Williamsburg Regional Hospital recognized for patient safety record

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Williamsburg Regional Hospital CEO Sharon Poston accepted the Certified Zero Harm Award during a recent symposium. The award is presented by South Carolina Hospital Association to a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. Photo provided

Williamsburg Regional Hospital was recently awarded the South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award” to recognize excellent performance in patient safety. The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) presented the award during its seventh annual SC Transforming Health Symposium.

Certified Zero Harm Awards are presented to a hospital that records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control independently verifies the data.

Williamsburg Regional Hospital CEO Sharon Poston accepted the award. “Achieving this award speaks volumes for the dedication of the surgeon (Dr. Wright Skinner), nurses and entire staff for following the protocols for prevention of infectious diseases which include proper and frequent hand washing techniques," said Poston. "It is an honor to work with a staff so dedicated to these ideals.  You can certainly feel comfortable, when you have procedures/surgery at WRH, that you will receive the very best care offered anywhere."

The award is part of the association's efforts to guide and support the state's hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable health care – meaning patient 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 Rick Foster, MD, senior vice president for Quality and Patient Safety, South Carolina Hospital Association in a press release. “Zero patient harm can be accomplished only through purposeful, ongoing collaborative work among physicians, clinical and support staff. The Williamsburg Regional Hospital team has effectively demonstrated their strong shared commitment to patient safety.”

In addition, Bambi Floyd, FNP, Chief Nursing Officer, received the South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year award from the South Carolina Hospital Association. Poston applauded Floyd for her efforts saying she earned the award due to the huge success for the Healthy Outcomes Program. "Because of Ms. Floyd's creative and innovative methods to enroll the patients into this program, the hospital became the first hospital in the state to achieve 100 percent of its goal by the deadline given by SCDHHS," said Poston in a statement.  "WRH is still number one in the state for enrollees in this program."

Thornton Kirby, president and CEO, South Carolina Hospital Association added. “We are very proud of Williamsburg Regional Hospital's exemplary performance in quality improvement. We hope their success will serve as an inspiration to all South Carolina hospitals striving to provide measurably safer care for every patient, every time.”

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