YOUR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION As part of our strategic priority to deliver highly reliable care, SCHA is developing and sharing best practices to improve clinical operations, eliminate harm to patients and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions. All medical professionals make a pledge to do no harm, and SCHA’s Zero Harm program provides tools and processes to back them up. Since 2013, participating facilities have earned 549 Zero Harm awards. Hospitals participating in an array of SCHA programs, such as the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) and care coordination and readmissions projects, are seeing significant reductions in preventable harm. South Carolina was the first state in the nation to implement the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist, and its impact has been nationally recognized in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Atul Gawande’s leadership in developing the checklist and participating in the South Carolina pilot study contributed to his selection as CEO of a new non-profit healthcare venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase.
SCHA has been a key player in collaborative efforts to advance health equity and ensure access to quality healthcare for all South Carolinians by generating data-based reports documenting racial disparities, leading efforts to reduce the racial disparity gap in pregnancy and birth outcomes and supporting a statewide Health Equity and Diversity Summit. We are committed to continuing South Carolina’s role as a learning lab for hospitals across the country as we identify and spread clinical innovations that reduce harm and improve outcomes.
SCHA 2018 Annual Report