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Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center Receives National Patient Safety Award

LKRMC received the Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award at the 2012 NPSF Patient Safety Congress for its program to reduce inpatient falls. Pictured from left: NPSF President Diane Pinakiewicz; Shawn Hariel, LKRMC Risk Manager; and Dr. Gary Kaplan, Chairman, NPSF Board of Directors.
LKRMC received the Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award at the 2012 NPSF Patient Safety Congress for its program to reduce inpatient falls. Pictured from left: NPSF President Diane Pinakiewicz; Shawn Hariel, LKRMC Risk Manager; and Dr. Gary Kaplan, Chairman, NPSF Board of Directors.

Independence The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has recognized Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, La., for its exemplary efforts in improving patient safety.

The NPSF has given LKRMC the 2012 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award for the development and implementation of a program that dramatically reduced falls among its inpatient population.

"We strive daily to ensure that our patients have a safe environment," said Sherre Pack-Hookfin, LKRMC CEO. "Our patient safety team deserves credit for leading staff in this highly successful initiative and for gaining national recognition with the high caliber of their work."

Although LKRMC already had better than average fall rates, staff believed they could improve further and designed a comprehensive program to evaluate falls and their cause, train staff, and institute preventive measures.

Their efforts resulted in an overall 95 percent reduction in falls, with zero serious injuries from falls and no repeat falls for the year after implementation compared to the prior year.

"Our success is due to the determination and dedication of our staff to improve patient safety," said Shawn Hariel, LKRMC Risk Manager. "With the full support of our administration, we developed and implemented a sound inpatient fall reduction and prevention program, thoroughly investigated each incident and made improvements whenever the opportunity arose."

To qualify for the award, the initiative must demonstrate evidence of patient safety improvement with involvement of staff at all levels of the organization and be led or created by mid-level management of a hospital. The award is given to initiatives within a member organization of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program.

Hariel accepted the award on May 24, at the Stand Up Member Breakfast, held during the 14th annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, May 23 to May 25, in Washington, D.C.

"This effort, designed by a multidisciplinary team, resulted in measurable, positive change at their facility that took them beyond the 'acceptable' range and closer to 'zero' for this particular form of patient harm," said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, CPPS, president of NPSF. "We offer our congratulations to the Lallie Kemp organization for the success of this initiative and their ability to not only meet, but greatly exceed, their goals."

The NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Program caters exclusively to hospitals, health systems, physician offices and ambulatory facilities. Stand Up members around the world gain access to field-tested tools and resources, expertly designed educational programs and the invaluable support network created by the NPSF.

An independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, NPSF has been pursuing its mission of improving the safety of care provided to patients since 1997. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. Visit www.npsf.org to learn more.