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Published on April 18, 2013

GHS physicians recognized for patient safety 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Georgetown, S.C.--Two Georgetown County physicians have been named recipients of a prestigious award recognizing patient safety efforts in South Carolina.

Dr. Christine S. Gerber and Dr. Lisa R. Maselli, board-certified OBGYN specialists of Carolina OBGYN in Georgetown and Murrells Inlet, received the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Award at the 6th Annual South Carolina Patient Safety Symposium.

Gerber and Maselli received the award for their work on improving obstetrical policies and care practices using national standards and evidence-based approaches at Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital.

“Dr. Gerber and Dr. Maselli are committed to patient safety, and both are so deserving of this award. They share a passion for women’s health care, especially obstetrical practice, and are true patient-safety champions,” said Bruce P. Bailey, Georgetown Hospital System president and CEO.

Over the last three years, Gerber and Maselli have spearheaded numerous policy updates and practice changes. They have helped establish aims and goals, identified resources and initiated the use of Bundles to standardize and evaluate obstetrical practices, particularly the 39 week standard for elective deliveries and physician led multi-disciplinary drills. They assisted in the development and approval of evidence-based protocols, use of common National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) terminology for interpretation of fetal monitor tracings and implemented physician-led multidisciplinary drills.

The Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards were created in 2008 to recognize individuals who demonstrated exemplary dedication and leadership in advancing the quality and safety of health care for patients across South Carolina. The awards are named in honor of Lewis Blackman, a bright, talented 15-year-old who died in 2000 when he developed preventable medical complications after undergoing an elective surgical procedure. 

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