Carolinas Hospital System sold to MUSC

By: Staff Reports

FLORENCE, S.C. — Two Pee Dee hospitals — and four South Carolina hospitals in total — have been sold to the Medical University of South Carolina, according to published reports.

Carolinas Hospital System, a 396-bed, regional, acute-care facility, and Carolinas Hospital System Marion, a 124-bed acute-care facility providing a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a 92-bed nursing center, were purchased from Community Health Systems Inc. The purchase was approved during a MUSC Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

The other hospitals purchased by the school include Chester Regional Medical Center and Springs Memorial Hospital.

“MUSC Health is a high-quality organization and we look forward to working with them to build upon the experience and care we provide for patients. We are all focused on service to patients and offering the medical services needed in our communities,” said Vance Reynolds, chief executive officer, Carolinas Hospital System.

“As the state’s leading academic health center, we must be prepared for the future,” said David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, MUSC president. “MUSC is committed to providing the best health care possible for our communities and state through strategic partnerships and our emerging MUSC Health network,” Cole added.

In calendar year 2017, the four hospitals combined delivered care through more than 129,000 emergency department (ED) visits, 159,000 outpatient visits (excluding ED visits), 18,800 hospital admissions, and 339,000 clinic visits with physicians. Once the acquisition is completed, MUSC will employ more than 16,400 team members throughout the state.

State health officials say the four hospitals have 715 beds. MUSC has 713 beds.

“This transaction is the first time MUSC has acquired other hospitals,” said Charles W. Schulze, CPA, chairman of the MUSC board. “The additions will increase the size and scale of the MUSC Health network, and in today’s environment, larger, more efficient health care systems can deliver greater value to patients and have a positive impact on population health,” he stated.

“We look forward to welcoming the patients, families and employees of these hospitals into the MUSC Health network,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and vice president for Health Affairs, University. “Through affiliations with other hospitals and health systems across South Carolina, and through our robust telehealth network, MUSC’s clinical outreach allows us to serve the citizens of our state no matter where they are. The purchase of these four hospitals is the natural extension of our mission to preserve and optimize human health in South Carolina,” Cawley added.

Although MUSC is a state-assisted organization, state appropriations for the university and hospital authority are less than 3 percent of their combined annual budget. As a result, MUSC works diligently to fulfill its mission through prudent financial management, dedicated philanthropic support, and strategic business growth. Roughly 60 percent of all MUSC Health patient care revenues are generated from statewide communities outside of the Tri-county area, while the remaining 40 percent of patient care revenues are driven by services delivered within the Tri-county market (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties).

Carolinas Hospitals System recognized for patient safety record

By: Staff Reports

FLORENCE, S.C. – Carolinas Hospital System (Florence and Marion) has earned 13 South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Awards” from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA).

The awards are in recognition of exceptional performance for patient safety and prevention of hospital-acquired infections.

Carolinas Hospital System-Florence is the only hospital to be recognized in seven different categories.

CHS-Florence received three zero bloodstream infection awards: for 12 months in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, 12 months in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and 18 months for the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

The other four awards are for no surgical site infections (SSI): 58 months for knee replacement, 36 months for hip replacement, 18 months for abdominal hysterectomy and 12 months for colon.

Carolinas Hospital System-Marion received six awards. In the newly created Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aurieus (MRSA) category, it received an award for 24 months zero harm and also 12 months Penicillin resistant. For SSI, the hospital received 30 months and 18 months for zero colon infections and 36 months abdominal hysterectomy. Finally Marion was recognized for 58 months of zero bloodstream infection.

Since 2013, SCHA has presented Zero Harm Awards to hospitals that are on the forefront of preventing medical errors. By some estimates, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, with an economic impact that could reach $1 trillion annually.

Thanks to 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. This effort implements robust, evidence-based practices that make a positive impact on patients and the safety and quality of care.

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

“It is great to be recognized by the SCHA in seven different categories,” Carolinas Hospital System chief executive officer Vance Reynolds said. “This recognition affirms our efforts to make patient safety our top priority. All of our staff are to be commended for their ongoing commitment to high quality health care.”

According to Thornton Kirby, president and CEO of SCHA, the awards are all part of the association’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating a culture of “Zero Harm” by recognizing the efforts of the amazing clinicians who work every day to provide high quality care in South Carolina’s hospitals and health systems.

“Zero Harm is about taking the principles of high reliability and applying them to how we deliver health care in South Carolina,” Kirby said. “While one medical error is one too many, highly reliable organizations celebrate milestones to establish a new standard – and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with Zero Harm.”

Project could have $57 million impact on Florence, create new jobs

By: Tonya Brown

Florence City Council approved an ordinance this week that could eventually have a $57 million impact on the city and create new jobs.

City leaders said they can’t say a lot right now, but said this is project like no other for downtown district.

The ordinance authorized ” the issuance and sale of two General Obligation Bond Anticipation Notes in a total amount not exceeding $7, 100,000 (Taxable Series 2018A in the amount of $2,900,000 and Tax-Exempt Series 201 ~~ in the amount of $4,200,000) to be used to reimburse funds expended by the City to defray the costs of certain economic and development efforts in the City’s downtown area, and other matters related thereto.”

Florence City Council approved an ordinance this week that could eventually have a $57 million impact on the city and create new jobs.

City leaders said they can’t say a lot right now, but said this is project like no other for downtown district.

The ordinance authorized ” the issuance and sale of two General Obligation Bond Anticipation Notes in a total amount not exceeding $7, 100,000 (Taxable Series 2018A in the amount of $2,900,000 and Tax-Exempt Series 201 ~~ in the amount of $4,200,000) to be used to reimburse funds expended by the City to defray the costs of certain economic and development efforts in the City’s downtown area, and other matters related thereto. ”

The project requires that the “City issue bonds to defray costs that include, but are not limited to, property acquisitions, parking, building demolition, and streetscape additions and improvements. ”

A city councilman called the project one of the single most impactful projects in the history of downtown Florence and would consume an entire block if the deal goes through.–A


Leadership Florence visits Locked Inn, builds teamwork skills

Leadership Florence visited Locked Inn – A Live Escape Room Experience as a part of their two-day team building retreat.

The class split into four teams and participants competed in a live action adventure game where they were “locked in” a room and had to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles to escape.

Thank you to the Locked Inn team for hosting Leadership Florence!

Jingle all the way: Market opens at Florence Center

By: Andrew Boardwine

FLORENCE, S.C. – Christmas enthusiasts will ring in the holiday season this weekend at the Florence Center with the 2018 Jingle Bell Market.

The Jingle Bell Market held its kickoff celebration Thursday afternoon with a ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Hudson, the show manager, said she was excited to see the event kickoff after many months of planning.

“It’s very overwhelming,” Hudson said. “We’ve been working on this for a very long time. We knew what we wanted to do. We wanted to have the charity part in the show so that it truly benefits everybody. We have quality people, and I’m very excited for the weekend.”

The market has exhibits offering everything for your Christmas shopping lists, including crafts, apparel, vintage finds, shabby chic, frames, home decor, DIY, recycled, repurposed, mobile boutiques, monogram gifts, home decor, gourmet foods, gift and garden, jewelry, toys and more.

The show includes several areas with vendors and exhibits, including Jingle Bell Junction, Christmas Craft Cove and Fa La La Vintage Farmer’s Market, The Christmas Café, Shop ‘N Drop and Mistletoe Manor, with some of those areas highlighting local charities.

“I’ve got some of the best vendors from around the state,” Hudson said. “There are all kinds of stuff here for everybody.”

In addition to shopping opportunities for the adults, children will have the chance to take pictures with Santa and write letters to him to update their Christmas wish list.

The market also includes an area called the “Grinch’s Grotto,” a special gathering place for guys to watch games on a supersized projector screen and sit back and enjoy lunch.

“That will be a fun place for ladies to drop their men off and go shop,” Hudson said. “It should be a fun time for everyone and that’s what we’re going for.”

The market includes a festival of trees that will be auctioned off, benefiting the House of Hope.

Other benefits and fundraising opportunities will continue throughout the weekend for other area charities. Additionally, there will be a ceremony for local veterans and their guests, held in conjunction with Quilts of Valor.

The Jingle Bell Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Florence hospitals maintain top grades

By: Andrew Boardwine

FLORENCE, S.C. — Two Florence hospitals ranked among the best in the state of South Carolina, according to a recent study.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by some of the nation’s leading employers and private health care experts, published its most recent Hospital Safety Scores.

Since 2012, the group has published the report cards twice a year—once in the spring and once during fall—taking into account errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Based on these criteria, both McLeod Regional Medical Center of the Pee Dee and Carolinas Hospital System in Florence were awarded an A.

Both hospitals maintained A’s from spring 2018 grades that were published in April.

Carolinas Hospital System chief nursing officer Costa Cockfield said the organization was pleased to receive the accolade and continues to make safety a top priority.

“Carolinas Hospital System is pleased to have earned an A grade in the Leapfrog update as it recognizes the safe, quality care we provide to our patients,” Cockfield said. “We know that a Leapfrog Safety Score of an “A” can only be accomplished through purposeful, ongoing collaborative work among physicians, clinical and support staff. The systematic delivery of safe and reliable care requires relentless communication that safe care is priority. We continue to be very proud of our employees’ unwavering commitment to patient safety and exemplary care of our patients.”

C. Dale Lusk, M.D., chief medical officer and vice president for medical services of McLeod Regional Medical, said the recognition comes from the hard work the center puts into achieving safety for its patients.

“Quality is a core value for McLeod. Through the leadership of a medical staff committed to reviewing data and implementing robust process improvement methodology, we strive to continually improve the care we provide for the patients we serve,” Lusk said. “This recognition is evidence of the endless work that takes place every day to create a culture of quality and safety for our patients. We compare ourselves to the nation’s best in receiving measurable results and we remain dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care possible to our region.”

Other Pee Dee hospitals included in the study were Carolinas Hospital System- Marion (B); McLeod Health Cheraw (B); and Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center (C). Carolina Pines fell from a B in the spring to a C in the fall. Neither Carolinas Hospital System- Marion nor McLeod Health Cheraw was scored in the spring of 2018.

Of the 46 hospitals that were graded in South Carolina, 14 received an A. The state ranked No. 26 in the nation with 30.43 percent of hospitals receiving an A. The top-rated state was New Jersey (56.72 percent) while Delaware, North Dakota and Washington, D.C., tied for last with no hospital receiving an A grade.

The Pee Dee graded as the top region in the state, with 40 percent of its hospitals receiving A’s and another 40 percent receiving B’s. The region also had the lowest number of hospitals with five.

The Upstate region was second with 38.5 percent of its 13 hospitals receiving an A; the Grand Strand was third with 33.3 percent of its six hospitals receiving an A; the Midlands fourth with 25 percent of 12 hospitals receiving an A; and the Lowcountry last with 20 percent of 10 hospitals receiving an A.

Fifty percent of Midlands hospitals received a C grade while 50 percent of the Lowcountry region received a grade of B. The Upstate had another 38.5 percent of its hospitals receive C grades.

Leap Frog graded more than 2,600 hospitals nationally. Thirty-two percent earned an A, 24 percent earned a B, 37 percent a C, 6 percent a D and just less than 1 percent an F.