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LSU Hospitals Win Awards at Annual Forum

Earl K. Long Medical Center
Lallie Kemp staff at the awards presentation included, in the front row, left to right, Donna Frabiele, RN, Cheryl Sibley, Housekeeping Manager, Sherri Phelps, RN, Kathleen Willis, MD. In the back row, Angie Duck, RN, Sherre Pack-Hookfin, CEO, Tab Seals, RN, and Lisa Bruhl, COO.

Baton Rouge -- The awards presentation at the sixteenth annual LSU Health Care Effectiveness Forum, “LSU Health: Building Blocks for the Future,” recognized achievements of hospitals throughout the LSU Health Care Services Division.

Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, La., received the TRRRAQSSS Award for the excellent results of its hospital improvement project entitled “Environmental Services/Hospital Cleanliness.”  With the highest Avatar score of all LSU HCSD hospitals for patient satisfaction related to hospital cleanliness, LKRMC is also among the best in the nation, in the top 15 percent, in this category.  Avatar International conducts patient surveys to assess and to improve the quality of hospital programs.

Earl K. Long Medical Center
Kim Sangari, EKL COO, with Dr. Michael Kaiser, LSU HCSD Interim CEO
The project ensures proper training in cleaning techniques, including infection prevention and control procedures, for new environmental services employees and, if necessary, the retraining of existing employees. It also developed an essential knowledge base for employees and has kept LKRMC in compliance with standards of the Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  To facilitate hospital-wide communication and documentation, the project instituted a daily assignment sheet, which guides cleaning and allows employees to record and report maintenance needs, and a dismissal notice, which improves bed turn-around time, helps to alleviate patient wait time and is a communication tool for maintenance updates and isolation precautions.

Jeannine Hinton, Dr. Michael Kaiser, and Kyle Viator.
Jeannine Hinton, Dr. Michael Kaiser, and Kyle Viator.
LKRMC also scores better than the national average in healthcare associated infections (HAI).  The number of LKRMC patients with HAI dropped from 45, or 1.4 percent, in 2010 to 2, or .06 percent, in 2012, compared to a national rate of 4.5 percent as reported by the World Health Organization.

“We’re confident our infection control program has benefited from this project,” said Dr. Kathleen Willis, LKRMC Medical Director.  “Research has shown that good cleaning practices lead to lower HAI rates.”

HIV-Clinical-Lead-Award
Dr. Lynn Besch, holding the trophy, with several of the HIV Clinical Lead Award winners: Emilie Boudreaux, NP (left to right), Andrea Peevy, NP, Kathy Gaidry, LPN, and Mandy Rainey, NP.
The project’s success is due to the concerted efforts of the LKRMC Environmental Services Department, Infection Prevention Department, Nursing Department and all members of the healthcare team.

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.

Chabert&Arcement
Staff of LJCMC who attended the awards presentation included, left to right, Gina Holder, CRT, Dr. Lee Arcement, Monique Fleming, RN, and Elaine Scott, LPN.
Kim Sangari, Chief Operating Officer of the Earl K. Long Medical Center, in Baton Rouge, La., received the Chief Executive Officer Award for her superb performance in the transition of healthcare services and graduate medical education from EKLMC to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Kyle Viator, LSU HCSD Director of Patient Financial Services, and Jeannine Hinton, LSU HCSD Project Coordinator, each received the Chief Medical Officer Award for their extensive and superior efforts in the development of public-private partnerships for HCSD hospitals.

Chabert&Eschete
Staff of LJCMC who attended the awards presentation included, left to right, Halee Degruise, RN, Kathryn Gaidry, LPN, Cynthia Jones, MSW, and Dr. Mary Eschete.
Clinical Excellence Awards were given to those demonstrating superior outcomes on a bundle of disease-specific performance measures.  Clinical Lead Awards were given for leadership efforts in providing exemplary healthcare in disease management programs.

The HIV physician team from the HCSD HIV clinics recognized the clinics’ nurse practitioners (NP) with the Clinical Lead Award for HIV because of the compassionate care they provide for patients who face a complicated set of problems, ranging from complex medicine regimens to stigma at the workplace and in the community.  Serving as an anchor for patients, along with the rest of the support team, NP’s in each clinic can manage routine and urgent situations when the physicians are working elsewhere. In some clinics, NP’s have taken on specialty care like GYN or diabetes, which strengthens the one-stop model of clinical care that the HIV team works to provide, increasing patients’ adherence to visits and treatment

Chabert&Green
Rhonda Green, LJCMC CEO, (to the left) accepted from Dr. Sarah Moody-Thomas the Clinical Lead Award for the Tobacco Control Initiative on behalf of Dawn Bernard, BSN, RN.
Besides taking home the TRRRAQSSS Award, Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center received the Clinical Excellence Award for Heart Failure, Asthma, Diabetes, HIV, Chronic Kidney Disease, Tobacco Cessation, Hypertension and the Emergency Department.  Andrea Peevy, NP, with LKRMC, also received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV.

Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, in Houma, La., received the Clinical Excellence Award in Heart Failure, Asthma, Diabetes, HIV, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cancer Screening and Tobacco Cessation.

Chabert&Robichaux
Dr. Jolene Johnson (to the left) presented to Paige Robichaux, RN, CDE, the Clinical Lead Award for Diabetes.
LJCMC also received the Clinical Lead Award for Heart Failure for its distinguished performance among its peers, earning two external national recognitions.  It received an honorable mention for a Case In Point Platinum Award for Medicaid Case Management for heart failure from Dorland Health, a national peer review organization of health care quality.  LJCMC was also one of only nine hospitals in the entire state, as well as the only LSU HCSD facility, to attain Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Excellence on core measures from The Joint Commission, representing the top 18 percent of all accredited hospitals in the U.S. 

Moss
Moss staff at the awards presentation included, left to right, Cathy Sorgee RN, BSN; JoAnn Brooks MA, CTTS; Kristine Like, MSN, RN, CPHQ; Ethel Ambrose, RN, CNE, MSN, MBA; Sabrina LeDoux, RN, MSN; Chad Higginbotham, BSN, CCRN; Mohammed Sarwar MD, FACP; Carlos Choucino, MD; Jeanell Frelot, RN, BSN; and Jimmy Pottorff, Interim Hospital Administrator.
Dawn Bernard, BSN, RN, Instructor Coordinator at LJCMC, received the Clinical Lead Award for the Tobacco Control Initiative.  Bernard has been a tremendous asset to the TCI, using her knowledge of the system’s e-learning resources to integrate web-based training and education for employees and to implement ongoing assessment of clinician practices and beliefs regarding the treatment of tobacco use.  Such innovations help to ensure LSU patients receive state-of-the-science cessation services.

Paige Robichaux, RN, CDE, with LJCMC, received the Clinical Lead Award for Diabetes. Since the inception of disease management, Robichaux has been an active leader among diabetes educators statewide, especially in compiling educational material for use across sites and keeping abreast of national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services programs and American Diabetes Association recognition.  She has been an integral partner in numerous efforts at LJCMC.

Kathryn Gaidry, LPN, with LJCMC, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV. 

BMC
Staff of Bogalusa Medical Center at the awards presentation included, left to right, Beverly Sheridan, RN, Jill Breazeale, RN, Kurt Scott, CEO, Elizabeth Garbo, RN, Regina Runfalo, RN, and Edward Jordan, RN.
Dr. Walter O. Moss Regional Medical Center, in Lake Charles, La., received the Clinical Excellence Award in Heart Failure, Asthma, HIV, Tobacco Cessation and Hypertension.  Ruth Fruge, NP, and Diane Hudson, NP, both with WOM, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV.

Bogalusa Medical Center, in Bogalusa, La., received the Clinical Excellence Award in Asthma, Cancer Screening, Tobacco Cessation and the Emergency Department.  Vera Williams, NP, with BMC, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV.

University Medical Center, in Lafayette, La., received the Clinical Excellence Award in Heart Failure and Hypertension.  Mandy Rainey, NP, and Emilie Boudreaux, NP, both with UMC, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV.

Sparks-and-McCormick
Dr. Thomas Sparks received the Clinical Lead Award for Cancer Screening from Dr. Catherine McCormick.
Interim LSU Public Hospital, in New Orleans, received the Clinical Excellence Award in Tobacco Cessation.  Julie Dargis, NP, with ILH, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV.

Dr. Thomas Sparks, recently retired from Earl K. Long Medical Center, received the Clinical Lead Award for Cancer Screening.  With a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Sparks was consistent in his efforts to improve cancer screening at EKLMC affiliated clinics.   He served as Clinical Director of the Woman’s Clinic, Acting Head of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Department, and Head of the Cancer Screening Committee.

Nancy Bailey, NP, with EKLMC, received the Clinical Lead Award for HIV.

Besse&Parada
Jay Besse received the Clinical Lead Award for Asthma from Dr. Nereida Parada.
Jay Besse, Analysis Project Coordinator in the LSU HCSD Office of Disease Management Data Analysis, in Baton Rouge, received the Clinical Lead Award for Asthma.  The award was in recognition of his invaluable help compiling asthma information that the LSU disease management team uses when visiting the seven HCSD hospitals and, more importantly, for his work during the expansion of the asthma program to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He assisted with the determination of the initial COPD measures based on existing process measures for COPD for the program expansion and provided baseline COPD data for the hospitals.