RMC Wins Seven Zero Harm Awards

RMC Wins Seven Zero Harm Awards

(ORANGEBURG, S.C – Jan. 6, 2023) Regional Medical Center (RMC) is pleased to announce its recognition as a winner of seven Zero Harm Awards from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) for our commitment to eliminating medical errors and creating a culture of high reliability throughout our facility.

RMC earned three Zero Harm Awards for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSI) in all performed knee replacements, hip replacements, and abdominal hysterectomies in 2021. Additionally, its Critical Care Unit (CCU), Progressive Care Unit (PCU), and Labor and Delivery Unit, Her Place, were designated as winners for zero Central Line- Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI). RMC also received the Drive to Zero Suicide Award.

“The Regional Medical Center has set a very important and strategic goal to improve quality results and outcomes for the hospital,” says RMC President and CEO, David Southerland. “We are extremely pleased that RMC was recognized with seven Zero Harm awards for preventing medical errors in several areas of the hospital. We are grateful for our clinical staff and leaders who work tirelessly and are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care.”

SCHA began its Zero Harm Awards in 2014 as a way of celebrating hospitals that have had extended harm-free periods in major areas of surgery and other common medical procedures. These awards demonstrate that a culture of patient safety and a commitment to providing highly reliable care are cornerstones of South Carolina hospitals. All the hospital data used for these awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“The Zero Harm program is a prime example of a successful partnership between the public and private sector that improves the quality of life in South Carolina,” says Karen Reynolds, Executive Director of Innovation at SCHA. “As medical errors and other types of harm continue to be a major concern across the country, South Carolina has developed a blueprint for reducing avoidable harm in our healthcare facilities that other states can follow.”

This year, 60 hospitals won 295 Zero Harm Awards for their commitment to delivering highly reliable care. For more information about this year’s awards and a full list of winners, visit scha.org/zero-harm