The Regional Medical Center Recognized for Patient Safety Record
RMC’s Orthopaedics, Gynecology, and Intensive Care Unit teams were recently recognized with “Zero Harm Awards” for excellence in preventing hospital-acquired infections from the South Carolina Hospital Association. Pictured, from left: Shakisha Redmond, PA; Thomas Key, MD; Scott Bates, MSW, BSN, RN; Interim Vice President of Patient & Family Services and Chief Nursing Officer Mickey Whisenhunt, MSN, BSN, RN; Lucius Craig, MD; Stephanie Crider, MSN, RNC-OB; Mark Thomas; Wanda Summers, MS/IT; Daniel Kearse; Tonya Pratt, RN; Brad Holmes, MSN, RN; Melissa Summers, RN; Christi Nettles, RN; Indun Patrick, RN; Michele Davis, RN CPUI; RMC President & CEO Charles Williams.
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently earned three South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Awards” from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) in recognition of the facility’s excellent work in preventing hospital-acquired infections.
RMC received the awards for achieving 30 months with zero central line-associated bloodstream infections, 24 months with zero knee replacement surgical site infections, and 12 months with zero abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections.
Since 2014, SCHA has given out Zero Harm Awards to acknowledge hospitals that are on the forefront of preventing medical errors, which by some estimates is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with an economic impact that could reach 1 trillion dollars annually. Thanks to a collaboration with The Duke Endowment and The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health, SCHA and South Carolina hospitals have taken part in a statewide effort to create a culture of high reliability and reduce harm in our facilities by implementing robust, evidence-based practices that are making a positive impact on patients and the safety and quality of care.
To earn a Certified Zero Harm Award, hospitals must experience no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature over an extended period of time. All hospital data used for the awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and recognizes the exceptional achievement the hospital or hospital unit has made to the safety and quality of care within their facilities.
“At RMC, patient safety is paramount in everything we do. I am proud of the recognition our staff and physicians have received for their efforts to ensure our patients have positive outcomes,” said Charles Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Medical Center. “The awards are a reflection of our staff’s hard work and commitment to providing safe, quality care for our community.”
According to Lorri Gibbons, Vice President for Quality and Safety at SCHA, the awards are all part of the Association’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable healthcare. “Highly reliable” care is defined as dependable, high quality and safe care over a long period of time, something which is key to eliminating medical errors in hospitals.
“Celebrating milestones, such as zero infections within a given time frame, is a crucial part of our hospitals’ collective journey to highly reliable healthcare,” said Gibbons. “Zero patient harm is possible only if physicians, clinical and support staff members work together. We’re very proud of the Regional Medical Center’s team members for their strong and shared commitment to patient safety. They are an inspiration to all hospitals across the state striving to provide measurably safe care for every patient.”
About the Regional Medical Center
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital certified by The Joint Commission, and 22 primary care and specialty care practices. It is also certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). RMC is clinically affiliated with MUSC Health, South Carolina’s most nationally recognized and comprehensive academic medical center, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.
About the South Carolina Hospital Association
Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and healthcare systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state’s hospitals and healthcare systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide. Learn more about SCHA at www.scha.org.