RMC Listed as Award-Winning Hospital in U.S. News and World Report


The Regional Medical Center (RMC) was recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) for excellence in Heart Failure, Stroke and Resuscitation in U.S. News & World Report’s national listing of award-winning hospitals, “The Hospital Around the Corner.”

“RMC is dedicated to quality patient care and positive patient outcomes. These awards reflect that dedication, and the community can be proud that RMC has received national recognition from both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association,” said Interim RMC President & CEO Bert Whitaker.

Each year, the AHA/ASA recognizes participating hospitals that demonstrate high commitment to following guidelines shown to improve patient outcomes. In 2017, RMC received the Heart Failure GOLD PLUS Achievement Award, the Stroke GOLD PLUS Achievement Award, and the Resuscitation SILVER Achievement Award. RMC also received the Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite designations.

Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. According to the AHA, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030.

RMC earned the GOLD PLUS recognition by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, and are scheduled for follow-up appointments. 2017 marks the fifth consecutive year that RMC has received the Heart Failure GOLD PLUS Achievement Award.

RMC also received the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the possibility of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition. RMC has received this designation for four consecutive years.

In addition to the heart failure award, RMC also received recognition from the ASA for stroke care for a fifth year. The Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher of all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement standards for two or more consecutive 12-month periods, and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to earn the GOLD PLUS recognition.

The RMC stroke care program also qualified for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for the second year in a row. To earn this designation, RMC met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA can significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

RMC received a new award for 2017, the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Silver Award, for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

“This program helps us save lives by using evidence-based guidelines for inpatient CPR, and allows us to track and measure our continuous quality improvement in resuscitation,” said Indun Whetsell, RN, director of Quality Management and Medical Staff Services at RMC.
More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the AHA. The Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

RMC received the resuscitation award for meeting specific measures in treating adult patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests. To receive this award a hospital must comply with the quality measures for one year. 

About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission with Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification and a Level III Trauma Center designation, as well as 22 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC is affiliated with MUSC Health, the most nationally recognized and comprehensive academic teaching facility in South Carolina, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.

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