Carolina Pines wins Zero Harm Awards for their commitment to patient safety
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center has been recognized for winning four 2021 Zero Harm Awards for eliminating medical errors and creating a culture of high reliability throughout our facility by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, which continues to put stress on staffing and equipment, Carolina Pines Regional continues to rise to the challenge of putting patient safety first. In addition to the four Zero Harm Awards, Carolina Pines was also recognized with the 2021 Drive to Zero Suicide award for advancing a culture that addresses suicide prevention as a key element of care. The award is given by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Mental (SCDMH) to promote healthcare environments that pursue best practices for preventing suicide in their communities. Carolina Pines was one of only 20 hospitals in the state recognized for embracing the Drive to Zero Suicide program to help prevent suicide in their community. SCHA’s Zero Harm Awards were started in 2014 to celebrate hospitals that have had extended harm-free stretches in major areas of surgery and other common medical procedures. These awards demonstrate that a culture of patient safety and a commitment to providing highly reliable care are cornerstones of South Carolina hospitals. All the hospital data used for these awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. “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, Executive Director of Innovation at SCHA. “As medical errors and other types of harm continue to be a major concern across the country, South Carolina has developed a blueprint for reducing avoidable harm in our healthcare facilities that other states can follow.” “We are tremendously proud of the commitment our facility and staff have to eliminating harm and maintaining our culture of high reliability, even in these most trying and demanding of times,” says Christy Moody, Chief Nursing Officer, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. “These Zero Harm Awards are a testament to the strength and resilience our entire team has shown over this past two years.” This year 58 hospitals won 223 Zero Harm Awards for their commitment to delivering highly reliable care. These awards represent 314,414 patient days without harm with a projected savings of $5.72 million.