Hampton Regional Medical Center Wins Zero Harm Award for Commitment to Patient Safety Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Varnville, South Carolina – November, 2021) — Hampton Regional is proud to be recognized for winning several 2021 Zero Harm Awards for eliminating medical errors and creating a culture of high reliability throughout our facility by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). Hampton Regional is one of eight hospitals who were awarded the new Zero Harm Excellence Award, given in recognition of an elite commitment to adopting a systems-level approach to excellence and zero harm based on a demanding SCHA-designed points system. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, which continues to put stress on staffing and equipment, Hampton Regional continues to rise to the challenge of putting patient safety first.
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.
The awards Hampton Regional has earned for 2021 are listed below:

Zero Harm Excellence
Hospital onset MRSA
Pressure Injury

“The Zero Harm program is a prime example of a successful partnership between the public and private sector that improves the quality of life in South Carolina,” says Karen Reynolds, Executive Director of Innovation at SCHA. “As medical errors and other types of harm continue to be a major concern across the country, South Carolina has developed a blueprint for reducing avoidable harm in our healthcare facilities that other states can follow.”
“We are tremendously proud of the commitment our facility and staff have to eliminating harm and maintaining our culture of high reliability, even in these most trying and demanding of times,” says, Melaine Wooten, BSN, RN, CNO at Hampton Regional. “These Zero Harm Awards are a testament to the strength and resilience our entire team has shown over this past two years.”
This year 58 hospitals won 223 Zero Harm Awards for their commitment to delivering highly reliable care. These awards represent 314,414 patient days without harm with a projected savings of $5.72 million dollars. For more information about this year’s awards and a full list of winners, go to scha.org/ZeroHarm.