South Carolina Hospitals Recognized with Zero Harm Awards

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) recently announced 19 member hospitals that received the South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award” to recognize excellent performance in patient safety at the 7th Annual South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium in Columbia.

The Certified Zero Harm Awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. The data is then independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The awards are presented at statewide SCHA meetings twice each year.

“We feel that publicly celebrating hospitals that have reached the milestone of zero infections within a given time frame is a crucial part of our collective journey to highly reliable health care,” said Rick Foster, MD, senior vice president for Quality and Patient Safety of the SCHA.

“Zero patient harm can be accomplished only through purposeful, ongoing collaborative work among physicians, clinical and support staff. The [hospital name] team has effectively demonstrated their strong shared commitment to patient safety.”

The award is part of the association’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable health care – meaning patient care that is dependable, high quality and safe over a long period of time, similar to the consistent results achieved by other high-consequence industries such as aviation and nuclear power.

“We are very proud of the exemplary performance in quality improvement of the hospitals in our state”, said Thornton Kirby, president and CEO, South Carolina Hospital Association. “We hope their success will serve as an inspiration to all South Carolina hospitals striving to provide measurably safer care for every patient, every time.”

The hospitals recognized are:

Abbeville Area Medical Center

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 18 months
  • Surgical site infection hip; 18 months

AnMed Health

  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months; ICU

Beaufort Memorial Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 12 months; ICU and PCU

Cannon Memorial Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 12 months; ICU

Carolinas Hospital System

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; SICU

Coastal Carolina Hospitals

  • Bloodstream infection; 12 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months

GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 18 months; ICU

Greenville Memorial Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 12 months; Neuro/Trauma ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months

Greer Memorial

  • Bloodstream infection; 12 months; ICU

Hillcrest Memorial

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; ICU

Hilton Head Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months

McLeod Medical Center Dillon

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Mount Pleasant Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection: 18 months; ICU

MUSC Medical Center

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; Unit 7B

Piedmont Medical Center

  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Self Regional Healthcare

  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Springs Memorial Hospital

  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months
  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Waccamaw Community Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 12 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months
  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Williamsburg Regional Hospital

  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months

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