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MUSC Health Midlands Division Wins 16 Zero Harm Awards for Commitment to Patient Safety

November 11, 2022
MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown

MUSC Health Midlands Division is pleased to announce winning 16 2022 Zero Harm Awards from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) for our commitment to eliminating medical errors and creating a culture of high reliability throughout our facility. By pursuing a standard of Zero Harm, our hospital continues to put patient safety first in our mission to provide world-class care to the patients and communities we serve.

See a list of awards per hospital below:

Columbia Medical Center Downtown

  • CLABSI –6 Tower/CSSU
  • CLABSI –6 Heart/STU
  • CLABSI -5 Heart/MTU-B
  • SSI -Hip Replacement
  • SSI -Knee Replacement

Columbia Medical Center Northeast

  • Hospital-onset MRSA
  • CLABSI –Hospital Wide
  • Hospital onset C. diff
  • Pressure Injuries • CLABSI –Surg/Med 2
  • Pressure Injuries

Kershaw Medical Center

  • SSI –Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • SSI -Colon Surgery
  • SSI -Hip Replacement
  • SSI -Knee Replacement

SCHA’s Zero Harm Awards were started in 2014 to recognize hospitals that have had extended harm-free periods in major areas of surgery and other common medical procedures. These awards demonstrate that patient safety and highly reliable care are cornerstones of South Carolina hospitals. All of the hospital data used for these awards is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control based on real healthcare outcomes.

“The Zero Harm program is a significant tool for advancing high-quality healthcare and a culture of safety in the state’s hospitals,” says Karen Reynolds, Executive Director of Innovation and Acceleration at SCHA. “South Carolina has developed a blueprint for reducing avoidable harm in our healthcare facilities by encouraging hospitals to develop a network for communicating and sharing best practices.”

“We are tremendously proud of our clinical leaders and team members who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to providing high-quality care,” says Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, CMO MUSC Health Midlands Division. “These Zero Harm Awards are a testament to the strength and resilience of our entire team.”

MUSC Health-Midlands Division combines advanced technology, medical innovation and proven treatment methods to benefit its patients. Its extensive range of services includes heart and vascular care, minimally invasive surgery, diagnostics, women’s health and rehabilitation services.

The Midlands Division employs more than 2,000 employees and nearly 200 physicians representing all major specialties. With locations across multiple counties, including Richland, Fairfield, Lexington, Kershaw, Newberry and Bamberg, the MUSC Health-Midlands Division is dedicated to serving the health care needs of people living in the Midlands of South Carolina.

This year 60 hospitals won 295 Zero Harm Awards for their commitment to delivering highly reliable care. For more information about this year’s awards and a full list of winners, go to