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Published on May 28, 2015

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial selected to improve care transitions in the Carolinas

May 28, 2015

 

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has been selected to participate in a $5 million program to improve care transitions for patients and their caregivers when they are discharged from the hospital.

Tidelands Georgetown is one of 15 hospitals from North and South Carolina chosen for the two-year initiative, a collaborative of public and private partners in the Carolinas funded by The Duke Endowment.

“This is a valuable opportunity for our nurses, physicians, pharmacists, therapists and others involved in discharge planning to refine communication skills and enhance coordination at what is a critical time for patients and their families,” said Monica Grey, associate vice president of transitional care for Tidelands Health. “We’ll be able to take what we learn from this program and share with all our health care partners, as well as health care providers throughout the Carolinas.”

Studies have shown that failure to engage patients, families and caregivers in the care planning process and follow-up after discharge can often result in high readmission rates, compromised health outcomes and an increase in costs.  

In addition to funding, the selected hospitals will receive technical assistance and work closely with other hospitals to exchange information and implement best practices that enhance patient care and safety.

“It is our hope that as we improve patient care and outcomes, the lessons learned through this initiative will be shared with health care systems throughout the Carolinas,” said Mary Piepenbring, vice president and director of health care at The Duke Endowment.

Representatives from the North Carolina and South Carolina state hospital associations, public and private payers, health care providers, the North Carolina Alliance for Effective Care Transitions and South Carolina Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together participated with The Duke Endowment to design the program.

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Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations. 

 

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.