Call for 2018 Zero Harm Applications

SCHA is accepting applications for our 2018 Certified Zero Harm Awards through July 9

Developing and sustaining healthcare systems that are safe and highly reliable is at the forefront as we journey to improve our delivery of patient care across South Carolina.

Over the last decade, South Carolina hospitals have fully embraced this new approach towards improving quality of care and are now a national model for how to implement high reliability programs ,and since 2013 we’ve recognized these efforts through our Certified Zero Harm Awards program. The goal of this program is to publicly recognize the progress South Carolina hospitals have made in targeting and eliminating areas of harm, like bloodstream and post-surgery infections through the kind of system and procedural improvement fostered by a culture of learning and accountability. Thanks to those improvements, hospital units across the state are boasting 12, 18, 24 and even as much as 45 months of harm-free stretches, successes which are validated by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

After four years of dedicated effort, 43 hospitals—two-thirds of our members—have now won at least one Zero Harm Award. We presented roughly 75 awards each of the first two years. In the third year, the number of award winners jumped by almost 50%, to a total of 110. In 2017, that number climbed to 119. That makes for 377 Zero Harm Awards in the first four years of the program.

The application window for 2018 Awards is open now through Monday, July 9, 2018. Hospital units can apply for validation of 12, 18, 24, 36, 42, 48, 54 or 58 month certifications (some categories are more limited) that acknowledge they have been harm-free in one of seven categories, including two new ones this year: 

•           central line-associated bloodstream infections 
•           surgical site infections (SSIs) during abdominal hysterectomies  
•           SSIs during colon surgeries
•           SSIs during hip replacement surgeries
•           SSIs during knee replacement surgeries
•           Hospital onset C. diff (New)
•           Hospital onset MRSA (New)

Hospitals apply for each award individually via our application portal, and their success reports are then validated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. There will be an awards presentation at our annual Trustee, Administrator, and Physician (TAP) Conference in Hilton Head on September 20-21, 2018.

It is with great pleasure and pride that SCHA can publicly recognize our work and celebrate the success of our hospitals. We look forward to receiving this year's applications and the celebration to come. If you have further questions, please contact Karen Reynolds at or 803.744.3525.