Awards and Recognition

2017

  • Palmetto Health has been awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health care systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. Palmetto Health is one of 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program for heart failure and stroke care. Palmetto Health Richland received the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus.
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld has again recognized Palmetto Health as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in IT, selected as one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 20th among large organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list.
 
  • Palmetto Health Tuomey has been awarded the 2017 I SEE YOU CARE Award by Advanced ICU (AICU). The award recognizes outstanding collaboration between hospital staff and AICU’s remote critical care team.
 
  • Palmetto Health has been honored as one of four hospitals selected to receive an award for Best Overall Project by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Palmetto Health was selected from among 16 U.S. health care organizations participating in the Disparities Leadership Program’s 2016-2017 class. Palmetto Health’s project was chosen for its work with African-American patients diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
 
  • Palmetto Health has received the 2016 Employer of the Year Award from Virginia College. This award is presented to an organization that has the most impact on Virginia College students and graduates within one fiscal year through hands-on learning opportunities, relationship building and networking.
 

2016

  • Palmetto Health has been recognized by readers of The State as best in health care for the seventh year in a row. Palmetto Health won two of the four health care categories: Best Hospital System and, for the third consecutive year, Best Hospital for Heart Health.
 
  • For the ninth time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is one of only seven “Most Wired” health care provider organizations in South Carolina to meet the magazine’s strict criteria. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld recognized Palmetto Health among the 2016 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 10th among large organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge were recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program for heart failure. Richland received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for heart failure, Baptist received the Silver Plus Achievement Award for heart failure and Baptist Parkridge received the Silver Achievement Award for heart failure.
 
  • February 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Palmetto Health Heart Hospital – South Carolina’s only freestanding hospital dedicated solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dedicated to being on the leading edge of advanced medical therapies and technologies, the Heart Hospital cares for more cardiac patients than any other hospital in the Midlands in a comfortable, healing environment.
 
  • Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey were designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for maternity care by BlueCross® Blue Shield® of South Carolina and BlueChoice® Health Plan of South Carolina. In addition, Palmetto Health Baptist was designated a Blue Distinction Center for bariatric surgery; Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge was designated a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery; and Palmetto Health Richland was designated a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery, cardiac care and knee and hip replacement. The national Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program recognizes hospitals for delivering quality, affordable specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.
 
  • Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Emergency Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in April. The only facility in the Midlands that is a designated Level I Trauma Center with a specific focus on pediatric emergencies, the Center has more than 30,000 visits per year, 13 exam rooms, a pediatric resuscitation room and two trauma bays featuring customized child-sized technology and equipment. 
 
  • Palmetto Health’s Weight Management Center received the three-year “Comprehensive Center” designation after a series of extensive evaluations from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
 
  • Palmetto Health Tuomey-based obstetrics practice Sumter OB/GYN received certification for its continued dedication to the Centering Pregnancy model and improving the health of moms and babies.
 
  • Palmetto Health was awarded Full Accreditation for three years, effective March 2016, by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). As one of eight newly accredited research organizations, Palmetto Health joins 227 accredited organizations worldwide. To earn AAHRPP accreditation, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to high standards for research. In today’s global, collaborative research enterprise, organizations increasingly rely on AAHRPP accreditation status to help identify trusted research partners.
 

2015

  • For the sixth year in a row, Palmetto Health was recognized by readers of The State as best in health care. Readers picked Palmetto Health as the Best Hospital System and Palmetto Health Heart Hospital as Best Hospital for Heart Health.  
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld recognized Palmetto Health among the 2015 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 39th among the top 100 in the nation. Palmetto Health is the only organization recognized in South Carolina.  
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist were recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program. Richland received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for heart failure, while Baptist received the Gold Achievement Award for heart failure.
 
  • For the eighth time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is one of only eight “Most Wired” health care provider organizations in South Carolina to meet the magazine’s strict criteria. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
 
  • In honor of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, Palmetto Health received the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. One of the most esteemed community service honors in health care, the prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland has received “Exemplar” status for its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders) program. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older. The “Exemplar” status recognizes Palmetto Health Richland’s ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and pre-eminence in the implementation and quality of system-wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate organizational commitment to the care of older adults.

 

2014

  • For the fifth year in a row, Palmetto Health was recognized by readers of The State as best in health care. Readers picked Palmetto Health as the Best Hospital System and Best Hospital for Heart Health.
 
  • For the seventh time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is the only Midlands health care provider to meet the magazine’s strict criteria and one of only six “Most Wired” organizations in South Carolina. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland’s NICHE (Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders) Program has achieved “Senior Friendly” status for the second year. NICHE is a designation indicating a hospital’s dedication to improving the care of hospitalized patients over the age of 65. The “Senior Friendly” status is given to NICHE hospitals that have implemented the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model and evidence-based protocols on multiple units, including specialty units; implemented systemic aging-sensitive policies, and included the input of patient, families, and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives. 
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland’s willow oaks were recently recognized by the City of Columbia Forestry and Beautification division as a part of their Treasured Trees Program. As part of a joint project by the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission and the Columbia Garden Club, the program is designed to document and preserve trees with significant value to the Midlands area. Trees are selected based on their superior size, historical background, sentimental value and scarcity of species. The award was presented by the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, the Columbia Garden Club, The State newspaper and the City of Columbia.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program. Richland received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke and heart failure and achieved the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Baptist received the Silver Performance Award for resuscitation outcomes, the Bronze Achievement Award for stroke and the Silver and Bronze Quality Achievement Awards for heart failure.

 

2013

  • Palmetto Health has been recognized as best in health care for the fourth year in a row by readers of The State newspaper in its annual Readers’ Choice awards. Palmetto Health was voted the Best Hospital System and the Best Place to have a Baby.
 
  • For the sixth time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is the only Midlands health care provider to meet the magazine’s strict criteria and is one of only six “Most Wired” organizations in South Carolina. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld recognized Palmetto Health among the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 46th among the top 100 in the nation and ninth in the South Atlantic region. Palmetto Health is the only organization recognized in South Carolina.
 
  • Palmetto Health has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for making the health and wellness of our team members a top priority. From Weight Watchers and smoking cessation classes to Pinckney’s Produce deliveries and stress management help, Palmetto Health offers a variety of health programs and wellness initiatives to fit the needs of our more than 9,000 employees.
 
  • The Total Joint Center at Palmetto Health Richland has again been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by BlueCross BlueShield.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes Richland’s commitment and success in providing excellent care to stroke patients.
 
  • Palmetto Health Baptist has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Silver Quality Achievement Award for Resuscitation Outcomes. The silver award recognizes hospitals who demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the four Get With The Guidelines® Resuscitation Recognition Measures.
 
  • Palmetto Health's Stroke program received reaccreditation from The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission representative said it was an honor to survey the program and noted that the commitment and engagement of our staff was very evident.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland's Heart Failure program was reaccredited by The Joint Commission.
 
  • Palmetto Health Heart Hospital's Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program received accreditation by The Joint Commission. A VAD is used to prolong the lives of patients with severe heart failure. With the only VAD program in the Midlands and one of only two in the state, Palmetto Health is able to offer this life-saving technology to people in our community and surrounding areas.
 
  • Palmetto Health received national recognition for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) video submitted for the national NICHE Video Contest. Palmetto Health and Suburban Hospital, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, were the only two winners. The video depicts the process redesign that Palmetto Health underwent to improve outcomes for the older adult patients they serve.
 
  • Palmetto Health is the only health care system in the Midlands that received national recognition for improving care to elderly patients. Both Richland and Baptist have adopted national best practices, tools and re-educated staff on caring for older adult patients.

 

2012

  • National Research Corp. has named Baptist among the nation's top hospitals as a Consumer Choice Award winner for the 14th consecutive year. The award identifies hospitals that healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in 250 markets throughout the United States. Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company's annual market study.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland is among the hospitals to receive the Studer Group's 2012 Excellence in Patient Care award. Richland was recognized in the category of Academic/Teaching Hospitals. To be eligible for the award, an organization must demonstrate outstanding performance in patient care. Recipients were nominated based on performance in key metrics, and winners were selected based on achievement, improvement, and overall outstanding performance.
 
  • For the third year in a row, Palmetto Health has been recognized as the best in healthcare by readers of The State newspaper in its annual Readers' Choice awards announced on July 29. This year Palmetto Health was voted Best Healthcare System and Best Place to Have a Baby, a great recognition of how our team members and physicians are always taking the extra step for our patients and their families. This year all businesses were eligible to win up to two different categories. We are pleased with the recognition we received as Best Hospital System and Best Place to Have a Baby. 
 
  • Palmetto Health received the Golden Apple award from the S.C. Hospital Association in recognition of our efforts to offer employees tasty and nutritious meal options. The award recognizes the healthy choices that are provided in the Palmetto Health cafeterias and the corresponding nutrition information, along with a price differential that encourages healthier options such as diet drinks. 
 
  • Congratulations to James W. Curtis Jr., DMD, and John F. Burton Jr., DDS, of the Palmetto Health Dental Center, who have been named among the Top Dentists in the Midlands. The honor was based on voting by hundreds of the doctors' peers in the dental profession. They were asked who they would recommend to their patients, taking into consideration experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and patient results. Only those with top rankings were named Top Dentists in the Midlands.
 
  • Palmetto Health again has been recognized for the third straight year as one of the 2012 "Most Wired" organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2011. The "Most Wired" hospitals and health systems were selected as a result of a nationwide survey that recognizes excellence in information technology. These organizations are dedicated to creating and adopting IT initiatives to improve the safety and quality of care and better meet patients' needs. Palmetto Health was the only healthcare system in the Midlands to earn the recognition.
 
  • IDG's Computerworld has announced Palmetto Health as a 2012 Best Places to Work in IT honoree, one of 100 top organizations providing an engaging work environment, challenging and meaningful work for their IT staffs, and great benefits and compensation. Honorees will be included in coverage in Computerworld magazine along with results from the 19th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey. Palmetto Health ranked 19th in the nation, up from 22nd in 2011, and second in the South Atlantic region.
 
  • The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved a new neurology residency training program at Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The four-year accreditation allows USC School of Medicine's Department of Neurology, Palmetto Health Richland and Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center to develop a neurology residency program that provides comprehensive training for future physicians. The Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina Neurology Residency Program becomes only the second accredited neurology residency program in South Carolina. Residents joining Palmetto Health/USC will train under the direction of Dr. Souvik Sen, an internationally recognized stroke neurologist.
 
  • Stacey McPhail, Director of the Palmetto Health Maternal and Child Health Initiative, was awarded the Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award at the 2012 annual meeting of the South Carolina Campaign to the Prevent Teen Pregnancy. From 2009 to 2010, the teen birth rate in Richland County decreased by 18 percent. The Teen Health Initiative at Palmetto Health works to provide support and assistance to teens, guiding them toward making better choices when faced with tough issues. McPhail has been the director of the initiative since 2000.
 
  • Palmetto Health was honored as a finalist for the 2011 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare. The honor recognized Palmetto Health's commitment to improving the health and well-being of people in the Midlands. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation and the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, Palmetto Health received $10,000 to be used to support our community health initiatives. Palmetto Health also was a finalist in 2010. 
 
  • Julian Gibbons, vice president for Community and Governmental Relations, has been honored as a 2012 Grassroots Award winner by the American Hospital Association. The award recognizes the exceptional work by Gibbons in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital's mission. 
 
  • Dr. William Gerard, Chief of Staff emeritus at Richland, has been honored as the Medical Control Physician of the Year by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Dr. Gerard is a specialist in emergency medicine and the chairman of the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative.
 
  • Medical Oncology at Palmetto Health Richland, received an award from the S.C. Hospital Association for its work to prevent central line infections. It has been honored as the Mid-Collaborative Most Improved on the CUSP-Stop BSI National Collaborative Award. 
 
  • Palmetto SeniorCare, an all-inclusive older adult day health program received a flawless CMS evaluation for its most recent review. The regional surveyors said Palmetto SeniorCare is an example for all PACE programs in the country.
 
  • The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Organization has been recognized with a prestigious national award, the 2012 Alliance for CME Award for Outstanding Educational Collaboration. The award recognizes organizations best demonstrating innovation or uniqueness in achieving effective CME collaboration. A collaborative USC-Palmetto Health effort delivered a successful statewide educational initiative for community pediatric providers who are part of the South Carolina Autism Treatment Network.
 
  • Palmetto Health was awarded the Get With the Guidelines Silver Plus award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll award at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans on Feb. 2. The Get With the Guidelines awards recognize hospitals that maintain at least 85 percent compliance in each of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Measures. The silver award represents 12 consecutive months of reported data at the 85 percent level. The Plus Award is an additional recognition based on maintaining 75 percent compliance with at least five of nine quality measures.  As a result of this recognition, Palmetto Health also will be listed in the "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. Target: Stroke was created to help hospital teams meet the goal of administering tPA to eligible ischemic stroke patients through door-to-needle (DTN) times of 60 minutes or less, which can greatly improve patient outcomes.
 
  • Palmetto Health's Marketing and Communications department was honored several times at the Addy Awards, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of the Midlands. The new exterior of the Children's Hospital Mobile Van received a Gold Addy award, as did photographer George Fulton, who took the striking images of superhero children that cover it. Palmetto Health also received three Silver Addy awards: for the Baptist Parkridge groundbreaking event, for the Children's Hospital brochure and for the promotional flyer for the rehabilitation services at the Northwest YMCA.  

 

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