Lake Charles Memorial Health System, the largest healthcare provider in
Southwest Louisiana, has joined the Gulf South Quality Network (GSQN),
the largest clinically integrated physician-governed network in the state
of Louisiana. Partnering with GSQN will strengthen each member hospital’s
healthcare infrastructure and physician network. With the adoption of
GSQN’s clinical initiatives, Lake Charles Memorial Health System
will offer patients the benefit of enhanced quality, service and cost-effective
"GSQN is pleased to have Lake Charles Memorial Health System and its
medical staff as members of our network. They support our goal of becoming
a statewide delivery system,” stated Bill Bopp, president of GSQN.
“GSQN offers hospitals and their physicians the opportunity to lead
the way in better coordination of patient care."
“GSQN is dedicated to improving patient care and outsourcing by focusing
on quality measurements, decreasing costs, while providing better access
to care,” said Larry Graham, President & CEO of Lake Charles
Memorial Health System. "In today's ever-changing healthcare
environment, clinical integration is necessary to facilitate the coordination
of patient care in order to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective,
efficient, equitable, and patient-focused. This partnership supports our
mission of improving the health of the people of southwest Louisiana.”
GSQN members collaborate on a much higher degree with physicians who are
focused on quality of care, not quantity; have an opportunity to identify
and develop quality metrics to provide best practice pathways of care;
gain economic benefit for delivering high-quality metrics; and help eliminate
inefficiencies to reduce costs.
GSQN recently expanded to the Lafayette and Alexandria, Louisiana markets
to add to the existing facilities in the New Orleans, Louisiana market.
Hospitals participating with GSQN now include Rapides Regional Medical
Center in Alexandria, Louisiana and in Lafayette, Our Lady of Lourdes
Regional Medical Center, the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s
& Children’s Hospital. Hospitals participating with GSQN in
the New Orleans, Louisiana market include Children’s Hospital, East
Jefferson General Hospital, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Slidell
Memorial, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane/Lakeside Hospital, Touro Infirmary
and West Jefferson Medical Center.
“Our network enables hospitals and physicians to remain independent,
but collectively focus on improving patient care and efficiently utilizing
medical resources in our community,” Bopp said. “GSQN’s
success with integrating physicians around technology is vital as the
healthcare industry prepares for changes in healthcare reform.”
About Gulf South Quality Network
Gulf South Quality Network is a physician governed clinically integrated
network focused on improving the health status of citizens in the State
of Louisiana. Gulf South Quality Network currently has over 1,800 physicians.
GSQN is focused on engaging physicians around data to improve patient
care and managing patients with one or more chronic disease states to
improve the overall healthcare of the community.
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About Lake Charles Memorial Health System
Lake Charles Memorial Health System is the region's largest not-for-profit,
community healthcare system, serving the healthcare needs of Southwest
Louisiana. Memorial Health System is locally-owned and operated by a Board
of Trustees from the community it serves. The hospital is a shareholder
of Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA), and is fully licensed by the
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. CEO Larry
Graham joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System in 2006, bringing more
than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration.
The only full-service healthcare system in Lake Charles, Memorial was established
in 1952. Today, our health system includes 298 licensed beds on our Oak
Park campus, 38 beds at our Women's campus, 29 beds at our long-term
care specialty hospital, outpatient clinics serving uninsured and under
insured at the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic, and over 90 employed
physicians and specialists that are a part of the Memorial Medical Group.
As the healthcare market leader in the Lake Charles region, our success
can be attributed to a dedicated team of over 2,500 employees and 300
staff physicians representing more than 60 specialties and subspecialties,
as well as the largest emergency services department in southwest Louisiana.
Memorial is also the area's only teaching facility for physicians
through the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program, and serves
as a clinical training site for nursing, medical technology and radiologic
technology students through various universities, including McNeese State