Access to Health Care

Bon Secours St. Francis realizes that community needs cannot be met alone. With a strong team of nurses and social workers in the community, Bon Secours partners with community services organizations where a greater impact can be made … together. Strong partnerships exist with many local organizations and agencies; a few are listed below.

AccessHealth Greenville County

Uninsured Greenville County residents no longer must rely on the local emergency rooms for preventive and acute care. St. Francis is part of AccessHealth SC, a program that seeks to improve access to health care services and provides technical assistance and support to establish local, coordinated networks of care for South Carolina’s low-income, uninsured population.

Administered by the South Carolina Hospital Association, with financial support from The Duke Endowment, AccessHealth SC works to create and sustain coordinated, data-driven community-based networks of care that provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, high-quality health care services.

Greenville Free Medical Clinic

Bon Secours St. Francis has a close relationship with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, where myriad services are provided to patients who are uninsured, financially burdened, and in need of services. These services include, but are not limited to, primary care, specialty care, pharmacy, and dental care. Bon Secours St. Francis supports the Greenville Free Clinic through a full-time nurse practitioner and a full-time dentist to help meet the large and growing demand for primary and dental care services in the Upstate. 

Mulberry Court, a residential development of Mercy Housing

 

Mercy Housing’s Mulberry Court is a residential development established through the Catholic Charities collaborative initiative. This multi-resident complex was created to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income adults and families in the Greenville community. Upstate HomeShare, with Sister Margie Hosh, OSF, and Sister Dorothy Brogan, CBS, the City of Greenville, and Bon Secours St. Francis, helped develop this 41-unit complex. Mulberry Court opened its doors in November 2007 and serves an average of 70 residents.

In addition to giving time and resources to help create safe, quality, affordable housing, Bon Secours St. Francis developed the Bon Secours St. Francis Wellness Corner—a resource area within the complex that offers educational materials related to health and social services to help residents get connected in the community.

San Sebastian

 

San Sebastian Catholic Community is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church located in the San Souci community, and is predominately Spanish-speaking. A thriving and engaged community, the San Sebastian Catholic Community is committed to health and wholeness. Many in the community face the harshest impacts of poverty, and are in need of health and health-related services and resources.

The Bon Secours Wellness Outreach team has a satellite office at San Sebastian Church where individuals and families are provided with direct services that mirror the Bon Secours model of compassionate care. With the assistance of a Mission Fund Grant, we will partner with the community to establish a Congregational Health Ministry. Additionally, the St. Francis Mobile Dental Unit maintains regular visits within this community.

Triune Mercy Center

Triune Mercy Center is a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless in downtown Greenville. Its mission is to share Christ’s love by meeting physical needs and providing life-changing opportunities to the disadvantaged. Triune Mercy Center meets the physical needs of many in the surrounding neighborhood with a soup kitchen, clothes closets, food pantry, laundry services, and mental health workers. For those ready to change their lives, the center offers help in accessing drug rehabilitation, computer training, employment, and housing. The Center hosts 14 recovery meetings each week. And for those who simply want to enjoy being part of a community, there are opportunities in visual art, music, and theater.

Bon Secours’ Wellness Outreach team has a satellite office at Triune Mercy Center. The team is able to refer individuals and families to additional community resources, provide health screenings and prevention education, and to advocate on behalf of those homeless and living in poverty in our community. Community Ministries provides the Bon Secours St. Francis Mobile Dental Unit at the Center on routine scheduled visits. Additionally, Surgeons for Sight is onsite at Triune Mercy Center to provide vision screenings for the homeless population served through the Wellness Outreach.

Oral Health Services

The Bon Secours St. Francis Oral Health Program helps provide dental care to low-income and uninsured patients. An integral part of this program is the Bon Secours Mobile Dental Unit, a "dentist office on wheels," equipped with two dental chairs, an X-ray machine, a bathroom, and computer working areas. The Mobile Dental Unit is a collaboration, with strong community partners the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Since 2006, the Bon Secours St. Francis Oral Health Program has provided direct services and education to thousands of children, adults and seniors in the community. This program delivers services to relieve pain so patients can resume normal, productive lives.  Oral health education is also provided and focuses on proper oral hygiene and prevention of poor outcomes.

To complement the oral health education that is provided to patients, the oral health team  offers Tooth Times.  This hands-on program for  young children, uses stories, puzzles, books, puppets, and more to promote good oral hygiene at an early age. The program serves children at the  Center for Developmental Services and in local schools.  Quarterly dental education program for families are also provided throughout the year.