Abbeville Area Medical Center Recognized for Nurse-Patient Communication


Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) was recently recognized for havingthe best “Nurse-Patient Communication” in South Carolina, according to Becker’s Healthcare Review.  

Four South Carolina hospitals were recognized, with AAMC holding the top honor with a score of 91 percent.  Other hospitals recognized were Patewood Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Newberry County Hospital in Newberry and Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens.  

“Our nurses truly care about our patients and their families,” stated Charlotte Campbell, AAMC Inpatient Nursing Director.  “They strive to provide one-on-one care and our patients see that we are there for them every step of the way.  It’s not just a job to them, it’s a very heartfelt calling, and it shows.”

At least 85 percent of patients at the four hospitals responded on their HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) surveys that nurses always communicated well. In South Carolina, the average score is 81 percent, slightly higher than the national average of 80 percent.  The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare website and represent HCAHPS scores collected from April 2015 through March 2016, the most recent data available.  HCAHPS surveys measure patients' perspectives on hospital care.

“Nurses are the backbone of any healthcare system – without good nurses we would not be able to provide the quality compassionate care for which we’ve become known,” stated Howard “Dean” Turner, AAMC CEO.  “We are very proud of our nurses and the genuine commitment they show to their patients and to our hospital.”

CAPTION:  Members of the AAMC nursing staff were recently recognized as having the best “nurse-patient communication” in the state. Nurses, physicians, rehab services and other clinical staff work closely together to ensure patients receive the best care possible.

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