Three surveyors from the Joint Commission arrived at McLeod Medical Center Dillon for their tri-annual survey yesterday, at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. As many of you know and have experienced, this can be a highly stressful encounter. However, through dedicated teamwork and through survey readiness, the Dillon staff was prepared for the two-day survey. The accreditation cycle is every three years and the surveys are unannounced.
Debbie Locklair, Nancy Barnes, Joan Ervin, Linda Duncan, Cindy Causey and the entire Dillon team have been diligent in their efforts to support activities, education and improvement processes to help the hospital meet the highest standards of the Joint Commission.
I must say that when I walked through the hospital, there was a sense of pride and excitement. People were full of energy and confidence. While I was not a surveyor, members of the team would enthusiastically direct me to an area of their department and provide me an explanation of what they were working on for patients and improvements in care.
I spoke with Dr. Wally Blum, Chief of the Medical Staff in Dillon, a member of the Community Board, and a general surgeon in Dillon. He was at the nursing station encouraging the team as the survey was in progress. He was pleased with the review and provided excellent feedback to staff and the surveyors as well.
The team of people in Dillon who serve our patients deserve our recognition and special note of thanks. I also wanted to extend my appreciation to all of you for preparing for the standards and helping McLeod to be the Choice for Medical Excellence.