Waccamaw Community Hospital recognized for patient safety record

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waccamaw Community Hospital’s commitment to keeping patients safe has been officially recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association.

The hospital recently earned SCHA’s Certified Zero Harm Award, an honor that singles out hospitals that have not recorded any preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a 12-month period. The data are independently verified by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Specifically, the award recognized WCH for having no central line infections, and no surgical site infections for total knee replacements and total hip replacements.

“This award recognizes the Waccamaw Community Hospital clinical staff’s concerted efforts to achieve zero infections and deliver the best care in the safest environment that we can,” said Greg Nobles, Georgetown Hospital System’s associate vice president of health care improvement. “I am proud for what this award says about the commitment of our physicians, our nurses and our entire staff to patient safety.”

The award is part of SCHA’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable health care that is dependable, high quality and safe over a long period of time.

“We feel that publicly celebrating hospitals that have reached the milestone of zero infections within a given time frame is a crucial part of our collective journey to highly reliable health care,” said Dr. Rick Foster, SCHA’s senior vice president for quality and patient safety.

“Zero patient harm can be accomplished only through purposeful, ongoing collaborative work among physicians, clinical and support staff. Waccamaw Community Hospital’s team has effectively demonstrated their strong shared commitment to patient safety.”

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