Abbeville Area Medical Center Receives National Quality Award
Abbeville Area Medical Center recently received an award for demonstrating excellence and innovation in quality.
The National Rural Health Resource Center recognized the Abbeville hospital for its leadership in voluntarily reporting quality data to Hospital Compare and its participation in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project, a program with a goal to improve rural quality care access for Medicare beneficiaries served by Critical Access Hospitals.
The award was established by the center and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to recognize the excellent work in critical access hospitals throughout the country. The recognition promotes excellence in quality and innovation and honors the achievements and results of these hospitals, and publicizes successful strategies.
This year, 20 critical access hospitals were nominated for recognition and only eight were chosen. “This year’s recipients embody both outstanding quality and meaningful innovation,” said Terry Hill, executive director of the National Rural Health Resource Center. “They demonstrate that rural hospitals can lead the way in the rapidly changing health care industry.”
“Having high quality health care services available locally is crucial to the safety, health, and economic well-being of our community,” stated Abbeville Area Medical Center CEO Rich Osmus.
“Abbeville Area Medical Center is a wonderful model for how to consistently provide the kind of quality healthcare every rural community deserves. Hospital employees are engaged in not only providing this high level of care but also in validating their successes of improved patient outcomes. We are fortunate in South Carolina, as are the residents of Abbeville County, to have a leader in quality healthcare like AAMC,” remarked Graham Adams, CEO of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health.