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LSU Hospitals Win Awards at Annual Forum

STD Screening Project Shows Remarkable Results

Dr. Michael Kaiser presents the TRRRAQSSS Award to Dr. C. Lynn Besch.

Baton Rouge -- The fourteenth annual LSU Healthcare Effectiveness Forum, "Driving Cultural Change in a Changing Environment," recognized achievements of hospitals throughout the LSU Health Care Services Division (HCSD).

The LSU HIV Disease Management Program received the TRRRAQSSS Award for "Improving Screening for Sexually-transmitted Diseases in LSU HCSD HIV Outpatient Clinics: Benefits for the Patient and Public." This project resulted in dramatic improvements in screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) at all LSU HIV clinics. Screening rose 300 percent for Chlamydia (from 18 percent of patients to 74 percent), more than 500 percent for gonorrhea (from 10 percent to 74 percent) and 12 percent for syphilis (from 68 percent to 80 percent), a long-time screening priority.

Under the direction of Dr. C. Lynn Besch, Director of the Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) HIV Outpatient Clinic, in New Orleans, this exemplary project of educational efforts and programmatic changes addresses a severe public health issue. Besides being among the top five states for the highest rates of Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis which includes congenital syphilis, Louisiana has high rates of persons with AIDS. STD's, including HIV, incur a high price for individuals and their communities, with cost of treatment, medical complications of untreated infection, lost wages for missed work and consequences of interaction between common STD's and HIV infection. This cost-effective screening will likely prevent many HIV transmissions.

Dr. Kaiser presents the CMO Award to Dr. John Couk.

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, must be at or significantly associated with an HCSD facility, must be able to be replicated and able to show measurable benefits and outcomes. The award's name is the acronym of the items in the aforementioned series, and the award is given based on competitive applications from the hospitals.

Daphne Yaun, Director of the Interim LSU Public Hospital Department of Human Resources, received the Chief Executive Officer Award for the leadership she exhibits at the Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Dr. John Couk, with the Interim LSU Public Hospital, received the Chief Medical Officer Award, for the continuous innovation and leadership he exhibits in developing projects in emergency medicine throughout the seven hospitals of the LSU HCSD. Dr. Couk has also been leading the planning to improve the efficiency of care for prisoners.

Laura Gibson, formerly executive staff officer for the LSU HCSD Office of Health Care Effectiveness, also received the Chief Medical Officer Award for her tireless efforts in the day-to-day operations of the office, which oversees disease management programs for the seven LSU HCSD hospitals. Ms. Gibson recently relocated to Georgia with her family.

Clinical Lead Awards were also 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.

Daphne Yaun, recipient of the the CEO Award.

Bogalusa Medical Center (BMC) received the Diabetes Clinical Lead Award. BMC also received the Clinical Excellence in Heart Failure Care Award, Clinical Excellence in Asthma Care Award, Clinical Excellence in Cancer Screening Award, Clinical Excellence in Tobacco Cessation Award and Clinical Excellence in Emergency Department Care Award.

Earl K. Long Medical Center, in Baton Rouge, also received the Diabetes Clinical Lead Award, Asthma Clinical Lead Award and Clinical Excellence in Asthma Care Award.

Walter O. Moss Regional Medical Center, in Lake Charles, received the Cancer Screening Clinical Lead Award, Clinical Excellence in Asthma Care Award and Clinical Excellence in HIV Care Award.

Interim LSU Public Hospital Tobacco Team, in New Orleans, received the Tobacco Cessation Clinical Lead Award. The ILH HIV Outpatient Clinic received the HIV Clinical Lead Award. Dr. Cassandra Youmans, with ILH, received the Hypertension Clinical Lead Award. Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, also with ILH, received the Chronic Kidney Disease Care Clinical Lead Award. ILH received the Clinical Excellence in HIV Care Award.

Dr. Mona Chadha, with Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center (LJCMC), in Houma, received the Weight Management Clinical Lead Award. LJCMC also received the Clinical Excellence in Diabetes Care Award, Clinical Excellence in Heart Failure Care Award, Clinical Excellence in HIV Care Award and Clinical Excellence in Tobacco Cessation Award.

Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, received the Clinical Excellence in Heart Failure Care Award, Clinical Excellence in Tobacco Cessation Award and Clinical Excellence in Emergency Department Care Award.

University Medical Center, in Lafayette, received the Clinical Excellence in Heart Failure Care Award and Clinical Excellence in Chronic Kidney Disease Care Award.

Ron Horswell and the LSU HCSD Analytic Group received the Heart Failure Clinical Lead Award.

Mark Dubreuil, with the LSU Electronic Health Records/Pelican Project, received the Qual Ed Clinical Lead Award.