina, a community health center in Conway.

Tandem Health's Behavioral Health Team was also presented with the Davis D. Moise Award at the 23rd-Annual National Alliance on Mental Illness during Sumter's Mental Illness Awareness Week candlelight vigil at St. John United Methodist Church on Oct. 14.

Each year in early October, NAMI Sumter holds this event to ignite hope for families who live with or care for those with mental illness. This annual award is given to the person or entity that positively affects those with mental illness in the community.

"Our staff works hard each day to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents of Sumter who suffer with mental illness," said Dr. David Justice, Tandem Health chief medical officer and psychiatrist. "From our nurses, our counselors and our prescribers, we are looking forward to serving the community in the future."

For more information on all the services provided by Tandem Health, visit www.tandemhealthsc.org or call (803) 774-4606.