The Drive to Zero Suicide Award
In recent years, South Carolina hospitals have become increasingly committed to incorporating behavioral health into their patient safety and quality efforts. The issue of suicide is at the forefront of these efforts, given its devastating impact on Americans. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and one of only three causes of death that is rising rather than falling in recent years.
There are a number of reasons people choose to take their own life, from mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders to general health problems or housing, financial and social stresses. Many of these are areas in which hospitals and health systems can and do make a difference.
That’s why in 2021, SCHA’s Zero Harm efforts were expanded to include The Drive to Zero Suicide Award. Given in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, this award recognizes facilities that are embracing Zero Harm through the adoption of specific Zero Suicide strategies, including specific training, policy enhancements, safety planning, screening, changes related to electronic medical records (for tracking & reporting suicide), and formal coordination with their local community mental health center. See the full Drive to Zero Suicide Resources & Metrics Guide for specific details. For more information, you can also watch our Drive to Zero Suicide webinar here.
Zero Harm is, at the end of the day, about looking for ways to eliminate harm from our patients’ lives. With The Drive to Zero Suicide initiative, we are not changing our mission so much as broadening our conception of what quality care can and should be.
If your facility is a 2022 Drive to Zero Suicide Award winner, a press release template is available for your use here. You can also use this graphic to celebrate on social media platforms.
Below is a list of 2022 Drive to Zero Suicide Award winners:
Abbeville Area Medical Center
AnMed Health Medical Center
AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
Cherokee Medical Center
Columbia VA Health Care System
East Cooper Medical Center
G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital
Lexington Medical Center
Prisma Health Marshall I. Pickens Hospital
MUSC Health Chester Medical Center
MUSC Health Florence Medical Center
MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center
MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center
MUSC Health Marion Medical Center
Newberry County Memorial Hospital
Pelham Medical Center
Prisma Health Baptist Hospital
Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
Prisma Health Richland Hospital
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Regional Medical Center
Spartanburg Medical Center Church Street Campus
Spartanburg Medical Center Mary Black Campus
Three Rivers Behavioral Health
Union Medical Center
William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute
MUSC Health University Medical Center
Williamsburg Regional Hospital