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Published on August 09, 2005

Pharmacy Director at Waccamaw Community Hospital Appointed to National Patient Safety Improvement Corps

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Murrells Inlet, SC - Georgetown Hospital System is proud to announce the appointment of David Brown, Director of Pharmacy Services at Waccamaw Community Hospital, to the National Patient Safety Improvement Corps. Brown will be a member of the first team from South Carolina challenged with improving patient safety by utilizing knowledge and skills from teams of state field staff and hospital partners selected by states. Nelson Gunter, M.D. of Carolina Review Board, will head up this team, which includes Brown, John Sanders, M.D, and Diane Paschal of South Carolina Hospital Association.

The primary goal of the Patient Safety Improvement Corps is to improve patient safety by providing knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective investigations of reports of medical errors. The organization also focuses on root causes of errors and preparing meaningful reports on the findings. In addition, the team will work to develop and implement sustainable system interventions based on report findings. They will measure and evaluate the impact of the safety intervention and ensure the sustainability of effective safety interventions by transforming them into standard clinical practice.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in this national partnership to develop a quality patient safety system throughout the state of South Carolina,” said Brown. “Our team will be involved in quarterly training on both the East and West coasts, “ he added.

Brown’s leadership in piloting and implementing Georgetown Hospital System’s Medication Tool Kit helped earn this appointment recommendation from the SCHA. The Medication Tool Kit program offers a universally consistent process for communicating vital patient information regarding current medications and allergies across the continuum of care. “The Medication Tool Kit program is a three year project that will ensure that people know what drugs they take, why they take them, and provide a medication history that will be valuable to their caregivers and physicians,” Brown commented.

The program has just been introduced to Georgetown and surrounding communities. The Universal Medication Form is available at the front desks at Waccamaw Community and Georgetown Memorial Hospitals, and soon available at physician offices, and other venues.

Brown is a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association Patient Safety Committee. He has served as Director of Pharmacy Services at Waccamaw Community Hospital since its opening in 2002. Brown spent 20 years at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood, SC as Associate Director, Assistant Director and IV Supervisor. Brown received a Masters in Health Services Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston and has a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy and Biology with Botany major at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Throughout his career, Brown has received numerous accolades: he was named 1989 National Hospital Pharmacist of the Year for community service, 1989 State Pharmacist of the Year by SCPhA (South Carolina Pharmacy Association); 1989 President-Elect for the SC Society of Hospital Pharmacists and named 1987 S.C. Hospital Pharmacist of the Year by SCSHP (SC Society of Health System Pharmacists). He has traveled to China and Haiti promoting pharmacy best practices services for those areas.

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