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RMC Receives National Patient Safety Award

5/19/2015



The Regional Medical Center recently received the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades, a leading national online resource for healthcare and healthcare professionals.

The Patient Safety Excellence Award places RMC among the top 10 percent of hospitals among the nation for patient safety and excellent performance. RMC is one of only seven hospitals in South Carolina to receive the prestigious award. Performance scores were distributed based on hospital stay evaluations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Patient safety is one of the top priorities here at RMC,” said Dr. Brian Kendall, chief quality officer. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the excellent patient safety initiatives that we implement on a daily basis.”

According to Healthgrades, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 43.9 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 53.6 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 47.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 43.8 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

"We commend all recipients of the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This achievement reflects an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care and to protecting patients from potentially preventable complications," said Healthgrades Chief Strategy Officer Evan Marks.

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