Lake Charles Memorial Hospital receives platinum level Louisiana Hospital Quality Award

Gary Curtis, Marilyn McSwain, Kevin Haymon
Gary Curtis, Marilyn McSwain, Kevin Haymon

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital was recently awarded the Platinum Level 2008 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award by the Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc. (LHCR), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana. Memorial was one of only 30 healthcare facilities in Louisiana-and the only hospital in southwest Louisiana-to receive a platinum level award, the highest recognition for improving the quality of healthcare.

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 one or more of the following areas:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care

The platinum award indicates that Memorial achieved significant clinical quality improvement in all clinical topics applicable for its inpatient population.

The clinical topics measured for the awards have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Staff members from Memorial have been working with quality improvement specialists from Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc. (LHCR) to use proven, evidence-based practices to improve care for their patients.

"Louisiana Health Care Review is pleased to recognize Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for achieving measured improvement in patient care. More importantly, we know that utilizing proven, evidence-based interventions can save lives; and, we applaud the work of Memorial's teams in their dedication to quality patient care for the people of their community," said LHCR Chief Executive Officer Gary Curtis. "As the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana we are committed to working with providers in all health care settings to improve the health and health care of Louisianans."

"Memorial's medical staff and our entire healthcare team are dedicated to providing the very best in patient care and our efforts have been enhanced through our quality improvement partnerships with LHCR. We are extremely proud to be a recipient of this distinguished award," said Larry Graham, Memorial's Chief Executive Officer.

Photo: Gary Curtis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Health Care Review, presented a Platinum Louisiana Hospital Quality Award to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently. Accepting the award on behalf of the hospital are Marilyn McSwain, Chief Nursing Officer, and Kevin Haymon, Director of Quality Management.