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Greenville Shriners Hospital wins South Carolina Hospital Association Zero Harm Award

Greenville Shriners Hospital wins South Carolina Hospital Association Zero Harm Award

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville has been recognized for clinical excellence and an unwavering commitment to quality and patient safety as they were named a Zero Harm hospital for 2019 by the South Carolina Hospital Association. 

“This is a testament to the dedication of our clinical staff and the facility’s commitment to the highest quality of care,” said Bill Munley, administrator. “In particular, this award recognizes that our hospital has not had a case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – or MRSA – infection in 36 months. Studies have shown incident rates of this infection have increased in recent years, so reaching the three-year mark without incident is quite commendable.”

The Certified Zero Harm Awards is a unique statewide program established by SCHA in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). For each award, hospitals must experience no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature over an extended period of time. The data is independently verified by DHEC.

“This unique third-party verification process provides exceptional legitimacy to these awards that result in real lives saved,” said Karen Reynolds, director of innovation and acceleration, SCHA. “Zero patient harm is possible only if physicians, clinical and support staff members work together to support a culture of high reliability."

Reynolds said that Zero Harm Award winners are an inspiration to all hospitals across the state striving to provide measurably safe care for every patient.

The SCHA began the Zero Harm program in 2014 to acknowledge hospitals that are on the forefront of preventing medical errors. The awards are part of an effort to guide and support the state’s hospitals in adopting best practices and implementing cultures of high reliability.