EJGH Awarded Four Star Rating

EJGH Awarded Four Star Rating

For the third consecutive time, CMS awarded us with 4-Stars!

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12th Annual Up on The Roof: 10/05/2018

12th Annual Up on The Roof: 10/05/2018

Featuring music by Groovy 7! Tickets on sale now.

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New Safe Sitter Classes Now Available

New Safe Sitter Classes Now Available

The Nationally-Recognized Program is once again offering 2-day courses.

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Why are we #1?

Why are we #1?

Let's talk about it! Our new campaign focuses on why we are at the top.

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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Quit Smoking. Start Healing. All for Free.

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Introducing: Therapeutic Yoga at EJGH

Introducing: Therapeutic Yoga at EJGH

Come experience the many physical benefits of our new class at the Wellness Center! 

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Make the Most of Your Meals in 2018

Make the Most of Your Meals in 2018

Join EJGH's registered Nutritionist for healthy cooking demo's each month this year! 

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Number 1 in Louisiana, Number 10 in America

Number 1 in Louisiana, Number 10 in America

Proud of our accolades. More proud to be the choice of care for you and yours. 

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Now Open: EJGH Urgent Care!

Now Open: EJGH Urgent Care!

Visit us at our new location in Kenner. 

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Free Child Safety Seat Fittings at EJGH

Free Child Safety Seat Fittings at EJGH

Stop by the Wellness Center Parking Lot on the 3rd Thursday of every month. 

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EJGH Once Again Earns Four Star Rating From CMS

East Jefferson General Hospital earned four stars for the third consecutive term from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when the organization released its much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings this past week.

EJGH outperformed all other area hospitals with its four stars and the measure places the institution among the top tier of the nearly 5,000 rated hospitals in the country, according to data released by CMS. This rating comes on the heels of both Leapfrog and CareChex, two independent hospital rating services naming EJGH as the region's number one hospital. 

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Anitha Christopher, MD

Dr. Christopher received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Tamil Nadu M.G.R Medical University in Chennai, India. She completed her residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Internal Medicine. She further completed her fellowship at Louisiana State University in Pulmonary and Critical Care. She recently began working at East Jefferson General Hospital in Pulmonary Medicine and she is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Physicians, and Louisiana State Medical Society.

Henry A. Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson received his Doctorate from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Charity Hospital in Internal Medicine. He also completed his fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in the section of Pulmonary Diseases. He began working at East Jefferson General Hospital in 1974. He is currently a Board of Director of Wetmore Foundation and has been honored as a "Best Doctors in America".

Stephen M. Layne, MD

Dr. Layne received his Doctorate from University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital in Internal Medicine. He also completed his fellowship at Tulane University Hospital in Pulmonary Critical Care. He began his private practice in 1997 at East Jefferson General Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine.

Thomas Nuttli, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Nuttli received his Doctorate from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Science Center, and his fellowship at Tulane Medical Center in Pulmonary Critical Care. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He has more than 25 years of experience in Internal Medicine, and he serves as EJGH’s Medical Director of the ICU. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids.

Kenneth B. Smith, M.D.

Dr. Kenneth Smith received his Doctorate from Tulane University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Pulmonary Diseases, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, National Association of Medical Direction of Respiratory Care and Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has been recognized in the “Best Doctors in New Orleans” issue by New Orleans Magazine.

EJ Pulmonary Medicine is an MPSI practice managed by East Jefferson General Hospital.

Lung diseases are some of the most common medical conditions in the world. Tens of millions of people suffer from lung disease in the U.S. smoking, infections, and genetics are responsible for most lung diseases. The physicians and staff at EJ Pulmonary Medicine are dedicated to providing the highest levels of personalized care to those with breathing difficulties or lung ailments. Pulmonary Medicine at EJGH has been recognized by virtually every grading organization as being a regional, (and at times, national) leader in this field.

What is Pulmonology?

The lungs are part of a complex apparatus, expanding and relaxing thousands of times each day to bring in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Lung disease can result from problems in any part of this system.

Lung Diseases Affecting the Airways

The trachea (windpipe) branches into tubes called bronchi, which in turn branch to become progressively smaller tubes throughout the lungs. Diseases that affect the airways include:

  • Asthma: The airways are persistently inflamed, and may occasionally spasm, causing wheezing and shortness of breath.Allergies, infections, or pollution can trigger asthma's symptoms.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Lung conditions defined by an inability to exhale normally, which causes difficulty breathing.
  • Chronic bronchitis: A form of COPD characterized by a chronic productive cough.
  • Emphysema: Lung damage allows air to be trapped in the lungs in this form of COPD. Difficulty blowing air out is its hallmark.
  • Acute bronchitis: A sudden infection of the airways, usually by a virus.
  • Cystic Fibrosis: A genetic condition causing poor clearance of mucus from the bronchi. The accumulated mucus results in repeated lung infections.
  • Lung Diseases Affecting the Air Sacs (Alveoli)

The airways eventually branch into tiny tubes (bronchioles) that dead-end into clusters of air sacs called alveoli. These air sacs make up most of the lung tissue. Lung diseases affecting the alveoli include:

  • Pneumonia: An infection of the alveoli, usually by bacteria.
  • Tuberculosis: A slowly progressive pneumonia caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Emphysema results from damage to the fragile connections between alveoli. Smoking is the usual cause. (Emphysema also limits airflow, affecting the airways as well.)
  • Pulmonary edema: Fluid leaks out of the small blood vessels of the lung into the air sacs and the surrounding area. One form is caused by heart failure and back pressure in the lungs' blood vessels; in another form, direct injury to the lung causes the leak of fluid.
  • Lung Cancer has many forms, and may develop in any part of the lungs. Most often this is in the main part of the lung, in or near the air sacs. The type, location, and spread of lung cancer determines the treatment options.
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS): Severe, sudden injury to the lungs caused by a serious illness. Life support with mechanical ventilation is usually needed to survive until the lungs recover.
  • Pneumoconiosis: A category of conditions caused by the inhalation of a substance that injures the lungs. Examples include black lung disease from inhaled coal dust and asbestosis from inhaled asbestos dust.

Lung Diseases Affecting the Interstitium

The interstitium is the microscopically thin, delicate lining between the lungs' air sacs (alveoli). Tiny blood vessels run through the interstitium and allow gas exchange between the alveoli and the blood. Various lung diseases affect the interstitium:

  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD): A broad collection of lung conditions affecting the interstitium.Sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and autoimmune disease are among the many types of ILD.
  • Pneumonias and pulmonary edemas