If individuals require medical assistance in South Carolina, they might want to explore alternative options to this particular hospital.

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Getting Sick Sucks

Nobody wishes to fall ill. Illness disrupts various aspects of life simultaneously, including work commitments, childcare responsibilities, and numerous other factors. The prospect of visiting a hospital becomes even more daunting when symptoms are severe. This elevates concerns about the financial implications of hospitalization. Fortunately, South Carolina is home to several excellent hospitals.

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Looking Into South Carolina Hospitals

When considering hospitals in South Carolina, which ones should you prioritize and which ones should you steer clear of? Recently, The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to patient safety, conducted an evaluation of hospitals nationwide to identify some of the top-performing and lowest-ranking facilities concerning patient safety.

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Luckily for people in South Carolina, they have 21 hospitals throughout the state that received an "A" grade for patient safety. However, there was one hospital in the state that received the lowest grade that you can get, a "D."

One South Carolina Hospital Received a "D" in Patient Safety

The Safety Grade utilizes up to 22 national patient safety measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and information from other supplemental data sources.

A few examples of the rated safety measures in the survey are:

  • Patient Rights And Ethics
  • Preventing Patient Harm
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity Care

This survey showed that Piedmont Medical Center has the lowest grade in patient safety in the entire state of South Carolina. 

Hospital Rating: hospitalsafetygrade.org
Hospital Rating: hospitalsafetygrade.org

Piedmont Medical Center

Located at: 222 S. Herlong Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29732-1952

The hospital's website says, "Established in 1983, our 288-bed full-service hospital serves the residents of York County and beyond. As your premier healthcare system, we are committed to ensuring that all patients have access to the highest quality of care. Through innovative programs, collaborations and technological advances, we continuously expand our scope of services to meet the needs of our growing community. We’ve been recognized for our growth and leadership, and we’re very proud of the numerous accolades and designations we have received from our industry."

Piedmont Medical Center (Google Maps)
Piedmont Medical Center (Google Maps)

Looking at the Google reviews of this hospital, Piedmont Medical Center received 1.9 out of 5 stars overall. Many people are frustrated with the poor service, the frustrating wait times, and problems with understaffing.

It seems like this hospital needs to improve how safe it is for patients. Do you agree with what they found based on your own experiences? If you want to know which South Carolina hospitals got an "A" grade and where the others are on the list, click here.

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