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The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Earns Patient Safety Award and $2,000 Grant

April 26, 2017
The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Earns Patient Safety Award and $2,000 Grant

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center is proud to announce it is the recipient of a LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant. The Spine Hospital was awarded $2000 grant from the largest medical professional liability insurance carrier in Louisiana for its effective implementation of an Anesthesia to the postoperative anesthesia care unit (PACU) Handoff Communicator aimed at improving overall communication between clinical teams to positively impact patient safety and overall quality of care. The very nurses behind the patient safety improvement initiative will benefit from the grant money which will be used to pay for memberships to professional nursing organizations.

 Every year, the LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant recognizes major achievements by regional hospitals and facilities to improve patient safety and healthcare quality, consistent with LAMMICO’s ongoing efforts to mitigate liability through education, assessment, and tailored clinical risk management resources. The Spine Hospital of Louisiana was applauded for its 2016 initiative titled The Winning Handoff- 20 Questions to Improve Patient Safety from Anesthesia to PACU that addressed one of the most susceptible times during a patient’s transfer of care. A solid communication protocol now in effect facilitates the seamless exchange of information between the anesthesia provider and PACU nurse through a series of 20 questions that addresses the patient, his procedure, and medications to decrease chances of patient information loss, medication errors, and sentinel events. Most impressive— the “Winning Handoff” takes less than one minute to complete.

“As champions of patient safety, it is truly an honor for The Spine Hospital of Louisiana’s clinical teams to be recognized by LAMMICO for their consistent and unwavering dedication to always putting patients first,” said Kim Pettijohn, MSN, RN, CNOR, Chief Nursing Officer at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana. “Earning the Patient Safety Award, and being rewarded with a grant to further our nurses’ knowledge and expertise is just icing on the cake.”

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana continues to lead the nation in patient safety and quality of care. According to federal statistics, The Spine Hospital has some of the highest patient satisfaction scores (top 5% nationally) and some of the nation’s lowest hospital acquired infection (HAI) rates (<1%).

About LAMMICO

LAMMICO is the largest medical professional liability insurance carrier in Louisiana and the only Louisiana-domiciled “A” rated medical professional liability insurance carrier writing hospitals and facilities. LAMMICO is a policyholder-owned insurance company, offering competitively priced comprehensive products and services to protect the reputation of healthcare providers and facilities.

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