GHS announces leadership change


Greenville Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Riordan is transitioning to be president and CEO of the health system’s new Strategic Coordinating Organization.

“Transitioning to president and CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization will allow me to devote greater time to developing the new system,” Riordan says. “While my focus will no longer be on the day-to-day operations of GHS, I remain committed to our patients and employees and am excited about the changes taking place as we continue transforming health care for the benefit of the people and communities we serve.”

The new organization is part of GHS’ new governance model in which the existing public GHS will lease its facilities to the Upstate Affiliate Organization, which is a private, not-for-profit health care provider for the Upstate. Dr. Spence Taylor, a vascular surgeon who has been with GHS for 24 years, will become president of the Upstate Affiliate Organization. Spence’s experience includes serving as vice president of physician engagement, president and chief academic officer for the GHS Clinical University and senior associate dean for academic affairs and diversity at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville in 2012.

The Strategic Coordinating Organization will establish the strategic direction and provide corporate support for the Upstate Affiliate Organization and any other affiliates that join the new system, according to a GHS media report.

“Moving to this new model is one of the most critical changes in GHS’ history, as it will allow us to be more nimble and responsive to the changing healthcare needs of our communities,” says Frances Ellison, chair of the Strategic Coordinating Organization Board of Directors.

“We believe Mike Riordan is well suited to lead this transition and help us develop a premier system that will bring more value to our community,” Ellison says.

Under Riordan’s 10 years of leadership, GHS has grown its employed physician group to nearly 1,000 providers, established a physician-led clinical integration network that is focused on improving health outcomes and reducing costs, and has expanded medical education to include a four-year medical school in partnership with USC.



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