'Intensivist' Services Improve Intensive Care at LGMC

4/20/2011

An Intensivist Model in the ICU has been shown to reduce the risk of patients dying in the ICU by 40% 

Lafayette General Medical Center is pleased to announce that pulmonologists Gary Guidry, MD, Dwayne Brown, MD, Jody Rosson, Jr., MD and Brad Broussard, MD will serve as intensivists for Lafayette General’s 32-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This group of critical care physicians will be available and will provide intensivist services 24 hours a day/365 days a year to all ICU patients in need of an intensivist.

"We know from national studies that an adult ICU intensivist program reduces length of stay and mortality rates, reduces ventilator-associated pneumonia and time on ventilator, and decreases costs . . . to name just a few benefits,” said Dr. Gary Guidry. "Our presence in the ICU will allow us to be much more aggressive with interventions and procedures that will improve patient outcomes. We also hope to improve efficiencies, as Lafayette General’s ICU is one of the busiest in the State.” 

The intensivists will work hand-in-hand with hospital staff to improve quality and patient satisfaction and to facilitate best practices relative to CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Core Measures. They will be responsible for coordination of care of the ICU patients, equipment, facilities, programs, personnel and professional services necessary to the provision of ventilator care management in the ICU. 

"Our intensivist program is the only one in Acadiana, and one of only a handful in the State,” said David Callecod, Lafayette General president and CEO. "It was a logical next step in improving our patient care. In fact, implementing an intensivist program is endorsed by both the Leapfrog Group—a national initiative focused on hospital safety—and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.” 

ICU Physician Staffing (IPS) was named as one of four main ‘leaps’, or goals of the Leapfrog Group, stating that intensivists have been shown to reduce the risk of patients dying in the ICU by 40%. 

"Drs. Guidry, Brown and Rosson already have an excellent rapport with current ICU staff. They know the system and our protocols and have a unique understanding of how and where we want to improve,” continued Callecod. "With the addition of Dr. Brad Broussard, this group will provide efficient and cost-effective critical care, and will help us meet or exceed numerous quality measures.” 

About Lafayette General Medical Center 
As the largest, full-service, acute-care medical center in the nine parishes of Acadiana, Lafayette General Medical Center takes to heart its mission of improving, maintaining and restoring the health of people in the communities we serve. LGMC is a community-owned hospital, so as such, all profits are reinvested in the hospital for purchasing unsurpassed technology, maintaining a highly trained staff and adding new and improved services. For more information, visit www.lafayettegeneral.com .

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