RMC Wins Safety and Transitional Duty Awards


  The Regional Medical Center received Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) awards at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon held recently. From left are Brenda Williams, RMC Vice President, Strategy & Compliance; Glenda Shuler, RMC Director, Clinical Risk Management/Patient Safety/Environment of Care; Paula Crider, RMC Employee Health Nurse; Thelma Williams, RMC Safety Officer; Hope Gates, RMC Patient Safe Handling Program Facility Champion; and Howard Harris, RMC Vice President, Human Resources.
The Regional Medical Center was one of 10 South Carolina healthcare organizations recognized as winners of a Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Safety Award, and one of seven winners of a PHT Transitional Duty Award at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon held recently. Healthcare professionals from around the state attended the conference, which is a day-long event 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.

Safety Awards are presented annually to Palmetto Hospital Trust members with the lowest loss ratios in each of seven peer groups. PHT Transitional Duty Awards recognize members with the best/highest ratio of transitional duty to lost work days, a measure of the effectiveness of the hospital’s return to work program. The Regional Medical Center was the winner of both awards in the category of hospitals with 201-500 beds.

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 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 1,200 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, an Occupational Medicine practice, 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, S.C. and Bamberg, S.C. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography and other screenings throughout the region. 

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