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Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center to Receive NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award

Friday, May 18, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Medical Center Recognized for Falls Prevention Effort

Boston, MA (May 18, 2012)—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has announced that the 2012 Stand Up For Patient Safety Management Award will go to Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, part of the Louisiana State University system, LSU Health. The award will be conferred at the 14th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress to be held May 23-25, 2012, in Washington, DC.

The Patient Safety Management Award is given in recognition of the successful implementation of an outstanding patient safety initiative led or created by mid-level management and within a member organization of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program. The initiative must have demonstrated evidence of patient safety improvement, with involvement of staff at all levels of the organization.

Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center (LKRMC) was chosen for a program to reduce falls among the inpatient population. Although the medical center already had better-than-average fall rates, the 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.

“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.”

Shawn Hariel, risk manager at LKRMC, will accept the award on behalf of his organization. “Our success is due to the determination and dedication of our staff to improve patient safety,” Mr. Hariel said. “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.”

The Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award will be conferred at the Stand Up Member Breakfast on May 24, 2012.

About Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center
Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, Louisiana, is part of the Health Care Services Division of LSU Health, one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the country. LKRMC is a critical access hospital, with the maximum capacity of 25 acute care/swing beds, and meets federal regulations for this designation: it is in a rural area, provides 24-hour emergency care services, and maintains an average length of stay of 96 hours or less. As part of LSU Health and fully accredited by the Joint Commission, LKRMC is a clinical training site for physicians, allied health professionals, and students for technical and nursing schools. Extensive outpatient services and clinics with NCQA recognition status complement LKRMC’s superior inpatient care.
About the National Patient Safety Foundation

NPSF has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997–to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Program
The Stand Up for Patient Safety program at NPSF caters exclusively to hospitals, health systems, physician offices, and ambulatory facilities. Whether an organization is starting a new patient safety program or looking to enhance existing quality and safety efforts, membership provides the support and resources necessary to embed patient safety principles into organizational practice and align with national patient safety goals and critical regulatory requirements. Through participation, 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 National Patient Safety Foundation. Visit to learn more.

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