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Published on May 16, 2014

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System names physician, leader and associate of the year.

SPARTANBURG, SC, May 16, 2014 – Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System named its Physician of the Year, Leader of the Year and Associate of the Year as part of National Hospital Week 2014. The announcements were made at an invitation-only dinner at the Spartanburg Marriott Thursday, May 15. The event also recognized system employees who have reached service milestones from 20 up to 40 years with Spartanburg Regional.

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Physician of the Year is Brian Bell, M.D., a palliative care physician at Spartanburg Medical Center. Dr. Bell is board-certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative care, and has been with SRHS since 2010. In addition to his work in the system’s hospitals, he contributes to the Supportive Care Clinic, the Impact program, Spartanburg Regional Hospice Program and Magnolia Place of Spartanburg. 

In collaboration with Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, Dr. Bell helped develop the Supportive Care Clinic, which offers palliative care within the oncology practice. Last fall, the Association of Community Cancer Centers presented Dr. Bell with its Innovators Award for his work with the clinic. He led the development of the Impact program, designed to help patients transitioning out of the hospital. And in March, he became the medical director for Magnolia Place, an 88-bed skilled nursing facility. He serves on a number of committees at SRHS, and his peers consider him to be a consummate team builder.

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Leader of the Year is Lynn Foster, director of Medical Group of the Carolinas – Hematology Oncology. Foster began her career more than 35 years ago with South Carolina’s first board-certified oncologist, James D. Bearden III, M.D. Soon thereafter, Eric C. Nelson, M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina joined the practice.

Foster joined SRHS in 2008. Under her dedicated guidance as practice manager, the two-physician, six-employee practice known as Spartanburg Hematology Oncology grew into the present eight-physician, 100-employee practice, Medical Group of the Carolinas – Palmetto Hematology Oncology in the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. Foster’s compassion for oncology patients is first and foremost in everything she does. Each decision is made with the patient’s concern and the best science in mind. In addition, she demonstrates a genuine and loving respect for the staff, which is unparalleled.

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Associate of the Year is Robert (Bobby) Steed, a Lean Engineer with the Quality Services Division. Since joining SRHS in 2002, Steed has been actively involved in improving computer workflow and processes throughout the hospital system. Steed is known for consistently basing his decisions on the needs of patients, and for encouraging those around him to place patients above process.

Among the nursing staff at SRHS, Steed is highly regarded as an expert on the qualifications necessary to maintain Magnet Status, the highest possible standard of nursing excellence. He is respected by physicians for improving referral workflows efficiency for doctors in the Medical Group of the Carolinas, and for creating reporting mechanisms that monitored and reinforced physician compliance requirements. His dedication extends to stewardship, as evidenced by his custom-designed, online pledge system and voluntary data analysis on United Way donations for SRHS employees.

Perhaps Steed’s recognition is best summed up by Mary Jane Jennings, RN, BSN, MHSA, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Vice President for System Quality and Perioperative Services.

“It was obvious from Bobby’s initial hire that he had what it took to ‘make a difference.’ He is now a sought-after resource to work on the toughest and most complex opportunities facing SRHS,” Jennings said. “He is respected for his abilities with computers and data analysis, but his greatest strength, in my opinion, is his calm and inclusive demeanor when he assists staff from across the system to make improvements.”

Lynn Foster

Lynn Foster

Bobby Steed

Bobby Steed

Brian Bell

Brian Bell

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