Prisma Health announced a $1 million investment to fund the Prisma Health Welcome Center in Unity Park.
With this investment, Prisma Health aims to “amplify its mission and deepen its impact by supporting organizations and initiatives that make a difference,” according to a press release from the Hughes agency.
“The many partnerships we are fortunate to have in our communities help fuel our purpose to inspire health, serve with compassion, and make a difference,” said Mark O’Halla, President and CEO of Prisma Health. . “Unity Park unites our community, fostering a sense of place and honoring the rich history of the surrounding neighborhoods and the people who live there.
The 60-acre Unity Park is a public-private project on the west side of Greenville, an effort to “connect historic downtown neighborhoods” after decades of divestment and segregation.
The park includes green spaces, playgrounds, pedestrian bridges, walking paths and the Visitor Center as well as the protection and enhancement of the Reedy River and the restoration of historic Mayberry Park.
The design of the park follows more than a decade of community engagement, including encounters with surrounding neighborhoods, most of which are historically minority communities.
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Prisma Health is the latest donor to join the Michelin Corporate Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Greenville Water, Auro Hotels, Craig and Vicki Brown, Donovan Family, Spinks Family Foundation, TD SYNNEX Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Verizon , the Greenville Community Foundation and Greenville Women Giving by publicly announcing funding and partnerships in Unity Park.
More than $12 million in private funds has been raised for construction of the first phase of the park, which is expected to open in late spring 2022, officials say.
“Greenville has been blessed over the past hundred years with a robust and transformative healthcare system,” said Mayor Knox White. “Not only that, but Prisma Health carries a legacy of caring deeply about the community, far beyond the clinical care it provides within its walls. Their investment in Unity Park will continue to touch lives for generations to come, and we are truly grateful.
The 10,000 square foot Prisma Health Visitor Center sits right in the center of Unity Park, nestled between the Reedy River and the park’s playgrounds. Visitors can relax outside on a wrap-around porch and take in views of the Reedy River and the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs alongside it.
The Prisma Health Visitor Center will include a self-service first aid station, a lactation room and space for community events and educational programs. Prisma Health also looks forward to hosting educational health programs, according to Wednesday’s press release.
Prisma Health is a nonprofit health care company and South Carolina’s largest health care system. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 acute and specialty hospitals, 2,947 beds, and more than 300 outpatient sites with nearly 2,000 physicians, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients each year in its 21-county market area that covers 50% of South Carolina, according to the press release.
Macon Atkinson is the city watch reporter for The Greenville News. She is fueled by long runs and strong coffee. Follow her on Twitter @maconatkinson.