Linda Bonesteel, GCCN director, accepts the award from Richard L. Jackson, CEO of Jackson Healthcare.

Georgetown Community Care Network earns national recognition

Linda Bonesteel, GCCN director, accepts the award from Richard L. Jackson, CEO of Jackson Healthcare.
Network selected as a “Program of Promise” in the 2013 Hospital Charitable Service Awards.
Linda Bonesteel, GCCN director, accepts the award from Richard L. Jackson, CEO of Jackson Healthcare.

Georgetown Community Care Network is one of only five programs in the nation selected as a “Program of Promise” in the 2013 Hospital Charitable Service Awards.

The Program of Promise award honors hospital-sponsored programs with a clear vision for addressing underserved community health needs. GCCN was recognized for its efforts to improve access to health care for the region’s medically underserved population.

Established in 2011 as an AccessHealth SC initiative in partnership with Georgetown Hospital System and The Duke Endowment, GCCN has grown to include faith communities, human service providers, health educators, state agencies and primary care and specialty care providers.

GCCN director Linda Bonesteel said the Program of Promise award is a tribute to the community’s investment of time and resources to improve access to health care.

“Overcoming barriers to health care is complex and requires the cooperation, coordination and support of public agencies and non-profit groups,” Bonesteel said. “Our partners have worked selflessly to help people qualify for assistance, return to work and obtain essential medications. I am so proud that this award recognizes our communities’ efforts.”

Bruce P. Bailey, CEO and president of Georgetown Hospital System, said the award is particularly meaningful because it recognizes a relatively new program that has made great strides in just three years.  

“In a short amount of time, Georgetown Community Care Network has become an integral part of our hospital system’s efforts to help ensure our area residents have access to the care they need when they need it,” Bailey said. “I heartily congratulate all our GCCN partners on this tremendous achievement.”

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Service Awards in 2010 to honor exemplary hospital-sponsored community programs, share their stories and make them models for other programs. Jackson Healthcare also uses the awards to cultivate a community of charitable hospital programs that want to encourage and learn from one another and establish best practices.

Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in at least one of five areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and/or best practice.