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LSU Hospitals Receive Awards for Quality Improvement

Gary Curtis, CEO, eQHealth Solutions (left), was on hand to congratulate Kurt Scott, LSU BMC Administrator, Jill Breazeale, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Cindy Ingram, Quality Resource Director, Anthony Pham, MD, Medical Director, and Sue Sihvonen, Quality Improvement Specialist.

Baton Rouge – All seven hospitals of the LSU Health Care Services Division received Hospital Quality Awards from eQHealth Solutions, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana, for improving the quality of their patients’ healthcare.

LSU Bogalusa Medical Center received the Platinum Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award. It is the highest level attainable and indicates that LSU BMC achieved significant clinical quality improvement in all clinical topics applicable for its inpatient population. LSU BMC is one of only 28 hospitals in the state to receive this honor.

University Medical Center, in Lafayette, received the Gold Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award. This level indicates that UMC achieved significant clinical quality improvement in all but one of the clinical topics applicable for its inpatient population. UMC is one of only 24 hospitals in the state to receive this honor.

Interim LSU Public Hospital, in New Orleans, Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, Earl K. Long Medical Center, in Baton Rouge and W. O. Moss Medical Center, in Lake Charles, each received the Silver Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award. This level indicates that these hospitals achieved significant clinical quality improvement in all but two of the clinical topics applicable for their inpatient population. Only 17 hospitals in the state received this honor.

Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, in Houma, received the Bronze Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award. This level indicates that the hospital achieved significant clinical quality improvement in one of the clinical topics applicable for its inpatient population. Only nine hospitals in the state received this honor.

The Hospital Quality Award honors Louisiana hospitals that successfully implement quality initiatives directed toward improving patient care in the hospital setting. The award recognizes those facilities that are actively engaged in improving care in the following areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“These awards are another indicator of the quality healthcare that LSU provides,” said Dr. Michael Kaiser, Chief Medical Officer of the LSU Health Care Services Division. “The evidence-based measures that eQHealth Solutions uses to ascertain accomplishments by individual hospitals clearly show that LSU hospitals achieve, and often exceed, national benchmarks.”

The clinical topics measured for the awards have been designated as national healthcare priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hospital staff members use proven, evidence-based practices to improve care for their patients.

The award recognizes short-term acute care and critical access hospitals of all sizes, in both rural and urban areas, for their achievements in improving the quality of inpatient care.

“When we began these awards five years ago, we had several goals. The first was to recognize providers who had achieved measured improvements in patient care as determined by national standards,” said Gary Curtis, CEO of eQHealth Solutions. “Then, by publicizing these results, our second goal was to create an environment that encouraged others to strive for this same recognition.”