Tuesday Jul 26, 2022

Malcolm Isley Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Prisma Health

Tom Robertson, Executive Director of the Vizient Research Institute is joined by Malcolm Isley, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Prisma Health, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. Malcolm describes the unique challenges of delivering health care to rural populations and of striking a balance between local access and the need to consolidate higher acuity services, before he and Tom discuss the transition from large community system to newly-developed academic partnerships.


Guest speaker:
Malcolm Isley, MHA
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer
Prisma Health


Tom Robertson
Executive Director
Vizient Research Institute


Show Notes:

[01:09] A third of South Carolina’s 5.2 million population lives in rural areas and making health care accessible and affordable is a challenge, given the disparities in social determinants of health. 

[03:32] Prisma Health covers half of the state’s population. Prisma also partners with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) for clinically integrated networks and other activities.

[06:05] Accountable Communities Programs

[07:25] Virtual care

[09:58] Prisma Health has developed local systems of care, with each region aligning services to provide the highest value to the patients.

[11:05] Prisma has intentionally been moving more care from the tertiary and quaternary hospital to the community hospital, with the goal to keep care close to an individual’s home and make care more affordable.

[12:40] In the community hospital setting, Prisma is working on ambulatory care.

[12:54] “Center of excellence” doesn’t have to be at a physical location. It’s a commitment to certain cost, quality, patient engagement and outcomes, not a location.

[18:20] Prisma is not owned by a university, but they have a lot of very productive university partnerships to improve community health.

[19:05] 8,000 students filter through Prisma every year, supporting workforce development activities in medical, nursing, pharmacy, social work and technical education.

[21:14] Prisma Health receives 200 – 300 requests a day for mental health services.

[25:13] Examples of non-traditional partnerships.


Links | Resources:

Malcolm Isley's biographical information


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