TAP: The Three-Legged Stool of Hospital Leadership

South Carolina hospital Trustees, Administrators and Physicians (TAP) recently gathered in Hilton Head Island to discuss the major issues facing hospitals and healthcare today. The annual TAP Conference is often referred to as bringing together the “three-legged stool” of hospital leadership because it allows the three major influencers in a health system to enact real change by working together on common goals.

This year’s meeting touched on a range of healthcare topics and zeroed-in on issues that are currently trending among providers statewide and across the nation: population health, quality and safety, healthcare reform, and clinician burnout.

Perhaps no conversation was more sobering than the one around clinician burnout, which pointed out that approximately 300 physicians commit suicide every year due to the distinct stresses and pressures of their jobs. That’s enough doctors to fill an entire medical class, and enough to impact 1 million Americans who lose their physician to suicide every year. It’s an issue that the healthcare community must understand in order to improve the quality of life for the clinicians that often put the lives of their patients before their own.

Robust discussions were also held around healthcare reform and the emerging role of hospitals and health systems to keep patients out of their facilities with increased quality and safety efforts and a focus on population health. Tyler Norris, VP of Total Health Partnerships for Kaiser Permanente, shared his organizational vision for population health, encouraging providers to invest in their local communities and serve as a community anchor by leveraging all available assets to increase the impact on social, economic, and environmental drivers of population health. He challenged the state’s healthcare providers to think beyond the walls of their facilities to directly address the needs of their communities.

Though population health may be the future of healthcare, South Carolina’s hospitals remain focused on developing and sustaining highly reliable systems that aim to improve care delivery across the state. To recognize those hospitals that are implementing evidence-based practices and participating in initiatives that are positively impacting the safety and quality of care in their facilities, SCHA recognized 37 hospitals with 110 “Zero Harm” awards at this year’s TAP Conference.

Launched in 2013, the Zero Harm Awards recognize hospitals that experience no preventable hospital-acquired infections, like bloodstream and post-surgery infections, over an extended period of time. Out of the 37 hospitals recognized at TAP this year, 12 achieved Zero Harm in one or more categories for 42 months. That’s three-and-a-half years without a preventable infection, and a strong example of the type of progress that can be made when you bring together the three-legged stool of hospital leadership.


To learn more about the hospitals recognized for achieving “Zero Harm” in their communities, click here.