Quality Improvement Initiatives
Quality improvement initiatives help us to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of our patient care. The Medical Staff Quality Improvement Committee, formed in 2001, oversees and leads quality improvement for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. This multidisciplinary committee spearheads safety prevention and quality improvement efforts that improve our performance. We also follow National Patient Safety Goals set by the Joint Commission to assure specific requirements are in place to protect our patients.
Our quality improvement initiatives include:
Tumor Conferences to Improve Care for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients
To improve treatment for our cancer patients, we conduct Tumor Conferences. These are meetings convened by a multidisciplinary group of physician specialists and surgeons immediately following a patient’s diagnosis.
Community Care Navigators to Improve Care
LMH offers a program called Community Care Navigators to improve the care patients receive once they’ve returned home from the hospital. LMH staff connects uninsured and underserved patients with free meal programs, transportation and other community services.
MRSA Screening to Protect ICU Patients
To protect our most vulnerable patients while they are in the intensive care unit (ICU), LMH screens all ICU patients for MRSA infection. MRSA stands for methicilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a strain of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Screening prevents the transmission of infection to others.
Collaboration to Improves Patient Care
In addition to working within our hospital to improve quality and patient safety, LMH also participates in the national collaborative improvement projects sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Through IHI, we share detailed, evidence-based information with peer hospitals to improve infection and fall rates, medication safety and emergency response times.
Dedicated Hospitalists to Improve Inpatient Care
LMH Hospitalists provide you with care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hospitalists are doctors who only work in the hospital, so they are always available when you need them, even in the middle of the night and on the weekend. Our hospitalists collaborate with your primary care physician to ensure your smooth transition to home. Our patients tell us, and many studies confirm, that having a dedicated hospitalist on staff improves both efficiency and quality of care.