February 01, 2017
STQN Announces Medical Director’s Awards
The St. Tammany Quality Network (STQN) presented its 2016 fourth quarter Medical Director’s Award to Dr. Joseph Landers, an STPH internist and hospital medicine physician, and Dr. David Toups, medical director of the STPH Emergency Department, for facilitating clinical adherence to best practices for sepsis care.
“Beginning with Dr. Toups and his team in the Emergency Department and extending to Dr. Landers and the hospital medicine team on the inpatient units, we want to ensure patients are receiving evidence-based care that can improve sepsis clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Michael K. Hill, STQN medical director and former chief of staff at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines sepsis as “a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.” Early identification and treatment are crucial to minimizing the impact of sepsis, and Dr. Toups and Dr. Landers have implemented interventions that will improve patient outcomes.
The St. Tammany Quality Network continuously strives to keep the medical and nursing staff at St. Tammany Parish Hospital informed of best practices and how to best serve the patients of western St. Tammany Parish.