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.
Dr. Tekeda Ferguson, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. She also serves as the principal investigator for the Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Epidemiology Unit; and is an investigator for the Louisiana Tumor Registry, and the LSU Improving Clinical Outcomes Network.
Network Evaluation Support Team (NEST) 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.