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RMC and ERHS Win PHT Awards for Workplace Safety

10/28/2013



The Regional Medical Center and Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc. (ERHS) received Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Awards at the 11th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon held recently. From left are Hope Gates, RMC Patient Safe Handling Program Facility Champion; Lynfield Tolar, PHTS Assistant Vice President, Claims; Milan Powell, RMC Employee Health Nurse; Glenda Shuler, RMC Director, Clinical Risk Management/Patient Safety/Environment of Care; Larry Gray, PHTS Executive Vice President, Claims & Risk Management; Brenda Williams, RMC Vice President, Strategy & Compliance; Howard Harris, RMC Vice President, Human Resources; and Wendy Stephenson, PHTS Vice President, Risk Management.

The Regional Medical Center and Edisto Regional Health Services, Inc. (ERHS) received Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Awards at the 11th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon held recently. Healthcare professionals from around the state attended the day-long conference, conducted by PHT Services, Ltd. (PHTS), a Columbia-based healthcare risk management services company. PHTS administers PHT, the workers’ compensation group self-insurance pool in which the Regional Medical Center and other South Carolina hospitals and health systems participate.

RMC was recognized as one of nine winners of a PHT Safety Award and one of seven winners of a PHT Transitional Duty Award. Safety Awards are presented annually to Palmetto Hospital Trust members with the lowest loss ratios in each of seven peer groups, and PHT Transitional Duty Awards recognize members with the highest ratio of transitional duty to lost work days, a measure of the effectiveness of the hospital’s return to work program. RMC was the winner of both awards in the category of hospitals with 201-500 beds.

ERHS was one of nine South Carolina healthcare organizations recognized as winners of a PHT Safety Award and was one of three winners in the category of Other Facilities.

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.

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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 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..

About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC)

The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed acute-care facility, employing more than 1,400 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and has Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. RMC offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging.

The Regional Medical Center also operates nine Primary Care practices, three Cardiology practices, an Orthopaedics practice, two Surgery practices, an Internal Medicine practice, an Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology practice, and an Obstetrics/Gynecology practice, as well as after-hours Urgent Care with physician, lab and X-Ray in Santee and Bamberg. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography and other screenings throughout the region.

About Edisto Regional Health Services (ERHS)

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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