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Published on October 15, 2015

Tidelands Health hospitals recognized at state level for patient safety

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


Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earned three Certified Zero Harm Awards for having no infections at surgical sites for hip replacements and knee replacements and no blood infections where central IV lines are inserted. Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital was recognized for zero infections at knee replacement surgical sites.


The awards are given when a hospital records no specific preventable hospital-acquired infections during a 12- or 18-month period of time, and the data are independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.


“Patients have a right to expect that they will be safely cared for when they’re in a hospital,” said Greg Nobles, director of patient safety for Tidelands Health. “Our team strives to deliver the safest care we can. We are pleased to receive this recognition, but most of all, we’re gratified for what this means for our patients.”


The award is part of the association’s efforts to help hospitals create a “highly reliable” system of health care – meaning patient care that is consistently high quality and consistently safe over a long period of time.


“It takes a village to achieve zero harm,” said Lorri Gibbons, vice president for quality and patient safety at SCHA. “Physicians, clinical and support staff must come together and determine how they can improve existing processes. We are so proud of Tidelands Health’s collective commitment to providing the safest possible care for every patient in our state.”


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.