Abbeville Area Medical Center Recognized for Patient Safety Record


Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) has earned a South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award” from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) in recognition of the facility’s excellent work in preventing hospital-acquired infections.  
To earn a Certified Zero Harm Award, hospitals must experience no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature over an extended period of time. All hospital data used for the awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and recognizes the great strides hospitals like AAMC are making to positively impact the safety and quality of care within their facilities.
AAMC was the only hospital in the state that received a Zero Harm award for having no preventable surgical site infections of the hip for a 42-month time period. The facility was also one of only 12 in the state that were recognized for the 42-month period in any of the eligible award categories.
“I commend our Surgical Services staff for their incredible diligence and for consistently taking the steps necessary to provide a safe environment for our patients to receive care,” stated Dean Turner, AAMC CEO.  “Receiving a Zero Harm award for a 42-month period takes teamwork, communication and a strong commitment to providing quality care.”
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.
According to Lorri Gibbons, Vice President for Quality and Safety at SCHA, the award is part of the Association’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable healthcare. “Highly reliable” care is defined as dependable, high quality and safe care over a long period of time.
“Celebrating milestones, such as zero infections within a given time frame, is a crucial part of our hospitals’ collective journey to highly reliable healthcare,” said Gibbons.
“Zero patient harm is possible only if physicians, clinical and support staff members work together. We’re very proud of the AAMC team members for their strong and shared commitment to patient safety. They are an inspiration to all hospitals across the state striving to provide measurable safe care for every patient,” Gibbons added.

CAPTION:  (L-R) Howard “Dean” Turner, CEO; Kristie Warner, Surgical Services Director; Laura Baughman, RN, Infection Control and Ernest Shock, Chief Nursing Officer display the Zero Harm Award received by AAMC for having no preventable surgical site infections of the hip for a 42-month time period.

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