Lake Charles Memorial Hospital's Home Health department has received a Gold 2008 Louisiana Home Health Agency Quality Award presented by Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc. (LHCR), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana. The award was announced at the second Louisiana Health Care Quality Summit hosted by LHCR in Baton Rouge in May 2009. With this award, Memorial's Home Health is one of eight home health agencies in the state to receive a Gold 2008 Louisiana Home Health Agency Quality Award.
The award is presented to home health agencies that have achieved defined levels of health care quality improvement by December 31, 2008. The awards were given for excellent performance and improvement in home health care.
Staff members from Memorial's Home Health have been working with quality improvement specialists from LHCR to use proven, evidence-based practices to improve patient care.
"Louisiana Health Care Review is pleased to recognize home health agencies such as Memorial Hospital's Home Health for achieving measured improvement in patient care. More importantly, we know that utilizing proven standards of care can save lives and we applaud the work of these home health agencies 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."
"The home health agency staff of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is 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 Tim Coffey, senior vice president of operations at Memorial.