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Baton Rouge – All seven HCSD hospitals received 2008 Louisiana Hospital Quality Awards from the Louisiana Health Care Review (LHCR). 

Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, and University Medical Center received Gold Level awards.  Only 26 hospitals in Louisiana received the gold level award.

Earl K. Long Medical Center, LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, and W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center received Silver Level awards.  Only 18 hospitals in the state received the silver level award.

The Interim LSU Public Hospital received the Bronze Level Award.  Only 19 hospitals in the state received the bronze level award.

“These awards recognize the ongoing efforts we are making in all of our hospitals to provide quality health care to our patients,” said Dr. Michael K. Butler, CEO of the LSU Health Care Services Division.  “Our well integrated system of hospitals fosters the provision of the right health care, at the right time, and at the right cost.”

LHCR established the awards to recognize Louisiana hospitals that successfully implement quality initiatives to improve patient care in the hospital setting, specifically in the areas of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have designated these clinical topics as national health care priorities. 

HCSD hospital staff have been working with quality improvement specialists from LHCR to use proven, evidence-based practices to improve patient care.

The awards were announced at the second annual Louisiana Health Care Quality Summit hosted by the LHCR.  2008 is the fourth year the awards were given.

Louisiana Hospital Quality Awards

Representing HCSD at the annual Louisiana Health Care Quality Summit, where all HCSD hospitals received awards for quality improvement, were Glenda Hopper, RN, CPHQ, Quality Management Director, LSU BMC, left to right; Lisa Breaux, RN, BSN, Quality Management Program Coordinator,  WOMRMC; Kristine Like, RN, CPHQ, Quality Management Director, WOMRMC;
Tonia Chauvin, RN Quality Management Program Coordinator, LJCMC; Cindy Hancock, RN, BSN Quality Management RN 3, LJCMC; and
Simone Olivier, RN, BSN, Quality Management Performance Improvement Coordinator, UMC.