Tidelands Health Hospitals Earn Statewide Recognition for Patient Safety

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Tidelands Health hospitals have again been recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association for outstanding performance in patient safety.

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital earned three Certified Zero Harm Awards for having no infections at surgical sites for hip replacements (42 months) and colon surgery (12 months) and no central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital’s critical care unit (30 months).

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earned two Certified Zero Harm Awards for having no infections at surgical sites for abdominal hysterectomies (12 months) and no central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital’s critical care unit (58 months).

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. All hospital data used for the awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“These awards speak to the commitment of our team members to safe, high-quality, compassionate medical care,” said Greg Nobles, the health system’s patient safety officer. “We are honored to receive this recognition, but most of all, we’re gratified by what it means for our patients.”

SCHA launched its Zero Harm Awards in 2013 to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating a culture of “Zero Harm” by recognizing the efforts of the clinicians who work every day to provide high quality care in South Carolina’s hospitals and health systems, according to Thornton Kirby, president and CEO of SCHA.

“Zero Harm is about taking the principles of high reliability and applying them to how we deliver health care in South Carolina,” Kirby said. “While one medical error is one too many, highly reliable organizations celebrate milestones to establish a new standard -- and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with Zero Harm.”