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RMC Enrolls in National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

09/2015
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) joined the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). Named “Best in the Nation” for surgical quality by the Institute of Medicine, ACS NSQIP is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program used to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in hospitals. For more, click here.

RMC Receives Care Transitions Award

09/2015
RMC received a Care Transitions award at the Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative statewide meeting in August 2015 for reducing readmissions among Medicare patients with heart failure. RMC received this award for reducing readmission rates of patients with heart failure by 20 percent or more. This was the second consecutive year RMC received recognition from PART for exceptional results. For more, click here.

RMC Healthy Living Center Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

09/2015
The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to RMC's Healthy Living Center program. The American Diabetes Association believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

RMC Receives Gold Apple and Gold Star Awards for Implementing a Healthy Food Environment and a Tobacco-Free Worksite

08/2015
RMC was recognized by the S.C. Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the Gold Apple and Gold Star awards. The Gold Apple is awarded for providing and promoting healthy, affordable and delicious food and beverage options for employees and represents the highest standard of nutrition excellence at the workplace. The Gold Star is awarded for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees. For more, click here.

RMC Receives National Resuscitation Recognition Award

07/2015
RMC received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Bronze Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures in the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests. RMC is awarded for meeting specific measures in treating in-hospital cardiac arrest patients. To receive the award, a hospital must comply with the quality measures for four months. For more, click here.

RMC Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

06/2015
RMC received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. For more, click here

RMC Receives National Patient Safety Award

5/2015
RMC received the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades, a leading national online resource for healthcare and healthcare professionals. This award places RMC among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient safety and excellent performance. RMC is one of only seven South Carolina hospitals to receive the prestigious award. Performance scores were distributed based on hospital stay evaluations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. For more, click here.

RMC Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

3/2015
RMC was recognized for earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. RMC achieved recertification; its original certification was in 2012. To achieve this recertification, RMC underwent a rigorous onsite review in December 2014. The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. For more, click here.

Dr. Ross Receives ASDIN Lifetime Achievement Award

3/2015
John R. Ross, MD, medical director of RMC's Dialysis Access Institute, recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Annual American Society of Diagnostic & Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) Scientific Conference held in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Ross is internationally renowned for developing outpatient surgical procedures and techniques which provide access to the bloodstream for patients on dialysis. For more, click here.

RMC and MUSC Health Partner to Enhance Services 

2/2015
RMC and MUSC Health partnered to enhance select specialty services offered at RMC, initially targeting stroke care services. Through telehealth technology, a stroke patient at RMC can get advanced stroke care every minute of every day, which means more saved lives and less permanent brain disabilities for survivors. The partnership between RMC's Primary Stroke Center and MUSC Health is another way patients can get the best care, at the right time, right here in our community. For more, click here.

RMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Receives National Certification by Industry Leader

2/2015
RMC was awarded national certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The RMC CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life for patients by enhancing standards of care. For more, click here.

RMC Recognized with Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care

11/2014
RMC received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. This marks the fourth year that RMC has been recognized with a quality achievement award-heart failure. For more, click here.

First in S.C. to Implement TRU-D Ultraviolet Disinfection Technology 

RMC was the first in South Carolina to to implement TRU-D (Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector) technology to disinfect patient rooms and operating suites in addition to regular cleaning, which further improves infection rates. For more, click here.

RMC Recognized for Patient Safety Record  

11/2014
RMC received a South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award.” The award, presented by the South Carolina Hospital Association 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. For more, click here.

RMC Recognized for Reductions in Readmissions

8/2014
RMC significantly reduced readmissions of Medicare patients treated for congestive heart failure and pneumonia. RMC lowered readmission rates for congestive heart failure and pneumonia by 20 percent, and this achievement was recognized during a statewide meeting attended by more than 200 health professionals. These exceptional results were achieved during our work with a South Carolina collaborative healthcare improvement program, Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART), which provides educational resources for clinical staff from across the state along with opportunities to share experiences, innovations and best practices. For more, click here.

RMC Recognized as a Community Value Five-Star® Hospital

8/2014
RMC was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies. Cleverley + Associates released its findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry — 2014 Edition,  which reports assessments of a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing, and quality.  For more, click here.

Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

5/2014
RMC received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. RMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. For more, click here.

Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Treatment

11/2013
RMC received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, which signified that RMC reached an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology. This marked the third year and the fourth quality achievement award-heart failure that RMC has received. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. For more, click here.  

Cardiopulmonary Rehab Receives National Certification

10/2013
RMC was awarded national re-certification for its Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). RMC’s Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. The three-year, national certification ensures that RMC’s program meets national quality standards for its services. To receive the certification, the program was judged on its management, personnel, documentation, patient outcomes and patient care. For more, click here.

RMC Receives Workplace Safety Award

10/2013
RMC received Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Awards at their 11th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon. 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 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. For more, click here

 

RMC Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

3/2015
The Regional Medical Center was recently recognized for earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. RMC achieved recertification; its original certification was in 2012. To achieve this recertification, RMC underwent a rigorous onsite review in December 2014. The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. For more, click here.