July 20, 2012
(Lafayette, LA) The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital have received the 2011 Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Award, presented by eQHealth Solutions, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana. This award recognizes Regional Medical Center and Women’s & Children’s Hospital among only 24 hospitals in the state achieving certain improvements in the quality of health care given to their patients.
The Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Awards are aligned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ inpatient quality initiatives and recognize hospital achievement in appropriate care for patients with diagnoses of:
- Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) – Heart Attack
- Heart Failure (HF)
- Community Acquired Pneumonia (PN)
- Improvements in care related to measures outlined in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).
The award was announced at the 2012 Louisiana Medicare Quality Summit hosted by eQHealth Solutions in Baton Rouge on May 3.
The clinical measure sets for the awards have been designated as national health care priorities by CMS. Quality improvement teams at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital have worked to use evidence-based practices to improve care for their patients.
“This achievement underscores Regional Medical Center’s and Women’s & Children’s Hospital’s continuing commitment to improving the delivery of care across all metrics, states Kathy Bobbs, President and CEO of The Regional Health System of Acadiana. We are incredibly proud of the contributions of the medical staff and the entire health care team that helped to achieve this distinguished award.”
“As witnessed by the new health care reform law, and corresponding debate, we all recognize that making improvements to our health care system comes at a slow pass and our health care system remains broken. This is frustrating. Yet, as we all struggle to improve our state’s poor health statistics and poor health outcomes, progress is being made,” said Gary Curtis, CEO of eQHealth Solutions. “Health care providers in Louisiana have committed to reducing the rates of infections, pressure ulcers, surgical injuries, unnecessary hospital readmissions and many other key measures of health care quality. At our annual Medicare Quality Summit, eQHealth is proud to recognize the providers and facilities that making health better for the people and communities they serve.”
To learn more about the 2011 Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Award, visit the hospital Web site at http://louisianaqio.eqhs.org/Summit2011_WrapUp.html .