History 5

Our History

In the late 1960s, community leaders saw the need for a healthcare facility to serve the burgeoning population of the East Bank of Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Parish Council passed an ordinance creating a hospital service district on the East Bank and a bond issue was put before residents. Once the bond issue passed in November of 1965, officials planned and broke ground on 20 acres of undeveloped land that would become East Jefferson General Hospital.

On February 14, 1971, the hospital opened its doors with 250 beds and 250 physicians. Today, East Jefferson General Hospital has 420 beds and over 650 physicians. With over 3,000 team members, the hospital is one of the largest employers in the parish.

Image of East Jefferson General Hospital in 1971East Jefferson General Hospital, through the generosity of the EJGH Foundation and its supporters, has grown over the past three decades to become a medical landmark with the addition of medical office buildings, the Yenni Treatment Center for outpatient cancer treatment, and the Domino Pavilion, which houses Same Day Surgery, outpatient laboratory and outpatient radiology services. Most recently, the Wellness Center, a 38,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility and the East Jefferson Imaging Center, were added to the hospital's outreach.

East Jefferson General Hospital has grown with the East Bank community, offering the clinical expertise and cutting edge technology our community expects and deserves. Today, the hospital remains publicly owned and not-for-profit. It is a service district hospital governed by a 10-member volunteer Board of Directors appointed by the Jefferson Parish Council and the Parish President. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

In 2002, East Jefferson General became Louisiana's first Nurse Magnet Hospital and in 2006, the first in the state to earn reaccredidation. This honor is bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center on select hospitals that demonstrate excellence in patient care and provide a superior environment for professional nurses.