William Schreffler, NP-C, formerly a Beaufort Memorial perioperative nurse, has returned to the hospital after earning his master’s degree and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

He recently began working with board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Jones at Beaufort Memorial Orthopaedic Specialists.

A graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Schreffler brings 10 years of operating room experience to his new job. He worked for three years as a perioperative nurse at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC, before joining the staff at BMH in 2009.

Two years ago, he left the hospital to pursue family nurse practitioner studies at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. Schreffler graduated from the program this April with a GPA of 3.9.

Beaufort Memorial Orthopaedic Specialists is located at 1251 Ribaut Rd. in Beaufort.

Dr. Jones and Schreffler also see patients in Bluffton at Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Medical Services at 11 Arley Way in Westbury Park. To make an appointment with the practice, call 843-524-3015.

  • Coastal Carolina Hospital has received The Leapfrog Group’s top Safety Grade in the 2016 Fall release. The hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.

It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

  • Following an extensive onsite evaluation of Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s cancer program, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer renewed the hospital’s accreditation, and went a step further, presenting it with the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor bestowed to just 20 U.S. accredited cancer programs evaluated in the first half of this year.

It is the second time BMH has received special recognition from the Commission. In 2010, just four years after opening the Keyserling Cancer Center, the hospital was honored with the New Program Outstanding Achievement Award.

For more information, visit www.bmhsc.org or call 843-522-7800.

  • Memorial Health in Savannah has been awarded seven Health Care Heroes Awards. The Georgia Medical Society presented its 16th Annual awards Nov. 1. Organizations and individuals nominated heroes in six categories.

The Health Care Hero award winners from Memorial Health were:

Health Care Innovation: The Primary Care Accelerated Track Program

Health Care Education: Teen Drivers Program

Community Outreach, two winners: Jimmy Gordon, safety officer and regional emergency coordinator; and Dwaine and Cynthia Willett, supporters of the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah

Institutions-Organizations: Infectious Disease Response Team

Physicians Lifetime Achievement, two winners: Carl Boyd, M.D., former trauma surgeon and leader of the Level 1 trauma center; and Linda Sacks, M.D., former neonatologist and leader of the Level III neonatal intensive care nursery.

For more information, visit www.memorialhealth.com.