COLUMBIA – Hospice Care of South Carolina was presented with the Bronze Achiever Governor’s Quality Award from the South Carolina Quality Forum for the company’s progress and leadership in the state. Hospice Care of South Carolina is the first hospice care provider to ever win this award.
“As the leading hospice provider in the state, we continually strive to provide superior care to our patients,” said Dawn Teachey, CEO of Hospice Care of South Carolina. “We specialize in providing compassionate care with a highly trained staff focused on expert pain management and symptom control. Receiving this award only confirms that we truly work our hardest to provide specialized and high-quality care.”
Frank Fusco, chair of the Quality Forum Advisory Committee, presented the Bronze Achiever Awards to Hospice Care of South Carolina and also to Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. Bridgestone America’s Tire Operations received a Quality Award in the Explorers category. The reception was held at the It-oLogy Center in Columbia on Nov. 14.
The process for choosing the Governor’s Quality Award winners is selective and names only those organizations that show progress worthy of recognition based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. These criteria include leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis, knowledge management, workforce focus, operations focus and results.
Those who wish to be considered for the award submit a written application, which is reviewed by a team of examiners who later perform a site visit to the organization. These examiners represent a variety of fields in South Carolina, including the medical, education and private sectors.
HCSC also is promoting National Hospice and Palliative Month that runs the month of November. The awareness campaign brings attention to the more than 1.58 million people who receive care from hospice palliative care providers in the United States every year. HCSC has the broadest range of care of all hospice providers in South Carolina and is also the only hospice provider with both crisis care and a pediatric care program.
Hospice Care of South Carolina is the state’s leading hospice provider with 35 local offices that serve all 46 counties. For more than 15 years, HCSC has been devoted to enriching life and making a difference for every patient who is touched by advanced illness.
HCSC is the only South Carolina hospice provider that trains other providers in every curriculum of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a nationally accredited course in all areas (CORE, Critical Care, Geriatric, Veterans and Pediatrics).
Earlier this year HCSC was named Employer of the Year by Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association for Board Certification for employing 37.5 percent of all Certified Hospice and Palliative-care Licensed Nurses and 34.65 percent of all National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses in South Carolina.