At Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, our mission is to continuously improve
our healthcare delivery-in a personalized, caring and safe manner. We
believe that the safest, highest quality healthcare is a result of individual
effort and a well-developed system of plans and processes. We persistently
collect information, analyze our healthcare processes and redevelop plans
so that we're more efficient and error-free.
As a result, patients who come to Memorial benefit from our efforts to
prevent errors and our commitment to continuously improve care.
Memorial is committed to fulfilling the
national patient safety goals set annually by The Joint Commission, a non-profit agency that accredits
health care organizations. These goals include such things as improved
compliance with hand-washing guidelines, patient fall-prevention strategies,
and medication safety measures.
Rather than remain passive recipients of the care they receive, Memorial
patients are encouraged to be active participants.
To reduce the risks, get the most benefit, and avoid medication errors,
patients are urged to Speak Up: ask questions, find the facts, evaluate
their choices, list any and all medications they are taking, and report
unwanted effects immediately.
The more information physicians, nurses, and pharmacists know, the better
they can plan appropriate care. A written list of medications is often
the most comprehensive and easiest to provide.