Anticoagulation Center of Excellence


St. Martin Hospital (SMH) recently passed the Anticoagulation Forum’s assessment test, naming the hospital an “Anticoagulation Center of Excellence”. This distinction demonstrates SMH’s strong commitment to providing high quality local care to St. Martin Parish.

Even if you don’t need anticoagulants, this recognition should be celebrated. It shows that SMH is working to become a national leader in its service offerings.

The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program helps healthcare professionals provide the highest level of care and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients on antithrombotic medications. The program offers a road map to consistent, sustainable excellence in five key areas of patient care. Approximately one in five practices who take the assessment pass. Because SMH successfully met the rigorous standards in each patient care pillar, it is considered an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence for two years.

The Coumadin Clinic at St. Martin Hospital Specialty Center administers anticoagulants (blood thinners) to help prevent blood clots in blood vessels, and their migration elsewhere in the body. Coumadin is a blood thinner credited with decreasing the risk of strokes and blood clots with very few side effects.

Anticoagulants are used in treating and preventing harmful clots that may occur in veins, lungs, from an abnormal heartbeat or following a heart valve replacement.

It is very important Coumadin levels are monitored regularly to ensure proper therapeutic doses are taken. This should be done at an anticoagulation clinic or Coumadin clinic, where patients receive monitoring, dosing and education. Studies have shown that patients who are managed by Coumadin clinics experience fewer incidences of bleeding and harmful clots. They also have fewer hospital visits from such complications.

The clinic is run by Shelley Broussard, RN, BSN, CACP. Shelley has 15 years of experience specializing in Coumadin management. She is one of very few anticoagulation care providers in Acadiana to obtain the national status of “Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider”.

Services such as anticoagulation care offer convenience by saving St. Martin Parish community members the trouble of having to travel elsewhere to receive care. 

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