Memorial has been designated by the Louisiana Emergency Response Network
(LERN) as having a Trauma Program, which is a crucial step in becoming
the Level III Certified Trauma Center for Southwest Louisiana. LERN is
an agency of the Louisiana state government with the responsibility of
developing and maintaining a statewide system of care coordination for
patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive
illness (such as heart attack and stroke). It is a system also designated
to serve as a vital healthcare resource in the face of larger scale emergencies
and natural disasters.
Hospital participation in LERN is voluntary. Through the participation
agreement, hospitals define the level of trauma care resources typically
available at their facility and agree to routinely notify LERN of changes
in the availability of their trauma care resources. The agreement also
requires hospitals to utilize LERN entry criteria and destination protocols.