COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s largest health care system is changing how it handles cleaning services, moving nearly 700 environmental services staff under the purview of another company.
Prisma Health will begin working with Compass One Healthcare for its cleaning and medical equipment disinfecting needs at locations in Columbia, Greenville, Sumter and other Upstate locations.
While the workers will no longer be direct employees of Prisma Health, no positions will be eliminated as part of the transition from Prisma Health to Compass One, the hospital system said in a statement.
“Compass One and Prisma Health are collaborating to give all EVS team members an opportunity to become part of the Compass One team if they are interested,” the Prisma statement read.
The partnership begins Sept. 1.
“A partnership with Compass One brings new, innovative ways to enhance this important service, including standardizing tracking and reporting, to elevate the overall quality of care we provide,” said Prisma chief operating officer Clarence Sevillian.
According to filings with the state Department of Employment and Workforce, changes will affect 266 positions in Columbia and 265 positions in Greenville.
Other affected locations include Oconee County, where there are 41 positions; Pickens County, where there are 33; Laurens County, where there are 23; and Sumter, where there are 61.
Prisma Health was formed from the merger of Columbia-based Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System in 2018. The healthcare system has 18 hospitals across South Carolina, with nearly 30,000 employees and $5.7 billion in operating revenue.
Editor’s note: Changes have been made to this story to reflect the impact to Prisma Health employees. While the workers will no longer be direct employees of Prisma Health, no positions will be eliminated as part of the transition from Prisma Health to Compass One.