Monday, April 14, 2014
Gov. Nikki Haley treated Williamsburg Regional Hospital staff and administration to a visit. Haley's visit included a meeting with administration followed by a tour of the facility. The April 8, visit is the first for the governor since her stop along the campaign trail.
Hospital CEO Sharon Poston welcomed the governor' interest in the rural hospital. "It was a great honor to host our governor's visit today," said Poston. "The governor is aware of the problems small rural hospitals have with the reductions in income and the increase of non-insured patients." She is focused on helping these hospitals and has told us she would consider ideas we come up with that would help our community. "She was extremely complimentary of our hospital and our staff." Governor Haley's visit comes on the heels of a February celebration that included Senator Yancey McGill and South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck who applauded the hospital for being the first in the state to enroll 100 percent of their target population under the Healthy Outcome Plan. The Healthy Outcome Initiative launched by Keck is designed to help those who rely on emergency rooms for their health care. Williamsburg Regional is turning the financial corner as it invests in state-of-the-art medical equipment, physicians and surgeons, and expanded services. The hospital will soon offer digital mammography thanks in part through the efforts of its foundation board, which raised $80,000 toward the purchase of the $280,000 machine.
The hospital has received several awards for overall patient satisfaction and most recently the Certified Zero Harm Award. The award is presented to a hospital that records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. And Bambi Floyd, FNP, Chief Nursing Officer, received the South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year award from the South Carolina Hospital Association. She also was awarded the 2014 Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Award.
After a tour of the facility that included a visit with a patient, Haley commented on the administration's commitment to continue to partner with the hospital. "We will continue to partner. We will continue to find creative ways to do health care together," said Haley. "But how impressive of what you've done already. It really just shows your commitment."
Haley was equally impressed with the personal connections between patient and staff that may not be as pronounced in the urban hospital environment. "What we've seen here is that some things money can't pay for," she said. "And you've got something very special that I don't know our big hospitals have. So keep doing what you're doing. We're extremely proud and we will look forward to coming back and visiting."