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KershawHealth earns Zero Harm award

Posted: November 2, 2017 5:13 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Pictured is KershawHeath CEO Terry Gunn, left and Board Trustee Ben Connell at the SCHA Awards celebration.

KershawHealth 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.

In 2017, they received 2 Certified Zero Harm Awards:

Zero Surgical Site Infections (SSI) - knee replacement – 45 months

Zero Surgical Site Infections (SSI) – abdominal hysterectomy – 12 months

Since 2014, SCHA has given out Zero Harm Awards to acknowledge hospitals that are 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, SCHA and South Carolina hospitals have taken part in a statewide effort 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.

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 and recognizes the exceptional achievement the hospital or hospital unit has made to the safety and quality of care within their facilities.

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