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Colleton Medical Center was recently named to the Nation’s Top Hospital list

Karen R. Hinen, President
Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Minute

I was delighted to learn that Colleton Medical Center was recently named to the Nation’s Top Hospital list. It is one of only 244 hospitals nationwide to earn distinction two years in a row. Colleton Medical Center attained some of the highest performance scores in the nation in treating heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. CMC is one of the 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

I don’t understand what all the statistics mean or how the measurements are taken except for the fact that it is a nationally recognized means of determining the quality of care in a hospital. But, what I do understand is the quality of care that my husband and I have personally received at Colleton Medical Center. While CMC may not be a Trauma Center or the leading “Heart Attack” Hospital, what they do specialize in is recognizing when critical care is needed. When this happens they are the best at getting the patient stable and transported to the proper hospital center. Did you know that there is a helicopter on the heli-pad at Colleton Medical Center at all times? When an emergency happens and the helicopter is dispatched, another is immediately sent to take its place.

If it were not for the diligence of the physicians at CMC, my husband, Dennis may not be around today. Dennis went to our family physician thinking he had the start of pneumonia. The doctor did not see pneumonia and sent Dennis to the hospital for tests. After much blood work and stress tests for the heart, Dennis was diagnosed with heart problems. Within 30 minutes of the cardiologist telling us Dennis has this problem, the hospital had called a medical transport and within 10 minutes of the time, Dennis was on his way to Charleston for further heart diagnosis and ultimately triple by-pass surgery. Some people may say that we were lucky that Dennis did not have a heart attack. Because of that, his heart remained strong and undamaged and he is healing well. But if we had not had the quality of care from our family doctor, the hospital staff and cardiologist and if it were not for the speed of everyone’s response to his heart condition, he would have had a heart attack. With 98% blockage, it was pretty clear that it was going to happen – and soon.

Front row, L/R: Ann Jonason, CNO, Kim Rakes-Stephens, MD
Back row, L/R: Mitch Mongell, CEO, Bernard Warshaw, Board Chair, Alisha Fender, Quality Director. Photo submitted.

We weren’t lucky, we were privileged (and are privileged) to have some of the best care we have ever had right here in Walterboro. We have lived and worked in some of the best cities around for health care. Hartford, CT – New York City – Nashville, TN. We know what good hospital care is, and believe me – we have that care at Colleton Medical Center.

So thank you to the management, staff and doctors at Colleton Medical Center for being so good – and congratulations to all of you for being recognized for this level of quality health care. You deserve it!

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