COLUMBIA – The Union Hospital District’s efforts to keep its employees safe from workplace accidents were rewarded recently with checks totaling $275,306 from Palmetto Hospital Trust, the workers’ compensation self-insurance pool in which it participates.
“Union Hospital District and other Palmetto Hospital Trust members are benefiting from effective loss prevention strategies,” notes Larry W. Gray, AIC, executive vice president, claims and risk management at PHT Services, Ltd. (PHTS) in Columbia. “These include an emphasis on preventing lifting injuries, and widespread implementation of transitional duty programs. PHT members are also diligent about reporting claims promptly.”
PHTS administers the workers’ compensation program for Union Hospital District and other South Carolina hospitals and health systems participating in Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT).
PHT and its members are known for their emphasis on preventing lifting injuries, trips and falls, injuries from sharp objects, and for helping injured workers return to work as soon as their condition permits. All of these loss-prevention techniques have been instrumental in helping PHT members earn refunds for their contribution to the group self-insurance program’s success.
Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) was founded in 1977 by South Carolina health care executives as a group workers’ compensation self-insurance pool. The Trust members include hospitals, continuing care retirement centers, organizations dealing with special needs individuals, and other health care organizations. PHT is a leading provider of workers’ compensation coverage to the state’s health care industry. Workers’ compensation services are provided to PHT members under a contract with PHT Services, Ltd., and through business alliances with other best practices companies.