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LAMMICO Patient Safety Award: 2019 Winners and 2020 Topic Announced

October 09, 2019

LAMMICO Patient Safety Award: 2019 Winners and 2020 Topic Announced

Jennings American Legion Hospital Honored with LAMMICO's 4th Annual Patient Safety Award and Grant  

Congratulations to the recipient of the 4th Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant: Jennings American Legion Hospital in Jennings, Louisiana, who received a $10,000 grant. The 2018-2019 Patient Safety Award and Grant focused on nurse burnout. Participants were asked to complete LAMMICO’s risk management and patient safety education on nurse well-being and burnout, and then implement strategies to reduce burnout and promote provider well-being.

The LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant recognizes major achievements by hospitals and facilities to improve patient safety and healthcare quality, consistent with LAMMICO's ongoing efforts to ensure patient safety and mitigate liability through education, assessment and tailored clinical risk management resources.

LAMMICO also recognized the commitment to patient safety of Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Arkansas; and The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by awarding them honoree status in the 2018-2019 program and conferring honoree awards.  


LAMMICO 2019-2020 Patient Safety Award and Grant Topic  

All hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi are invited to apply for LAMMICO’s annual Patient Safety Award and Grant program. This award program promotes patient safety initiatives optimized via LAMMICO Risk Management and Patient Safety education. 

The 2019-2020 Patient Safety Award and Grant program centers on reducing hospital acquired infections due to instrument contamination. When instrument policies and practices are inadequate or not followed, the safety of patients and staff may be compromised. Proper care and handling of reusable instruments, from the point of use through terminal processing, is necessary to reduce the risk of procedure-related infections. 


The learning activity “Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs): Instrument Point of Use Care,” provides guidance for situations when medical instruments are used in one area and contaminated items are processed in a separate location. Standards and guidelines from OSHA, CDC, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), The Joint Commission and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) are incorporated in the interactive activity to facilitate patient and healthcare worker safety. To access the learner activity, please visit: 

Award Program Objectives  

  • Complete the learning activity.
  • Review your current policies, procedures and/or processes.
  • Perform an audit to establish a baseline (utilizing the skills checklist found as an attachment to the learning activity).
  • Implement changes identified in the audit.
  • Perform a second audit after implementation of changes.
  • Submit to LAMMICO a description of the changes and improvements made to processes, etc.


The hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers that best demonstrate the most meaningful improvement in policies, procedures and/or processes, as determined by a committee of LAMMICO Risk Management professionals, will be awarded:

  • A $10,000 grant to the winner to be used for nursing professional development
  • A $5,000 grant to the second-place participant to be used for nursing professional development
  • One-year risk manager membership to the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • One-year complimentary membership to Medical Interactive Community for all employees to access our risk management CME/CNE/MOC courses online

Download the 2019-2020 application at  

Contact Lynne Vega, BSN, RN, CNOR(E), LAMMICO Hospital Risk Management Specialist at 504.841.2738 or for more information.

Five Years of Improving Patient Safety   

Through LAMMICO’s Patient Safety Award and Grant program, we have conferred more than $40,000 in grants, provided access to extensive risk management education, and funded professional memberships for hospitals and facilities throughout Louisiana and Arkansas. The grants are dedicated to nursing professional development initiatives that help improve patient safety at the winning facilities.

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