Certified Zero Harm Awards honors hospitals infection prevention

The SCHA presented 23 hospitals with South Carolina Certified Zero Harm Award.

The SCHA presented 23 hospitals statewide with South Carolina Certified Zero Harm Award certificates during the annual SCMA/SCHA TAP (Trustees, Administrators and Physicians) Conference, Semptember 18-19. 

The awards celebrate member hospitals’ efforts to improve the patient experience, increase the quality of care and reduce costs in their facilities by preventing bloodstream and surgical site infections during a set timeframe. 

 “It is thrilling to see a growing number of SC hospitals achieving zero patient harm in the prevention of hospital-acquired infections,” said Rick Foster, MD, Senior Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety at SCHA. “This achievement by hospitals across our state provides strong evidence that our collective journey to high reliability is making care safer and better for every patient. I commend all the hospitals and their patient care teams that have achieved this high level of patient safety during the first year of our Certified Zero Harm Awards recognition program.” 

The first Zero Harm award certificates were presented this spring during the SC Transforming Health Symposium.  In 2014, a total of 30 hospitals earned 70 separate awards. Beginning in 2015, the awards will be given out once per year in the fall. The following awards were presented at this year's TAP conference:

Abbeville Area Medical Center

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

AnMed Health

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; CVICU
  • Surgical site infection hip; 18 months

Baptist Easley Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Downtown

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; CCU

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Eastside

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; CCU

Cannon Memorial Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU

Carolinas Hospital System Florence

  • Surgical site infection knee; 18 months

Carolinas Hospital System Marion

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Coastal Carolina Hospitals

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 18 months
  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Clarendon Health System

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

Greer Memorial

  • Bloodstream infection; 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months
  • Surgical site infection hip; 12 months

Hillcrest Memorial

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

Hilton Head Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection: 18 months; ICU
  • Surgical site infection knee; 12 months

KershawHealth

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

McLeod Medical Center Dillon

  • Bloodstream infection: 18 months; ICU

MUSC Medical Center

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; Pediatric Hematology Oncology

North Greenville Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection: 18 months; ICU

Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center

  • Bloodstream infection: 18 months; ICU

Pelham Medical Center

  • Surgical site infection knee; 18 months

Piedmont Medical Center

  • Bloodstream infection: 18 months; CVICU
  • Surgical site infection hip; 18 months

The Regional Medical Center

  • Surgical site infection hip; 18 months

Roper Hospital

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; Renal Dialysis
  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; CVICU

Self Regional Healthcare

  • Bloodstream infection: 12 months; CICU
  • Surgical site infection hip; 18 months

Springs Memorial Hospital

  • Surgical site infection knee; 18 months