Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was named Hospital of the Month in August by Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), a network of more than 130 children’s hospitals throughout the United States and Canada that works together to decrease hospital acquired harms.
“Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital has achieved unprecedented quality milestones in multiple areas throughout the hospital, including in our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Palmetto Health hospitals,” said Senior Medical Director Caughman Taylor, MD. “Our nurses are the backbone of our quality improvements and it takes teamwork to achieve and sustain this level of success.”
“This is truly a team effort with all of our Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital family involved. Our residents and physicians join our nurses and team members to design and implement initiatives, serve on SPS teams and do 'Plan, Do, Study, Act' work. This acknowledgement recognizes Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital’s dedication to providing the best care for every child,” said Taylor.
“The SPS recognizes hospitals each month for achievements such as consistently reporting data, harm reduction and in pioneer cohort work focused on specific hospital acquired conditions (HACs),” said Director of Quality at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Melanie Blackburn, MD. “When you receive national recognition for your efforts, it inspires every team member to work even harder to sustain this level of success and achieve even more.”
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital has been a member of SPS since 2012. Through an “all teach, all learn” philosophy, this collaboration works to implement best practices related to eliminating HACs. “Currently, 11 HAC teams are actively implementing processes and gathering data to help keep our patients safe during their time in our care,” said Blackburn.
“We’re constantly educating families at the bedside about their role in preventing infections and other types of harm, even after their child leaves the hospital,” said Blackburn. Blackburn and her quality team created a Family Advisory Council to develop family-friendly education materials and receive feedback from a family perspective. “Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital leadership provides system support for ongoing quality improvement,” said Blackburn. “This level of support is critical to successful improvement in pediatric patient safety.”
SPS network hospitals work together on safety. “We collaborate to develop and implement care bundles to help eliminate harm across all children’s hospitals,” said Blackburn. “This recognition is an incredible achievement for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.”