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Awards and Recognition

In health care, recognition can come in the form of awards, accreditation, certification or designations of excellence—all of which can help patients and families identify quality care. We are proud to have received recognition for many of our programs and services. Below are some recent highlights.

ambulanceThe State of Missouri has designated Lake Regional Hospital a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional is the only hospital between Columbia and Springfield that is a state-designated center for all three emergencies.

Lake Regional Hospital is a recipient of the 2020 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll award and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

The Joint Commission National Quality ApprovalLake Regional Health System programs that have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation include the hospital, home health, hospice and the clinical laboratory. The Joint Commission establishes one of the highest standards for safety and quality care for patients.

Missouri Quality Award

Lake Regional is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award (2013, 2010 and 2003). This prestigious honor, given by the Excellence in Missouri Foundation, is the official state recognition program for excellence in organizational performance and applying quality principles.

Commission on CancerLake Regional Cancer Center is accredited with commendation by the Community Hospital Cancer Program from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is granted only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and comply with established Commission on Cancer standards.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary RehabilitationLake Regional's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

NCQASeven of Lake Regional's primary care clinics have earned national recognition for high-quality, patient-centered care. The patient-centered medical home model helps patients keep up with preventive care and manage chronic conditions so they are sick less often.

NCAQFive Lake Regional specialty clinics—Lake Regional Arthritis and Rheumatism, Lake Regional Cardiology, Lake Regional General Surgery, Lake Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Lake Regional Orthopedics—have each received recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Earning NCQA recognition shows that these Lake Regional specialty clinics have undergone a rigorous review of their capabilities and are committed to communication, coordination and providing access to care. Recognition signals to primary care practices that these Lake Regional specialty clinics are ready to be effective partners in caring for patients. The clinics each received level III recognition, the highest awarded by the NCQA.

The Joint Commission National Quality ApprovalLake Regional Home Health is licensed and certified by Medicare/Medicaid to provide intermittent skilled care to homebound patients in Camden, Miller and parts of Morgan counties.

The Joint Commission National Quality ApprovalLake Regional's Laboratory department is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by the CLIA. The lab is staffed by board-certified pathologists, certified medical technologists, medical technicians, histotechnicians and phlebotomists.

Health Care's Most Wired Winner 2017In 2017, Lake Regional was named one of the Most Wired health care organizations in the nation for the third year in a row. The honor is based on the annual HealthCare's Most Wired Survey, released by the American Hospital Association's Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Becker's Hospital ReviewLake Regional Hospital was recognized in 2016 as one of the nation's top hospitals for low rates of serious medical complications for inpatients. Becker's, a health care industry publication, listed the nation's 49 hospitals with the lowest proportion of serious medical complications per hospital discharge. The national average rate was 0.81. Lake Regional Hospital achieved a serious medical complication to discharge ratio of 0.48, placing Lake Regional at No. 40 on the national list.

Midwest Transplant NetworkMidwest Transplant Network honored Lake Regional Health System with the Excellence in Donation Award for 2017. Lake Regional honors all patient requests to donate organs and tissue upon death and has processes in place to identify donors.

Saving SightLake Regional Health System received Saving Sight's Excellence in Eye Donation Award for 2017. This honor recognizes the hospital for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a transplant.

The Joint Commission's Top PerformerLake Regional Hospital is one of only 20 Missouri hospitals and one of only 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve distinction from The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2015 (based on 2014 data). This achievement demonstrates Lake Regional's commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered safely and effectively, thereby increasing the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

Missouri Show-Me 5 HospitalThe Lake Regional Family Birth Center has earned designation as a "Show Me 5" Hospital from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The "Show Me 5" Hospital Initiative is to encourage breastfeeding and foster breastfeeding longevity.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesIn 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recognized Lake Regional Health System for its extremely low rates of an infection common in intensive care units. From July 2011 to December 2014, zero central line-associated bloodstream infections occurred in Lake Regional’s intensive care unit.

Commission on Cancer, Outstanding Achievement AwardLake Regional Cancer Center was the only cancer program in all of Missouri to earn the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award for 2014 and one of just 75 award recipients nationwide.