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LSU’s Improving Clinical Outcomes Network (LSU ICON), led by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, represents the joint efforts of several of the Louisiana State University academic health science and health care delivery institutions to improve the care of patients in Louisiana.


In the context of national health care reform, health care providers are expected to be more accountable for the care they deliver from the perspectives of cost, quality and patient satisfaction. With these expectations, the infrastructure necessary to coordinate efforts across Louisiana for the purposes of improved quality and efficiency must be substantially enhanced in order to deliver higher value for patients.

Featured Investigator

Dr. Donald Smith has more than 40 publications of papers or book chapters in the Neuroscience literature. To emphasize his special interest in the area of Neurosurgery of the Spine, Dr. Smith and his wife have endowed the Donald R. and Kathryn R. Smith Chair for Treatment of Spinal Disorders at the Department of Neurosurgery, LSUHSC-Shreveport. Dr. Smith is currently funded by LSU ICON as the investigator on a project to evaluate “Outcomes in Spinal Treatment” which further emphasizes his interest in disorders of the spine.

Featured Core Service

The NEST Core is led by Shannon McNabb, MA, MPH who is also supported by Stacie Davis, MLIS, Office Coordinator.

Together, they oversee accrual rates and data collection for prospective ICON-supported quality improvement (QI) projects. Prior to directing the NEST, Shannon McNabb was the Director of Research for the LSU Hospital System.