Louisiana success stories

LA Success Stories
Quality improvement endeavors can often feel overwhelming, but chances are, you can learn from the experiences that another physician, hospital or nursing home has had in a similar situation. Coupled with support from Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, learning what has worked for others — and what didn't — is a valuable strategic planning component. 

We encourage you to read the success stories, contact us for more information, and also let us know if you have a Quality Insights' success story to share.
Over the course of a year, from September 2012 to 2013, eQHealth Solutions collaborated with Monroe, Louisiana community members to improve health care conditions for area residents.

The leadership at The Olive Branch Senior Care Center in Tallulah, Louisiana has always been proactive to improve the lives of their residents.  They have embraced culture change, increasing the choice of dining and waking for the elders they serve.  However, The Olive Branch is also acutely aware that improvement must encompass all areas, including their public reported measure on Nursing Home Compare.  A quick glance showed them that their restraint rate was higher than the state and national average, and the decision was an easy one to initiate the hard work of improvement.

This story was submitted by: P & S Surgical Hospital 

A patient falling during hospitalization can be a serious adverse event possibly resulting in a myriad of negative consequences. As one of the most common occurrences reported in hospitals, injuries from patient falls contribute to reduced mobility and independence, and increase the risk of premature death especially in those aged 65 and older.

Recently, at a Louisiana nursing home, one Director of Nursing (DON) took Leonardo DaVinci’s quote to heart, "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."  That is exactly what Debi Faulk did when she came aboard at Princeton Place in Ruston on August of 2012.  She embraced and embodied the “urgency of doing and to-do” the hard work or restraint reduction. 

This story was submitted by: The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana

At The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, our goal is to always have a culture where everyone is focused
on giving high quality, safe care to every patient. Core Measures are the guidelines that are proven to
improve patient outcomes and help us provide high quality, safe care to every patient. As we all know, when we follow these guidelines, our patients have less severe and less frequent illnesses. We believe that everyone at all levels, including senior leaders, directors, pharmacy, nursing, quality, and medical staff, must have a role in following core measure and quality of care guidelines.

In an effort to reduce acute care hospital readmission rates, STAT Home Health began researching models implemented throughout the U.S., eventually choosing the Care Transition Model.

Discovery on the Bayou   (2/3/2015)

St. Charles Community Health Center, a member of Access Health Louisiana network, is a clinic in southeast Louisiana. Located between the bayous and the Mississippi River, this clinic serves a vast population in an area entirely surrounded by water. Rural areas, such as these, often contain populations who lack knowledge and education on healthcare information, such as Million Hearts, which has a goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017.

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