Working hard to exceed the highest standards of patient care and safety
It’s impressive to hear about the numerous accolades Pelham Medical Center has earned over the past year. But it’s even more impressive to hear about the supportive leadership, friendly environment and commitment to continuous improvement from the perspective of a few of the nurses that made the awards possible.
“Our teamwork is what sets us apart,” said Rhonda Wright, registered nurse and clinical coordinator. “Quality improvement is part of our jobs, and we encourage everyone to get out there and make positive changes.”
Listening to patients is priority one, with hourly rounds and check-ins. “We’re inviting patients to be a part of their care plan,” said Myra Whiten, chief nursing officer. “They feel safe, and family feels comfortable leaving their loved ones in our hands.”
Amberly Tate, a registered nurse in the ER, says the family atmosphere among the staff translates to a better experience for patients. “I enjoy the people I work with and I wake up wanting to go to work and impact lives,” she said.
Recent awards include the prestigious ANCC Pathway to Excellence, Modern Healthcare Best Place to Work and a S.C. Quality Forum’s Silver Achiever Award. Wright is a Palmetto Gold nurse, an honor recognizing nurses who contribute quality improvements, and she’s one of 32 Palmetto Gold winners currently on staff.
Awards aren’t everything, but the staff at Pelham Medical Center lives up to the honors every day, all in the name of patient health and satisfaction.
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