May 25, 2011 Edition

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LMH recognized as top hospital

Lawrence Memorial Hospital employees Kimberly Williams (left), RN, director of quality/risk management, and Darlene Glass (right), health information director, accept an Inpatient Performance Award and an Innovator Award from Joe McCannon, senior advisor to the administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Annual Quality Awards banquet on May 10.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital received two awards for critical access hospitals at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care's Annual Quality Awards program on May 10.

The awards are designed to recognize individual performance improvement in AFMC's quality improvement projects. With scores at 100 percent in the core measures of congestive heart failure and pneumonia, LMH earned an Inpatient Performance Award, which recognizes hospitals that earned high scores on a number of specific aspects of patient care.

Only two Inpatient Performance Awards were presented this year, with LMH being recognized as the top critical access hospital in the state.

Lawrence Memorial also received an Innovator Award, which honors hospitals that have developed new and creative patient safety projects that have successfully improved patient care.

LMH was recognized with this award for its participation in the Arkansas Hospital Association's "On the CUSP: Stop BSI" national project, which was launched in 2010 in an effort to reduce bloodstream infections and increase overall safety in Arkansas hospitals.

LMH not only took part in the "Stop BSI" project, but also implemented key safety measures that set examples for other hospitals across the nation. In 2010, Kim Williams, RN, director of quality/risk management, made a presentation at an AFMC quarterly meeting that was teleconferenced across the state, and Debbie Tucker, RN, director of infection prevention, led a conference call to educate facilities in New Hampshire and across the western states.

For 39 years, through utilization review, quality improvement projects and public education, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care has worked to improve the health of Arkansans. AFMC congratulates Lawrence Memorial Hospital on its commitment to high-quality health care.

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