Funds for Safety Grant

We’re Proud To Provide Funding For Innovative Safety Initiatives.

Funds for Safety is a grant program sponsored by LHA Trust Funds. Each year, we award up to $300,000 in grant funding for initiatives to improve patient safety. The program's objective is to encourage and support member efforts in developing and implementing patient safety and quality initiatives.

2023 Funds For Safety Grant Recipients

  • Beauregard Health System will provide computer and corded scanner technology for each of their 28 inpatient unit beds to expand their patient medication safety project.

  • Hood Memorial Hospital’s goal is to allow staff members to submit incident reports efficiently without disrupting their regular workflow. By implementing a standard reporting system, staff members can submit timely notifications of incidents, submit anonymous event entries, contribute to robust information sharing among providers, and more.

  • Lane Regional Medical Center plans to redefine its infection control practices and procedures to maintain a safe environment for both patients and staff by focusing on three main concepts: hand hygiene, employee exposure, and disinfection practices.

  • North Oaks Health System’s goal is to implement an integrated technology in the Emergency Department that will assist clinical staff with appropriate alerts for high-fall-risk patients. Stretchers with integrated scales and 2-stage bed exit alarms will be used to decrease patient falls by monitoring pressure sensitivity.

  • Ochsner St. Martin Hospital plans to implement AvaSure visual monitoring devices to reduce patient fall rates. The monitoring technology allows patients to be digitally monitored 24 hours per day and given verbal redirection when attempting to get up without assistance.

  • Pointe Coupee’s goal is to reduce the need for urinary catheterization by implementing bladder scanning technology in the Emergency Department. This investment will allow ED nurses to perform pre-and post-void scans while avoiding unnecessary invasive urinary catheterizations.

  • Reeves Memorial Medical Center seeks to integrate the MAC VE360 electrocardiogram machine into their Emergency Department (ED) to assist staff with identifying irregular heart rhythms. Having this information quickly after a presentation to the ED will allow the Reeves Memorial team to diagnose a cardiac condition faster and improve patient outcomes.

  • As the only women’s health clinic in its parish, Richardson Medical Center’s women’s health clinic has experienced exponential growth since opening in 2019. By replacing its colposcope with new top-of-the-line technology, Richardson Medical’s goal is for its patients to have access to state-of-the-art, early cancer detection screening, and identification.

  • To improve the facility’s water quality, St. James Parish Hospital is upgrading its central sterile water system to a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment System. These systems are designed to meet or exceed the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards and improve contaminants that attribute to infections, protect equipment, and improve patient outcomes.

  • Terrebonne General Health System’s Women’s Services Level III NICU and Nursery Department plan to replace the infant warmers with new ones featuring thermoregulation, pulse oximetry, scale, and a t-piece for resuscitation and suction.

  • Trinity Medical Center’s 2023 safety project “STAY Safe!” focuses on keeping highly vulnerable Emergency Department (ED) patients safe and works to prevent elopements. They will utilize a patient wandering technology system by Accutech to mitigate patient elopements from the ED.

  • To improve ventilator patient safety, Union General Hospital plans to replace existing ventilators with the latest technology — including the ability to provide BIPAP and high-flow oxygen delivery.

  • West Feliciana Parish Hospital EMS currently uses a manual stretcher system to load patients on stretchers by hand and then manually load them into an ambulance. With the implementation of the Press for Powerlifting Program, West Feliciana expects to improve the quality of patient care and reduce injuries during EMS transport to zero.

  • Woman’s Hospital is implementing a Fall Risk Assessment and Reduction Program to complement the hospital’s cancer survivorship services. Impaired balance is a side effect of some chemotherapeutic agents that leads to patient falls. Woman’s goal is to reduce incidences of patient falls along the entire spectrum of a patient’s cancer survivorship.