The Greenville Health System Board of Trustees voted to approve their $2.2 billion dollar budget and hire 562 new employees. The board also voted not to raise hospital room rates.
Human Resources VP Doug Dorman said most of the new hires will be physicians, nurse practitioners, providers and support staff. Dorman said GHS will recruit nationally to provide people of the Upstate with the best care possible.
Dorman said the hospital also wants to reduce nurse to patient ratios. The hospital currently partners with the USC School of Medicine in Greenville to train primary care physicians to work there.
The budget approval will also allow GHS to provide more neighborhood health workers to enter into low income areas and treat the uninsured, especially those with chronic diseases.
Some offices may also extend their hours, a mobile health clinic can be used and senior care program may be expanded.