AAMC Receives National Quality Award


Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) recently received an award for demonstrating excellence and innovation in quality, proving its commitment to offering the highest quality care to its patients and the communities it serves. The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) recognized AAMC for its leadership in voluntarily reporting quality data to Hospital Compare and its participation in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP), a program with a goal to improve rural quality care access for Medicare beneficiaries served by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).

The award was established by The Center and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) to recognize the excellent work in critical access hospitals (CAH) throughout the country. The recognition promotes excellence in quality and innovation and honors the achievements and results of CAHs, and publicizes successful strategies.

AAMC has also received several quality awards including Studer Group’s Healthcare Organization of the Month – April 2012 and the Studer Group’s Excellence in Patient Care Award for “Cleanliness and Quietness” in October 2012. Recently AAMC was selected to participate in the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Lean Culture Transformation Collaborative, an initiative that helps hospitals improve quality of care and financial performance.

This year, 20 CAHs were nominated for recognition and only eight were chosen. “This year’s recipients embody both outstanding quality and meaningful innovation,” said Terry Hill, Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center. “They demonstrate that rural hospitals can lead the way in the rapidly changing health care industry.”

Hospitals chosen will be recognized with a certificate and be profiled in an article that will be published in The Center’s Rural Route e-newsletter. AAMC is scheduled to be featured in April.

Health care delivered in rural communities is affordable, high quality, and necessary to the good health of the entire community. “Having high quality health care services available locally is crucial to the safety, health, and economic well-being of our community,” stated Rich Osmus, AAMC CEO.

“Abbeville Area Medical Center is a wonderful model for how to consistently provide the kind of quality healthcare every rural community deserves. Hospital employees are engaged in not only providing this high level of care but also in validating their successes of improved patient outcomes. We are fortunate in South Carolina, as are the residents of Abbeville County, to have a leader in quality healthcare like AAMC,” remarked Graham Adams, CEO of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health.

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