Dec. 20, 2023
Contact: Dawn Bryant
News for Immediate Release:
Tidelands Health hospitals earn statewide recognition for patient safety
Tidelands Health hospitals again have earned recognition by the South Carolina Hospital Association for outstanding performance in patient safety.
Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earned multiple Certified Zero Harm Awards, which are given to hospitals that eliminate or avoid specific preventable hospital-acquired infections over an extended period. The data is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Tidelands Georgetown earned awards for having zero infections at surgical sites for knee and hip replacements, colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomies, as well as pressure injuries. Tidelands Waccamaw earned awards for zero infections at surgical sites for hip replacements and pressure injuries. Both hospitals also received recognition for preventing central line associated blood-borne infections.
“At Tidelands Health, our highest priority is the health and safety of our patients,” said Greg Nobles, director of patient safety and regulatory compliance. “Every day, our dedicated professionals work collaboratively to provide high-quality, compassionate care and help people live better lives through better health. To again be recognized with SCHA’s Zero Harm awards is a testament to our team and our emphasis on patient safety.”
The South Carolina Hospital Association created the state’s Zero Harm program in 2014 in collaboration with The Duke Endowment and The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health to support a culture of high reliability and reduce harm in our health care facilities.
“The Zero Harm program is a prime example of a successful partnership between the public and private sector that improves the quality of life in South Carolina,” says Karen Reynolds, director of innovation and acceleration at the South Carolina Hospital Association. “Zero patient harm is possible only if physicians, clinical and support staff members work together to support a culture of high reliability. Zero Harm Award winners are an inspiration to all hospitals across the state striving to provide measurably safe care for every patient.”
About Tidelands Health
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.