Two Lowcountry hospitals honored by health care accreditation group

Two Lowcountry hospitals honored by health care accreditation group

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two hospitals in the Lowcountry were honored as being top performers on key quality health care measures.

The Joint Commission, a national health care accreditation and certification organization, listed Trident Medical Center in Charleston and Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro among its top performers for 2013 in its annual report.

In its annual report, the commission listed Trident Medical Center among the best in treating heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

"We are very proud that our physicians and staff have a dedication to quality care that continues to benefit our patients year after year," Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati said.

Colleton Medical Center was honored for treatment of heart failure and pneumonia as well as surgical care, the report states.

"We understand that it matters to patients that the quality and the safety of our care is our top priority, and we're very happy to be honored by the Joint Commission," Colleton Medical Center CEO Brad Griffin said.

Both hospitals have received this distinction for four years in a row, a ranking less than three percent of the nation's hospitals achieve.

The facilities are among 1,224 hospitals in the country earning the distinction, based on ratings from accountability measure data reported to the commission during the 2013 calendar year.

A total of 20 hospitals in South Carolina were listed based on an analysis of performance during 2013.

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