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Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has promoted Tilly Gard to its trauma program director role.

Gard has been with Lakeview Regional since 2012, serving most recently as trauma program manager. Under her leadership, Lakeview Regional achieved the first Level III ACS Trauma Verification in the state with no deficiencies, a Lakeview spokeswoman said.

Gard was the recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award in 2018 for Lakeview Regional and HCA MidAmerica Division. She was also honored in 2012 as a Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana. Gard earned prior clinical experience from hospitals all over the southeastern region of Louisiana. 

“A critical component of our trauma program is leadership, and as we progress on our trauma journey and advance trauma care in our region, I cannot think of a more qualified leader than Tilly Richard-Gard,” said Hiral Parel, Lakeview Regional CEO. “Tilly has led many significant components of our program — performance improvement, community outreach and research, to name just a few.

“I look forward to the future of our trauma program — it is in excellent hands with Tilly Gard, Dr. Marco Hidalgo and the entire team.”

She is a native of Louisiana and attended Nicholls State University College of Nursing. She received her nursing degree from University of Southwestern Louisiana College of Nursing in Lafayette. She is a member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association, Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association, American Trauma Society, Society of Trauma Nurses, and American Society of Perioanesthesia Nurses.

For more information about Lakeview Regional, please visit lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-380

Slidell Memorial applauded for commitment to stroke care

Slidell Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Slidell Memorial earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

The hospital also received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Additionally, Slidell Memorial met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Slidell Memorial for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chairman of neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

For more information, visit www.slidellmemorial.org/.

Healthgrades awards STHS top marks  

St. Tammany Health System has again received high marks nationally in Healthgrades’ annual performance evaluations of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

The system earned five-star recognition for pacemaker procedures, as well as for treatment of respiratory failure, stroke, hip fractures and pneumonia.

The recognitions mark the sixth consecutive year STHS has earned five-star recognition for treatment of respiratory failure; the fifth consecutive year it has earned five stars for pacemaker procedures; the third consecutive year for stroke treatment; and the second consecutive year for pneumonia treatment.

Earlier this year, Healthgrades recognized St. Tammany Health System as one of the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for both patient safety and patient experience for 2020. STHS also earned Healthgrades’ 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year, as well as the 2020 Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the 12th consecutive year.

Healthgrades’ annual Report to the Nation examines 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data to help patients find the highest quality, safest care nearest their home. A five-star rating indicates clinical outcomes at STHS are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

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