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June 1, 2020

2020 Zero Harm Awards Portal is Now Open

SCHA is pleased to announce that the 2020 Zero Harm Clinical Awards and Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award application portal is now open.

SCHA’s Zero Harm initiatives recognize the high reliability efforts that South Carolina hospitals are making every day in order to eliminate harm from their facilities. From creating a culture of safety on leadership teams to implementing robust process improvement efforts, Zero Harm seeks to highlight and celebrate South Carolina hospitals who are reaching for the highest levels of excellence in quality and safety across all services, maintained over long periods of time.

Since 2014, we’ve recognized these efforts through our clinical Certified Zero Harm Awards program which recognizes hospitals that prevent all hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature over an extended period of time. In 2019 alone, SCHA recognized 230 separate awards that collectively represented over $10 million dollars in cost avoidance and more than 4,100 fewer hospitalized days for our patients.

We also added the Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award last year, a leadership-focused award that recognizes and celebrates administrators who strive for Zero Harm at every level of their organization. In 2019, the award went to Director and CEO of Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Scott R. Isaacks, FACHE, who led a hospital-wide “Engage in Excellence” campaign that established employee engagement teams at all levels of the organization to collaborate on an array of improvement initiatives. Learn more here.

This is a great opportunity for hospitals to showcase clinical excellence as well as exceptional leadership. Hospitals may apply for one or both awards through July 20, 2020.

Clinical Award Categories Include:

  • CLABSI (ICU or special non-ICU Hematology/Oncology, Renal Dialysis Units or Hospital-Wide) September 2012 – December 2019
  • SSI knee replacement September 2012 – December 2019
  • SSI hip replacement September 2012 – December 2019
  • SSI colon surgery September 2012 – December 2019
  • SSI abdominal hysterectomy September 2012 – December 2019
  • Hospital onset C. diff January 2015 – December 2019
  • Hospital onset MRSA January 2013 – December 2019

About The Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award:

Leaders are often a step or two away from the day-to-day clinical work where so much harm is prevented, but establishing and fostering a culture of safety starts with them. The Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates leaders who strive for Zero Harm at every level of their organization. Leaders nominated for this award should have a demonstrated track record of commitment of creating sustainable cultures of safety throughout their healthcare system.

Questions? Contact Amanda Hiers at ahiers@scha.org or 803.399.9658.