The Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, ranks South Carolina in the top quartile of all US states on established core quality measures; number of readmissions; infection rates; patient satisfaction; and mortality rates.
This is exciting news, and the credit goes to every hospital in the state that has focused on improving its quality of care in recent years. Credit also goes to four individuals who have worked tirelessly to drive our statewide performance. First is Jim O’Loughlin, who served as SCHA’s Board Chairman in 2011. In the midst of numerous legislative and financial challenges, Jim maintained our Association’s focus on the need to improve our clinical and operational performance. Next are Bruce Bailey of Georgetown Hospital System and Donna Isgett of McLeod Health. Bruce and Donna have co-chaired our Reengineering Steering Committee, giving countless hours and boundless energy to bring the statewide initiative to life. And finally, Dr. Rick Foster of SCHA, who has been a 24/7 strategist and cheerleader for transformation of health care in our state.
In addition to these four individuals, there are many others without whose efforts and leadership our state would never have made such progress. Thanks to all who have made quality improvement their mission over the past five years.