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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.”

For a one-page explainer of the Certified Zero Harm Awards, click here.

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:

Abbeville Area Medical Center

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

Pressure Injury

Aiken Regional Medical Centers

Surgical Site Infection (SSI) • Hip Replacement

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

AnMed Health Cannon

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

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

Pressure Injury

AnMed Health Medical Center

CLABSI • CICU

CLABSI • CVICU

AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

Beaufort Memorial Hospital

SSI • Knee Replacement

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Cherokee Medical Center

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Hospital onset MRSA

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Colon Surgery

Pressure Injury

Coastal Carolina Hospital

CLABSI • ICU

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

SSI • Colon Surgery

Hospital onset MRSA

Pressure Injury

Colleton Medical Center

CLABSI • ICU

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Columbia VA Health Care System

CLABSI • 4W

CLABSI • SDU

SSI • Hip Replacement

SSI • Knee Replacement

Conway Medical Center

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Grand Strand Medical Center

CLABSI • ICU 1 South

CLABSI • ICU 2 South

CLABSI • NSICU

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Hampton Regional Medical Center

CLABSI • ICU

Hospital onset MRSA

Pressure Injury

Hilton Head Hospital

SSI • Colon Surgery

Lake City Community Hospital

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Hospital onset C.diff

Lexington Medical Center

CLABSI • MICU

McLeod Health Cheraw

Hospital onset MRSA

McLeod Health Clarendon

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

SSI • Knee Replacement

Hospital onset MRSA

McLeod Health Dillon

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

McLeod Health Loris

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

McLeod Health Seacoast

CLABSI • ICU

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

SSI • Knee Replacement

McLeod Regional Medical Center

CLABSI • Hematology/Oncology Unit

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

MUSC Health Chester Medical Center

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

MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Northeast

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

Hospital onset C.diff

Pressure Injury

MUSC Health Florence Medical Center

CLABSI • CVICCU

CLABSI • MICU

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

MUSC Health Florence Rehabilitation Center

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center

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

MUSC Health Marion Medical Center

CLABSI • ICU

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

Pressure Injury

Newberry County Memorial Hospital

CLABSI • ICU

CLABSI • Med/Surg

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Hip Replacement

Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Hip Replacement

Prisma Health Baptist Hospital

CLABSI • NICU

Pressure Injury

Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

CLABSI • ICU

Hospital onset MRSA

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Knee Replacement

Pressure Injury

Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital

SSI • Knee Replacement

CLABSI • Neuro ICU

CLABSI • Oncology

CLABSI • Peds Oncology

CLABSI • NICU 2

CLABSI • PICU

Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Knee Replacement

CLABSI • ICU

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Pressure Injury

Prisma Health Hillcrest Hospital

Hospital onset C.diff

CLABSI • ICU

CLABSI • Med Surg

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Hospital onset MRSA

Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Hospital onset MRSA

CLABSI • PCCU

Pressure Injury

Prisma Health North Greenville Hospital

Hospital onset MRSA

Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

SSI •Colon Surgery

SSI • Hip Replacement

CLABSI • CCU

Prisma Health Patewood Hospital

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Pressure Injury

Prisma Health Richland Hospital

CLABSI • STICU

CLABSI • 7 West

CLABSI • PICU

SSI • Knee Replacement

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

CLABSI • Oncology

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

SSI • Hip Replacement

CLABSI • MICU

CLABSI • SICU

Hospital onset C.diff

Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital

SSI • Knee Replacement

SSI • Hip Replacement

Hospital onset MRSA

Pressure Injury

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital

SSI • Colon Surgery

SSI •Abdominal Hysterectomy

Pressure Injury

Self Regional Healthcare

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

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care

CLABSI • ICU

St. Francis Eastside

Hospital onset MRSA

CLABSI • ICU

SSI • Colon Surgery

Summerville Medical Center

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

SSI • Abdominal Hysterectomy

Hospital onset MRSA

Williamsburg Regional Hospital

CLABSI • Hospital Wide

Hospital onset C.diff

Hospital onset MRSA

SSI • Knee Replacement

Pressure Injury