COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

CareSouth Carolina is working to ensure the safety of our communities, our patients and our staff members. Please click 'learn more' for the latest updates on our vaccine supply and distribution.

**************CareSouth Carolina is administering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointments and walk-ins. Please click the 'learn more' button below for a full schedule. ***************

In addition, the MOBY units are providing COVID-19 vaccines at community locations. The schedule for these vaccine clinics can be found in the calendar tab. Walk-ins are welcome and you DO NOT need an appointment. ****************

CareSouth Carolina has resumed its distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at its drive-up mobile and pop-up events.

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Awards and Recognition

CareSouth Carolina has been honored with several awards and recognitions for its service to the community.

  • 2021 DHEC Announces CareSouth Carolina as Newest ‘Community Hero’ for Mobilizing COVID-19 Vaccines

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has named CareSouth Carolina as the latest recipient of the agency’s Community Hero award for going above and beyond to bring lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines to rural communities.

    CareSouth Carolina, a health center with several locations throughout the Pee Dee region, has been a key partner with DHEC for holding COVID-19 testing locations since the onset of the pandemic. CareSouth Carolina was recently nominated as a Community Hero for its continued support of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, especially for its Moby Outreach Program. Medical staff use five “Moby” vans to drive to rural and underserved areas of the region to administer the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine as part of ongoing efforts to ensure all residents have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    “CareSouth is a valued partner and has been a major player in our unified response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jim Bruckner, DHEC’s Pee Dee Region Public Health Director. “It’s a team effort to vaccinate as many South Carolinians as possible, and we’re fortunate to continue to have the trusted support of CareSouth as we work to beat COVID-19 once and for all.” 

    “It is a real honor to receive this accolade,” said Ann Lewis, CEO of CareSouth Carolina. “We believe that collaboration with good people like these folks from DHEC, who work to meet the needs of our communities, is what will make a difference in this battle against COVID-19. We are all in this together! Our thanks to DHEC for being such an amazing partner.”

  • CareSouth Carolina’s Kelli Cross named 2020 ‘Champion of Practice Transformation’

    CareSouth Carolina’s Kelli Cross was named the Champion of Practice Transformation at the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association’s 26th annual Clinical Network Retreat, which was held virtually.

    Cross, who has been with CareSouth Carolina for more than three years, took over the newly-created position of Population Health Manager last year and has since worked to provide healthier outcomes to patients throughout the Pee Dee region.

    “I was shocked,” Cross said when learning she had been nominated for the award. “I want to give credit to my team. We have a diverse background as we have all come from different professions and that helps us come together with well-rounded ideas and plans.”

    During her time in the role, Cross has partnered with CareSouth Carolina’s mobile care team to set up summer appointments for adolescent wellness visits, pap smears and chlamydia screenings. She has worked with the marketing team to create informational and instructional post cards for patients that would be personalized for their medical conditions and she has partnered with the office teams to do PDSAs around diabetic retinal eye exams. During CareSouth Carolina’s community events, Cross executed creative plans to encourage high-risk patients to attend and get back into care.

    In addition, Cross has made open-line connections with insurance organizations- including Medicaid- to ensure CareSouth Carolina is providing the best quality healthcare possible to its patients and the community.

    “The best summary of the reasons why I believe that Kelli Cross should be honored as the Champion of Practice Transformation can be found in my five favorite words to hear from ‘I’ve got a crazy idea,’” said CareSouth Carolina Associate Medical Director Dr. Jeniqua Duncan. “For someone to truly champion transformation, they have to be comfortable working beyond limits that are placed on them and collaborative enough for those to see them as an ally who will protect them during the storm of change. Kelli Cross exhibits these qualities and more.”

    The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) is the unifying organization for Community Health Centers (CHCs) in South Carolina. Established in 1979 and representing 23 CHCs across the state (to include the SC Agriculture Worker Program), the SCPHCA has been working to increase the availability of quality health care to low-income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable, and special need populations.

  • CareSouth Carolina’s Tracie Thigpen named 2020 Nurse of the Year

    CareSouth Carolina’s Tracie Thigpen was named the South Carolina Nurse of the Year at the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association’s 26th annual Clinical Network Retreat, which was held virtually.

    Thigpen, the Chief of Nursing at CareSouth Carolina, has been with the organization for three years said the award came as a shock to her.

    “It’s humbling,” Thigpen said. “I’ve always strive to do the best that I can do in taking care of patients and staff members and this just reiterated to me that I am making a difference. I want to thank my team- both the management team and my staff- because without them none of this would be possible.”

    CareSouth Carolina CEO Ann Lewis said Thigpen goes above and beyond the call of duty.

    “I was proud to nominate Tracie Thigpen as SCPHCA Nurse of the Year and absolutely elated that she won,” Lewis said. “Tracie is the epitome of what a nurse stands for: compassionate beyond all boundaries, committed in heart, soul and body, knowledgeable with grace and humbleness. I am amazed by her strength and perseverance during this time of the pandemic.”

    Thigpen said she felt the Lord’s calling from an early age to be a nurse and to get involved in healthcare management.

    “Growing up, my mother had some health problems and I helped my dad in taking care of her. I knew then I wanted to be a nurse and I knew that I wanted to be in management,” Thigpen said. “The Lord made ways and opened up doors and I’m very blessed to be working here and in this capacity.”

    Thigpen said a lot of prayers goes into her decision-making and she always looks to put patient care first.

    “That’s the foundation of who I am,” Thigpen said. “I spend a lot of time seeking the Lord’s guidance in prayer. I like working at CareSouth Carolina because of the values. We put the patient first and it’s all about what’s best for the patients. We are committed to the community and that allows me to make a difference.”

    The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) is the unifying organization for Community Health Centers (CHCs) in South Carolina. Established in 1979 and representing 23 CHCs across the state (to include the SC Agriculture Worker Program), the SCPHCA has been working to increase the availability of quality health care to low-income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable, and special need populations.

  • 2018 Jimmy Newsom Signature Award

    CareSouth Carolina Miles of Smiles Dental Program was awarded this prestigious award for making a difference in hundreds of children in the Darlington County School District. Since 2006, CareSouth Carolina has provided valuable dental services at 20 of the 23 schools in Darlington County. The school-based dental program travels to the schools and provides dental exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, cleaning and sealants. Any student can utilize these services regardless of their ability to pay.

  • 2018 Community Integrated Management Services Valued Partner Award

    CareSouth Carolina was one of four CIMS Centers to receive the CIMS Award for Performance Excellence for Quality and Service over the past 10 years at the CIMS Annual Meeting held in Columbia.

    CareSouth Carolina will use the monetary gift they received to provide patients with at home Blood Pressure and Diabetic Glucose Monitors that will electronically upload the patient’s data to their CareSouth Carolina provider. This data will be instrumental in providing the best care to the patient.

  • 2017 SC Primary Health Center Association Champion Award

    SC Primary Health Care Association presented Marquette Johnson-Green of CareSouth Carolina the 2017 Award of Excellence at their Annual Conference and Community Health Center Board Governance Retreat.

  • 2017 Migrant Health Employee of the Year

    SC Primary Health Care Association presented Kelly Taylor of CareSouth Carolina the 2017 2017 Migrant Health Employee of the Year Award at their Annual Conference and Community Health Center Board Governance Retreat.

  • 2016 Migrant Champion of the Year

    Tracy Teal, NP-C, Chief of Community Health at CareSouth Carolina, was awarded 2016 Migrant Champion of the Year by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association Migrant Health Network at their Migrant Health Advisory Meeting in Columbia, South Carolina.

  • 2016 Champion for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Award

    SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy awarded CareSouth Carolina with this award for the setting up a teen-friendly environment and providing teen services.

  • 2015 Pamela S. Mabry Nurse of the Year Award

    SC Primary Health Care Association presented Wanda Robertson, RN of CareSouth Carolina the 2015 Pamela S. Mabry Nurse of the Year Award.

  • 2014 Major Contributor for the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide

    CareSouth Carolina was one of only four primary care practices being highlighted in the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide. The implementation guide is a suite of materials to help primary care practices integrate behavioral health. We were profiled in the October 2014 of the Organized, Evidence-Based Care: Behavioral Health Integration.

  • 2013 LEAP Selection by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Following a rigorous nationwide review process, CareSouth Carolina has been selected as an exemplary model of workforce innovation for a new project: The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (The LEAP Project). The LEAP Project is a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute. CareSouth Carolina is one of 30 primary care practices that has been selected for this distinction, out of hundreds of practices that were nominated by national experts and rated by a National Advisory Committee. The LEAP Project will study and share innovative staffing arrangements that make primary care more accessible and effective for patients.

  • 2012 John Gilbert Award

    The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has presented Ann Lewis, CEO of CareSouth Carolina, with the 2012 John Gilbert Award. The award, which recognizes longstanding excellence and leadership in community health, was presented to Ms. Lewis at the 43rd annual NACHC Community Health Institute in Orlando Florida, a national conference attended by nearly 2,000 community health leaders from across the country.

  • 2012 Visionary Award

    Ann Lewis was recognized by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association at its 2012 Annual Conference for her extraordinary leadership, commitment, and dedication to the vision and mission of community health centers.   Under the leadership of Ann Lewis, CareSouth Carolina has stayed the course and a step ahead of those forces that continue to alter the landscape of the health care field. It has never shied away from its responsibility to the underserved, and its visionary clinical programs have received national exposure and recognition from national legislators as well as the CBS Evening News, the ABC Today Show, Time Magazine, the Institute of Health Care Improvement, the Wall Street Journal, and others.

  • 2012 Community Health Care Leadership Award

    CareSouth Carolina was presented with the 2012 Community Health Care Leadership Award for its steadfast commitment to the health of the medically underserved populations in South Carolina by the South Carolina Primary Healthcare Association. "The Community Health Care Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding organization in South Carolina that honors the Community Health Center movement and it’s principles by demonstrating a commitment to the state’s medically underserved populations,” said Lathran Woodard, executive director of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association. “This year’s award goes to an organization that has a positive and direct impact on low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and their families, and others experiencing barriers to accessing health care.” Woodard recognized CareSouth Carolina for its organizational commitment to advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable and for community health.

  • 2011 Visit and Praise by Air Force Surgeon General

    Air Force Medical Services of the United States is part of a Military Health System that is second to none in the world. It has earned more than a stellar reputation for transforming the way health services are provided on and off the battlefield. So, when the Surgeon General of the Air Force decides he wants to visit CareSouth Carolina in Hartsville to learn how they have been so effective, staff at the local community health center were a bit shocked.

    “Sure, over the past decade, we have earned a national reputation for providing quality patient-centered care – for being innovative and doing everything in our power to ensure the best for everyone in rural communities here in the Pee Dee,” said Ann Lewis, CEO at CareSouth Carolina. “But, when you receive an e-mail requesting a visit from the senior-most medical services officer in the U.S. Air Force - it sort of blows your socks off. We are truly honored.”

    Surgeon General Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles B. Green brought a team to Hartsville to hear presentations by CareSouth management staff, ask questions and tour the facility. Included in the team was Ray S. Jeter, Colonel, USAF, DC Chief, Air Force Medical Services Innovations; Lt. Col. Mickey T. Goodridge, Traveling Executive Officer, AF Surgeon General ; and was escorted from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter by Ahmed Calvo, M.D., MPH, senior medical officer at the Health Resource Service Administration’s Office of Health Information Technology and Quality.

    “I was so impressed with you and your team,” said Surgeon General Green about the visit with CareSouth Carolina staff. “I have been talking about what you shared non-stop with my entire team. I only hope I can do a little of what you have so aptly demonstrated can be done when the focus is on the patient and the community. Bravo!!” General Green presented Ann Lewis with the Air Force Surgeon General Coin, a tradition honoring excellence in the provision of medical care.

  • 2010 Margaret J Weston Award

    South Carolina Primary Health Care Association presented Ann Lewis, CEO at CareSouth Carolina, this award for her persistence in overcoming barriers and obstacles to ensure quality health care services are provided to those most in need. The award is presented annually in honor of the late Margaret J. Weston. Ms. Weston, who passed away in November of 1991, served as a pioneer in the delivery of health care services to the underserved in South Carolina.

  • 2009 Selection for Harvest of Driver Insights - HRSA and National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

    CareSouth Carolina was ushered into the national spotlight as one of the very best at providing quality health care. In fact, of the more than 1,900 community health centers in the nation, CareSouth Carolina was one of only three asked to present its story at a national conference focused on showcasing those that have achieved and sustained improved health outcomes for patients. The “Harvest of Driver Insights” conference was jointly sponsored by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Ann Lewis, CEO at CareSouth Carolina, presented the organization’s focus on achieving some of the best health outcomes in the nation for patients to an audience of some of the most influential policy makers in the nation, including Mary Wakefield, the new administrator for HRSA, as well as senior leaders and project officers from a broad representation of those in the federal government currently involved in the dialogue on health care reform.

     

  • 2009 Health Center of the Year Award

    CareSouth Carolina was recognized by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association for innovative, comprehensive approaches to community-based health care that improves access to care.

  • 2008 Community Health Center of the Year

    CareSouth Carolina was recognized by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association for innovative, comprehensive approaches to community-based health care that improves access to care.

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