Tri-County Health Network
Transforming the Health of Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties.
The Tri-County Health Network (TCHN) and the Regional Medical Center (RMC) have continued to worked in conjunction 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.
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.