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Certified Zero Harm Awards

SCHA launched their Zero Harm Awards in 2014 as an effort to recognize South Carolina hospitals that were on the forefront of preventing medical errors, which by some estimates is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with an economic impact that could reach 1 trillion dollars annually. Thanks to a collaboration with The Duke Endowment and The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health and ongoing support from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, our member hospitals have continually united on statewide efforts to create a culture of high reliability and reduce harm in our facilities by implementing robust, evidence-based practices that are making a positive impact on patients and the safety and quality of care.

The Certified Zero Harm Awards began with a core idea—that zero harm as a goal was possible in a highly reliable system—and began rewarding hospitals who went extended stretches free of hospital-acquired infections in common categories and procedures.  This statewide effort was also unique, thanks to SCHA’s collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC), which independently verified the awards. Over time, the program has been expanded and modified, and now includes the Drive to Zero Suicide Award, the Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award and the Zero Harm Excellence Award.  

“This early success—expressed in lives saved and the resulting economic impact—strengthens our resolve to focus on safety, raise the bar of expectations, and challenge our hospitals to pursue zero harm,” says SCHA President and CEO Thornton Kirby.

“We’re in the business, after all, of saving lives. And that’s what the Zero Harm Awards are all about.”

If your facility is a 2021 Certified Zero Harm Award winner, a press release template for your use is available here.

Below is a complete list of our 2021 award recipients, listed by hospital:

Hospital onset C.diff 

Hospital onset MRSA 

Pressure Injury  

Surgical Site Infection (SSI) • Hip Replacement 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy 

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) • Hospital Wide 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Hip Replacement 

Hospital onset C.diff 

Hospital onset MRSA  

Pressure Injury 

CLABSI • CICU 

CLABSI • CVICU 

Hospital onset C.diff 

Hospital onset MRSA 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Colon Surgery 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Hip Replacement 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

Hospital onset MRSA 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Colon Surgery  

Pressure Injury 

CLABSI • ICU 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Hip Replacement 

SSI • Colon Surgery 

Hospital onset MRSA  

Pressure Injury 

CLABSI • ICU 

SSI • Colon Surgery  

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

CLABSI • 4W 

CLABSI • SDU 

SSI • Hip Replacement  

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

SSI • Colon Surgery 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

CLABSI • ICU 1 South 

CLABSI • ICU 2 South 

CLABSI • NSICU 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

CLABSI • ICU 

Hospital onset MRSA  

Pressure Injury  

SSI • Colon Surgery 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

Hospital onset C.diff  

CLABSI • MICU 

Hospital onset MRSA 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

Hospital onset MRSA 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

SSI • Colon Surgery 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy 

CLABSI • ICU 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

CLABSI • Hematology/Oncology Unit 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

CLABSI • Med-Surg 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

SSI • Colon Surgery 

 Hospital onset C.diff  

CLABSI • Post-Op Acute Care Unit 

Hospital onset MRSA 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Hip Replacement 

 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

Hospital onset C.diff  

Pressure Injury

CLABSI • CVICCU 

CLABSI • MICU 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Hospital onset C.diff 

Hospital onset MRSA 

 

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Colon Surgery 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

CLABSI • Stroke-neuro 4th  

CLABSI • CCU 

CLABSI • Med-Surg – 6th floor 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

SSI • Colon Surgery  

CLABSI • Rehab 

CLABSI • Postpartum – 4th Floor 

 CLABSI • Covid Unit – 5th Floor 

CLABSI • ICU 

Pressure Injury

CLABSI • ICU 

Hospital onset C.diff  

Hospital onset MRSA  

Pressure Injury  

CLABSI • ICU 

CLABSI • Med/Surg 

SSI • Colon Surgery  

SSI • Hip Replacement 

SSI • Colon Surgery 

SSI • Hip Replacement 

CLABSI • NICU 

Pressure Injury 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

CLABSI • ICU 

Hospital onset MRSA  

SSI • Colon Surgery  

SSI • Knee Replacement  

Pressure Injury

SSI • Knee Replacement  

CLABSI • Neuro ICU 

CLABSI • Oncology 

CLABSI • Peds Oncology 

CLABSI • NICU 2 

CLABSI • PICU 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

SSI • Colon Surgery  

SSI • Knee Replacement  

CLABSI • ICU 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

Pressure Injury 

Hospital onset C.diff  

CLABSI • ICU 

CLABSI • Med Surg 

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

Hospital onset MRSA 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

Hospital onset MRSA 

 CLABSI • PCCU 

Pressure Injury  

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

SSI •Colon Surgery  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

CLABSI • CCU 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

Hospital onset C.diff  

Hospital onset MRSA  

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

Pressure Injury 

CLABSI • STICU 

CLABSI • 7 West 

CLABSI • PICU 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

CLABSI • Oncology 

SSI • Colon Surgery  

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

CLABSI • MICU 

CLABSI • SICU 

Hospital onset C.diff  

SSI • Knee Replacement 

SSI • Hip Replacement 

Hospital onset MRSA 

Pressure Injury 

 

SSI • Colon Surgery 

SSI •Abdominal Hysterectomy 

Pressure Injury 

SSI • Knee Replacement  

SSI • Hip Replacement  

SSI • Colon Surgery  

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

CLABSI • 6T Medical 

CLABSI • 3T Surgical 

CLABSI • 4T Surgical 

CLABSI • 7T Telemetry 

CLABSI • 5T Medical 

CLABSI • CICU 

Hospital onset C.diff 

Hospital onset MRSA 

Hospital onset MRSA  

CLABSI • ICU 

SSI • Colon Surgery  

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy  

Hospital onset MRSA  

CLABSI • Hospital Wide 

Hospital onset C.diff  

Hospital onset MRSA 

 SSI • Knee Replacement  

Pressure Injury