SC Governor Nikki Haley congratulates SCHA leaders

Association leaders receive award for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has shared her congratulations with leaders of the South Carolina Hospital Association for the strides the association and its member hospitals  are making to improve patient safety and quality of care throughout the state. The Governor’s announcement was made following the news that SCHA would receive the American Hospital Association’s Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award.

“I am excited to learn that the efforts of the Hospital Association and hospitals across this state are being recognized at the national level. I am especially proud to hold up the South Carolina private/public partnership that includes the state’s hospitals as an example of how state leaders from health care, government and business, as well as consumers of health care, can work together to fix what is wrong with our the system. This is what health care reform should look like, and South Carolina is definitely a leader,” Haley said.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized at this level for the work of our association and our member hospitals. However, we truly do share this recognition with all of our partners who continue to work closely with us to make sure that South Carolinians are getting the best care we can provide. And we appreciate the support of Governor Nikki Haley and members of her cabinet, who continue to serve as crucial members of our coalition,” according to SCHA President Thornton Kirby.

SCHA partners with nearly 40 other organizations, including state agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control in a state-wide effort known as “Every Patient Counts.”  The mission of the partnership is to identify new ways to improve patient safety and quality of care delivered in the state and to spread those best practices to all providers.

“We’ve been on an amazing journey in South Carolina which has proven that collaboration among all interested parties is the way to achieve real solutions to the problems that plague our health care system,” said Rick Foster, MD, senior vice president for quality and patient safety at SCHA.

South Carolina has also been recognized by the federal government as one of the top five states for improvement in its health care. And last year, noted surgeon, author and teacher Atul Gawande, MD, of Harvard Medical School recruited South Carolina to serve as the model for a nation-wide effort to improve the safety of surgery through use of a surgical checklist.