Hospital Quality Guide
SCBCH works with South Carolina Hospitals to complete the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leap- frog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals‟ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Hospitals that participate in this survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved.
Unified: One Voice Against Obesity
SCBCH was an active member of the DHEC led group that crafted a SC Obesity Plan to address this problem in a multi-stakeholder approach. SCBCH leadership also served on this group’s Executive Committee. An employer advisory group will be formed within SCBCH constituency to roll down the statewide plan with strategy and tactics relevant to the worksite.
Birth Outcomes Initiative
South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (BOI) is an effort by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), South Carolina Hospital Association, March of Dimes, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and over 100 stakeholders, including SCBCH, to improve the health outcomes for newborns not only in the Medicaid program but throughout the state’s population. Launched in July 2011, SCBOI has these core objectives:
- Elimination of elective inductions for non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation
- Reducing the number of admissions and the average length of stay in neonatal intensive care units
- Reducing health disparities
- Making 17P, a compound that helps prevent pre-term births, available to all at-risk pregnant women with no “hassle factor”
- Implementing a universal screening and referral tool (SBIRT) in the physician’s office to screen pregnant women and 12 months post-delivery for tobacco use, substance abuse, alcohol, depression and domestic violence
- Promoting Baby Friendly Certified Hospitals and Breast Feeding
SCBCH is proud to be a launching partner for the Call to Action for Improvement of Health for All in South Carolina
Project Summary: When it comes to healthcare in South Carolina, we all agree there’s room for improvement; and because of economic, racial and geographic disparities, it’s hard for many children or adults in the Palmetto state to live healthy lives.
As South Carolina businesses, we are not strangers to this problem.
Some of our businesses are located in areas where African American babies are born with low birth-weight at rates 2-10 times higher than White babies; or where 60% of the third graders are not reading at grade level. These babies and kids are at disadvantage to achieve their health, educational, and professional potential.
Inside our companies, employees with lower incomes have twice the rates of diabetes, depression, smoking, or lack of personal doctor, that their higher-income counterparts. This is concerning because our current workforce is not as healthy as they could be, their wellbeing is diminished, cost of care for employees and employers increases, and productivity decreases.
A healthy workforce drives a thriving economy. We must take action to guarantee that our current and future workforce achieve their potential for optimal health.
The South Carolina Business Coalition on Health is an active member of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, a coalition of close to 50 organizations that are forging common ground among many different players and coordinating action on shared goals. In critical areas, we’re aligning existing efforts throughout South Carolina to improve health and healthcare, while also lowering costs. Underpinning the effort is a commitment to equity, where everyone has the same probability of attaining the best health status independent of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, neighborhood, ethnicity, educational attainment disability, or socioeconomic status. Results are intended to meet the tenets of healthcare’s “Triple Aim” – improved population health, better quality care, and lower per-capita costs of care.
We are committed to investing in the achievement of optimal health status for our current and future workforce through:
- Identifying which groups of our workforce and areas surrounding our companies require additional support to be healthier.
- Partnering with organizations and communities to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our current and future workforce.
- Striving to develop emphatic relationships with people of different cultures and backgrounds.
- Promoting and utilizing diversity as a competitive advantage for decision-making at all levels of leadership
Business & Disparities in SC Presentation
Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR)
SCBCH is a member of this Board, working to shape SCTR’s efforts to improve the culture of biomedical research via bi-directional dialogue with the communities they serve.