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Published on September 27, 2017

Tidelands Health hospitals earn recognition for patient safety

Tidelands Health hospitals have 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 (12 months) and abdominal hysterectomies (30 months), and no central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital’s critical care unit (18 months).

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earned two Certified Zero Harm Awards for having no infections at surgical sites for abdominal hysterectomies (30 months) and no central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital’s critical care unit (45 months).

The awards were announced on Friday at the 2017 Trustees, Administration and Physician Conference, presented by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and South Carolina Medical Association.

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.

“There’s no greater priority at Tidelands Health than patient safety,” said Greg Nobles, the health system’s patient safety officer. “While we’re gratified to receive this recognition, we are most pleased with what it means for our patients.”

The Zero Harm awards are part of SCHA’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable healthcare, said Lorri Gibbons, vice president for quality and safety at SCHA. “Highly reliable” care is defined as dependable, high quality and safe care over a long period of time, which is key to eliminating medical errors in hospitals.

“Zero patient harm is possible only if physicians, clinical and support staff members work together,” Gibbons said. “We’re very proud of Tidelands Health team members for their strong and shared commitment to patient safety.”

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.