Tidelands Health hospitals earn statewide recognition for patient safety

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Published on October 21, 2019

Tidelands Health hospitals earn statewide recognition for patient safety

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

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital earned five Certified Zero Harm Awards for having no infections at surgical sites for abdominal hysterectomies (24 months), colon surgeries (12 months), hip replacements (48 months) and knee surgeries (12 months) and no central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital’s critical care unit (36 months).

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earned two Certified Zero Harm Awards for having no infections at surgical sites for abdominal hysterectomies (18 months) and no central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital’s critical care unit (76 months).

Tidelands HealthTo earn a Certified Zero Harm Award, hospitals must experience no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature over an extended period. All hospital data used for the awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“These awards are a testament to our team’s commitment to provide safe, high-quality care,” said Greg Nobles, the health system’s patient safety officer. “There’s no greater priority at Tidelands Health than patient safety.”

SCHA launched its Zero Harm Awards in 2013 to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating a culture of “Zero Harm” by recognizing the efforts of the clinicians who work every day to provide high-quality care in South Carolina’s hospitals and health systems.

“Zero patient harm is possible only if physicians, clinical and support staff members work together to support a culture of high reliability,” said Karen Reynolds, SCHA’s director of innovation and acceleration. “Zero Harm Award winners are an inspiration to all hospitals across the state striving to provide measurably safe care for every patient.”

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