RMC Recognized for Patient Safety Record
RMC has received a South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award.” The award, presented by the S.C. Hospital Association, celebrates the hospital’s excellent work in preventing hospital-acquired infections. RMC received an award for its work to prevent surgical site infection in hip replacement surgery. Pictured with RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge, from left, are members of the S.C. Orthopaedic Institute, a department of the Regional Medical Center: Linda Walters, PA; James Marro, MD, FAAOS; Jerrold Buckaloo, MD, FAAOS; David Ajibade, MD; Tom Dandridge; and Brandi Jones, PA.
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has received a South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award.” The award, presented by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), celebrates the hospital’s excellent work in preventing hospital-acquired infections.
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. The hospital data are independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. RMC received an award for its work to prevent surgical site infection in hip replacement surgery.
According to Rick Foster, MD, senior vice president for quality and patient safety at SCHA, the award is part of the association’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable health care. “Highly reliable” care is defined as dependable, high quality and safe over a long period of time. Other highly reliable industries known for their consistently excellent results include aviation and nuclear power.
“Celebrating milestones, such as zero infections within a given time frame, is a crucial part of our hospitals’ collective journey to highly reliable health care,” said Foster.
“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,” Foster added.
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.