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Founded in 1906 as the Anderson County Hospital Association, AnMed Health is the largest independent not-for-profit health system in South Carolina, with a staff of over 400 physicians and 3600 employees.
AnMed offers an innovative in-house chaplaincy program along with spiritual support geared towards “soul care”. These services include family conferences with patients and physicians, emotional and spiritual consultation, and guidance in completing advance directives.
Advance care planning is critically important to delivering person-centered care. Recognizing that these conversations are difficult to have in acute care settings, AnMed moved them into physician practices. Four full-time chaplains, all Respecting Choices (RC) trained, are available to patients throughout the health system to discuss care preferences and help complete advance directives. “Because we represent a spiritual framework, patients seem to be more open to having these conversations,” said Mike Johnston, Director of Spiritual Care at AnMed Health. These appointments are billed under CMS’ advance care planning (ACP) codes. In the two years since the program’s launch, AnMed has conducted over 1200 advance care planning conversations.
AnMed’s ACP initiative is also partnering with local constituents to enhance community impact on conversations. AnMed hopes to take their push for improved care coordination further with the AnMed Family Residency program, which: facilitates conversations while training residents in the importance of having ACP discussions; offers RC training through local nursing homes, hospices and faith communities to ensure that underserved populations have the resources they need to adequately plan for their care; and supports a statewide initiative to promote ACP and develop an online registry for Advanced Directives and Physician’s Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST).
Learn more about AnMed Health here.