Abbeville Area Medical Center Receives Infection Prevention Awards


Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) recently announced that the hospital has received the South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award” to recognize excellent performance in patient safety. AAMC was the only hospital in the state that received three Zero Harm awards for having no preventable bloodstream infections in the ICU, no surgical site infections of the knee and no surgical site infections of the hip for a 30-month time period.

Certified Zero Harm Awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. The data is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The awards are presented at a statewide SCHA meeting each year.

This program is a celebration of the excellent work South Carolina hospitals are doing to prevent infections,” said Lorri Gibbons, RN, vice president for quality and patient safety, for the South Carolina Hospital Association.  “It takes a village to achieve zero harm. Physicians, clinical and support staff must come together and determine how they can improve existing processes. We are so proud of the Abbeville Area Medical Center team’s collective commitment to providing the safest possible care for every patient in our state.

SCHA created the Certified Zero Harm Awards Program in 2013 as part of the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment to publicly recognize South Carolina hospitals’ excellent progress in making care safer, specifically the elimination of bloodstream and post-surgery infections.  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.

“Hospital acquired infections are a serious concern for us - they cause serious complications and many times affect patients for their entire lifetime,” stated Dr. Richard Christian, a surgeon with Lakelands Orthopaedic.  “When I bring my patients to Abbeville Area Medical Center to have surgery, I can be confident that the Surgical Services staff goes above and beyond to provide a clean, infection-free environment.”

“I commend AAMC’s Surgical Services Staff for their diligence in taking the steps necessary to provide a safe environment for our patients to receive care,” stated Michael Turner, MD, Urologist and AAMC’s Chief of Surgery. “Receiving the Zero Harm awards for a 30-month period takes teamwork, communication and a strong commitment to providing quality care.”

For more information on the SCHA Certified Zero Award please contact Lorri Gibbons, RN, vice president for quality and patient safety, South Carolina Hospital Association, at 803.744.3538 or For media inquiries please contact Meg Davis at (864) 366-3364.

CAPTION:  (Left to Right) Ernest Shock, RN-CNO, Charlotte Campbell, RN-Inpatient Nursing Director, Kristie Warner, RN-Operating Room Nurse Manager and Rich Osmus-CEO, display the three Certified Zero Harm Awards presented by the South Carolina Hospital Association for excellence in patient safety and infection prevention.

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