NEWBERRY — Newberry Hospital received two Certified Zero Harm awards during the 2016 South Carolina Hospital Association’s Trustees, Administration and Physician (TAP) conference on Sept. 15.
The Zero Harm Award recognizes the commitment of hospital’s across South Carolina to heal and protect our patients. Newberry Hospital was recognized with the Zero Harm Award for 30 months with Zero Control Line Associated Bloodstream Infections-ICU and Zero Surgical Site Infections: Abdominal Hysterectomy for 42 months.
Three years ago, the South Carolina Hospital Association, along with partners, The Duke Endowment and The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, started an initiative called the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment.
The focus of the initiative is to reduce patient harm in hospitals in South Carolina. All 64 acute care hospitals are eligible to apply for the recognition.
“Daily we experience the outstanding and in some cases heroic work done in our hospitals. It is rewarding when we look back over a significant period of time and discover the work of saving and improving lives is beyond isolated incidents — it is embedded in our culture,” said Thornton Kirby, president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association. “We’re in the business, after all, of saving lives. And that’s what the Zero Harm Awards are all about.”
“Only 12 of this year’s award winners were recognized for 42 consecutive months without a specific type of harm event,” said Bruce Baldwin, CEO of Newberry Hospital. “I am proud and honored to say that our community’s hospital was one of the 12. The joint efforts of our physicians, trustees, administration and staff, continues to make Newberry Hospital safer and stronger.”