what is the LOUISIANA EMERGENCY RESPONSE NETWORK?
The Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) is an agency of state government created by the Louisiana Legislature in 2004 and charged with the responsibility of developing and maintaining a statewide system of care coordination for patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive illness (such as heart attack and stroke). Getting to the right place at the right time to receive the right care is a matter of life or death for these patients.
LERN is an emerging organization that is being developed in accordance with the nationally recognized trauma system model created by the American College of Surgeons. Our goal is to build a comprehensive system to address the daily demands of traumatic injury and time sensitive illness in Louisiana – a system that is also ever ready to serve as a vital healthcare resource in the face of larger scale emergencies and natural disasters.
LERN is organized into 9 geographic regions and our efforts in each region are guided by a Regional Commission – member advisory board of key trauma and time sensitive illness stakeholders. Click on a region to find out more about the region and Regional Commission.