Teamwork and Preparation Pay Off

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.


2 Responses to “Teamwork and Preparation Pay Off”

  1. lisa mc says:

    I applaud Mr Kirby for his representation of the entire SCHA on this issue. I do have an elementary thought that needs clarification.
    While it is valid that hospitals loose money, aggregately, on medicare patients, it is important to note that the medicare population is 65 or older, or disabled. In theory, if others without coverage could opt into a plan such as this, one would think that such a concept may have the ability to even the playing feild, assuming that there would be younger, healthier patients enrolling in such a plan. But in reality, it seems that the majority of that population would already have healthcare benefits through private industry or policy. So, that leaves those who are indigent. Currently, we do receive disproportionate share consideration for caring for indigent patients. Under this plan, it seems that this consideration for indigent care would vanish, or be severely reduced, and provision of care for those who now have “medicare like coverage” would increase, thereby costing hospitals even more money, and increasing that negative aggregate even more.
    Not a smart move.

  2. rob colones says:

    Thanks for your feedback. This is the same thought we have about the proposed ‘public plan’ … it will be a third government program (in addition to Medicare and Medicaid) that does not fully cover cost nor contain cost in the future. If the ‘public plan’ covers more than the indigent patients by encouraging employers to drop their coverage and move to the ‘public plan’ where cost is not covered, then the shortfalls will be greater than they are today.