2016 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group
Named a 2016 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare quality ratings organization. Selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. It recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes
Accreditations and Certifications
CAP Laboratory Accreditation
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The checklists, which provide a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow, are used by the inspection teams as a guide to assess the overall management and operation of the laboratory.
GIFT Designated Birthing Facility
This hospital is a GIFT designated birthing facility. The Gift (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) is an evidence-based program designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of their maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care. It is a hospital designation program that is endorsed by the Louisiana services and enhancing patient-centered care. It is also endorsed by the Louisiana Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Louisiana Commission on Perinatal Care and the Prevention of Infant Mortality.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.