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Beaufort Memorial Hospital awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission
Beaufort Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Beaufort Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Beaufort Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey earlier this month. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated BMH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Beaufort Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Beaufort Memorial for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

BMH offers Stroke Survivors Support Group
Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services now offers a Stroke Survivors Support Group that meets the second Wednesday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center Library. The cancer center is located at 1680 Ribaut Road in Port Royal. The first meeting was held May 9 with future meetings on June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12. There is no registration required. For more information, please contact Jessica Kurpis at 522-5593 or Kathy Campbell at 522-7445.

Camp Sea Breeze caters to kids with asthma
Children with asthma can learn to safely enjoy an active lifestyle by attending Camp Sea Breeze, a weeklong asthma camp, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services and the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation. Camp Sea Breeze is a day camp designed to teach children with asthma how to cope with their disease. Staffed by Beaufort Memorial respiratory therapists, the camp combines field trips to the YMCA and Marine Corps Air Station, arts and crafts, exercise and nutrition classes, and asthma education in a fun and safe environment. To attend Camp Sea Breeze you must have asthma, be between the ages of 6 and 11, and be under a physician’s care for asthma. A parent orientation will be held Monday, June 25, at 6 p.m. in the Beaufort Memorial Administration Boardroom on the third floor of the Beaufort Medical Plaza. The camp will run from Tuesday, June 26, through Friday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Sea Island Best Western (Dolphin Room). The cost is $25 per child, and includes lunch, snacks, materials and a T-shirt. Scholarships are available. To register, call Toni Rehkop, respiratory therapist, in the BMH LifeFit Wellness Center at (843) 522-5830.