Workplace Safety Pays Off for the Regional Medical Center and Edisto Regional Health Services


Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) recently presented a check for $147,515 to RMC leaders for efficiently managing workplace safety claims. RMC participates in the workers’ compensation program that PHT administers. Pictured, from left, RMC Board of Trustees Chairman Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg; The Risk Authority Vice President of Risk Management Wendy Stephenson; RMC Employee Health Nurse Ida Crosby, RN; The Risk Authority Associate Vice President of Claims Lynfield Tolar; and RMC President & CEO Charles Williams, FACHE.  
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) and Edisto Regional Health Services’ (ERHS) success in keeping its employees safe from workplace accidents was rewarded recently with checks totaling $147,515 from Palmetto Hospital Trust, the workers’ compensation self-insurance pool in which it participates.

“RMC, Edisto Regional Health Services, and other Palmetto Hospital Trust members have benefited from effective loss prevention strategies,” notes Larry W. Gray, AIC, chief claims & risk management officer at The Risk Authority Stanford Global Service Center (TRA GSC) in Columbia. “These include an emphasis on preventing lifting injuries, and widespread implementation of transitional duty programs. PHT members are also diligent about reporting claims promptly,” he adds.

TRA GSC administers the workers’ compensation program for RMC, Edisto Regional Health Services, and other South Carolina hospitals and healthcare organizations participating in Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT).

PHT and its members are known for their emphasis on preventing lifting injuries, trips and falls, injuries from sharp objects, and for helping injured workers return to work as soon as their condition permits. All of these loss-prevention techniques have been instrumental in helping PHT members earn refunds for their contribution to the group self-insurance program’s success.

About Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT)

Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) was founded in 1977 by South Carolina healthcare executives as a group workers’ compensation self-insurance pool. The Trust’s focus on worker safety, coupled with specialized risk management services, emphasis on prompt claims reporting, and superior claims administration, ensures that its members have the best possible solution for their workers’ compensation needs. Trust members include hospitals, continuing care retirement centers, organizations dealing with special needs individuals, and other healthcare organizations.

About TRA Stanford

TRA Stanford is a healthcare risk management consulting firm dedicated to transforming its clients’ risk management practices with cutting-edge solutions, unrivaled expertise and quantifiable results. TRA Stanford’s origins are rooted within the Stanford University Medical Network, and it continues to provide all risk management services to the institution and its two captive insurance companies. TRA Stanford is an industry leader in the development and implementation of solutions across all dimensions of risk management, including clinical risk management and patient safety, enterprise risk management, risk financing, claims and litigation and workplace safety. For more information, visit

About the Regional Medical Center

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, 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).

About Edisto Regional Health Services

Edisto Regional Health Services was formed in 1997 as a not-for-profit healthcare corporation whose mission is to support primary care services for patients in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas. ERHS provides practice management expertise for several local medical practices. Affiliated with the Regional Medical Center, Edisto Regional Health Services currently owns and manages primary care practices in Orangeburg, St. Matthews, North, Holly Hill, Branchville, Bamberg and Denmark.


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