Accreditation from Joint Commission 
Tuesday, 06 September 2005 

Hilton Head Island, SC – September 6, 2005 – By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s national standards for heath care quality and safety, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center participated in the Joint Commission’s new “Shared Visions – New Pathways” survey which is an entirely new approach to evaluating quality and safety in our hospital.  It is truly an audit of the actual delivery of critical services and not a review of policies.  “Shared Visions – New Pathways shifts the view of accreditation from a snapshot to a feature-length film, providing panoramic insight into the hospital’s daily operations and systems.

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Elizabeth Lamkin, president and CEO.  “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Kurt Patton, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission.  “The community should be proud that Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is focusing on the most challenging goal, to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”
The award of accreditation is for a three-year period ending 2007.

In addition, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals was validated by the Joint Commission in 2004.  National Patient Safety Goals are a series of specific actions that accredited organizations are required to take in order to prevent medical errors such as miscommunications among caregivers, unsafe use of infusion pumps, and medication mix-ups. 

National Quality Improvement Goals allow hospitals to report on key indicators of quality of care in up to four treatment areas: heart attack, heart failure, community acquired pneumonia, pregnancy and related conditions.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit