East Jefferson General Hospital

EJGH is the only hospital in area to achieve this level for outstanding treatment of heart failure patients

The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded East Jefferson General Hospital the Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award, the highest award possible. The Heart Failure Award is part of the AHA's Get with the Guidelines Program and signifies that institutions receiving the award have met the aggressive goals set forth by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Get with the Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven, evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. The award also shows that East Jefferson has provided this high level of care for at least 24 consecutive months and that patient education and collaboration within the medical teams are a major focus.

"This is an important award for our patients and our community," says cardiologist and EJGH Heart Failure Physician Champion Dr. Fortune Dugan. "We met the goals because of the great work being done here at every level. This validates the high level of care we are giving to our patients, and we are extremely proud to be recognized with this prestigious honor."