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LSU Hospitals Win Awards at Annual Forum

TRRRAQSSS award winners, left to right, Drs. Ahmed Hamide, Ernest Terry, Kathryn Cardwell, Danny Jackson, Jessica Johnson and Fatima Brakta.  Winners not shown: Jeffery Wall, Denise Friloux, Drs. Julio Figueroa, Sara Al-Dahir, Kendrea Bryant, Joanne Maffei, and Anne Hull.
TRRRAQSSS award winners, left to right, Drs. Ahmed Hamide, Ernest Terry, Kathryn Cardwell, Danny Jackson, Jessica Johnson and Fatima Brakta. Winners not shown: Jeffery Wall, Denise Friloux, Drs. Julio Figueroa, Sara Al-Dahir, Kendrea Bryant, Joanne Maffei, and Anne Hull.

Baton Rouge The fifteenth annual LSU Health Care Effectiveness Forum, "LSU Health: Targeting the Triple Aim," recognized achievements of hospitals throughout the LSU Health Care Services Division.

The Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH), in New Orleans, and its Antimicrobial Stewardship Program received the TRRRAQSSS Award for the remarkable first-year success of this hospital improvement project. This impressive program has led to improvements in patient care and safety, a small stabilization in antimicrobial resistance and a marked decrease in pharmacy cost. In fiscal year 2011, the program reduced antimicrobial costs by 30 percent, saving more than $350,000 for ILH.

The development of bacterial resistance is outpacing the discovery of new antibiotics. Without a comprehensive program to manage this growing threat, patients can develop life-threatening infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics.

Dr. Roxane Townsend, Interim HCSD CEO, to the left, and Mary Broussard, RN, MSN.
Dr. Roxane Townsend, Interim HCSD CEO, to the left, and Mary Broussard, RN, MSN.

Led by Dr. Julio Figueroa, LSU Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the LSU Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, the multidisciplinary team consists of clinical pharmacists, infectious disease physicians and infection-control and microbiology-lab experts.

"Our group has worked hard over the past several years to understand how antibiotics are used in our hospital. After implementation of several initiatives, including education, treatment pathways, and daily review, we have begun to see significant reductions in antibiotic utilization and infections with resistant organisms," said Dr. Figueroa. "These improvements also have correlated with reduced patient's hospital length of stay."

After a review of competitive applications from LSU hospitals, the TRRRAQSSS Award is given to a program that significantly improves any dimension of the core components of HCSD's mission: teaching, revenue, resources, research, access, quality, service, stakeholder satisfaction or safety. The award recognizes an excellent collective effort or project at, or significantly associated with, an HCSD facility. The project must show measurable benefits and outcomes and be capable of replication. The award's name is the acronym of the items in the aforementioned series.

Drs. Kathleen Willis and Michael Kaiser, HCSD Chief Medical Officer.
Drs. Kathleen Willis and Michael Kaiser, HCSD Chief Medical Officer.

The Chief Executive Officer Award went to Mary Broussard, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing at University Medical Center, in Lafayette, La., for her high level of dedication to quality patient care and nursing administration.

Dr. Kathleen Willis, Medical Director at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, La., received the Chief Medical Officer Award, for her superior work on the development of medical homes throughout LSU HCSD.

Jay Besse, Analysis Project Coordinator in the HCSD Office of Disease Management Data Analysis, in Baton Rouge, La., also received the Chief Medical Officer Award for his outstanding efforts in supporting the mission of the LSU Health Care Effectiveness and Disease Management Program. He also received the Clinical Lead Award for Diabetes.

Clinical Lead Awards were given for leadership efforts in providing exemplary healthcare in disease management programs. Clinical Excellence Awards were given to those demonstrating superior outcomes on a bundle of disease-specific performance measures.

Interim LSU Public Hospital received the Clinical Lead Award for the Emergency Department. Laverne Williams, RN, MSN, and Sam O'Rourke, CRT, AE-C, received the Clinical Lead Award in Asthma. ILH also received the Clinical Excellence Award in Asthma and the Clinical Excellence Award in HIV.

Dr. Donna Williams, with the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, received the Clinical Lead Award for Cancer Screening.

Jay Besse and Dr. Kaiser.
Jay Besse and Dr. Kaiser.

Angela Arceneaux, RN, University Medical Center, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV. Flo Vincent, RRT, AE-C, and Kim Talbot, RRT, AE-C, received the Clinical Lead Award for Asthma. UMC received the Clinical Excellence Award for Heart Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease.

Michelle Maize, RRT, Allyson Kyzar, CRT, and Sadie Lagarde, CRT, at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, in Houma, La., received the Clinical Lead Award for Asthma. LJCMC also received the Clinical Excellence Award in Heart Failure, Asthma, HIV, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Cancer Screening.

Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center received the Clinical Lead Award for Chronic Kidney Disease. Toni Britz, RRT, AE-C, and Ginger Whiddon, RRT, received the Clinical Lead Award in Asthma. LKRMC also received the Clinical Excellence Award in Heart Failure, Asthma, Tobacco Cessation and Hypertension.

Dr. Walter O. Moss Regional Medical Center, in Lake Charles, La., received the Clinical Lead Award for Heart Failure. Donna Stelly Jordan, RRT, AE-C, and Lana Credeur-Gammage, RRT, AE-C, received the Clinical Lead Award in Asthma. WOMRMC also received the Clinical Excellence Award in Asthma, HIV and Tobacco Cessation.

LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, in Bogalusa, La., received the Clinical Lead Award in Weight Management. DeAnn Forbes, RRT, AE-C, received the Clinical Lead Award in Asthma. BMC also received the Clinical Excellence Award in Asthma, HIV, Cancer Screening, Tobacco Cessation and the Emergency Department.

Dr. Robert Thibodaux, with Earl K. Long Medical Center, in Baton Rouge, La., received the Clinical Lead Award for Hypertension. Kerri Capello, RRT, AE-C, received the Clinical Lead Award in Asthma. EKLMC also received the Clinical Excellence Award in Asthma and HIV.

The Clinical Lead Award in Tobacco Cessation went to the HCSD Tobacco Cessation Initiative team. Led by Dr. Sarah Moody-Thomas, it includes Michael Celestin, Program Manager, Krysten Jones, Implementation Manager and Cessation Coordinators Nakesha Auguster with EKLMC and UMC, JoAnn Brooks, with WOMRMC and Huey P. Long Medical Center, Deborah Durapau, with BMC and LKRMC, Wendy Theriot, with LJCMC, and Lucretia Young with ILH.