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Meeting on Lallie Kemp's Importance to the Region Draws Overflow Crowd

State Representative John Bel Edwards with Sherre Pack-Hookfin, LKRMC CEO.
State Representative John Bel Edwards with Sherre Pack-Hookfin, LKRMC CEO. (click photo to enlarge)

Independence --State Representative John Bel Edwards convened a community meeting at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center on Monday, November 1, to discuss the importance of LKRMC to the region as the state faces healthcare budget cuts in the upcoming legislative session and a changing national healthcare landscape.

More than 125 people attended the meeting, which included speakers from LKRMC and LSU Health executive staff, the legislative delegation and the Northshore community. Representative Edwards, joined by Senator Ben Nevers other members of the legislative delegation, expressed their support for the hospital and pledged to defend the hospital against any possible budget cuts in the session, which begins in April of next year.

Open to all regardless of the ability to pay, LKRMC is a fundamental component of quality healthcare in the region. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission, LKRMC provides 24 hour emergency care services. It is a clinical training site for physicians and allied health and nursing students, delivering much needed healthcare professionals to the Northshore.

With 25 licensed beds for adult and pediatric care, LKRMC had 1,051 inpatient admissions in FY 2009 and 4,048 inpatient days.

Its outpatient clinical services are essential to the region. LKRMC had 79,084 outpatient encounters, 44,775 outpatient clinic visits and 24,706 emergency department encounters in FY 2009.

LKRMC had an estimated economic impact in FY 2009 of $87,588,212 in overall business activity.

LKRMC measures success in many ways, in its one-on-one personalized care that Northshore residents have long known it for, as well as by outside objective measures. For instance, LKRMC received the Silver Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award from the Louisiana Health Care Review for improving the quality healthcare it provides to its patients. The Silver Level is one of the highest levels this Medicare quality improvement organization recognizes.

An overflow crowd attended the LKRMC community meeting to discuss its importance to the region.
An overflow crowd attended the LKRMC community meeting to discuss its importance to the region. (click photo to enlarge)

Besides fulfilling its role as a critical access hospital with superior healthcare, LKRMC has excellent outpatient services. LKRMC participates in the LSU Disease Management Program, which manages chronic diseases according to nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines.

The LKRMC Outpatient Clinic also has recognition status as a Physician Practice Connections–Patient Centered Medical Home from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The clinic has met rigorous NCQA requirements to receive this recognition, meeting the highest benchmarks possible. This point of care provides ongoing preventive and early intervention healthcare to patients and coordinates specialized care when patients require it, consistently offering superior medical services.

Few clinics in the nation have achieved NCQA recognition status. It places LKRMC among the elite in healthcare, marking it as a place of excellence and enduring commitment to its community.