Tri-County Health Network

Transforming the Health of Bamberg, Calhoun, and Orangeburg Counties.

Tri-County Health Network logoThe Tri-County Health Network (TCHN) and the Regional Medical Center (RMC) have continued to work collaboratively to complete the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This assessment process allows TCHN and RMC to gain an understanding of community facts and perceptions about health and quality of life from a variety of stakeholders as it relates to priority health conditions.

Now that the 2019 CHNA has been completed, we are sharing it with the community and are in the process of designing an Implementation Plan that will incorporate programming to focus on the areas of need that have been identified. The priority issues that were identified for the 2019 CHNA are Access to Healthcare, Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension. Both RMC and TCHN are working to create policies, systems, and environmental change to impact and improve the health outcomes in the Tri-County area.

About TCHN

Picture of Board standing together.Organizationally, TCHN has been designated with a 501(c) 3 nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service, has established a Board of Directors representing a wide diversity of community sectors and stakeholders, and adopted the following mission and vision statements.

  • VISION: Through collaborative partnerships, we educate our community, maximize resources, improve access and create environments to improve health and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • MISSION: All partners will collectively work to promote healthy lifestyles and improve access to health care through individual and systems change in the hospital, other health care providers, schools, churches, worksites, governmental, and other local organizations and the general communities within the three counties.

TCHN has adopted the following long-term goals:

  • To decrease complications that result from diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • To increase the percentage of adults and children participating in physical activity.
  • To increase the percentage of adults and children who eat fruits and vegetables daily.
  • To decrease the rate of obesity.
  • To sustain a community-wide partnership that focuses on healthy lifestyles.

Currently, there are three committees dedicated to accomplishing these goals: Health Ministry, Chronic Disease, and Healthy Eating/Active Living. The success of these committees has been, in large part, due to the involvement of members of the Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun county communities.

Tri-County Health Network Board Members

  • Verlie Tisdale, PhD
    Claflin University
  • Brenda Hughes
    S.C. Department of Health &
    Environmental Control
    Vice Chair
  • Jim Johnson
    SC State University
  • Jennifer Ballew
    Orangeburg County YMCA
  • Virginia Berry-White
    Low Country Family Solutions
  • Phillip Ford
    Eat Smart Move More
    South Carolina
  • Cindy Goodroe, RN
    Free Medical Clinic
  • Doris Haigler
    Family Health Centers, Inc.
  • Menia Lee
    Voorhees College
  • Gloria McCutchen, PhD
    Claflin University
  • Linda Payne, PhD
    Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Liza Porterfield
    The Regional Medical Center
  • Kathy Rhoad
    Palmetto Care Connections
  • Sandra Stephens, MD
    Family Health Centers, Inc.
  • Louis Whitesides, PhD
    SC State University/1890 Research & Extension
  • Loretta Green
    Ex officio
  • Barbara Grice
    Ex officio