Georgetown community awardees: Melanie Ausherman, Mary Gruenwald, Deb Collins and Monica Grey

SC hospitals recognized for exceptional care transitions work

Fifty two hospitals received awards for reducing readmissions by at least 20%.
Georgetown community awardees: Melanie Ausherman, Mary Gruenwald, Deb Collins and Monica Grey

Nearly 200 South Carolina hospital providers, payers, home health workers, hospice and trade association representatives gathered in Columbia for the SC PART (Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together) statewide meeting on July 18.

Attendees offered each other support and shared their ideas and experiences related to improving transitions of care.

According to keynote speaker Andrew Miller, MD, MPH, “improving care coordination requires work, but the work is doable and extremely important.” He noted that South Carolina is improving more than many other states. Overall, South Carolina has lowered readmissions by 15 percent, ranking ninth out of 53 U.S. states and territories in the rate of improvement.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals that have excessive readmission rates (defined as above the national average) will be penalized up to two percent of their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reimbursement. Starting in October 2014 the maximum penalty will increase to three percent.

“The three most important things in care transitions are communication, communication and communication," said Miller. “Electronic records are becoming more available but not everyone has them. We still need to talk to each other.”

PART lead and SC Partnership for Health Care Transition Improvement Advisor Laura Cole, RN, MSN emphasized hospital providers' willingness to reach out to staff in other facilities and work together to solve common issues impacting readmissions. 

"Every day I am amazed by the energy, dedication and innovative ideas put forth by the communities we serve," said Cole.

"We have decreased preventable readmissions, but more importantly we have provided a better quality of care for South Carolina patients. The work done by these amazing teams will continue to improve transitions of care in our state, which we hope will become a model for best practices." 

At the conclusion of the statewide meeting 12 SC areas (which can include local hospitals along with skilled nursing facilities, home health providers and offices on aging) received awards for creating care transitions "communities" committed to developing regional goals and monitoring the group's collective progress.

In addition, 52 hospitals participating in the PART program were honored for successfully reducing readmissions by at least 20 percent within the last two years. Award certificates were given for one or more specific diagnoses and/or all cause readmissions.

Click here to view photos of hospital representatives accepting their certificates.

2014 PART Award Recipients

Communities

Aiken Regional Medical Center
Baptist Easley Hospital
Chesterfield General Hospital
Fairfield Memorial Hospital
KershawHealth
Marlboro Park Hospital
Mary Black Memorial Hospital
Palmetto Health Baptist
Palmetto Health Richland
Regional Medical Center
Tuomey Healthcare System
Wallace Thomson Hospital

Hospitals

Abbeville Area Medical Center • Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure, All Cause

Aiken Regional Medical Center • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Beaufort County Memorial Hospital • Pneumonia

Bons Secours-St. Francis Xavier Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cannon Memorial Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, All Cause

Carolinas Hospital System • Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure

Carolinas Hospital System Marion • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Chesterfield General Hospital • Heart Failure

Clarendon Memorial Hospital • Pneumonia

Coastal Carolina Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, All Cause

Conway Medical Center • Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure

Edgefield Memorial Hospital • Pneumonia

Fairfield Memorial Hospital • All Cause

Georgetown Memorial Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure

GHS Greenville Memorial Medical Center • Acute Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

GHS Greer Memorial Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, All Cause

GHS Hillcrest Memorial Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, All Cause

GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital • Heart Failure

Hampton Regional Medical Center • Heart Failure

KershawHealth • CHeart Failure

Lake City Community Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, All Cause

Lexington Medical Center • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Mary Black Memorial Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure

McLeod Medical Center, Darlington • Pneumonia

McLeod Medical Center, Dillon • Acute Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure

McLeod Regional Medical Center - P Dee • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Mount Pleasant Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure

MUSC Medical Center • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Newberry County Memorial Hospital • Pneumonia

Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Oconee Medical Center • Acute Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 

Piedmont Medical Center • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Regional Medical Center • Heart Failure, Pneumonia

Roper Hospital • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Self Regional Healthcare • Heart Failure

Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals • Acute Myocardial Infarction

Southern Palmetto Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Failure

Springs Memorial Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

St. Francis - Downtown • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Trident Medical Center • Pneumonia

Tuomey Healthcare System • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Village Hospital • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Waccamaw Community Hospital • Acute Myocardial Infarction, Pneumonia, Heart Failure

Wallace Thomson Hospital • Pneumonia