|RMC Rewarded for Workplace Safety |
|Making the workplace safe for employees paid off handsomely for the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties recently when it received a check for $229,852 from Palmetto Hospital Trust, the workers’ compensation self-insurance pool in which it participates. Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc. (ERHS), an affiliate of RMC, also was recognized for workplace safety and received a check for $5,400.|
“The Regional Medical Center, Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc., and other Palmetto Hospital Trust members are reaping the rewards of effective loss prevention strategies,” notes Larry W. Gray, AIC, executive vice president, claims & risk management at PHT Services, Ltd. (PHTS) in Columbia. “These include embracing the Trust’s emphasis on preventing lifting injuries and widespread implementation of transitional duty programs. PHT members are also diligent about reporting claims promptly,” he adds. PHTS administers the workers’ compensation program for the Regional Medical Center, Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc., and the other South Carolina hospitals and health systems 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.
Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) was founded in 1977 by South Carolina healthcare executives as a group workers’ compensation self-insurance pool. The Trust members include hospitals, continuing care retirement centers, organizations dealing with special needs individuals, and other healthcare organizations. PHT is a leading provider of workers’ compensation coverage to the state’s healthcare industry. Workers’ compensation services are provided to PHT members under a contract with PHT Services, Ltd., and through business alliances with other best practices companies.
RMC rewarded for workplace safety … The Regional Medical Center was recently recognized for its success in preventing workplace injuries and received a refund check for $229,852 from the administrator of its workers’ compensation program. From left are Glenda Shuler, RMC safety officer; Diane Ferrier, RMC employee health nurse; Larry Gray, executive vice president, claims & risk management at PHT Services, Ltd. in Columbia; Howard Harris, RMC vice president of human resources; and Brenda Williams, RMC vice president of compliance.