Rapides Regional Medical Center Achievements


2011 Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Award

2011 Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Award

This hospital has received the 2011 Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Award, presented by eQHealth Solutions, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana. This award recognizes it as one of only 24 hospitals in the state for achieving certain improvements in the quality of health care given to their patients. Previously titled the Louisiana Hospital Quality Award, the Louisiana Hospital Capstone Quality Award is aligned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ inpatient quality initiatives.

2012 HHS Organ Donation Silver Medal of Honor

2012 HHS Organ Donation Silver Medal of Honor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded this hospital its Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. The Medal of Honor recognizes hospitals that achieve at least a 75 percent organ donation rate from eligible donor families in a consecutive 12-month period. Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson created the prestigious award as part of a national organ donation initiative launched in April 2001.

2012/13 Consumer Choice Award

2012/13 Consumer Choice Award

National Research Corporation annually provides Consumer Choice Awards for the most-preferred hospitals in over 300 U.S. markets. Winners, named in Modern Healthcare magazine, are selected from the nation's most comprehensive, nationwide consumer health care profile, the National Research Corporation Healthcare Market Guide. Its data represents consumer surveys from over 250,000 households in the U.S. Consumer Choice Awards for hospitals are based on consumer preference responses. Since 1996, National Research has awarded hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing quality healthcare services.

2013 Get With The Guidelines® Stroke - Silver Plus

2013 Get With The Guidelines® Stroke - Silver Plus

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement Indicators and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

No. 3 in Louisiana as a 2013-2014 “Best Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report

No. 3 in Louisiana as a 2013-2014 “Best Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report

Rapides Regional Medical Center (RRMC) is ranked No. 3 in Louisiana as a 2013-2014 “Best Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report. RRMC was the only Alexandria hospital to receive a state ranking in the publication’s 24th annual Best Hospitals report released online earlier this week. This is the second consecutive year RRMC has been ranked as one of the state’s top three “Best Hospitals.” Rapides Regional Medical Center was also recognized for having five “high performing” specialties. The list included gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology.

Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients 2013

Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients 2013

If you need to be admitted into a hospital, the last thing you would expect is to become unnecessarily sicker. Patient safety measures how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections, and other serious conditions based on 14 standard patient safety indicators.

The Patient Safety Excellence Award by HealthGrades® recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events. These hospitals are in the top 10% in the nation for patient safety.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ 2012

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ 2012

This hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric care.

Accreditations and Certifications


AABB Accreditation

AABB Accreditation

The AABB Accreditation Program promotes the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion medicine, hematopoietic, cellular and gene therapies, transplantation, and relationship testing. The AABB supports high standards for medical, technical and administrative performance, scientific investigation, clinical application and education. The resulting Accreditation Program specifically assesses quality systems and operational areas for compliance with Standards.

Advanced Certification in Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)

Advanced Certification in Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)

The Joint Commission has developed an advanced level of certification for programs that must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically-specific requirements and expectations. This certification improves the quality of care provided to patients, demonstrates commitment to a higher standard of service, provides a framework for organizational structure and management, provides a competitive edge in the marketplace, enhances staff recruitment and development and is recognized by insurers and other third parties.

Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery

Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery

Research confirms that hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery have fewer complications and fewer hospital readmissions than non-designated hospitals. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery also deliver care more efficiently than their peers.

Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery provide comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.

CAP Laboratory Accreditation

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.

Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certification demonstrates that this hospital's program is aligned with current guidelines as approved by the AACVPR for the appropriate and effective early outpatient care of patients with cardiac or pulmonary issues. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at this hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following: Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system; Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly; Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms; Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures; Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel; Maintaining organizational structure and commitment; Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care; and Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.

GIFT-Certified

GIFT-Certified

Hospital staff play a critical role in the establishment of breastfeeding, and this program helps to assure that the criteria for educating new parents and hospital staff on the techniques and importance of breastfeeding have been met. Designation as GIFT-certified, requires a hospital to demonstrate that it has met the Ten Steps to a Healthy Breastfed Baby. The GIFT Program Coordinator maintains a close relationship with the hospital by assisting in meeting the criteria, conducting on-site visits and periodic data collecting specific to breastfeeding rates.

Hospital Accreditation

Hospital Accreditation

This hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes this hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Level II Trauma Center

Level II Trauma Center

This hospital is verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). A Level II Trauma Center provides the second highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. The ACS does not designate trauma centers; instead, it verifies the presence of the resources listed in Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.

MRI Accreditation

MRI Accreditation

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.

Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

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.

The Commission on Cancer Accreditation

The Commission on Cancer Accreditation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care. The availability of a full range of medical services along with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care at accredited cancer programs has resulted in approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients being treated in CoC-accredited cancer programs.

Vascular Testing Accreditation

Vascular Testing Accreditation

Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) means that this hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Vascular Testing.