SCHA announces launch of Certified Zero Harm Awards

Learn more about award to recognize member hospitals' exemplary efforts in patient safety, specifically the elimination of preventable hospital-acquired infections during a set time frame.

SCHA is pleased to announce a statewide Certified Zero Harm Award program that will recognize member hospitals’ exemplary efforts in patient safety, specifically the elimination of preventable hospital-acquired infections during a set time frame.

The program was created to publicly celebrate each facility that achieves zero incidents of harm, encourage transparency in the hospital community and to inspire all member hospitals to strive toward highly reliable health care for every patient, every time.

Hospitals across the state are improving their processes, systems and structures along the journey to high reliability – patient care that is consistently safe and consistently high quality.

To receive a Certified Zero Harm Award, hospitals must submit an application through SCHA specifying the specific area and time frame of zero preventable harm.

Please click here to download the application. Click here to view the awards timeline.

SCHA will then send the information to a health care-associated infections epidemiologist employed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to independently validate the hospital’s infection rate during the time frame indicated.

Certified Zero Harm Awards are given out twice each year (spring and fall) during SCHA annual statewide meetings.

Questions? Contact Lorri Gibbons at lgibbons@scha.org.