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Representatives from De La Salle High School in New Orleans visited East Jefferson General Hospital’s Breast Care Center on Feb. 15, presenting a check for $3,000 from funds raised at their annual Pink Game.
Pink Games are part of East Jefferson General Hospital’s “Live Pink” initiative to increase awareness about breast cancer and raise money to treat breast cancer at East Jefferson General Hospital throughout the month of October.
Margot Shwery was born on Nov. 18, 2016, on the fourth floor of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) after what was considered an unusually rocky pregnancy.
The child of Matt and Aimee Shwery of New Orleans weighed in at a paltry 1-pound, 12 ounces after just 28 weeks and five days in the womb. Under the experienced care of Dr. Stephen Champlin and a slew of vigilant nurses, Margot arrived via emergency C-section at just seven months gestation due to lack of growth and poor blood flow to the umbilical cord.
After six weeks of bed rest in the Labor and Delivery wing, the Shwery’s were beyond elated to welcome their daughter into the world. And although the delivery exceeded all expectations for Dr. Champlin and the new parents, Margot was still going to have a lengthy stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to ensure her weight, nutrition, temperature and breathing all improved enough to make life at home bearable and safe.
The 10th annual “Up on the Roof” beer tasting sponsored by Harvey Gulf, helped bring in nearly $150,000 to benefit the EJGH Foundation, the fundraising arm of East Jefferson General Hospital. The 2016 steering committee efforts were led by event co-chairs and EJGH Foundation board members, Rhett Sassard, MD and Stacey Shane Schott.
The hospital’s signature fundraising event played host to over 1,000 patrons atop the Esplanade Parking Garage and featured music by Karma as well as dozens of local, national and international beers. Food vendors from the city’s top restaurants, including Acme Oyster House, Boulevard American Bistro and Ruth’s Chris, were also in attendance serving up their most popular dishes. The Iberia Bank patron party kicked things off in an exclusive expanse where sponsors, physicians and community leaders enjoyed specialty martinis and fine wines.
The newly constructed serenity garden, located on the second floor patio of East Jefferson General Hospital’s main campus, is officially open to all EJGH Team Members and guests from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The project was funded by the INSPIRE grant program, which distributes charitable contributions in support of the mission of the hospital. Through this program, all team members and physicians have the opportunity to inspire innovation and collaboration to enhance the extraordinary care delivered at EJGH.
The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital helped celebrate the opening of the newly renovated and expanded state-of-the-art Breast Care Center, an important benchmark in addressing a growing need in the community it serves.
The Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital, raised more than $300,000 for the project, receiving support from its Live Pink breast care funding program, incorporating community events, individual and corporate donations and employee giving campaigns.